Sunday, March 18, 2012

In Case You Missed It: Week of March 11 - March 17

The Earth Policy Institute reported that wind energy developers installed a record 41,000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the installed capacity to a level that can meet the residential electricity needs of 380 million people at European consumption levels.

One year after the nuclear accident in Japan, some analysts suggest the incident only dampened an already-diminishing desire to build new reactors in the U.S., while others find ending nuclear ambitions too hasty a response. Meanwhile, key stakeholders in Japan’s nuclear industry alleged that the disaster was avoidable.

In a draft EIS, staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission endorsed a proposed natural gas pipeline through densely populated sections of northern New Jersey and New York City, despite opposition by groups raising safety concerns in both states.

As explained in the Washington Post, among other media outlets, political quarrels over the causes of and remedies for rising gas prices continue.

The Daily revealed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was buying 7 million pounds of “pink slime”---a gelatinous, ammonia-treated mix of connective tissues and beef scraps that is used as filler in a significant percentage of supermarket ground beef---for school lunches this year.

The U.S. Commerce Department approved catch limits for more than three dozen species in the South Atlantic from Florida to North Carolina.

Less than two months after wolves in the Great Lakes region were removed from the federal endangered species list, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved a bill that would open the way for a wolf hunting and trapping season.

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