Thursday, January 11, 2007

Next Interior Secretary Nominee: Oil Can Harry

Gale Norton worked for the mining industry before becoming Secretary of the Interior in 2001. So now that she's left the Bush administration, where is she going? Right back to industry, this time taking a job with Shell Oil. Talk about a revolving door.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a detailed report on what the environmental community has been whispering about for years -- that ExxonMobil pays scientists to back their corporate position.

Some positive environmental news from a power company ...

Energy firm buys into wind turbine project
By The Associated Press
Tuesday December 19, 2006

A Virginia energy giant has bought a 50 percent stake in a Grant County wind turbine project that is the subject of a case before the state Supreme Court.

Dominion, one of the nation's largest energy producers, announced Monday it plans to develop the first phase of a 200-turbine wind farm near Mount Storm, a project that some residents are trying to block.

In a news release, Dominion said the $300 million project gives the Virginia company an opportunity to increase its renewable energy portfolio.
State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple is sponsoring a bill this year to require a portion of electric power in Virginia come from renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro-power and bio mass products. It would be a major step forward, considering green energy is difficult (if not impossible) for Virginia customers to buy right now. Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment has worked on this issue and found Dominion eager to study the issue but reluctant to change.
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