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Continuing Maryland’s energy boom 20.12.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Trivia question: What governor signed the first legislation in Maryland to boost solar energy from a cottage industry to a major business in the state? Was it liberal Democrat Parris Glendening? Current Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat? Or conservative Republican Robert Ehrlich?Read full article ...
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Xcel gets 427 solar garden applications in Minnesota 20.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The projects, if all built, would have the combined output of a major power plant.
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Why methane on Mars has reignited our quest for life on other planets 20.12.2014 Guardian: Science
Quantities of this gas on the red planet are measly, but Curiosity’s rover analysis could lead astrobiologists to distant worlds and watery moons

The existence of life beyond Earth is a prospect so profound that few others could be more deserving of Carl Sagan’s caution that extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence. What else competes? Proof of God? Proof that we are, as an Oxford professor has speculated, hapless characters in a computer simulation?

The announcement this week that Nasa’s Curiosity rover had detected unusual bursts of methane on Mars prompted a flurry of speculation that the gas came from alien life – that microbes on Mars could be churning out the gas, much as happens on Earth.

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UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid 19.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Landmead in Oxfordshire is capable of powering 14,000 homes a year from panels on land used for grazing, says company running facility

The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire.

The 46MW Landmead solar farm, in East Hanney near Abingdon, is built on low-grade farmland used for grazing sheep, which will remain along with new wildflowers to be planted as part of efforts to improve the site’s biodiversity.

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Satellite Map Shows Evidence of a Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop 19.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
New research from NASA shows that the Arctic Ocean has been steadily getting more energy from the sun over the past fifteen ...
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Panasonic Enterprise Solutions a "first win" for Denver aerotropolis 19.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions will locate a new technology center and business solutions hub near Denver International Airport, bringing about 300 jobs to Denver, city officials ...
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WTO says U.S. duties on Chinese solar panels break rules 19.12.2014 LA Times: Top News
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#RosettaWatch: Comet lander could wake up next year 17.12.2014 New Scientist: Sex and Cloning
The Philae lander is getting enough sunlight to keep warm, team members say, and the Rosetta spacecraft may have already taken pictures of its landing ...
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Minnesota's rural expansion of solar power 17.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Solar gardens are cropping up in rural Minnesota following 2013 legislation where Xcel Energy buys energy from the projects across the state.
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Temporary tax breaks — which ones affect you? 17.12.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:
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Community solar gardens go rural 17.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
In Center City, Pelican Rapids and other outstate Minnesota cities, entrepreneurs and utilities are building community solar gardens that let residents invest in solar without putting panels on their roofs.
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Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy 17.12.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Boeing plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at its Renton plant.
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Temporary tax breaks _ which ones affect you? 17.12.2014 AP Politics
Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:...
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Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy 17.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Boeing plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at its Renton plant.
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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal 17.12.2014 NPR News
The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.
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Cheaper oil could damage renewable energies, says Richard Branson 17.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Entrepreneur claims Saudi Arabia is encouraging collapse in oil price in bid to undermine fracking and clean energy

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The renewable energy sector needs to commit to getting off subsidies 16.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The renewable power industry needs a fresh approach if it is to win the public’s support and reach its full potential, says OVO Energy’s Jessica Lennard The energy debate has left the territory of the rational. Graphs, logic, or claims to the moral high ground hold scant weight now. The impact of statistics about green growth and export opportunities is negligible . It no longer matters what national polls say about belief in climate change; or whether low-carbon generation is obviously preferable long term to finite, dirty fossil fuels from unstable parts of the world. Renewable sources of power, such as wind and solar, have been caught in the crossfire of this debate. Blamed for rising bills, the sector has become a particular bugbear for some politicians, who are increasingly intent on reining back the industry. With the political tide at risk of turning against it, the renewables industry needs a change of perspective and a fresh approach if it is going to reach its full ...
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Utility regulators authorize Xcel generating projects 16.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
The state’s largest solar project and largest gas-and-steam project win regulator approval.
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Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green 16.12.2014 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- People buying all-electric cars where coal supplies the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study says those plug-in vehicles can be making the air dirtier and worsening global warming....
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That electric car may not be as green as you think 15.12.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Hey, electric-car drivers: Before you get all smug about your green cred, ask yourselves a couple of key questions:

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