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Rural renaissance

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A Rural Renaissance may have taken seed in 2004 with the election of Brian Schweitzer and sprouted it's first shoots in 2006 with the election of three Congressmen representing rural areas who champion sustainability, organic farming, and other ideas both liberal and conservative which they don't see as being in conflict with each other.



Seeking Office


Greensburg, Kansas

Examples (spured by Bush's petro prices)

"We are in the process of obtaining licenses to put them back online as operating facilities again," said Richard Barlow, the de facto mayor of the town of about 10,000 located about 13 miles west of Hartford.

Water from the dams, built in 1837, generated power for a local manufacturer until it went out of business in 1965.

Barlow estimates the dams can produce enough electricity to supply up to 800 homes that would be sold to the energy grid.

The proposal was narrowly defeated in a vote this month but officials in the city of around 10,000 are still looking for new ways to save money.

"Our problem is every year that we have another round of increases in health care costs, in the retirement system, in electricity costs, fuel costs. We just can't keep up," said Franklin Fire Chief Scott Clarenbach, who backed the proposal. "We are going to end up cutting into services here."

Another measure involves recycling engine oil from city vehicles and using it to heat municipal garages in winter.

"A lot of the gestures are small, but they will all add up over time," said Bisbee community development manager John Charley.


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This page was last modified 18:05, 13 July 2008 by roger. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Roger. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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