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Monday, July 29, 2013

Advocates tout clean energy at fossil-free energy fair

"Butler County residents gathered Saturday at Alameda Park to advocate for clean energy. Marcellus Outreach Butler, a group dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of hydraulic fracking for natural gas, hosted the fossil-free energy fair. Patricia DeMarco, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied the environmental effects of energy, was the keynote speaker. “We're putting forward the argument that we have to stand for the future generations and the other living things on the Earth that cannot speak,” DeMarco said of the purpose of the fair.
DeMarco spoke of the problems with modern energy use, citing the inefficiency and pollution of our most common energy sources as major causes for concern. She emphasized that there are much better alternatives that lay outside the mainstream energy use that need to be explored. “We need to replace the 1800s technology we use for generating electricity,” she said. “We are currently wasting more energy than we use. And we have technology that can reverse that but we choose not to use it. This does not require space-age innovation. We can do it now.” 

In addition to other speakers, two representatives from Slippery Rock University were on hand to present how the school uses and teaches sustainable technologies."