NativeEnergy Newsletter: In memory of Pat Spears

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NativeEnergy Newsletter: In memory of Pat Spears

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 7:30pm

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In memory of Pat Spears: tribal leader, NativeEnergy board member, and close friend
We are saddened to report that the world has lost a passionate and dedicated activist. Our board member Pat Spears, who passed away this month, was a tireless advocate for environmental and social justice. An enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, he was a former tribal chairman, the president of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, and a key member of the NativeEnergy team.
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Video: The Iowa Farms Wind Project
Wind energy is transforming northern Iowa. Rural communities are benefiting from increased tax revenue, job creation, and economic development. Young people who usually leave have begun to stay. And for many farmers, wind generation is providing a key source of income.

With the help of companies and individuals across America, NativeEnergy’s Iowa Farms Wind Project is funding two new wind turbines in the area.
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The easiest way to cut CO2: keep your stuff longer
My purple cell phone is often the subject of jokes. Affectionately referred to as a “dumb phone,” the paint is worn off on the keys, the flip cover is scratched, and while it can theoretically access the internet, I have never used it for that purpose.

It’s age? Just three years.

This, as you likely know, is ancient in cell phone years. According to the EPA, the lifespan of a cell phone is shorter than other consumer electronics—a fleeting 18 months. This can leave any of us feeling like last year’s model is dated and uncool. But as our possessions age, it’s worth thinking twice before upgrading.
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2012 brings a year of weather records
Across the world, unusual weather patterns have been a hot topic of discussion (literally!). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that nearly all of Europe, Asia, northern Africa, most of North America, and southern Greenland experienced warmer than average monthly temperatures in May.
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6 green travel tips from Sierra Club Outings and NativeEnergy
Vacations are a time to try new adventures, hang out with loved ones, or even find a quiet place to relax. But travel can also leave a footprint on the environment. Whether you hit the beach or the International Date Line, follow these simple tips to green your travel.
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How CO2 pollution is affecting life in the ocean
Most of the news about climate change is about how it affects the atmosphere and land creatures. But we shouldn’t forget the source of life that covers nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface: the ocean. About a quarter to a third of all carbon dioxide emissions from our cars and factories are absorbed by the Earth’s oceans.
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About NativeEnergy
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