Utility bills go up, up and up

Patricia Braine, a videographer who lives in the Northgate apartments in Burlington, has already asked her utility providers for payment plans and extensions so she can afford bills she says have nearly doubled in a year.
2 Apr 2006

Renewable Power Moves to State Agendas

"Renewable power mandates merely accentuate the inefficiency and cost premiums attached to so-called renewable power sources," said Jerry Taylor, director of natural resource studies at the Cato Institute. "If renewable power saved consumers money, created jobs, or carried any of the other economic benefits so frequently claimed by environmental activists, then government would not have to pass a law to force power companies to purchase it or consumers to buy it."
1 Apr 2006

Our Energy Challenge - Comments of Durham Branch of The Campaign To Protect Rural England

Because of the pressures on the countryside in the North East, DCPRE, perhaps more than its parent organisation, has considered the effects of wind farms both in terms of their impact on the landscape, including the people who live and seek recreation there and on their effectiveness on the climate, particularly how they affect emissions of greenhouse gases. DCPRE considers that the impact of structures such as wind turbines on the countryside is potentially very severe and is most concerned about the potential cumulative effect of them. Editor's Note: Submitted as a 'Consultation' to the Department of Trade and Industry
1 Apr 2006

End of an era

Kunstler may be understating the human capacity for ingenuity, and he quickly dismisses the potential for alternative energy, from wind power to solar and biofuels. It's hard to imagine, as he does, big cities and suburbs emptying out because we simply won't have access to cheap oil and can't keep the air-conditioning running. But it's far more likely a scenario than the cheerful Energy Information Administration charts showing ever-rising oil reserves in the Middle East, with production meeting demand simply because, well, it has to.
1 Apr 2006

More debate is in the air

Officials at the Massachusetts Audubon Society said yesterday that, despite this week's decision by the powerful conservation group to conditionally endorse the controversial 130-turbine Cape Wind power project, the group will continue to consider other projects in the state on a case-by-case basis.
31 Mar 2006
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