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China has boosted its steel output during the last three years through energy subsidies, said the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Total Chinese energy subsidies for steel reached $27.1 billion during the last seven years. Despite the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization – which deems subsidies on steel illegal – the subsides continued to… Continue Reading China using energy subsidies to boost steel production

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Tree recycling still available

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If you haven’t thrown out that Christmas tree yet, there are still a few places in town that will recycle your tree and turn it into mulch. Tree recycling will be available at the following locations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 5 and 6. A fee of $5 is charged for the recycling… Continue Reading Tree recycling still available

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If it seems to you that more and more people are moving to Colorado every year, you’re right. The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday that that state’s population grew by 2 percent, or 95,267 people, between July 1, 2006, and July 1, 2007. That puts the state’s population at 4.8 million and ranks it as… Continue Reading Colorado population up 2 percent

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One fish, two fish, green fish, threw fish

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The Australian Tunarama competition to see who can throw a frozen tuna the farthest will be missing something next year — the fish. In an effort to further the country’s “green” environmental policies, Tunarama officials said they have stopped using real fish, because for one, it was a waste of perfectly good fish, and a… Continue Reading One fish, two fish, green fish, threw fish

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The Board of County Commissioners entered into a due diligence agreement with Craddock-Walden Investments, LLC to grant a conservation easement for 73.188 acres of undeveloped land located near Interstate 25 and State Highway 16 in southern El Paso County. The conservation easement will preserve the land for outdoor recreation and open space, while maintaining a… Continue Reading El Paso County receives 73.188 acres as conservation easement

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Representatives from the El Paso County Environmental Services Department attended a public meeting in Denver last night to recommend removing the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species in El Paso County. The move comes after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Nov. 1 that the Preble’s… Continue Reading El Paso County wants Preble’s mouse taken off endangered list

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U.S. homeowners have less than one month to utilize a federal tax credit aimed at encouraging home energy efficiency. The measure, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, allows for a credit of up to 10 percent – or $500 – of the cost of materials for certain home improvements completed before Jan. 1,… Continue Reading Time running out for energy efficiency tax credit

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Honda hybrid reaches milestone, hits tax deadline

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The Honda Motor Co. has reached the sales mark of 60,000 hybrid cars, which means the Internal Revenue Service will begin to phase out tax credits for hybrid purchases. The tax law mandates that tax credits for buying hybrid cars begin to phase out during the second calendar quarter after the quarter in which the… Continue Reading Honda hybrid reaches milestone, hits tax deadline

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County gains 114 acres for open space

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The El Paso County Environmental Services Department has acquired nearly 114 acres of land to be used for open space, trails and parks. The land is adjacent to Latigo Trails Subdivision northeast of the intersection of Woodmen and Meridian roads. El Paso County’s land development code requires developers to dedicate land or fees for regional… Continue Reading County gains 114 acres for open space

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State recognized for its green policies

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A national report released this week gives Colorado high marks its implementation of environmental standards. The report from America’s Clean Energy assigned gold, silver and bronze stars to each of the 50 states based on five energy related policy areas: having a renewable energy standard, adopting the clean cars program, establishing energy efficiency programs and… Continue Reading State recognized for its green policies

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