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    “Restricting international trade in fossil fuels is not an effective policy to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions or to advance domestic economic interests, and we recommend against any such restrictions,” — Byron Dorgan, former U.S. Senator, testifying on behalf of the Bipartisan Policy Center

    Somewhere today, in Seoul, South Korea, and a mother switches on a light, flooding her family kitchen with a warm morning glow. A plant operator checks a boiler, ensuring the facility has the power it needs to continue chugging along. A young entrepreneur boots up a computer, eager to start his day.

    The thread that connects these individuals, and millions more across the Korean peninsula, may surprise you. Daily Korean life is powered heavily by coal, and due to limited domestic reserves, Korea is the world’s sixth largest importer of coal. In 2012, the United States exported approximately eight million metric tons of coal to South Korea, nearly half of that coming directly from Montana’s Spring Creek Mine outside of Decker.

    “South Korea is actively building coal-fired generation, using the latest technology available. They are doing so based upon the fact that they believe coal will be a primary source of electricity for them into the foreseeable future,” said Todd O’Hair, senior manager of government affairs for Cloud Peak Energy, owner of the Spring Creek Min...

  • British Support for Renewable Energy Continues To Grow

    Environment, Environmental Design


    A new survey conducted by the British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has found British support for renewable energies has grown in the past year.

    The survey, DECC Public Attitudes Tracker, was run from early 2012 through to last March. There were four surveys — one longer survey and three shorter ones — concluded with a face-to-face in-home interview with a representative sample of 2,051 households.

    Below are the key findings which were taken from the survey, as finalised after Wave 5. For a full comparison of wave 5 findings against the previous four waves, head on over to the DECC website and access the full questionnaire, the full wave 5 dataset, and more.

    ENERGY BILLS & SWITCHING: six in ten people concerned about energy bills; increased interest in collective switching

    Concern about energy bills has reached the highest level since wave 1, with 59% of UK adults concerned about rising bills (56% in wave 1) and 45% to 50% over waves 2-4. This is likely to have been influenced by the unseasonably cold weather prior to and during the fieldwork period.

    Awareness of collective switching increased to 27%, from 21% in wave 1 and there was a significant increase in the proportion of people interested in joining a collective switching scheme, up to 42% from 34% in wave 1.

    16% have switched energy supplier in the last year, similar to the wave 1 figure of 15%.



    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Gundersen Health System took a big step toward energy independence Wednesday, as they powered-up a new biomass boiler.

    It's located on the La Crosse campus and makes up 38 percent of the energy independence goal. Gundersen is on track achieve that independence by 2014

    The boiler generates steam that is used to heat buildings as well as to power laundry and kitchen facilities and even sanitize medical equipment.

    "This sets the example for the community that Gundersen is really concerned about cost," said Alan Eber, the manger of energy and engineering. "We're trying to reduce the cost of care for our patients by lowering the cost of our energy usage. We're also being environmentally friendly, it sets that example. It improves the health of our community by putting less fossil fuel waste into the atmosphere."

    The boiler is powered by wood chips from around western Wisconsin. The biomass boiler is estimated to save Gundersen Health System about $500,000 a year.

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