Minnesota Mandates Biodiesel

Date: 30 Aug 2004 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Note: This article was originally published in the April 2002 issue of Democratic Energy.

In March 2002, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first biodiesel mandate. The new law requires nearly all diesel fuel sold in the state to contain at least 2 percent biodiesel by 2005. The mandate can go into effect earlier than 2005 if Congress enacts financial incentives for using vegetable oil in vehicles and if Minnesota has a sufficient in-state capacity to produce 8,000,000 gallons per year.

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Nevada to the Union, “Why Should We Take Your Nuclear Waste?”

Date: 30 Aug 2004 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Note: This article was originally published in the April 2002 issue of Democratic Energy.

In a classic battle of state vs. Federal authority, Nevada faces country-wide opposition in its fight to prevent the nation’s nuclear waste from being shipped to a mountain 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Nevada has no nuclear reactors but will be home to radioactive wastes from the 31 states that do. Thirty-one states translates into 62 votes in the Senate, so Nevada faces an uphill struggle even if some of those Senators support its position.

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Report: A Better Way to Get From Here to There – A Commentary on the Hydrogen Economy

Date: 5 Jan 2004 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In January 2004, we published this report by David Morris describing a promising domestic energy strategy that relies on biofuels and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) as a solution moving the U.S. towards energy independence.The idea of a hydrogen economy has burst like a supernova over the energy policy landscape, mesmerizing us with its possibilities while blinding us to its weaknesses. Such a fierce spotlight on hydrogen is pushing more promising strategies into the shadows.

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It Won’t Cost Much to Reduce a Major Source of Nuclear Waste

Date: 12 Feb 2003 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It Won’t Cost Much to Reduce a Major Source of Nuclear Waste By John Bailey Originally Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 12, 2003 For less than $6 a year per household, Xcel Energy can shut down the twin nuclear reactors at Prairie Island and eliminate two-thirds of the state’s nuclear waste production. That is … Read More

Report: Biomass – Which Road to Take?

Date: 5 Oct 2001 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This October 2001 paper by David Morris looks at how plant matter must be an important element in a sustainable economy because it is the only renewable resource from which we can fashion physical products. In the next few months and years we will be making decisions at the local, state, national and international level that will channel tens, perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars of money into certain areas and markets. We are changing the rules.

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Crisis Should Spur Citizens to Take Control of Electricity System – Seeing the Light Press Release

Date: 9 Jun 2001 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

New Book Provides Concrete Examples of How to Regain Control and Reliability.  Few Americans feel they understand, let alone have any say over, the intricate forces that determine whether their lights go on. In today’s energy system, we have become utterly dependent on distant power plants, long-haul transmission lines, and unaccountable decision-makers.  Toregain reliability and peace of mind, according to a new book published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), citizens must take charge of their electrons.

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Solutions to Electricity Crisis

Date: 5 Jun 2001 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Themedia simply report on California’s shortfall of thousands of megawatts and limit the discussion to President Bush’s energy plan and Gov. Gray Davis’ plea for wholesale rate caps. They’re missing the real story. California may need thousands of megawatts of generating capacity in the long run, but the rolling blackouts hit only a few blocks at a time. This summers’ electricity crisis, therefore, isn’t going to be dealt with in Washington or even Sacramento, but at the local and neighborhood level.

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