Global Wind Day creates awareness in alternative energy
The Global Wind Energy Council has declared June 15 Global Wind Day in an effort to increase awareness of wind energy across the globe.
The GWEC's main objective of the day is to convince political leaders worldwide that wind power is a viable energy source, and that countries can lower their power costs while simultaneously helping the environment. According to the Council, using wind energy can save over 10 billion tons of C02 while providing up to 12% of the world's power by 2020.
In April, President Barack Obama endorsed a bill that would supply nearly $150 billion in spending over the next 10 years on renewable energy in the United States. That money would go towards construction of products such as wind turbines and solar panels, though the plan is still awaiting Congressional approval.
Global Wind Day, which is being recognized worldwide in 30 countries, is a descendant of European Wind Day, which was celebrated in 2007 and 2008
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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