The Department of Energy will provide up to $4 billion in loan guarantees for energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects that include the enhancement of existing facilities, waste-to-energy projects and efficiency improvements. "Through previous loan guarantees and other investments, the department is already helping launch or jumpstart entire industries in the U.S.," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Trash collection has come a long was since the ancient Romans created the earliest known landfill site. Companies such as Republic Services and Waste Management still make money by hauling waste to landfills, but they're also increasingly finding ways to generate profits by recycling waste or running waste-to-energy facilities. "We want to provide services that our customers demand, and to the fullest extent possible create business models that are sustainable," says Republic recycling chief Peter Keller.
Edmonton, Alberta, already diverts 60% of its waste from landfills but has a goal of 90% diversion. The city's integrated efforts include exploring waste-to-energy options, and a facility should open in 2015 that will take waste and eventually convert it to methanol or ethanol.
Tesoro has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over allegations that it violated Clean Air Act standards at its refineries in Alaska, North Dakota, Utah and Washington state. The company allegedly failed to monitor or test fuel production for toxic pollutants. Tesoro said it is addressing the issue.
Procrastination often arises because a task prompts feelings of anger, sadness or fear, says Jude Bijou, a psychotherapist and author of "Attitude Reconstruction." She offers several strategies to deal with such emotions, including the use of positive self-talk. "Take one thing at a time. Just tell yourself, 'Let me do this.' Then, when you're done, say, 'Good for me!'" she advises. And consider following the lead of dogs, whose actions release rather than stuff down fear.