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Louisa Conference Focuses on Alternative Energy Solutions

August 5, 2008

One of the many buzzwords in society today is, alternative energy. Energy activists from all over the country are gathering in Louisa County for a week-long convention. They are looking for more ways to conserve energy and to learn more about alternative energy.

"I think recently, with the focus and key indicators on things like tax on gas, gas prices voters are becoming a little bite more keyed into how energy policy effects their own pocketbook," said political expert, Matt Smyth.

However, according to the hundreds in attendance Tuesday at the second annual Southeast Convergence for Climate Change in Louisa, it is not all about saving money. They are taking this week to explore more options that they say are better for the environment.

"We're working on climate justice and bringing the environmental movement together with the social justice movement, to let folks know that climate is changing and its impacting people," said energy activist, Holly Garrett.

According to Smyth, presidential candidates may not always agree, but they are looking into alternatives.

"In the long-term, both candidates support looking into alternative energy. Obama has a package on a multimillion dollar investment in green technology over the next few years. The McCain campaign is a little more focused on making research and development more affordable for energy corporations and companies," said Smyth.

Activists say these alternative options are important, and without them, our environment will suffer. However, these options are not enough for activists, they say in addition to alternatives, people should also focus on conserving energy.

"Consuming less electricity, consuming less water or just being mindful of our consumption pattern," said Garrett.

Activists will attend classes throughout the week-long conference, focusing on two key topics: nuclear power and an anti-coal movement.

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