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What better place to hold a summit than at an actual summit? Perhaps none. But that's not exactly why the Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit piques (ahem) our interest. The event, to be held this September 14th and 15th atop the famed New Hampshire mountain, is not only set to feature alternative-fuel vehicles of every kind displayed by owners, builders and dealers, but there will also be exhibits showing off the latest in renewable energy systems to refuel them.

The 2011 Green Car Summit didn't have quite the fireworks that the event has had in the past, even with the addition of the Center for American Progress' Joe Romm, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. One key quote from Romm, said in a set-up to his explanation why the price of oil and global warming will create a difficult-to-predict shift in the market: "The new Congress might be people who don't believe in science, but nature does." Getting politicians to come to a consensus on tobacco

The 2011 Washington Auto Show starts this week and we're getting out recorders ready for the annual highlight: the Green Car Summit. In the past, the summits have been engaging discussions about the cleaner side of the auto industry (you can all about the 2010 Summit here and the 2009 event here). We're ready for the 2011 edition, which will feature:

Yesterday's second annual Green Car Summit was not nearly as fiery as last year's discussion, and maybe that's a good thing.