Monday, November 7, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Week of October 30 to November 5

* North Dakota and its lignate coal industry sued Minnesota, claiming that its Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 violates the U.S. Constitution's dormant Commerce Clause due to its limits on new energy facilities and long-term power purchase agreements that would contribute carbon dioxide emissions.

* A misquote by conservative bloggers of a speech by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, which used the term "jack-booted thugs" to jokingly refer to EPA employeees (the misquote erroneously indicated that she used it to refer to Republicans), sparked controversy.

* Researchers from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and MIT jointly launched a new online tool called the Materials Project, which operates like a “Google” of material properties, a tool intended to accelerate public-private research on material properties and assist clean energy technology development.

* Thailand's record floods moved closer to its capitol in Bankok.

* Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland reported that Chesapeake Bay is starting to recover after years of efforts to control pollution into it.

* University of Central Florida (UCF) won EPA’s 2nd Annual Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings by decreasing energy use by 63.2 percent in a parking garage on the university's main campus.

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