Kicking Our Oil Addiction: Minnesota Becomes First State to Endorse an Electric-Alcohol Strategy

Date: 8 Jun 2006 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 8, 2006 Contact: David Morris, 612-276-3456, dmorris@ilsr.org Kicking Our Oil Addiction:  Minnesota Becomes First State to Endorse an Electric-Alcohol Strategy Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed into law H.F. 3718, the nation’s … Read More

Minnesota’s Future Wind Energy Development An Opportunity to Nurture Local Ownership

Date: 13 Feb 2006 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 13, 2006 Contact: David Morris or John Bailey, 612-276-3456 Minnesota’s Future Wind Energy Development An Opportunity to Nurture Local Ownership MINNEAPOLIS –  “In the next five years, Minnesota is poised to become the community-owned wind … Read More

George vs. Jimmy on Energy

Date: 4 Oct 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The image of George W. Bush asking Americans to save oil by driving less brings to mind another image, that of Jimmy Carter wearing a cardigan sweater and asking Americans to save oil by turning down our thermostats. This column by my colleague David Morris encourages readers to understand the similarities and the differences of the two approaches.

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Report: The Net Energy of Ethanol Debate Must End

Date: 12 Sep 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance offers a scathing critique of a 2005 study by biofuels critics, Professors David Pimentel and Tad Patzek. David Morris, ILSR’s vice president and author of the study, The Carbohydrate Economy, Biofuels and the Net Energy Debate, stresses that “A carefully designed biofuels strategy may be the answer not only to our energy problems but to another global dilemma as well: the plight of agriculture.”

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Media Release: Response to Wal-Mart’s New “Green” Store in McKinney, Texas

Date: 21 Jul 2005 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

MINNEAPOLIS (July 20, 2005)—While the features incorporated into Wal-Mart’s new "green" store in McKinney, Texas, create very modest improvements in energy consumption and stormwater runoff, they do not change Wal-Mart’s basic business model, which is extremely polluting. … Read More

Media Release: Data Show Wal-Mart Employees in Maine Rely Heavily on Public Assistance

Date: 28 Jun 2005 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 4 Facebooktwitterredditmail

PORTLAND, ME [June 28, 2005]—Hundreds of Maine workers employed by Wal-Mart are enrolled in the state’s public assistance programs, including Medicaid, Food Stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, according to data released by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. … Read More

New Rules Project Receives the 2005 National Main Street Civic Leadership Award

Date: 8 May 2005 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has presented its 2005 Main Street Civic Leadership Award to the New Rules Project, a program of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the commercial district revitalization movement by an organization or individual working in the public policy arena.… Read More

Instructive Lessons on Ethanol

Date: 2 Feb 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR’s vice president David Morris gives the West Wing writers a piece of his mind and gives the rest of us an important lesson on the renewable fuel called ethanol.

Critics of ethanol often used outdated information and unsubstantiated rumors in arguments against the renewable fuel. Myths about the negative aspects of ethanol have persisted for decades even though the vast majority of studies continue to show the environmental, security and economic development benefits that the fuel provides. My colleague David Morris’ recent column is instructive reading.

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