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April 07, 2009

Coal to Wind and Coal Controversy

Two news stories caught my eye yesterday and today - first up is a good choice of words from U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who said yesterday that "ocean winds can generate 1 million megawatts of power, roughly the equivalent of 3,000 medium-sized coal-fired power plants."

The comment came during the first of four hearings in the U.S. about off-shore energy resources, including whether we should be drilling off our coasts for oil.

The other story getting some notice is a recent coal deal in Washington State, where Gov. Christine Gregoire and the state's Department of Ecology met behind closed doors with coal company TransAlta to negotiate a deal. Read more in this Seattle Times article.

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