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The best energy-efficient upgrades to save money at home

“Most energy-efficient improvements add value to your home in addition to saving you money on your utility bill” writes Tribune News Service for seattletimes.com. Power-saving outlets, smart thermostats, an energy monitor you can actually read — there are plenty of ways to upgrade the technology in your home to conserve energy and, ultimately, save money.Harnessing the sun’s energy to power your property is a long-term, low-risk investment — and it pays.By switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs, you’ll get the same amount of light in your house for a fraction of the…

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Amazon cuts 52% off the price of the Ecovacs Deebot 500 robotic vacuum cleaner

“Normally priced $280, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 is $135 for this sale, a 52% discount” writes December Pst for digitaltrends.com. The deal announced today for the Ecovacs Deebot 500 is one of the best we’ve seen for a robotic vacuum cleaner from one of the top brands.Ecovacs is one of the top three bestselling robot vacuum brands, and the Deebot 500 entry-level model has all the cleaning and operational features many people may ever need.Rated to run for up to 110 minutes per battery charge, the Ecovacs Deebot 500 automatically…

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The Drums of Cyberwar

“In 2017 Russian hackers found their way into the systems of one hundred American nuclear and other power plants” writes Sue Halpern for nybooks.com. In June David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth reported in The New York Times that the United States had increased its incursions into the Russian power grid. Source: nybooks.com

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House panel recommends Trump be impeached for abuse of power

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Friday recommended that President Donald Trump be impeached for abuse of power, clearing the way for a vote in the full House of Representatives next week” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The impeachment article approved by the panel accuses Trump of abusing his power by trying to force Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump next year. The committee will vote later on a separate article of impeachment accusing…

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Australia should ‘consider’ nuclear power as part energy mix: report

“Nuclear technologies should be considered as part of Australia’s energy future, chairman of the parliament’s energy committee and Liberal MP Ted O’Brien says” reports news.com.au. A parliamentary committee report recommended the government lift a partial ban on nuclear energy and undertake a public engagement program. Source: news.com.au

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Baker Hughes Signs Renewables PPA to Power Texas Facilities

“Houston-based energy technology company Baker Hughes signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) in collaboration with in collaboration with Energy Edge Consulting and EDF Energy Services to power 170 facilities in Texas with 100% renewables” writes Alyssa Danigelis for environmentalleader.com. Baker Hughes, formerly BHGE, offers products and services across the oil industry value chain.In an announcement on Wednesday, the company said its new PPA covers energy from Apex Clean Energy’s 500-megawatt White Mesa Wind project in Texas, and the Talitha Energy solar project in Jim Wells County, Texas, being developed by…

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Why the articles of impeachment don’t include a bribery charge

“The likely strategy is to avoid lawyerly squabbles over whether the precise elements of the federal bribery statute have been satisfied” writes Randall D for washingtonpost.com. Under the federal bribery statute, a federal official commits bribery if he corruptly seeks or demands anything of value in return for being influenced in the performance of an official act.As a result, much of the debate about Trump’s conduct has focused on the particular requirements of the federal bribery statute. Source: washingtonpost.com

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California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

“Clean energy advocates are convinced California could build enough non-polluting resources by summer 2021 to replace the coastal gas plants” writes Staff Writer for latimes.com. Clean energy advocates don’t buy the idea that gas plants will still be needed on the power grid of the future.It was eventually paved over by various iterations of today’s power plant — but in recent years, it’s been making a comeback. Source: latimes.com

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Jordan: Democrats ‘willing to weaponize’ power of government against Trump supporters

“Jim Jordan accused congressional Democrats of using the power of the federal government as a tool to defeat political rivals in the wake of their impeachment push against President Trump” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “A few years ago, it was the IRS, more recently, it was the FBI, and now it’s the impeachment power of Congress,” Jordan complained.Democrats are impeaching Trump on two charges: abuse of power and obstructing Congress. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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