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Oregon town uses geothermal energy to stay warm

Oregon town uses geothermal energy to stay warm

Geothermal wells in this town of 20,000 mark one of the most ambitious uses of a green energy resource with a tiny carbon footprint and could serve as a model for a still-fledgling industry that is gaining steam with $338 million in stimulus funds and more than 100 projects nationwide.

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Green economy on the rise

Green jobs in the state's private sector grew by nearly 33 percent last year, according to a state Employment Security Department report released Thursday. The study, directed by the state Legislature, tallied 99,319 green jobs, or about 3.3 percent of the state’s work force. The state defines a green job as one in which workers increase energy efficiency, produce renewable energy, or prevent, reduce and clean up pollution.

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B.C. green sector could become $27-billion giant: report

B.C. green sector could become $27-billion giant: report

British Columbia’s green economy could grow into a $27-billion-per-year green giant by 2020, according to a new report from the Globe Foundation. B.C. could become a “living laboratory” for green-sector growth that would add value to the provincial gross domestic product more than twice as fast as the economy as a whole.

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Governors seek national power standard to boost wind industry

Governors seek national power standard to boost wind industry

Congress must set a national renewable-power standard and revamp the electric grid to help the burgeoning U.S. wind-energy industry reach its potential and compete globally, governors from 29 states, including Washington, Oregon and Montana said.

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Cynicism: Big oil’s best friend

Cynicism:  Big oil’s best friend

Here is an important milestone: The clean energy economy now has enough momentum to worry the oiligarchs. Warning of “bubbles” is a smart, easy way for them to discourage energy independence; in the wake of market meltdowns and Wall Street bailouts, exploiting American cynicism is like shooting fish in a barrel.

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