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Power Trip

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Whether renewables or fossil fuels, NIMBYism runs rampant when it comes to energy transmission infrastructure

The reasons for opposing TransCanada's Keystone XL proposal are as vast as the territory the pipeline aims to cover: climate change, a lack of proper environmental review, destruction of ecosystems, perpetuating our reliance on fossil fuels. But, according to NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal, no objection has a hold on the popular imagination like the image of a massive......read more

Magical 35mm Travel Photos by Jess Gough

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London photog takes us on a trip through the woods

One of the reasons why travel photos can be so compelling is that the person shooting them is out of his or her comfort zone, eyes wide open to the new stuff that surrounds them. That's definitely the case with 22-year old, London-based photographer Jess Gough, who says the best opportunities for taking pictures come on the road, without the distraction of work obligations and a buzzing cell......read more

Storing Wind Energy In-House

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When supply outstrips demand, utilities look to consumers to help stabilize power grid

In the Pacific Northwest, wind power has become an important source of income in rural areas, where energy entrepreneurs are eagerly erecting turbines in windy zones like the Columbia River Gorge. But wind is a volatile beast, and all the new turbines have presented utilities with a problem: when it's storming, the turbines create more electricity than the grid can soak up. In the New York......read more

House Panel Votes to Strip EPA of Power to Regulate Emissions

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Partisan bill to kill climate regulations passes first hurdle.

A GOP-led effort to block Obama administration climate change rules passed a crucial first step Thursday, when a House subcommittee voted to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill, tabled by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman (and climate change turncoat) Fred Upton, would prohibit consideration of CO2 and other......read more

Scrap Wood Strips Recycled into Modern Furniture

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In the hands of Jamison Sellers, salvaged wooden pallets become stunning pieces for the home.

Old wood is the goods. Reclaimed timber has a rugged beauty that new wood products can't replicate. That's our humble opinion, anyway, and Jamison Sellers' too. The Rhode Island designer/craftsman salvages wooden pallets and boards to craft chairs, tables, and shelves that are as simple as they are striking. Alternating diffierent colors of scrap wood in thin strips, Sellers makes furniture with......read more

Clean Power Trip

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How energy could figure in Tuesday's State of the Union address.

President Obama is set to deliver his second State of the Union address this Tuesday. With a hostile House and a public focused on economic recovery, energy is not expected to take a front seat. For Sunday's NYT Op-Ed pages, several writers and thinkers offered their views on how President Obama could approach various issues in the address. Andrew Revkin, the man behind Dot Earth, took on the......read more

SoBi Bike-Sharing System

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Stripped-down "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to urban bike share.

The good people at GOOD tip us to SoBi, an emerging model of bike-sharing set for test launch in New York City this fall. The "social bicycle system" takes a minimal approach to the idea of public bike share. Instead of custom bikes and an elaborate network of docking stations, SoBi uses a single, mulitfunctional gadget that fastens to the back of any bike and operates as a lock, GPS......read more

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