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As a finance guy, I love to harp on the importance of long-term financial planning (which I’ll do in a moment) but I’m thinking about it today from a global energy standpoint. Our addiction to oil has been discussed for ages.

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Last week I landed at Washington National in D.C. on one of the windiest days the city could remember. At the airport, 40 mph winds jounced and bounced our modest-sized jet from Burlington. Quite fitting, I thought for the wind energy lobby day on Capitol Hill.

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NRG Systems, building exterior from Riggs Road. Photo credit: Carolyn BatesAt our company, sustainability is engrained in our culture and a part of the values that drive our business decisions. We think it not only makes good business sense, but it’s the right thing to do.

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This is a political battle which may end up in federal court, but in terms of the alternatives presented below, there has been one startling change in the Vermont context — strong public resistance to the construction of wind farms. This resistance is fueled by frightening tales of noise-related illness,...

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Competition or cooperation with China will seem like an odd question to many in the U.S. wind industry. Since my last blog post on China, you may have noted the Global Wind Energy Council announcement that China passed the USA for installed wind capacity:

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Africa has been known as “the dark continent.” A night satellite photo reveals that most of the continent is indeed dark at night. The book points out that most of Africa’s 1 billion people go to bed when it gets dark or make do with fuel based lighting, fires or moonlight.

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In an online debate run by The Economist, Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute and Steve Sawyer of the Global Wind Energy Council have been debating the effectiveness of natural gas vs. renewables in limiting the world’s carbon emissions.

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As the mother of one young child and another on the way, I’ve been following the debate about childhood vaccination and autism quite closely. Earlier this month we learned that the work of Andrew Wakefield, the British researcher who posited a link between autism and childhood vaccination, was fraudulent.

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I guess I don’t really get it. Nimby, or nimbyism that is. I mean I get that the pristine mountain ridge, the amber waves of grain and the wine dark sea are most lovely when unadulterated -- no houses, factories, power lines or wind turbines. What I don’t get is that the visual price of wind turbines on the top of our ridge, across the expanse of our prairie or on the horizon of our sea is seen as greater than the price of their West Virginian ridges with their tops removed for coal production or those rolling lawns dotted with white crosses from defending access to oil reserves or their beaches fouled and their seas slick with oil spilled from depths.

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