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Greening of the US Government

The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about the Greening of the US Government.


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House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change

     - by Kate Sheppard - May 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security.

The amendment, from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), passed in what was nearly a party-line vote. . . The bill aims to block the DOD from taking any significant action related to climate change or its potential consequences.


CLICK HERE - Amendment from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) - (1 page .PDF file)

CLICK HERE - Bill Text - H.R. 4435

CLICK HERE - Final Vote Results - H.R. 4435 - May 22, 2014

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Federal Climate Change Expenditures - Report to Congress - August 2013

The following is an accounting of Federal funding for climate change programs and activities, both domestic and international, included in the fiscal year (FY) 2014 President’s Budget.

Federal Climate Change Expenditures - Report to Congress (48 page .PDF report)

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Municipal Solid Waste Plants Convert Garbage to Electricity

submitted by Al Cisneros


Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Generator Report, Early Release 2011 - September 17, 2012

Waste-to-energy plants burn municipal solid waste (MSW) to generate electricity or heat. At the plant, MSW is unloaded from collection trucks and shredded or processed to ease handling. The waste is fed into a combustion chamber to be burned. The heat released from burning the MSW is used to produce steam, which turns a turbine to generate electricity.

In 2011, there were 75 waste-to-energy plants operating in 20 states, with a total electric generating capacity of 2,238 megawatts. During the same year, waste-to-energy plants generated approximately 14 million megawatthours of electricity from MSW, or about 0.3% of total U.S. generation, which was roughly the same as geothermal electricity generation in the United States.

Maine Regulators Pave Way for US Tidal Power


FILE - In this June 13, 2011 file photo, the Energy Tide 2, the largest tidal energy turbine ever deployed in the U.S., appears on a barge in Portland, Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, set contract terms and directed three utilities to negotiate with the company, Ocean Renewable Power Co., to put electricity onto the grid this summer.  Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

by David Sharp - Associated Press - - April 24, 2012

Maine regulators on Tuesday put three utilities on the path to distribute electricity harnessed from tides at the nation's eastern tip, a key milestone in a bid to turn the natural rise and fall of ocean levels into power.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission set terms for a contract that would be in place for 20 years. The regulators also directed the three utilities to negotiate with Ocean Renewable Power Co. to put electricity onto the grid this summer, the first long-term power purchase agreements for tidal energy in the United States.


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