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Renewable Energy Booming after a Decade of Progress

The sun is rising on a newer, cleaner era of American energy use.

The United States generates nearly eight times as much electricity from the sun and the wind than it did in 2007 – enough to power more than 25 million homes – and the average American uses 10 percent less energy than he or she did 10 years ago, according to a new report by Environment America Research and Policy Center. The report, Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future, also cites a 20-fold increase in battery storage of electricity and the meteoric rise in sales of electric cars – from virtually none in 2007 to nearly 160,000 last year – as evidence that despite attempted rollbacks in Washington, a clean energy revolution is under way across the U.S.

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Heartland Institute Experts React to New BLM Fracking Rule

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency of the Interior Department, Tuesday published in the Federal Register its plans to eliminate restrictions on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, a ban the Obama administration put in place in 2015. The so-called “fracking ban” has been on hold since July 2016 when a federal court in Wyoming suspended it, saying BLM had no authority to regulate the technique for extracting oil and natural gas.

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Secretary Zinke and Colorado Senator Gardner Announce more than $50 Million for National Parks Infrastructure

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner announced on Saturday, July 22 that the National Park Service is teaming up with partners across the nation to distribute nearly $50 million in high priority maintenance and infrastructure projects at 42 parks in 29 states. Congress provided $20 million for the projects as part of the Centennial Challenge program which will be matched by $33 million from more than 50 park partners to improve trails, restore buildings, and increase visitor access to parks.

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Wood Fiber Costs for Pulpmills Throughout the US Fell During 2016 and Early 2017 with the Price Discrepancy Between the West and South Narrowing

Wood fiber costs for pulpmills in the US Northwest have fallen faster than in other region of the US the past year, resulting in a more competitive industry sector, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. Despite the recent price reductions in Washington and Oregon, pulp manufacturers in the southern states continued to have lower wood fiber costs than pulpmills in the Northwest, Northeast and the Lake States in the 1Q/17.

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Southern Company announces quarterly dividend

Southern Company announced a regular quarterly dividend of 58 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable September 6, 2017, to shareholders of record as of August 21, 2017. This marks 279 consecutive quarters – dating back to 1948 – that Southern Company will have paid a dividend to its shareholders that is equal to or greater than the previous quarter.

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