The U.S. Treasury allocated $2.2 billion in Clean Renewable Energy Bonds to more than 800 government agencies, public power providers, and cooperative electric companies engaged in renewable energy projects. The financing draws on funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and allows buyers of the public bonds to gain a federal tax credit in lieu of a portion of the interest on the bonds. \u201cBecause of the Clean Renewable Energy Bonds awards, energy developers will be able to access lower-cost credit to help make the shift to clean renewable energy production, benefiting both our economy and our environment,\u201d stated Treasury deputy secretary Neal Wolin. The public Nov. 5 sent nearly 100,000 letters and emails to the Bureau of Land Management favoring new uranium-mining protections in the watersheds surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. \u201cThe public clearly wants the Grand Canyon protected from uranium mining,\u201d stated Taylor McKinnon, public lands campaigns director for the Center for Biological Diversity. The escalation in uranium prices has caused thousands of new uranium claims, dozens of proposed exploration drilling projects, and proposals to reopen old uranium mines adjacent to Grand Canyon. Hard-rock mining is responsible for the largest toxic releases in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A massive blackout hit Brazil the evening of Nov. 12, putting more than half the country in the dark for hours. The outage was attributed to an aging transmission infrastructure hit by a storm. The outage affected \u201c18 of the country\u2019s 27 states, brought chaos to the cities including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brazilia,\u201d according to the Financial Times.