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Wind Power Surges Ahead
Installations of new wind projects and repowering of old ones should total more than 1,000 megawatts (MW) in the U.S. during the year that ended June 30, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says, amounting to investment of more than $1 billion. 1,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity generates enough electricity in a year to meet the needs of 250,000 average American households..

Big Economic Benefits From Open Space
Parks and the conservation of natural and agricultural lands contribute billions of dollars every year to local economies across the nation, according to a new report by the Trust for Public Land.

Livability: The Perspectives of Local Government
When mayors speak of livability, they talk about reducing crime, improving public education, helping kids and adults secure better job and housing opportunities, improving the delivery of public services, recycling brownfields, enhancing the local environment, improving parks and libraries and making transportation systems work for people.

Urgent Infrastructure Needs Remain Unmet
One year after the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) outlined $1.3 trillion in critical infrastructure needs, the Society reports that urgent needs in the nationís school buildings, airports, water infrastructure and waste disposal systems remain unmet. However, the Society says the federal government has responded to the nationís surface transportation needs.

Economy Grows, Global Warming Gases Donít
Energy-related carbon emissions by the United States remained flat in 1998 despite four percent economic growth. According to newly available data from the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, this was the first year since 1991 that U.S. carbon emissions did not rise.


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