Hope, Hesitation as Waste-to-Energy Gets New Look

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New York City produces just shy of 11,000 tons of refuse a day.
Coverage of Mayor Bloomberg's state of the city address focused, as the speech did, on the mayor's raft of education proposals, with some additional attention to his mentions of police corruption and the minimum wage.

But the mayor's reference to a once-controversial notion—"the possibility of cleanly converting trash into renewable energy"—passed all but unnoticed.

Energy Nonprofits Chilled by Obama Budget Move

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A CEC worker insulates a client's home.
With the fall season already here there are only weeks before New York City has to prepare for another winter – one that many are hoping is going to be more merciful than the last. The harsh weather visibly affects the city on the outside, but many New Yorkers struggle privately to keep warm and survive through another winter in their own homes. And now a program designed to help low-income families enjoy the lower costs and better health associated with well-insulated homes is facing severe budget cuts—a victim of the stimulus package's end, deficit-reduction ambitions and reports of inefficiency in the program itself.

A Fracking Film As Cuomo Deadline Nears

Driving through much of upstate New York, you'd think there was an election on, what with all the lawn signs and banners supporting or opposing increased use of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—in New York State.

Supporters say the method (which entails injecting a pressurized mix of water, sand and chemicals deep into underground shale formations to create tiny cracks that then release natural gas) is safe; what's more, they say permitting far wider use of the method will create jobs in depressed Empire State counties and help reduce reliance on other, more problematic fuel sources.