Monthly Archives: December 2010

Iowa Power Fund Will Create Over $40 Billion in Economic Output by 2033

The Iowa Power Fund, a creation of the 2007 Iowa legislature and the Culver administration, invested $38.3 million in 31 clean energy projects in the Hawkeye state through September 2010. A new report released by the state details the economic … Continue reading

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Fracking: A Report from the You Won’t Believe This Department

A few months ago Plains Justice’s Tar Sands Pipelines blog reported on the many rock-your-world chemicals used to dilute tar sands bitumen in high pressure pipelines running here, there and everywhere across the U.S. Lest you think that Canadians have … Continue reading

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Selby (SD) 500-700 MW Coal Plant Dead for Real

A year or so ago, Plains Justice, Sierra Club and Dakota Rural Action were keeping an eye on plans to build a large new coal plant out in the middle of the South Dakota prairie at Selby (pop. 736), to … Continue reading

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Small Utilities, Big Changes

What a terrific webinar today by Clean Energy Ambassadors, Plains Justice’s innovative peer-to-peer outreach to consumer-owned utilities. With over 60 participants from small utilities across the country that want to use infrared camera technology to lower energy loss on their … Continue reading

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The Few, the Proud, the Green

As the daughter of a Vietnam-era Marine, I probably learned “Halls of Montezuma” before I learned the national anthem. Pride in the Marine Corps was fundamental to my dad and he worked hard to pass it on to his kids. … Continue reading

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Hyperion Refinery Will Have Double the GHG Emissions, and Now It’s for Tar Sands

Over on our Great Plains Tar Sands Pipelines blog, news about the proposed Hyperion Refinery at Elk Point, SD, near Plains Justice’s Vermillion office. Previous greenhouse gas emissions projections were apparently way off due to some forgotten cokers, and now … Continue reading

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Swedish City Goes from 100% to 0% Fossil Fuel Heat

Some folks aren’t going to like the way this story goes, but Kristianstad, Sweden (pop. 80,000) went from 100% fossil fuel heat to 0% in only 20 years, using various forms of waste and biomass as fuel. Cost savings are … Continue reading

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