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Small Island States Ditch Diesel for Cheaper, Cleaner Energy

After oil prices hit a record high in July 2008, the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands was forced to declare an economic emergency since about 90 percent of its energy needs were met by imported petroleum products. The fuel price shock was a major incentive for the low-lying island country to reduce its reliance on diesel and other fossil fuels, and instead expand renewable energy. Now 99 percent of the lighting on its outer islands is powered by solar, street lamps and water...

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