August 29, 2008


Obama embraces eco-themes

Obama: unstoppable Following are energy and tax proposals listed by Sen. Barack Obama in a speech accepting the Democratic Party nomination for president on Thursday, according to excerpts of the speech released in advance.

Energy policy

– Investing $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy, wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels. Obama says that will lead to new industries and 5 million new well-paying jobs.

– Ending U.S. dependence on oil from the Middle East in 10 years.

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Renewable Energy 101

Mojave solar rig – world’s biggest
Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wood – which are all renewable (naturally replenished). Renewable energy technologies include solar power, wind power, hydroelectricity, micro hydro, biomass and biofuels.

In 2006, about 18% of global final energy consumption came from renewables, 13% from traditional biomass,

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