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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | July 8, 2009
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- The 32-foot tower installed Wednesday on a one-eighth-acre lot on Shepherd University's East Campus across High Street from White Hall will do much more than generate a mere two kilowatts. It's going to teach. Ed Snyder, chairman of Shepherd's Institute of Environmental Studies, said the wind turbine "is for education and demonstration purposes. We know this is not an ideal location to teach students or bring in people from the community for demonstrations, but it's a small tower so people can see it without it being an eyesore.
July 2, 2009
Hagerstown TEA party A TEA party will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at University Plaza, West Washington Street, Hagerstown. The "Taxed Enough Already" event will include sending letters to elected officials. A speech contest for students ages 14 to 22 will be included at the event. The top three will be selected to present their speeches to a panel of judges at the TEA party. For information, go to National Night Out A National Night Out Celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Hagerstown Fairgrounds.
By JULIE E. GREENE | April 30, 2007
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -Charlie Biggs' passion about conserving electricity isn't new, nor is it a fad. Biggs, 79, and his wife, Margaret, 78, have made a point of making their homes energy efficient since the 1973 oil crisis, when there were long lines at the gas pump - sometimes with no gas left - and the cost of heating oil soared. The Biggses use large windows on the south side of their home to passively heat their home, a Finnish soapstone wood stove to enhance heat during winter nights, evacuated solar tubing on their roof to heat water, and a geothermal system through their well to warm the house in winter and cool it during summer.
By DON AINES | July 2, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The answer to the crisis of high energy prices facing the nation cannot be solved by drilling for oil alone, but U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said it is a good place to start. With a Sheetz sign for gas at $3.99 per gallon as a backdrop, Shuster, R-Pa., announced Tuesday that he has introduced legislation titled the Energy Independence Act that would allow drilling on the continental shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), along with programs to develop alternative energy such as nuclear and wind power and coal liquefaction.
February 19, 2008
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced Pennsylvania's latest recommendations to Congress for the Farm Bill, a key piece of federal legislation that will guide agriculture and nutrition programs for the next five years. In a letter to Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation, Gov.Rendell said the state's top Farm Bill priority is support for its initiative to expand the renewable energy industry. Cellulosic ethanol and agricultural renewable energy production can produce 60,000 new jobs in the state, while reducing the U.S.'s dependence on foreign energy sources and negative environmental impacts.
February 3, 2004
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell will present his $22.7 billion budget for fiscal 2004-05 to state lawmakers today. The budget represents a 6 percent increase in state spending, but the more worrisome aspects would borrow $3 billion to protect the environment and stimulate the state's economy. If those things are worth doing, the governor should make the case for paying for them now, instead of adding to the state's long-term debt. Budget Secretary Michael Mascha told The Associated Press that the cost of borrowing such a large amount of money would require $37 million in interest payments the first year alone.
By NAPSA | April 4, 2009
If you're like many homeowners, you may never have thought about the "green" options available right below your feet. Being a socially responsible homeowner can start from the ground up. Installing flooring alternatives such as carpet made from recycled plastic bottles, reclaimed hardwood or laminate made with pre-consumer waste can help save the environment one step at a time. All across the country, buildings and structures are being dismantled. Generally, the waste is dumped into landfills.
by DON AINES | September 29, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - America has a big appetite for foreign oil, but Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty says the state has a plan to add more homegrown energy to its diet. The PennSecurity Fuels Initiative was a project to encourage the use of renewable energy that McGinty outlined during a speech Thursday at Wilson College. The goal is to produce 900 million gallons of transportation fuels a year within the next decade, she said. "We would grow and use the same amount of fuel we currently import from the Persian Gulf," McGinty told a group of about 60 students and area residents.
October 27, 2008
As part of this month's coverage of the Nov. 4 election for Maryland's 6th District seat in Congress, The Herald-Mail asked the three candidates to respond in up to 100 words to a few questions about issues. Last week, the candidates talked about immigration. This week's question is: How should the federal government react to global warming? U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, Republican: There are many people and organizations concerned about climate change. Others focus on reducing the threat to our economy and national security from dependence upon imported oil. Many worry about the impact of fossil fuels on our environment.
August 26, 2011
Hagerstown Community College announces that Zebulon Hull of Hancock is the first student in HCC's Alternative Energy Technology (AET) program to intern at a renewable energy company. Although he had taken classes previously at the college, Hull, 27, decided to enroll full time in fall 2010 once he learned of HCC's new AET program. Hull said he became interested in alternative energy sources after high school when he learned more about the rising costs of energy and the negative impact that fossil fuels have on the environment.
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