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October 30, 2006

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A college in Vermont has gone to the cows.

Green Mountain College, in Poultney, Vt., has embraced cow manure as an alternative fuel. That pungent source of fuel will fill the small college's power needs. The college is joining the Central Vermont Public Service's Cow Power program. Cow manure from local farms is harvested and then converted into electricity. The efforts are part of a statewide effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Cows are prevalent in Vermont. The state has a population of 600,000 people and 300,000 cows. Each cow can produce up to 13 gallons of manure a day. That's a lot of alternative fuel.

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