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Google is offering millions in initiatives to help the environment

Using Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, the Mountain View, California company awarded a $1 million-grant for hybrid electric vehicle development and plans on offering up to $10 million in grants to support the vehicles.  The RechargeIT initiative "aims to reduce CO2 emissions, cut oil use and stabilize the electrical grid by accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid technology."  

Companies and universities interested in the grant money for alternative transportation research will have to present official proposals to Google later this summer.

"Climate Change:  mitigate the effect of climate change on the poor by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, and supporting clean energy sources," is published on the front page of the official Google.org web site.

The $1 million grant was offered to help support the development and adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.  Plug-in cars are different than other clean-cars because regular hybrids use battery power but still rely on combustion engines -- plug-in cars are able to utilize electric power for up to 30 miles before having to rely on a gas engine.

Several companies -- including Toyota, Honda and General Motors -- are actively working on plug-in hybrid vehicles.  

In other environmental news, Google recently turned on the solar panels which cover much of the roof tops on the company's Mountain View corporate campus.  The panels are able to produce up to 1.6 megawatts of energy, which is enough to offer as much as one-third of the entire campuses energy use.  

Google previously announced a coalition of companies and organizations that plan to help save energy and reduce greenhouse gases.



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RE: good effort....
By rsmech on 6/22/2007 12:11:42 AM , Rating: 2
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The environmentalists would have a fit!
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Cheap shot.


Hardly, just look to eastern WA. They are removing dams or taking water rights away from farmers for fish. I'm not going to argue on way or the other about the fish, but those dams & water rights have been in place for awhile. Good luck on a new dam.


RE: good effort....
By number999 on 6/23/2007 1:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
In the case of eastern WA, two groups supporting the removal of dams are native americans and fishermen. How about the water rights of the native americans?

The point is, these are stakeholders whose rights are as valid as the farmers. They too have the right to input and they have their own futures effected by any decision. How else are they to couch their arguements? The environment is pervasive and it affects the ability of many different stakeholders and their ability to live and make a living.

It is a cavalier attitude towards the entire environmental movement that I find sort of stupid. Of course an environmental organization is going to put it's arguemnts in it's own terms. I don't expect a nuclear organization to put arguments involving nuclear energy in their opponents terms.

Attacking the arguements that make up opposition or support is far better on an issue to issue basis then generalizations.

For one it shows an open mindedness to both sides of an arguement and the willingness to take facts before feelings and emotions.

Anyway, my point is the negative attitude to environmentalists by some people in this group is overly towards the movement, which makes no sense because of it's pervasiveness and not address arguements to some specific issue, some points of which are valid.


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