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Global Warming Action Update----- Forwarded Message -----From: "Environmental Law & Policy Center" <howardalearner@...>To: "Mike Neuman" <mtneuman@...>Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 17:09:50 GMTSubject: Global Warming Action UpdateMessage-ID: <20080820170950.9318.1270.qmail@...>
Wisconsin Global Warming Pollution Drops as Gas Prices Rise
The transportation sector is the #2 contributor of global warming pollution in the Midwest , trailing only electricity generation. But as the cost of driving rises, Midwesterners are using their cars less—so much so that carbon dioxide pollution from the transportation sector inWisconsin dropped 4% during the first half of 2008. Accompanying this trend has been record ridership on Amtrak’s Chicago-Milwaukee trains, which boast an on-time record better-than-95%—the highest in the nation.Read more
States Across the Nation are Implementing Renewable Energy Incentives
The concept of a "feed-in tariff" for solar energy is standard practice in Europe , but a newfangled idea here. The feed-in tariff is a program whereby the owners of solar power systems up to a certain size receive a guaranteed, fixed price from an electric utility for electricity fed into the grid. The price is set high enough that a prospective buyer of a solar system can more comfortably handle the up-front cost of installing the equipment. For the first time, a global warming advisory group—has formally endorsed the concept. But Wisconsin's bold move is just one of a number of new policy ideas being considered and/or implemented in states all over the country.
So Far, 2008 is One of the Top Ten Warmest Years Worldwide
Despite cooler-than-normal temperatures this summer in the Midwest , much of the rest of the world continues to bake. Recently released data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration puts 2008 thus far in ninth place for combined land and sea temperature.
What You Can Do: More Green Back-to-School Ideas!
In our last issue, we talked about backpacks equipped with solar panels that can charge cell phones and other small electronic devices. Now, with school about to start, we present an entire list of green ideas, many of which can help reduce your own carbon footprint.
Thank you for your commitment and dedication! Together we can solve the global warming challenges of our generation.
Help us Preserve the Northwoods in Wisconsin
Show your support of Wisconsin ’s Northwoods by signing a petition to preserve theChequamegon-Nicolet National Forest . ELPC continues to file administrative and legal briefs to ensure a healthy forest and a healthy economy.
Growing Chicago's Green Business and Clean Tech Economy
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