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President Obama, joined by Vice President Biden, announces $8 billion in Recovery Act funding for high-speed rail projects that will provide faster, more energy-efficient travel between cities and create new jobs for American workers. The announcement came during a Town Hall meeting in Tampa, FL.
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GREENSBURG, Kansas (AFP) – With all eyes on US efforts to combat climate change at next week’s UN summit in Copenhagen, one Kansas town is going green in a big way — and setting an example for American communities.
On the evening of May 4, 2007, a category-five tornado swept through the rural midwestern town of Greensburg, killing nine people and obliterating 95 percent of the urban landscape, including the school, the hospital and more than 900 houses.
But this community of 1,400 is rebuilding stronger than ever, in a remarkable comeback billed by Greensburg GreenTown — a grassroots organization involving town residents, local officials and business owners — as a “model for sustainable building and green living.”
Sign welcomes visitors to Greensburg, December 1 in Greensburg, Kansas.
In the wake of disaster, local leaders vowed to rebuild their town as the first in the United States to have all municipal projects constructed to the highest environmental and efficiency design standards.
The efforts have attracted green experts and enthusiasts from around the world because of the Greensburg’s environmentally sustainable principles through renewable energy.
Whereas previously the town’s only pull was having the world’s largest hand-dug well, it now hopes to put itself on the map for eco-living.
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Ocean Power Technologies Project Wins A $66.5m Grant for Wave Power project
PENNINGTON, N.J. Renewable energy firm Ocean Power Technologies has won a (AUD)$66.5 million (USD)$61 million) grant from the Australian government for a project set to be one of the first to generate power from waves on a utility scale.
The company uses buoys floating up and down to drive an electrical generator, with the power generated being transmitted onshore via an underwater cable.
The project off the coast of Victoria is being carried out in conjunction with Leighton Contractors, a unit of Australian mining contractor Leighton Holdings.
The award was announced by the Australian Resources Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, under the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program (REDP), which has awarded funding totaling (AUD)$235 million to four renewable energy projects, aimed at meeting the Government’s target of generating 20% of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
The grant is conditional on the signing of a Funding Deed stipulating the conditions for the grant, which includes funding milestones. Victorian Wave Partners will be required to seek additional funding to enable the completion of the 19 MW wave power station.
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Volkswagen L1 Concept Car
“VW’s biggest news at the Frankfurt auto show was the L1 concept, a prototype that “is close to production” and “will be developed,” the company says. Three ingredients were needed to make it happen: a supremely efficient powertrain, great aerodynamics, and lightweight engineering….the L1 looks refined and close to series production, which couldn’t be said of the 2002 concept. It could be on the market as soon as 2013, Volkswagen sources tell us.”
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