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Burning the Future

In Burning the Future: Coal in America, writer/director David Novack examines the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia.

Burning The Future: Coal in America
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On-Site Clean Energy
I have compiled a list of questions routinely asked by industrial, commercial, and government customers and mixed-use developers relating to on-site clean energy generation. Answers to a broader range of questions are profiled in my Q&A Column featured on the largest renewable energy web portal: www.renewableenergyaccess.com.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG?
January 16, 2008
A:All clean energy systems and their components have manufacturersí warranties which are routinely honored. Local installation companies that install the on-site energy system also are available for service. When using leasing and financing packages yearly maintenance contracts are usually required and included as a component of the financial package. Some systems using telephone lines, remotely monitor performance, and more soon will be on the market to accomplish this, tied to user-friendly software and even wireless controls and diagnosis.
 
DOESNíT THE WEATHER CHANGE TO OFTEN FOR RELIABLE USE?
January 16, 2008
A:Food growing which requires sunlight is no different than sunlight required for solar production. In fact, even on the cloudiest days, the higher spectrum light that filters through the clouds, produces energy. Storage systems are routinely included whether they be superinsulated water tanks for solar water and space heating, to battery banks and hybrids linking to other technologies such as wind. Wind energy is fairly constant, and they routinely use battery banks and photovoltaics in hybrid systems to compensate for any variability. These kinds of systems operate in extremely rough climates such as Antarctica and arid climates such as the Sahara and Gobi deserts without fail. Freeflow microhydropower systems are scaled to low periods of water supply, and modular biomass s systems are usually linked to agricultural residue and wastes that can be relied upon in all condiditions.
 
ARENíT THESE TECHNOLOGIES TOO UNTESTED FOR NORMAL USE?
January 16, 2008
A:Most on-site clean energy systems have been robustly in the marketplace over the last decade with market penetration rates uniformly over 20 percent per year or higher over the last five years. Large and small scale manufacturers are virtually throughout North America, Europe and Japan with over 100,000 small wind systems worldwide, several million solar water heating systems on buildings, a few million solar electric (photovoltaics) systems on buildings, several hundred thousand combined heat and power systems, among others. Prime products and components come from global Fortune 100 companies as well as cutting edge small businesses. The US military and homeland security operations use these technologies routinely, as does NASA in space - proving these systems are hardy and reliable.
 
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PUBLIC OPINION POLL RESULTS SHOW STUNNING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND OPPOSE NUCLEAR POWER & FOSSIL FUELS

Americans and Energy Policy: The Myth of the Partisan Divide

Popular Mechanics Bulb Test

Consumer Articles: Home Efficiency

Programs and Tips

Energy Star is the national program that rates appliances and promotes energy savings activities. Experts at the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy have also sorts of programs and tips. Here are three sites: