They Are Getting It, Out West
"The largest untapped clean energy resource in Utah is energy efficiency
"The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, a regional think tank, has found that adopting energy efficiency standards in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming would eliminate the need to build 34 new coal-fired power plants in the West (there are 35 proposed), while saving consumers and businesses $28 billion between today and 2020."
"Alternative" Energy Keeps Growing
Solar, wind, and fuel cells are poised to grow from a $12.9 billion industry today to $92 billion by 2013, according to www.cleanedge.com.
"Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isnt like TV news, is it?
"Heres what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.
"And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what were hooked on."
Kurt Vonnegut in "Cold Turkey," May 12, 2004, in In These Times
Running Out of Oil - and Time
"Industrial economies, hungry for energy, would begin making it from any source available most likely coal regardless of the ecological consequences. Worse, competition for remaining oil supplies would intensify, potentially leading to a new kind of political conflict: the energy war ..."
Los Angeles Times editorial, March 7, 2004
Clearing Land = Climate Change
Researchers in Australia have found strong evidence that land clearing can trigger devastating climatic changes. The study will be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research and says, "It may be that when the effects of deforestation suddenly exceed a threshold the climate is likely to respond in a dramatic way."
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OVEC and Citizens for Clean Elections are looking for at least one volunteer per county to help with a postcard campaign. This is not a time-intensive project, but would be very valuable to our work. If you would like to help restore democracy in West Virginia by contributing just a few hours of volunteer work, please notify Janet Fout at (304) 522-0246 or send an e-mail with Clean Elections Volunteer in the subject line to: email@example.com for details.
"Its just a fact: Democracy doesnt work without citizen activism and participation, starting at the community. Trickle down politics doesnt work much better than trickle down economics. Its also a fact that civilization happens because we dont leave things to other people. Whats right and good doesnt come naturally. You have to stand up and fight for it as if the cause depends on you, because it does. Allow yourself that conceit to believe the flame of democracy will never go out as long as theres one candle in your hand."
Bill Moyers, journalist
"Clear Skies" Initiative Allows More Deaths Than Other Air Pollution Plans
(from June 10 BushGreenWatch.org.)
Pollution caused by coal-burning power plants causes 24,000 premature deaths in the U.S. each year, according to a new analysis of government data. And while the Bush administrations Clear Skies proposal will help alleviate that problem, it will save fewer lives than any other plan under consideration including simply retaining the laws already on the books, the analysis found.
"For all their differences in predictions, the authors agree that its entirely within societys power to successfully meet the twin challenges of resource depletion and climate change. The technological solutions exist. The problem is political: Our leaders are so deep in the pockets of the Carbon Barons that they are failing to respond to the impending crises. So its up to us ordinary concerned citizens to lead the charge ... we are going to have to be the ones to lead, and demand that our elected officials start looking past the next election and toward our childrens future and their childrens future."
Lights Out! The End of the Oil Age