Power Surges Ahead
Economic Benefits From Open Space
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..
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.
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.
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
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.