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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 11, 2016

Ethylene is in the polyvinyl chloride tubing of the stethoscope. The plastic in the sharps box, the IV bag and the otoscope caps more than likely is made of petroleum-based chemicals. Same for the bottle that holds the Betadine – itself containing N-vinylpyrrolidone, made from acetylene, derived from oil. The filtering layer in the face masks may include polypropylene, another oil byproduct.

That’s just a quick spin around one exam room. Medical tools and technologies – from computer software to X-ray machines to ventilators to defibrillators and more – plus the power to run them and the high-tech facilities that house them, depend on energy.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 3, 2016

Made in America is alive and well. In fact, U.S. manufacturers employ 9 percent of our workforce, or about 12.3 million workers. These companies – which make everything from cars and planes, to steel, fertilizers, furniture and clothes – remain critical to our economy. And, energy makes it all possible. Manufacturing accounts for more than 30 percent of U.S. energy consumption.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 24, 2016

According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the U.S. freight rail network stretches 140,000 rail miles. It’s the arterial system of a $60 billion industry that deployed 25,000 locomotives and 374,000 freight cars in 2013 (last data year available), according to the U.S. Energy Department. This system accounted for more than 1.7 billion tons-originated of freight. It’s big. It has to be.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 19, 2016

When Thomas Edison started building electric power plants in the 1880s, he declared he wanted to “light up the world.” That goal seemed breathtakingly ambitious – some even worried electricity was only a passing fad. In retrospect, however, Edison’s vision barely scratched the surface of electricity’s potential. In a 21st century world, our society, our economy – our fundamental way of life – is powered by electricity.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 11, 2016

We should not overlook the energy that makes Valentine’s Day events and tokens of affection possible. Valentine’s Day energy use crosses a number of sectors – including residential, commercial and industrial. From greeting cards to that romantic night out, here’s how energy plays its role…

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 3, 2016

Imagine a mother reading a story to her child. They’re snuggled up in a chair, the soft lamplight illuminating their storybook as a cold winter wind blows outside the window.

It’s a scene we often take for granted – a book, the light to read it by and a warm, comfortable home – yet all exist because of energy.

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