Aberdeen, Washington makes headlines across the region today. No, I’m not talking about Tom Cruise‘s appearance yesterday.

Or Kurt Cobain.

The timber town on the Olympic Peninsula soon will become a major center of renewable energy with the construction of the largest biodiesel refinery in the country. Could a clean energy boom transform other struggling communities in the region? I’m hoping for a new trend.

Also, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s bid to become Interior Secretary moved forward this morning when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously in favor of his confirmation. No surprises here.

Beyond the region, an interesting commentary from the Washington Post compares the current financial cost of the war in Iraq to the bill for enacting the Kyoto Protocol.

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