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NativeEnergy helps Al Gore travel emission-free


CANASTOTA, N.Y. - A privately held American Indian energy company has teamed up with Al Gore in delivering the former vice president's message of global warming to millions of people around the world.

NativeEnergy has been majority-owned by the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy since 2005. NativeEnergy, Participant Productions and Paramount Pictures Classics were able to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide pollution from air and ground travel, production energy use, associated with the making of ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' according the NativeEnergy Web site.

Participant Productions, a relatively new film company, and Paramount Pictures Classics are helping to build the Rosebud St. Francis wind farm in South Dakota and the Dovan family dairy farm methane renewable energy project in Pennsylvania; they also helped to make the film climate-neutral, according to NativeEnergy.

NativeEnergy, whose logo can be found on the back of the recently released ''An Inconvenient Truth'' DVD, works to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the Earth's atmosphere every day.

NativeEnergy reaches out to the American Indian and Alaska Native communities. One project that the organization hopes will decrease carbon dioxide emissions is the use of wind turbines and new family dairy farm methane energy projects on Native land. NativeEnergy says on its Web site that these projects will deliver clean, renewable energy to the grid and replace power that would have otherwise come from the burning of fossil fuels, which adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

The NativeEnergy Web site offers tips for people who would like to join the fight to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide that is released every day. The NativeEnergy Web site says electricity usage can be reduced by turning off electronics and appliances when they are not in use. Unplugging some appliances, like stereos, televisions and cell phone chargers, can save electricity because these things can use electricity even when they are not in use. According to NativeEnergy, this is called ''phantom draw and it can account for up to 5 percent of your electric bill.'' The site suggests plugging in a few electronics onto one power strip so the strip can be turned off, rather than unplugging multiple appliances.

Other tips the NativeEnergy Web site offers to consumers are:

"Replace older refrigerators

"Hang-dry clothes

"Use cold water for laundry

"Shorten the length of showers

"Carpool whenever possible

"Recycle in accordance with local recycling programs

The NativeEnergy Web site said these subtle changes can not only decrease daily carbon dioxide emissions, but it can also save consumers money. For more information on NativeEnergy and to discover more ways to decrease the effects of global warming, visit