Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In Case You Missed It - Weeks of September 23rd-October 6

* On October 1, President Obama proclaimed October 2012 to be National Energy Action Month.

* At the first presidential debate on October 3, the questions did not focus on the environment, but Romney attacked Obama's funding of renewable energy projects.  Coal stocks rose following the debate.

* Total SA Chief Executive Officer Christophe de Margerie told the Financial Times that "companies should not drill for crude oil in Arctic waters because the environmental risks are too high."

* Eight environmental groups and thirty-three manufacturer's added their support to Michigan's Proposal 3 ballot measure, which would require Michigan utilities to produce 25% of their energy from renewables by 2025.

* Barry Commoner, a scientist and pioneer of the environmental movement whose studies of strontium-90 in children's teeth helped lead to a 1963 partial ban of above-ground nuclear testing, died on October 2 at age 95.

* Robert “Bob” Ragland, who founded Jacksonville's Sierra Club Chapter, landscaped and maintained several Avondale parks, and worked to raise awareness about invasive plants died on September 27 at age 92.

* The Nest, a company co-founded by ipod designer Tony Fadell, announced an upgraded version of its learning thermostat.



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