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Clean Energy Investment Falls 22% as Subsidy Cuts Stall Projects

There are 22 comments on the In El Dorado County story from Apr 29, 2013, titled Clean Energy Investment Falls 22% as Subsidy Cuts Stall Projects. In it, In El Dorado County reports that:

The $40.6 billion invested in the industry in the first three months of this year was lower than any quarter since 2009 and compares with $52 billion in the same period last year.

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“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#21 May 2, 2013
It pays off big to be responsible stewards of the Natural Commons. "Our board has taken responsible, deliberate and steady steps to ensure we meet the highest standards of corporate governance. We've remained focused on the continued strong performance of the company and positioning Duke Energy for long-term success," Rogers said at his final shareholder meeting as CEO....The company's financial performance has been accompanied by a strong environmental performance, Rogers said.

"We're upgrading existing power plants, retiring older, less-efficient plants and building new state-of-the-art plants," he said. "We're also diversifying our mix of fuels and technologies, increasing our efficiency and dramatically reducing our environmental impact."

Since 1999, Duke Energy and its predecessor companies have invested about $7.5 billion to install air emissions controls on existing plants.

"By 2015, we expect to reduce our regulated generation fleet's emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides by about 90 percent and 80 percent, respectively, from 2005 levels," Rogers said.

"We're retiring 3,800 megawatts of older coal- and oil-fired generating units by the end of this year. That retirement total could increase to as much as 6,800 megawatts over the next few years," he said.

Simultaneously, the company is rapidly expanding its fleet of renewable energy generating facilities, Rogers said.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#22 May 4, 2013
Al Gore is the most honorable man in America today .
"Since starring in the Academy Award–winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006), former vice president Al Gore has been the planet's eco-warrior in chief. Now the self-described "recovering politician" has written an ambitious new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He spoke with O's books editor, Leigh Haber, about the power of optimism and why we need to start taking the long view.

Q: One of your "six drivers of global change" zeros in on the education of girls. Why is that so essential?

Al Gore: Population growth is straining the Earth's resources to the breaking point, and educating girls is the single most important factor in stabilizing that. That, plus helping women gain political and economic power, and safeguarding their reproductive rights.

Q: Also threatening to the Earth are devastating events like Hurricane Sandy. Do you ever think, "I told you so"?

Al Gore: Well, no, certainly not in those words. I take no pleasure in the fact that the scientific predictions I've relayed to popular audiences turn out to be true. And much worse will come unless we act very quickly. Sea rise is going to accelerate dramatically, and storms that used to occur once in a hundred or a thousand years will become much more frequent. To prevent even worse consequences, we have to change the way we do things and stop putting 90 million tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every 24 hours. "

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