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In June of 2010, in the midst of the BP Gulf oil disaster, someone deep in the bowels of the U.S. State Department was considering a two-year delay in the Keystone XL pipeline project, according to documents released last week. Public concerns about the oil industry were peaking, and the $7 billion Canada-to-Texas oil sands pipeline, which had looked like a shoo-in at the beginning of 2010, was getting a closer look.

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What with half a billion dollars in federal cash flushed down the California toilets of the Solyndra solar panel company, the nation has been presented with a nearly irresistible opportunity to scoff at government investment in alternative energy. If you must, scoff at the means — not the end. It can be done right, and in fact is being done right.

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Senate Democrats oppose a House Republican plan to take money from clean-energy loan guarantee programs to pay for disaster relief as part of a short-term spending bill. But on two occasions, Democrats themselves initiated and pushed through Congress plans to divert large amounts of money from the renewable-energy loan guarantee program now at the center of the Solyndra saga.

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Opponents and supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project are gearing up for a pivotal round of public meetings around the country this week — forums that could play a role in whether the massive project receives final approval from the State Department by year’s end.

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At a time of high unemployment, these loans to fund clean auto jobs are more important than ever. The first set of ATVM loans issued by DOE created 40,000 jobs. This week the Senate will determine whether it is willing to help disaster victims recover from extreme weather while still investing in domestic manufacturing jobs to build clean cars that produce significantly less carbon dioxide pollution linked to extreme weather.

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Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas' cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.

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Those who study climate change communication say a multiplicity of voices is exactly what we need. The more cacophonous the symphony, the better! And here’s why …

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A commitment to renewables like solar energy is working quite well for Walmart. The retailer has announced it plans to expand its renewable energy rooftop solar electricity program by additional solar panels to another 60 stores in the state of California.

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The American Wind Energy Association is going to release a report on 2010 growth of the small wind turbine market soon, the AWEA 2010 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report. I got to take a sneak peak at some of the data and charts and, with permission, am sharing a few key points and a couple graphs with you here on CleanTechnica.

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