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He loves it because it’s trash

Occasionally a politician is not full of himself, and we like that. When Nebraska's former lieutenant governor, Dave Heineman, stepped in to fill the shoes of governor Mike Johanns -- who left to head up the Department of Agriculture -- it was Heineman himself who broke the news to a restless Nebraska press corps. And then, earning the love of envelope-enviros everywhere, Heineman noted that he was going to instruct state offices to use up all of Johanns' old stationery rather than chucking it. "They can just put 'Dave Heineman' on the bottom [of letters]," Heineman told the Lincoln Journal …

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Dancing ladies bring joy to wee island

No, not that kind of dancing lady. We're talking wind turbines. In the ongoing saga of how they do it better in the U.K., the scrappy residents of Gigha, a tiny island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides, built themselves three turbines. They partnered with a company called Green Energy U.K., and a couple of weeks ago, this greenpower project saw its first green. Profits from the community enterprise, expected to reach the equivalent of $140,000 a year, will go toward housing and other improvements. The 98-foot-tall turbines, fondly known as "dancing ladies," can also provide two-thirds of the island's energy. To …

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