Environment News

Center Ahead of the Curve on Energy and Climate Issues

I always knew the Center for Rural Affairs is on the cutting-edge of issues that matter to rural and small-town people. But, on issues of climate and renewable energy, the Center was way ahead of the curve. Recently, I came across a bound copy of the Small Farm Energy Primer, an initiative to help farmers save money by lowering energy costs.

3 Reasons NPPD Could Use Less Coal

Nebraska has big decisions to make about its energy future. With a long list of environmental regulations, both forthcoming and currently in place, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) needs to decide between continued, expensive updates to an increasingly inefficient and polluting coal plant in order to protect Nebraskans from harmful coal byproducts, or investment in communities and clean, sustainable energy options.

Water is Life

Here in the west, we understand that there is much truth in the old joke that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. Rural and small town America depend on water and our neighbors downstream count on us to preserve the quality of that water for their use as well. And farmers and ranchers are the tip of the spear when it comes to protecting water quality because much of our surface water falls first on American farms and ranches.


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