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Posted Mon Aug 16 2010: from New York Times:
Portugal on track for 45 percent renewable energy this year
Five years ago, the leaders of this sun-scorched, wind-swept nation made a bet: To reduce Portugal's dependence on imported fossil fuels, they embarked on an array of ambitious renewable energy projects -- primarily harnessing the country's wind and hydropower, but also its sunlight and ocean waves. Today, Lisbon's trendy bars, Porto's factories and the Algarve's glamorous resorts are powered substantially by clean energy. Nearly 45 percent of the electricity in Portugal's grid will come from renewable sources this year, up from 17 percent just five years ago. Land-based wind power -- this year deemed "potentially competitive" with fossil fuels by the International Energy Agency in Paris -- has expanded sevenfold in that time. And Portugal expects in 2011 to become the first country to inaugurate a national network of charging stations for electric cars.
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'Doc Jim says:
Gosh. I wonder if that could be done in America.
bla bla economy bla bla what about our poor coal plant stockholders bla jobs bla bla entire economy bla jobs bla fear bla oil infrastructure bla jobs bla fear bla uncertainty bla socialism bla jobs bla fear

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