- Click here for details and for Public Citizen's plan to reform the energy market.
- Write your elected officials: Tell the oil companies to make a real investment in a alternative energy solutions.
- Spiraling energy prices will not be solved by new drilling which WILL harm the enviornment. Write your Senators now.
- Stop over consumption-- write Congress, "Raise the fuel economy standards." Write now.
- Public Citizen Energy Guru Tyson Slocum took on Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert regarding alternative energy solutions. Click here to see who got the last laugh.
Thank you for the information! Recently Governor Brian Schweitzer D-Montana answered a lengthly interview of questions pertaining Global Warming and How to be more efficient about energy on National Press Club. He mentioned Coal in pressurized Chambers and waste energy as alternatives,diesel coal for no aromatics. coal to liquid,solar power,and wind Energy. He also mentioned some agricultural laws should be changed or made? to stabalize fuel prices and to have some guaranteed loans for farmers. I hope they rebroadcast it,it was on CSPAN news. California is also leading in some Energy things.
Thank you for your work, Hosts & all! While the information below is lengthy, it is well compiled, and requests organizations to sign on to the letter to congress. If anyone is a member of any orgs concerned with environmental issues, please present it to them ASAP. The sign-on deadline is 12/26 @ 5:00 pm (probably DC time).
nirs is a wonderful organization called Nuclear Information and Resource Service. I've found it to be more responsibly acitvist on the issues of problems generated by atomic power than any other. Information for organizations follows:
We are working to build new coalitions of renewable energy groups and trade associations, safe energy and environmental groups, businesses and others to redirect our nation's energy priorities away from nuclear power and fossil fuels and towards the renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that can cleanly and sustainably power our future and at the same time address the global climate crisis.
Our first effort is below: a letter to Congress seeking a budget shift from nuclear and fossil fuel programs to renewable and efficiency programs in the Fiscal Year 2007 federal budget. This recommends a modest shift, as FY 07 is already well along; as the letter notes, we will be recommending greater resources for renewable and efficiency programs for FY 2008.
Because the new Congress intends to act on FY 07 budget issues very quickly, we intend to get this letter to Congressional leaders next week!
We encourage all national, regional and local organizations to sign on. Please let us know by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 26. Please reply to this e-mail with your name, organization, city and state.
Thanks for your help and support!
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PROGRAM PRIORITIES AND FUNDING LEVELS IN THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY'S FISCAL YEAR 2007 BUDGET
We, the xx undersigned business, environmental, consumer, and energy policy organizations, are writing to offer our recommendations for funding levels in key federal energy programs as you develop the final Fiscal Year 2007 (FY'07) appropriations legislation.
In general, we support what we understand to be Congress' intent to fund programs in FY'07 at the FY'06 level as being a good starting point for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) sustainable energy programs.
We believe that it is essential to sustain funding at or above historic levels (i.e., FY'06 and earlier) for the core renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in DOE as well as in other federal agencies.
We also note that as work progressed during this past year on the FY'07 appropriations bills, consensus was reached between the Congress and the White House to expand a number of sustainable energy programs as well as launch several new energy efficiency and/or renewable energy initiatives. We believe these programs and funding levels should be a part of the final FY'07 appropriations bill.
However, we recognize - and fully support - Congress' desire to not increase overall spending limits and, in fact, to move towards significantly reducing the size of the federal budget deficit.
Therefore, we recommend that any increases in the funding levels for the federal energy efficiency and renewable energy programs be offset by commensurate, or greater, reductions in selected fossil fuel and commercial nuclear power program accounts.
We believe that a shift in federal funding from mature and/or polluting technologies to cleaner, safer, and sustainable energy sources offers the best option for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing oil imports, and addressing the nation's other pressing energy and deficit-reduction needs within the constraints of a very tight federal budget.
Our specific recommendations include the following:
* Fund all core DOE renewable energy and energy efficiency programs at no less than the FY'06 appropriated levels unless otherwise indicated below;
* Restore the DOE geothermal research program to at least its historic level of $27.5 million;
* Restore the DOE advanced and incremental hydropower research program to at least its historic level of $5.0 million;
* Restore and maintain policy, research, development and demonstration funding for the DOE Distributed Energy program at the FY'06 level of $60 million;
* Fund the DOE State Energy Program at the at the U.S. Senate FY'07 level of $49.5 million;
* Fund the DOE Buildings Technologies program at the U.S. Senate FY'07 level of $95.3 million; and
* Fund the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program at the House and Senate FY'07 level of $148 million.
We further recommend that these proposed budget figures be viewed as the starting point for higher funding levels in the FY'08 budget for DOE's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.
Some DOE programs have been identified by non-partisan groups as wasteful and unjustified federal expenditures. We believe these can be cut to more than offset the very modest increases in the sustainable energy accounts we are proposing as well as to reduce the size of the federal budget deficit. These programs include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
Nuclear Power R&D:
* Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (FY'06 budget was $60 million)
* Nuclear Power 2010 (FY'06 budget was $66 million)
* Generation IV (FY'06 budget was $55 million)
* Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative (FY'06 budget was $25 million)
Fossil Fuel R&D:
* Clean Coal Initiative (FY'06 budget was $50 million)
* FutureGen program (FY'06 budget was $18 million)
* Oil Technology Research and Development Program (FY'06 budget was $65 million)
* Ultra-deepwater Drilling Research and Development Fund (FY'06 budget was $50 million)
Finally, it is important that Congress include clear language restricting the DOE's ability to reprogram funds in a manner that would thwart Congress' intent.
Enclosed with this letter is some supplementary information providing a bit more detail on each of these recommendations.
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss these recommendations with you in greater detail and we appreciate your consideration of these views.
Jennifer Schafer, President
Carol Werner, Executive Director
Environmental & Energy Study Institute
Karl Gawell, Executive Director
Geothermal Energy Association
Michael Mariotte, Exe
Michael Mariotte, Executive Director
Nuclear Information & Resource Service
Takoma Park, MD
Michele Boyd, Legislative Director
Public Citizen - Energy Program
Ken Bossong, Executive Director
SUN DAY Campaign
Takoma Park, MD
Paul Bautista, Interim Executive Director (tentative) U.S. Combined Heat & Power Association Bethesda, MD
There are considerable supplementary details to this letter. Best ask Mr. Mariotte at www.nirs.org for the entire.
P.S. Did you know that NO ONE has all the information compiled on nuclear accidents since inception of power? There have been thousands of occasions of radioactive ventings, accidents, and illegal & legal disposals which seem to be related to environmental problems. There is no safe level of exposure to radiation (the risk is called stochastic, meaning that a chance occurs of significant DNA damage with any amount of exposure, however small with however minimal the exposure).
Importantly, It takes a colossal expenditure of carbon emitting activity to build a nuclear power station, and it is the most costly form of power generation. Uranium mining leaves radioactive damage to all organisms within range and in watersheds and tables. See LA Times series on Navajo tribe exposure to mining.
By Climate Ark, a project of Ecological Internet - September 2, 2007
To take action, go to: http://www.rainforestportal.org/alerts/send.aspid=colombia_biofuel
The Colombian government is embarking on a massive expansion of oil palms, sugar cane and other monocultures for agrofuels and other markets at the expense of rainforests, biodiverse grasslands and local communities. Sugar cane monocultures are being expanded in the Cauca Valley, whilst hundreds of thousands of hectares are being turned into oil palm plantations in the Pacific region, the eastern planes and the Caribbean region.
Palm oil expansion is linked to large-scale rainforest destruction and to serious violence and human rights abuses. NGOs have documented 113 killings in the river basin of Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó, in Chocó region at the hands of paramilitaries who are working with plantation companies to take over land which legally belongs to Afro-Colombian communities. The paramilitary groups operate with the support of the 17th Colombian Army Brigade.
Following a campaign of violence, forced displacements and massacres since 1996, Afro-Colombian and other peasant communities have recently returned to their land, but have found much of it planted with oil palms, even though the communities hold legal land titles. They have received repeated death threats from paramilitaries. So far, the government has done nothing to protect the communities and their land rights.
The expansion of agrofuel mono-cultures, mainly for biodiesel, is threatening the lives, livelihoods and lands of Afro-Colombian and peasant communities and indigenous people, not just in Chocó, but elsewhere, including in Tumaco, Magdalena Medio, Vichada, Meta and the Amazon regions. According to the UN High Commission for Refugees, 200,000 people are displaced every year in Colombia, totaling some 4 million over the past 20 years – the second highest rate of displacement in the world – with land expropriation in excess of 6 million hectares. The root cause of many forced displacements relates to land issues including the drive to expand monocultures and other agro-business.
The Chocó forests which are being destroyed by palm oil expansion are some of the largest remaining coastal lowland rainforests in the world and are amongst the most biodiverse forests on Earth. They are home to 7,000 to 8,000 species, including 2,000 endemic plant species and 100 endemic bird species. Even before the current palm oil and agrofuel expansion, 66% had been destroyed.
Please write to the Colombian government and ask them to protect the rights of indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant communities affected by large-scale monoculture plantations, to stop further deforestation for oil palm plantations, impose a moratorium on further palm oil expansion and on the country’s biofuel programme, which is a major cause of monoculture expansion, and to protect the land rights, the food sovereignty and the environment on which local communities depend.
This email alert is supported by the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz) in Colombia, a human rights organisation which has been actively supporting local communities in Curvaradó and Jiguamiandó.
Thank you all for your wonderful information regarding global warming. I have found a home that can teach me more about this very important subject.
Blessings and Love,
You've heard the old saw about laws, sausages, and the benefit of ignorance in the making thereof?
Well then, consider yourself forewarned, because the effort to craft the biggest solar bill in US history is sausage-making at its finest. And we need your help to get the ingredients right.
Here's the back story. Over the summer, both the House and the Senate passed different energy bills. Each contained some good elements, and each missed the mark in some parts. Now the bills go to conference, and the goal is to get the best parts of both included in the final energy package.
For the policy-wonks, here's the details. On August 4, 2007, the House passed both H.R. 2776, the energy tax package, and H.R. 3221, the overall energy bill. The solar investment tax credit (ITC) provisions in the legislation are as follows:
â€¢ Eight-year extension of the 30% business ITC;
â€¢ Permit corporate and individual taxpayers to claim the ITC against the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT);
â€¢ Elimination of the existing $2,000 maximum dollar limitation on residential solar ITCs.
Not extending the residential ITC is a huge problem. With apologies to Tofurkey fans, that's like a sausage without meat--it just doesn't satisfy. Americans want to play a part of the clean energy revolution (and we have the polls to prove it), and the residential tax credit, due to expire in 2008, is critical part of the solution.
On the Senate side, the Senate energy bill (H.R. 6), as approved by the Senate on June 21, 2007, does not contain a tax title. When Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) attempted to offer the Finance Committee tax package as an amendment to the underlying energy bill, a vote to invoke cloture and cut off debate on the package failed by a vote of 57-36. This political setback occurred for reasons unrelated to the solar provisions, and support for an ITC extension in the Senate remains strong. The energy tax package approved by the Senate Finance Committee contained the following provisions:
â€¢ Eight-year extension of the 30% business ITC;
â€¢ Six-year extension of the residential ITC;
â€¢ Doubling of the existing maximum dollar limitation on residential solar ITCs to $4,000.
Last Friday, House and Senate staff (minority and majority) finished their "read-through" of the 1,100 page energy bill. Now they will actually negotiate what provisions survive from the Senate and House bills.
We believe that the tastiest sausage contains the best ingredients from each, namely:
â€¢ Eight-year extension of the 30% business ITC (contained in both);
â€¢ Six-year extension of the residential ITC (as per Senate version);
â€¢ Elimination of the existing $2,000 maximum dollar limitation on residential solar ITCs (as per House version);
â€¢ Permit corporate and individual taxpayers to claim the ITC against the AMT (as per House version).
Mmm mm. That's some tasty sausage. Take action here to send a message to Congress.
This will be decided in the next 4 to 6 weeks. Act now or no complaining later.Onwards-
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RAN's campaign to protect Indigenous rights and the environment faces a critical benchmark this week. Students at the Ohio State University, the largest university in the country, are close to a breakthrough in negotiations over a landmark environmental policy. With such a big opportunity for change at hand, we're asking the network to help put them over the top.
Please make a quick call today and pass this action alert to your networks.
Students at Ohio State are more than two years into a campaign to promote a more environmentally and socially just paper purchasing policy for the university. The student group, known as Free The Planet, participated in RAN's day of action against OfficeMax last week. One of their demands was that OSU's president, Gordon Gee, cut contracts with companies whose paper products are sourced from the traditional territory of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. This includes OfficeMax, a major supplier to OSU.
President Gee will meet with students on Thursday, so he needs to hear from you today!
Tell President Gee to adopt all provisions of Free The Planet's proposed purchasing policy.
President Gordon E. Gee, The Ohio State University
Phone: (614) 292-2424
After you call, send an email and let us know how he responded! We'll post updates on our blog, The Understory
For more information, check out the following websites:
Director, Old Growth Campaign
Rainforest Action Netowork
Brazil Must Succeed in Keeping Soybeans Out of Amazon Rainforest
Rainforest Portal a project of Ecological Internet
February 12, 2008
Only soy products that do not directly or indirectly destroy
ancient rainforests, or intensify climate change and other
problems inherent with large-scale industrial monocultures,
will be tolerated in international markets
The greatest emerging threat to Amazon rainforests and
communities is industrial soy plantations. Huge mechanized,
soy monocultures destroy tropical ecosystems, accelerate
climate change and cause human rights abuses primarily to
produce agrofuel and livestock feed. The soya industry wipes
out biodiversity, destroys soil fertility, pollutes freshwater
and displaces communities. Soybean production expands the
agricultural frontier not only through fire and deforestation
to clear ancient rainforests, but more importantly by pushing
cattle ranches and displacing forest peoples further into
natural rainforest ecosystems.
With rising soy and other agricultural commodity prices, there
has been a marked increase in fires and Amazonian
deforestation to clear new agricultural lands from primary
rainforests. In reaction Brazil has again announced increased
agricultural deforestation enforcement. Amazon rainforest
sustainability critically depends upon new soybean production
being kept out of ancient primary rainforest ecosystems. Let's
continue the commitment of Ecological Internet's Earth Action
Network to strongly speak ecological truth to intransigent
By Climate Ark, a project of Ecological Internet -
Oil shale deposits across 17,000 square miles of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming hold an estimated 800 billion barrels of oil, more than three times Saudi Arabia's stated reserves. The relatively high cost of producing oil from oil shale has meant that full-scale commercial production has never been economically feasible. With crude oil prices at record highs and conventional oil resources diminishing, the US Government's Energy and Interior Departments want to jump-start oil shale production, with predictably disastrous environmental consequences.
Both mining and processing of oil shale involve a variety of environmental impacts. There is no oil in oil shale, instead it is a substance called kerogen, which is solid and cannot be pumped directly out of the ground. The oil shale must either first be mined and then heated to a high temperature, or heated while still underground and then pumped to the surface as a liquid, a still experimental process. Vast amounts of water are required in the mining process, up to 4 barrels of water for every barrel of oil, a major problem in the western USA which already has water shortages. The process produces four times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared to normal oil production. There is enormous disturbance over large areas of mined land, threatening wildlife and flora. The large amounts of waste material produced contain toxic materials.
It would be a reckless and short-sighted to allow full-scale commercial production of synthetic crude oils from oil shale and other non-conventional sources. Wide scale use of such oil will result in decades of further carbon emissions from dependence upon fossil fuels, making it impossible to stop climate change. In the U.S. more than 70% of the total oil shale acreage is under federally owned and managed lands, which means that politicians in Washington D.C. will make the final decision. Please send a message today noting that a sustainable energy future does not include oil shale.
We can no longer depend on the government to take action for us. We can make a difference by doing things inside our homes. Learn how to make your home energy efficient. Become more self-reliant and perhaps get off the grid. Let's show them who really is in control.
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thanks to yasmin who (a) started new posts in this group again and (b) he is right on....can't trust or wait for the government(s).....but we can do it all together by each doing it alone........
reduce, reuse, recycle, go solar, go wind, care2, keep pushing others and educate