Clean Water Clear Air … actions we must take now

 Did you read how many wells are contaminated with toxins from runoff?
 
Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen again!

Dear eeSGroup,

It’s pretty simple: our water should not be used as dumping grounds for polluters.

The White House has been working to make sure that our wetlands and small streams finally get the strong protection they need.  Let the Administration know you support these strong clean water policies. Ask them to finalize the proposal to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act now!

Many small streams and wetlands are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction because of policy decisions made by the last Administration, after confusing Supreme Court rulings.  Last year the Obama Administration proposed to fix this problem.  But powerful special interests oppose these common sense updates and are attempting to delay this vital work. Clean Water Action members like you can make sure the President continues to move forward to protect streams, wetlands and other water threatened by polluters.

These streams and wetlands aren’t just geographical features.  They provide drinking water for over 117 million people, serve as critical habitat for fish and wildlife, protect us against floods, and filter pollution.  They are vital parts of our water infrastructure and need to be protected by the Clean Water Act.  You can ensure this happens by joining thousands of Americans who are telling the President that we support his efforts.

Before the distraction of an election season takes over, we need your help to show President Obama that we agree with him that clean water is the foundation of healthy economies and healthy communities. Let’s remind him that our nation’s clean water progress needs to continue!

Please take action today!

-Jennifer

Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Coordinator

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Weekend Without Oil To Help Teens Reduce Consumption

by Chris Tackett, Fayetteville, Arkansas on 08. 5.10

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We’ve been focused on educating people about reducing their oil consumption (see our Minus Oil series), so when we heard from DoSomething about their Weekend Without Oil it was as if the idea had been plucked straight from our heads. With a goal of getting teens to reduce their oil consumption, the Weekend Without Oil will be held August 21 & 22nd, so mark your calendar!

Find out more about the Weekend Without Oil and how you can participate below.

About The Weekend Without Oil
The Weekend Without Oil aims to help teens (and anyone willing to participate) recognize the many ways that their day-to-day activities increase oil consumption and provide ideas for how to reduce it. Participants are given a list of personal actions they can take and are asked to make a pledge to participate in the weekend-long event. While the activities are personal, by taking the pledge to participate on the same weekend as many others, the participants are able to see what their small personal actions can lead to on a larger scale.

Supporters of the event include Do Something, ClimateCounts.org, My Gulf Action, Mobilize.org,  @BPglobalPR, AOL Lifestream and TreeHugger.

Weekend Without Oil Action Items
The Weekend Without Oil is targeted to teens, so the list of action items may not sound relevant to all readers, but I think there are enough substantial actions to make this list a nice starting point for anyone wishing to reduce their consumption of oil. Some are about specific things to do that weekend, but all can be turned into regular habits for added benefit. On the Weekend Without Oil page, each action item is listed along with more info on why it is a good idea, so be sure to visit their page for the full list. Here is a shortened version of the list:

1. Walk or ride your bike.
2. Enjoy the outdoors.
3. Use reusable bags.
4. Eat less meat.
5. Don’t buy new make-up that weekend
6. Drink tap water:
7. Don’t always buy the newest gadget.
8. Don’t buy new DVDs or CDs.
9. Skip buying new clothes that weekend
10. Head to your local library or read online.

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Setting a Price on Carbon Will Help US End Oil Addiction – Not Just Combat Climate Change

by Matthew McDermott, New York, NY on 07.22.10
photo:  Carina via flickr

There’s lots of overlap between ending our oil addiction in the United States and combating climate change, with setting a price on carbon (regardless of the mechanism used, be it cap and trade, a carbon tax, or something else) mostly being cast as being a solution for reducing the impacts of global warming. This is certainly true, but it also could go a long way towards reducing our oil usage as well.

Perhaps its hugely obvious to say, but I’ll still say it again. When burned in an internal combustion engine, gasoline and diesel fuel emits lots of carbon into the atmosphere–19.4 pounds of CO2 per gallon of gasoline and 22.2 pounds per gallon for diesel fuel in fact, according to the official EPA stats.

Externalizing Pollution Costs Means We All Pay For Them
To refresh your Economics 101 terminology, those carbon emissions (and the other air pollutants released from burning gasoline) are a negative environmental externality. In other words, they are quantifiable financial costs associated with the purchase and use of gasoline which aren’t incorporated into the price consumers pay.

In fact, those not-included (externalized) costs are an economic burden upon society because of the myriad impacts that unchecked carbon emissions are creating, directly and indirectly, in terms of rising global temperatures, ocean acidification, spreading tropical disease, decreased crop yields leading to more hunger and poverty, et cetera, et cetera–TreeHugger has documented all of these and the associated environmental degradation ad infinitum.

The externalized costs of pollution, when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions at least, can affect people literally on the other side of the world from where the polluting product is produced or consumed–with in many cases those people least able to adapt being the greatest affected. Indonesian farmer, photo:  Danumurthi Mahendra via flickr.

Consumers Have Inaccurate, Incomplete Information
Not including these costs in the price consumers pay also creates a situation of imperfect information being made available to purchasers. In other words, the price paid does accurately represent the true cost of the good. By pushing part of the true cost of oil off to society as a whole (externalizing it) you’ve created a market failure that needs to be rectified if the entire market system enterprise is to work.

This is where setting a price on carbon comes in. Whether established as a carbon tax or through a carbon trading system, this price on carbon will, yes, increase the cost of gasoline, diesel, and all the other uses for oil.

Price Pollution & The Economy Will Adjust to Be Less Polluting
To an oil addicted society this may seem like self-imposed pain–admittedly there will be an adjustment period to go through (if certainly not one which can’t be managed)–but it is both good and necessary for both the economy and the environment.

From a theoretical perspective, incorporating the cost of carbon pollution into the price consumers pay for products derived from oil gives them fuller information, which allows the free market to function more efficiently–and there’s nothing most economists like better than a well functioning market.

From a practical perspective, raising the price of goods made from oil brings the comparative cost of them more accurately in line with those made from non-polluting materials, which are often now more expensive because of the de facto subsidy petroleum and other fossil fuels currently receive.

Effects Will Go Well Beyond Which Goods We Buy
This in turn will gradually shift consumer spending, habit and preference towards goods which are made from materials with no or lower carbon emissions. It will encourage city and town planning towards patterns which support more walkable and bikeable communities. It will encourage both public and private transit to be powered by low-carbon sources of energy. It will encourage long-distance shipping to be done similarly, in turn likely stimulating more localized and regionalized economies–with long distance shipping occurring only for those goods which either can only be produced in certain locations due to geography or where, even including the cost of transport, some competitive advantage still keeps costs lower.

Oil (and other fossil fuels) may well still be used for some products and applications once the now-externalized cost of carbon emissions are included in the price, if there simply isn’t another good option for the task at hand, but the price of those products will more accurately reflect the environmental cost of doing so and their use likely curbed substantially.

The economy will adjust to the new conditions, adapting and innovating products because of the new pricing. The balance of jobs will shift, with jobs being lost in production of fossil fuels and new ones created in other areas, balancing them. Just like the environment adapting to changes, the economy will as well. And at least one aspect of humanity’s impact on the planet upon which we, and the economy, utterly depend will be lowered.

You + Oceans: What’s the Connection?

Posted By: Nature Conservancy, Inc.
To: Members in 98 Causes

(C) Sista Irie, Port Antonio

Did you know June 8th is World Oceans Day?

We encourage you to celebrate World Oceans Day today, not just because the need to protect our oceans and coasts came into sharp focus with the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but because you are affected by the ocean every day.

Compounds from coral reef plants and animals help treat cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, viruses and other diseases. This is just one example of the ways you are connected to the world’s oceans.

Our connection to the ocean plays a vital role in our survival, yet there is more to it than that.

Why are you drawn to the sea? Is it the beauty of a sunset reflecting on the water? Is it the immense power of waves crashing on the shore? Tell us! Share what inspires you about oceans.

Thank you for all you do to help with marine conservation each and every day.

Happy World Oceans Day,
The Nature Conservancy

p.s. In honor of this Father’s Day, June 20, when you Adopt an Acre® in Australia today, you’ll be able to give dad a paperless gift he’ll love and help protect the unpopulated Indian Ocean coastline.

SOURCE: http://www.nature.org/multimedia/features/art30988.html

Stronger Evidence Pollution Damages Heart: Report

Date: 12-May-10
Country: US
Author: REUTERS

The evidence is stronger than ever that pollution from industry, traffic and power generation causes strokes and heart attacks, and people should avoid breathing in smog, the American Heart Association said on Monday.

Fine particulate matter from burning fossil fuels such as gasoline, coal and oil is the clearest offender, the group said.

“Particulate matter appears to directly increase risk by triggering events in susceptible individuals within hours to days of an increased level of exposure, even among those who otherwise may have been healthy for years,” said Dr. Robert Brook of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who headed the group writing the report.

A review of six year’s worth of medical research also showed strong evidence that pollution can help clog arteries, and a “small yet consistent” association between short-term exposure to air pollution and premature death.

“The foremost message for these high-risk groups remains that they should work to control their modifiable traditional risk factors — blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, smoking,” Brook said.

The American Heart Association said fine particulates could work in several ways, including by causing inflammation.

“It’s possible that certain very small particles, or chemicals that travel with them, may reach the circulation and cause direct harm,” Brook said.

“These responses can increase blood clotting and thrombosis, impair vascular function and blood flow, elevate blood pressure, and disrupt proper cardiac electrical activity which may ultimately provoke heart attacks, strokes, or even death.”

The group recommends that the elderly or anyone with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes should pay attention to air pollution and air quality index warnings.

“People can limit their exposure as much as possible by decreasing their time outside when particle levels are high and reducing time spent in traffic — a common source of exposure in today’s world,” Brook said.

(Editing by Eric Beech)

Americans ‘bombarded’ with cancer sources: report

Lately, I regularly hear people ask “what won’t kill me”.  Then they take the attitude that everything will, so why concern themselves with those dangers that can be controlled by them.  Help others turn this attitude around and be more proactive… CSea

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Date: 07-May-10
Country: US
Author: Maggie Fox


Century City and downtown Los Angeles are seen through the smog December 31, 2007.
Photo: Lucy Nicholson

Americans are being “bombarded” with cancer-causing chemicals and radiation and the federal government must do far more to protect them, presidential cancer advisers said on Thursday.

Although most experts agree that as many as two-thirds of cancer cases are caused by lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise, the two-member panel said many avoidable cancers were also caused by pollution, radon gas from the soil and medical imaging scans.

“The incidence of some cancers, including some most common among children, is increasing for unexplained reasons,” wrote the two panel members, Dr. LaSalle Leffall, professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington and Margaret Kripke, an emeritus professor at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Cancer is the No. 2 killer of Americans, after heart disease. Kripke and Leffall, both appointed by President George W. Bush, decided in 2008 to focus a report on potential environmental links to cancer.

“The American people — even before they are born — are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures,” they wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama at top of the report.

“The panel urges you most strongly to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase healthcare costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.”

A White House spokesman indicated he had not yet seen the report and the National Cancer Institute declined comment.

KNOWN RISKS

The American Cancer Society said the report downplayed known risks that cause most cases of cancer including tobacco, obesity, alcohol, infections, hormones and sunlight.

“The report is most provocative when it restates hypotheses as if they were established facts,” the society’s Dr. Michael Thun said in a statement.

“For example, its conclusion that ‘the true burden of environmentally (pollution) induced cancer has been grossly underestimated’ does not represent scientific consensus.”

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… another Deforestation result

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Green Life Tips

    Source:  http://agreenliving.net/

    eco respect

    Eco-Friendly Printing and Office Tips

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 01:18 PM PDT

    Paper is a big problem from an environmentalism perspective.  Every day, we come in contact with a lot of paper, and we mostly throw it out!  Americans consume more paper per capita than any other country in the world – more than seven hundred pounds per person! Others have serious paper consumption problems as well (Western […] Related posts:

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    Ditch your Answering Machine and Switch to Voice Mail

    Posted: 23 Apr 2010 12:46 PM PDT

    Although not an idea that jumps right to mind, experts are showing in study after study that by using voice mail, less energy is consumed and results in less hazardous waste than the use of answering machines. In the same way that power plants are responsible for producing considerably less pollution than if everyone ran their […] Related posts:

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    Avoid Overnight Shipping

    Posted: 22 Apr 2010 05:50 PM PDT

    Little Things Make The Difference Did you know that the way you have goods shipped could be having a big environmental impact?  Overnight shipping burns a lot of fuel per item – the most inefficient means of shipping.  That means that it’s important to select regular ground transportation for your mailing needs, not rush delivery, if […] Related posts:

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    Daily smart tip, check air quality

    Exercising outdoors?

    Regular exercise makes us feel great and keeps us healthy. Before you head out for your workout or run, check the air quality forecast for your local area.

    You can find out when air pollutants such as ground-level ozone or airborne particles are at acceptable levels where you live.

    Play the podcast (MP3, 667KB, runtime 0:40) | Check your air quality.

    Want more tips? Visit EPA’s Earth Day site to learn more about Earth Day, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and what you can do to help protect human health and the environment.  http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips2.htm

    David de Rothschild on The True Cost of Plastic

    He reminds us of the problem and then asks us to do something about it.

    By Rachel Cernansky
    Boulder, CO, USA | Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:56 PM ET

    AP Photo/Jean-Pierre Belzit

    david de rothschild plastic photo

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    Plastic | Pollution | Waste Disposal | Water

    In case you’ve missed the ongoing coverage here of David de Rothschild and his Plastiki recycled plastic boat expedition, it’s a mission worth learning about. Plastic has not spared an inch of the planet from its toxic effects, including the depths of the most remote waters in the world’s deep blue oceans.

    In “The True Cost of Plastic,” De Rothschild writes on the Huffington Post a reminder of the extent of the problem. He points out that, “except for a very small percentage that has been incinerated, every single molecule of plastic ever manufactured still exists somewhere in our environment.”

    Yikes. He continues, explaining how once they’ve been dumped into the ocean, chemicals like pesticides and tiny bits of plastic work their way up the food chain:

    The transference occurs as small amounts of these chemicals work their way up the food chain from the filter feeders all the way through to the fish fingers on the kitchen table. All over the world, children and adults alike are unwittingly exposing themselves to low levels of toxicity. Plastic is an odorless and tasteless parasite.

    He also points out the irony: “the very durability that makes plastic so useful to humans also makes it incredibly harmful to all the natural life cycles in every ecosystem worldwide.”

    But! He ends on a positive note: a challenge to stop this problem before it gets worse. It doesn’t have to be this way, he says, and he’s right. The day we change our attitude toward plastic and other waste is the day we change—improve—our treatment of the planet.

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    The clash of time vs. common sense

    Why do you think we have to wear gloves and masks when using these toxic cleaning products?

    As we are exposed to so many harmful toxins, be prepared for the worst.  Sadly, my partner’s friend lost a child to bleach in the home.  The story too sad to repeat in detail but you can likely imagine the burns to the clothes and worse his body.

    You can easily and quickly control the products you use to avoid these horror stories happening to someone you love http://optimum.nontoxichomes.info

    At the very least, read Dr. Sears thoughts on avoiding a trip to the Emergency Room… CSea

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    Al Sears, MD
    11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208
    Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
    March 17, 2010

    Dear CSea,

    There’s a powerful substance every hospital in the country carries in their ER to treat poison victims.

    It’s so potent that one gram of it – an amount the size of your fingernail – can absorb enough toxins to fill the square footage of four tennis courts.

    I’m talking about activated charcoal.

    It’s a form of carbon that’s been processed into a fine, black powder. It’s odorless, tasteless, and safe to consume. And it’s more readily available than you think.

    You can take charcoal to wipe out decades of toxic heavy metals that may have been building up in your body. Harmful metals like arsenic, copper, mercury, and lead.

    You’re exposed to these toxins every single day. They enter your body through the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and even through your skin.

    Very few doctors realize how powerful this stuff is as a way to detox. In fact, many doctors fail to see the benefit of detoxification at all. Mainstream medicine often depicts detox believers as wacko, left-wing tree huggers who don’t know what they’re doing.

    That’s a shame, because activated charcoal is the single best supplement for enhancing detoxification. And it could one day save your life.

    An activated charcoal detox leaves you feeling like a new person – pumped up, recharged, and bursting with energy. As if you were suddenly 20 years younger.

    You can find it at any health-food store. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to take. In fact, because it’s a powder, you can take it just like you would your favorite protein drink.

    I regularly use charcoal as part of my personal detox plan. And I recommend it to patients I see in my clinic.

    It’s best to use a powder form, mixed into a liquid. Tablets or capsules take too long to absorb and release the activated charcoal. And the dose is usually too small to do the job.

    Take 20-30 grams a day of powdered activated charcoal (in divided doses) mixed with water over a period of 1-2 weeks.

    We’re currently testing a powdered charcoal drink mix that will be included in the Primal Force line of supplements. It’s not quite ready yet, but once it is, you’ll be the first to know.

    In the meantime, you can look for activated charcoal powder in your local health-food store.

    I recommend getting it in bulk sizes of one pound (454 grams) or more.

    To Your Good Health,

    Al Sears, MD

    Practical solution to detox your home

    It has come to my attention that we are codependent on toxic chemicals, duh!  Sometimes the truth hurts and always we are given choices.

    Choose wisely. Why?  Because you can.

    Know what harmful toxins you are subjecting yourself and your family to. Research what is in the products you use daily, go online, read the labels, contact the manufacturers, etc.

    The solution I found to resolve this issue was so simple, I found myself laughing out loud.  All I had to do was think back 23 years to the Melaleuca products my daughter and I were introduced to.

    Non-toxic and non-caustic; what a concept.  Better than that, to s0me, was that they were more effective than what we were using from the store, safer and actually cost less.  Now that makes sense!

    No brainer!

    Well, last year I decided to look at their business model and was even more impressed with the Mission, the Success and the Vision than I thought possible.

    We are very pleased to have made the time to compare these products to other ‘green’ products and we chose.  Love the Renew so much more than the Eucerin I got at the hospital.  Daughter is a nurse, has her favorite brands of products and switched stores to improve the quality of life for she and her son.

    The “No Work” for the bathroom rocks and the “Sol-U-Guard” kills 99.999% of the 2009 H1N1, bacteria, other virus’ on contact (as do several other products).  There are so many benefits; ask and I’m happy to share my authentic experiences.

    Choose wisely for your future well being and that of your family.  Just over 151 products are engineered with Tea Tree Oil.  Tea Tree Oil is the strongest natural occurring antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral known to man.

    Do the eco.nomics, make smart decisions in living a healthier life!

    CSea Perkins

    http://optimum.nontoxichomes.info

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    You may searching for ideas about green living ideas at home, Join a community organization for conservation eco.nomics.edu, or wanting to build a solar panel system for your home. A first step in preserving the planet for one purpose is to do some simple and easy methods around your home.

    Think about it!…Tons of highly toxic  Greenhouse gases are continually being released into the planets atmosphere that are destroying our green earth and heating it up at a rate faster than our one small planet can absorb and filter it out. Here are a few great green ideas and solutions:

    1. First Reduce

    Reduce! Our Landfills Are Overflowing...


    To become one planet one people, we  need to look ways that aim at reducing our wasteful habits and trying to reuse items we use everyday rather than discarding them into the trash, for the times ahead are troubling for our economy and have a huge impact on the environment in which we live on our planet.

    2. Next Reuse

    Before you discard them try to find uses for your items that may be broken.

    Plastic utensils that you may not use in the kitchen anymore  that are not dangerous, and are safe to use may be just what your kids are looking for to put in their play-dough set or play kitchen.

    A few ideas:

    Common Reusable Items

    • Buying items secondhand like bicycles, clothing, books and games is a great way to reuse stuff. Here are other fun ideas to prolong the life of our things:
    • Sew colorful patches onto a pair of jeans, a jacket or a backpack that has a hole in it.
    • Hold a clothes-swapping party. Invite friends to come over with clothes they no longer wear. Put all the clothes in the middle of the room and start swapping! Donate unwanted items to charity.

    3. Finally Recycle

    Plastic comes from crude oil and paper comes from trees. By recycling just these two items in your household, you’re helping to save two of the Earth’s valuable resources and reducing your home’s carbon dioxide emissions.

    Recycling saves natural resources like minerals, water and timber. By decreasing the need to extract and process virgin materials, recycling helps reduce or eliminate pollution associated with those activities.Composting at home is one of the easiest, most effective and environmentally-friendly ways of recycling green (organic) rubbish.

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    To make sure you keep in the mindset of all one planet one people, try to do the 3 conservative and easy things to do every day and you will be surprised at how much waste you keep out of the landfills and stay in line with the one planet mindset.

    Its so easy and you can feel so good inside your soul that you are helping to preserve the one planet we live on for the future of our one planet and one people. The most important thing is to just do it! Every little bit helps the planet as a whole…

    Peace And Blessings To One Planet Earth!

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    California to Get 33% of its Power from Renewables by 2020

    We at FLIglobal are approached by many businesses needing to reduce carbon emissions and their expense along with fuel dependency.  Below is an article seen in TreeHugger today on how aggressive CA is and how HUGE this goal is.
    Let us not wait to be approached; get out there and educate with solutions to pollution.  There are immediate results in carbon emission reduction when using eeLube / eeFuel.  This will greatly aid CA’s aggressive goals.
    Go to private industry, all fleets, one truck to thousands; continue to help others Make a Difference one tank full at a time…
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    california renewable-energy-standard photo
    Photo via All American Patriots

    Nearly a week ago, the California Senate passed an ambitious energy bill that would require the state to get 33% of its power from renewable sources by 2020. Greens cheered. Then Gov. Schwarzenegger declared he would veto it. Greens booed. Now, the governor has signed an executive mandate that once again commits California to a renewable energy standard of getting a full third of its power from renewable sources by 2030. Should we cheer again?

    It seems we should. The governator never had any problems with such an ambitious renewable energy target–he, along with a number of smaller clean energy companies felt that the Senate bill would threaten smaller projects, and that complex rules would stymie growth. He also felt that a clause limiting the amount of renewable energy that could be purchased out of state was protectionist. So, he circumvented the problem by signing an equally ambitious executive order. Schwarzenegger says he plans on vetoing the Senate bill.

    The new target makes California the state with the highest renewable energy standard by far. The only other state in contention is Hawaii, which has set its sights on getting 40% of its power from renewable sources–but not until 2030.

    According to Green Inc, as of now, the major power providers in California (PG&E, Con Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric) are already required to get 20% of their energy from renewable sources. The new mandate will continue that trend, and state legislators, Schwarzenegger, and many green watchers believe, will keep California on the cutting edge of clean tech and renewable energy development.

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