Carolinas become new front in land use battles over wind energy

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Looks like land use politics is quickly following on the heels of wind energy’s movement to the mountains and shores of the southeast. The Carolinas are the new front in the midst of sometimes heated discussions about wind energy in locations considered sacred by many environmentalists, preservationists and avid nature enthusiasts, particularly in the Appalachians.

Old Man River gets first US underwater wind turbine to generate electricity

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Forget constructing dams, just take a look at the first commercial hydrokinetic turbine! This giant turbine has splashed into the Mississippi River near Hastings, Mn., and promises to generate 35-kilowatts of electricity. The output may not seem much in the overall scheme of things, but at first glance, it appears to be a great idea that potentially transfers wind technology … Read More

Georgia county makes strict rules about new cemeteries and leak-proof caskets

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In the heart of Georgia, Bibbs County has drawn national attention with a new law that makes it tougher to build new cemeteries and will prohibit natural burials, The Macon Telegraph reports. Natural burial and consumer advocates say county commissioners are misinformed in their decision to severely limit cemetery locations and dictate how bodies are buried. The law doesn’t apply … Read More

California urban sprawl seen more vertical with new state central planning role

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A new state law has plunged California state agencies headlong into land use, sparking a debate that the Golden State will now tilt more towards vertical development and against its suburban local community tradition. Sacramento Bee reporter Dan Walters explains that under the rubric of controlling greenhouse gases, the state now can require communities to meet emission standards in land … Read More

Maryland farmer wins fight to produce milk locally, avoid 360-mile truck haul

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Dairy farmer Bobby Prigel faced neighborhood opposition in Baltimore County when he tried to win planning permission to make dairy products locally, without trucking milk 360 miles to Buffalo, NY, and keeping his carbon footprint down. Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks notes that some well-to-do neighbors didn’t like Prigel’s intentions and tried hard to persuade the county zoning commission to … Read More

Hurricane Ike damage poses issues for Texas beach development

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The devastating hit that Hurricane Ike delivered to the upper Texas coast has many experts questioning the breakneck pace of development along the beaches, Bill Hanna writes in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. With the Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Island and Surfside Beach all hit hard by the surge from the Category 2 storm, scientists are again saying that Texas needs to … Read More

Boston to back building of wind turbines, to rewrite zoning code for wind projects

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Boston planners are rewriting the city’s zoning code to allow wind turbines in certain areas, The Boston Herald reports. “We want to give predictability to the private sector, and lay clear ground rules for wind project development, while being sensitive to neighborhood concerns,” said James Hunt, the city’s environment and energy chief, about the proposed changes. Urban proposals for wind … Read More