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Sequester means DOD Energy now Racing under Yellow Flag

From multiple sources, the threat (and since March 1st, the reality) of sequester-driven DOD budget cuts has put many energy related initiatives on hold. In some cases, it's full stop for the foreseeable project. In others, there's an expectation that things will keep going but will be at reduced speed.

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EPA: Coal Plants Still #1 Source of U.S. Carbon Emissions

Coal Emmissions in the SoutheastThere’s nothing like a heaping serving of data to really drive a point home – and that’s exactly what the Environmental Protection Agency does with its most recent report of plant-by-plant emissions data.  EPA’s 2011 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program report is loaded with emissions data from 1,594 fossil fuel plants across the nation.  The resoundingly clear point made by this report is that fossil-fueled power plants are the primary contributors of carbon pollution in the United States, accounting for 67% of total national carbon emissions.  Although total 2011 power plant carbon emissions are down about 4.5% from 2010, due in part to a trend of relying on more natural gas generation, coal-fired power plants remain the primary contributors to our national carbon emissions. Here in the Southeast, we hold the dubious position of having 6 of the nation’s most carbon-polluting states, totaling over 456 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (also known as “CO2e” – explained below) emitted per year.

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Small Modular Reactors (SMR) Win the Golden Fleece Award

Today, the non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer watchdog organization, Taxpayers for Common Sense, presented “The Golden Fleece” award to Small Modular Reactors (SMRs). “The Golden Fleece” is awarded when a project so exemplifies wasted taxpayer dollars – instead of investments worthy of those limited resources – that this independent taxpayer protection group feels compelled to focus extra public attention on an issue.

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Salad Bar Nation challenges America to eat a salad every day

Salad Bar Nation and Whole FoodsCampaign aims to improve nutrition and fund 2,013 salad bars in 2013

Whole Kids Foundation™, in conjunction with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, announced the launch of Salad Bar Nation, a public awareness and fundraising campaign committed to improving the nation’s nutrition by challenging Americans to eat a salad every day. The campaign will make it possible for one million children to have salads every day at school by funding 2,013 salad bars for schools across the country.

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United Fresh Requests Extension for FSMA Rules Comments

Request would extend comment period to May 16, 2013

United Fresh has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the comment period on certain provisions in the proposed Produce and Preventive Controls Rules. Several provisions currently face a comment deadline of February 15. The extension is necessary to provide sufficient time for the industry to examine and respond to the complex and substantial changes proposed for the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry, as well as all other food industries in the United States.

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