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Green Business Roundup – January 12th 2012

North America’s Biggest Windfarm (3000MW) Fast Tracked in Wyoming

Plans for North America’s largest wind farm have been fast tracked by the Obama administration.  Treehugger reports that the project will bring over 1,000 wind turbines along with jobs and clean energy.  Interestingly, Brian Merchant points out in the article that this is probably a good political move.  You’d be forgiven for not realizing that clean energy has strong cross party support among the public.  The article also notes that conservative opposition to energy projects tends to melt away when the projects are completed.
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US Transport Industry Comes Together to Promote EV Adoption

Some pretty heavy hitting US corporations are coming together to promote electric vehicle adoption.  The Electrification Leadership Council will launch a national demonstration project and is focusing on infrastructure planning, regulatory alignment, and public awareness.
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EPA Creates Interactive Map Showing Large Greenhouse Emitters

The EPA has created a searchable interactive map allowing users to identify major static sources of emissions in local areas and throughout the USA.  The NY Times reports Gina McCarthy from the EPA as hoping that making this information widely available would lead to pressure for emission cuts.
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Plumbers are Not Ready for the Move to Energy Efficient Homes

In the UK, the Guardian newspaper covers a report from the Royal Academy of Engineering.  The report highlights that plumbers are unprepared for the large scale changes to how homes will be heated in a more energy efficient future.  That lack of preparedness is likely to hamper efforts to meet emissions targets and lead to additional cost to homeowners if they need to turn to architects and engineers.
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Lufthansa Plans Trans-Atlantic Biofuel Flight

Lufthansa looks set to cap a biofuel trial of 1,187 domestic flights with a transatlantic flight in a biofuel powered Boeing 747.  The domestic trial used a 50-50 mix and Business Green is reporting estimates that the airline saved 1,471 tonnes of CO2.
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Republican Candidates Debate Themselves on Climate Change

Partisan party politics is not what we do here but the US election race is hard to ignore and it’s worth noting the possible impact on environmental policy.  These videos shared on the Treehugger site show two leading GOP candidates debating against themselves.  Although humorous, it highlights a real problem.  If a Republican candidate can’t get the nomination without denying climate change, what chance is there for action?
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