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2008-07-07 06:00:12

By Erica Gies Promoters of waste-to-energy incinerators - plants that burn trash to generate electricity - praise the practice as renewable energy with a negative carbon footprint. Nonrenewable materials, including plastic waste and used tires, account for 41 percent of U.S. trash, according to a report published in 2006 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, known as the EPA. "To most people it sounds great," said Linda Christopher, executive director of the GrassRoots Recycling...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.