STEVEN'S SAUSAGE A NORTH CAROLINA CLEAN TRANSPORTATION SUCCESS STORY Opened 1948 Locations Smithfield, NC Primary Business Hog/pork products Employees 100 2013 Sales Over $12 Million   Company Spotlight Stevens Sausage plans to utilize the conversion to propane to become almost entirely independent of gasoline and diesel. In order to further develop business in N.C., Stevens …

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How Your Local Utility May be Pouring Gas on the Climate Changing Fire   by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.    We have a situation. Leaking natural gas (methane) is one of the most climate changing gasses we dump into our atmosphere.  In some places it is leaking at a disturbing rate.  Scientists have just announced that …

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Keeping Keystone XL Pipeline in Perspective by Francis Koster Ed. D. As we struggle to create a better future for our kids, and their kids, sometimes it helps to take a breath and put things in perspective.   The current political storm over the Keystone XL oil pipeline could really use it. A sensible Federal law …

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Lowering Gas Customers Bills Also Lowers Climate Change Risk by Francis P. Koste, Ed.D. Last summer, Professor Nathan Phillips of Boston University and teammates equipped a car with a new-to-market natural gas detector[1], and drove around Boston sniffing for leaks in underground natural gas pipes.   And helped blow the minds of public officials all across …

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U.S. Must Lead on Sustainable Energy Sources  by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In the 1970's, at least two billion souls in the world had neither adequate food, clean water, or energy.   Each year, millions died every year because of that.   America was clearly the richest nation on earth. Our economy (inflation adjusted) grew from $5 …

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Rapid Advances in Energy Conservation Challenge Electric Utilities by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Scientists and engineers are rolling out an ever expanding list of neat tools to help solve both environmental and public health issues caused by some of the ways we make electricity. One of the side effects will likely be an involuntary transformation …

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Faith and Energy Policy by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. In this article I am going to show one area where some public policy goals peacefully join with faith community ideals.  Energy is such a vital life support that where we get it and how we use it seriously impacts the design of our society. This …

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North Georgia Shows Us How to Stop Flushing Money Down the Toilet by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. 15 counties in North Georgia, around Atlanta came together to form The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. This group  figured out a clever way to slow the rise in cost of water and sewage treatment for their …

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Waste Not - Make Electricity Instead by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.  I bet that you do not often think about the role sewage treatment will play in the future of your family. Starting around the time of the second world war a torrent of new medicines were added to the waste that the sewage treatment …

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Putting a Cap (and Trade) on Emissions by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Putting a Cap (and Trade) on Emissions In 1950, there were 2.5 billion people on earth. Forty years later, in 1990, that number doubled to more than 5 billion people. By 2010, just twenty years later, we are at almost 7 billion. Scientists tell …

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