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11.1.07

GCBL staff  |  11/03/07 @ 9:59am

  • Gov. Strickland’s energy bill, which requires utilities to lock-down rates and provide 25% of its power from ‘advanced energy’ such as clean coal, solar and wind, passes in the Ohio Senate.
  • As U.S. Senate approves funding for Amtrak, a Times editorial calls passenger rail “an easy bargain” in the costly world of transportation.
  • After threatening to cut Amtrak funding, lawmakers may have slept with Smart Growth America and National Association of Realtors’ new poll under their pillow, which shows Americans prefer to spend more on mass transit and highway maintenance, less on new roads.
  • Entrepreneurs for Sustainability is looking for a local business that’s shining in the sustainability arena for this year’s E4S Champion of Sustainability. Deadline is this Friday – complete this online form.
  • LA Times beat reporter Ken Weiss, who spent a year working on "Altered Oceans," explains here how he knit together “isolated” stories of Red Tide outbreaks, bizarre illnesses and hidden pollution in his Pulitzer-winning series about a trend in the health of the planet's oceans that created shock waves.
  • "The 100 or so mayors who attended the two-day Climate Protection Summit, convened by the United States Conference of Mayors, heard a clear message: Cities that are “walkable,” workable and livable add up to the “s” word: sustainable. Cities that are centered on people and public transit, not cars, and built to higher standards of energy efficiency will save money, hum with new development and create jobs to suit a greener way of life."—from the Times.

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