The All of the Above energy strategy is not only climate denial

it’s climate denial that is funded with more than $20 billion in taxpayer support each year.

Until our representatives in Washington and around the country find the courage necessary to put people’s interests ahead of rich polluters, this theft of our tax dollars is likely to continue.

The next step for saving the climate should be clear: Stop Funding Fossils.”


 Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International.

- How often do we hear there’s no money for all the good things we need to protect our future. There is money- it just needs to go to the right places! All the comparisons on prices of fossil fuels versus renewables are wrong- add in all the supports and the massive damages and put dollar signs on loss of human and environmental health, and our problems are solved! – Editor

U.S. Government Providing Billions in Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Unburnable Carbon

PriceofOilreportWBToday, Oil Change International released a comprehensive report on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S which demonstrates that at a time when we need urgent action on climate change more than ever, the U.S. government is channeling huge and growing amounts of money to increasing discovery and production of oil, gas, and coal. These federal and state subsidies totaled $21.6 billion in 2013. Article

For the report Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama


“Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on, and it’s time to lead.

Deep decarbonisation is feasible, but it requires global commitment to advancing key low-carbon energy technologies.”

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

- It’s disturbing that even with this huge push, they have said there still remains a 30% chance we won’t make this goal. Politics certainly reduces logic, since a 100% chance of success is the only goal that makes sense. See ACTION below to help get this plan moving forward. – Editor

U.N. Proposes Pathways to Decarbonisation

DeepDecarbonizationreportWBNational teams in 15 of the world’s largest carbon emitting countries collaborated to produce a 194-page report, which outlines the vast technological transformations that each country must make to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C. The report, launched Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the U.N.’ s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, aims to lead the debate in the run-up to the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. It was the first report of the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP). Article  For the The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Report 

ACTION: Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change

Message on Climate Change to World Leaders

JeffreySachsactionWBFrom Jeffrey Sachs Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

This is your moment, as a Global Citizen, to raise your voice to head off disastrous climate change. The 2-degree limit is the last guardrail for a safe global climate. Many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts have put forward a statement to global leaders for delivery at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. Here is your chance to add your name with these illustrious signatories. Be Counted Here 

- Being clever at hoarding money won’t save them if/when climate change hits hard. The very wealthy get behind closed doors far more often and can block important political and economic change. How do we get them to care about the future? – Editor

STUDY: Rich Republicans Are the Worst Climate Deniers

richRepublicansdeniersWBA new study in the journal Climatic Change finds that among Republicans, as levels of income increase, so does their likelihood of “dismissing the dangers associated with climate change.” But among Democrats and independents, there is little or no change in climate views as levels of income increase or decrease. At the lowest income level, the probability that a Republican would give one of these dismissive answers was only 17.7 percent. But at the highest income level, it was 51.2 percent. Among individuals with conservative political orientations, there is a correlation between occupying advantageous positions within industrial economic systems and an unwillingness to acknowledge the risks associated with climate change.


For the report Public views on the dangers and importance of climate change

- A fun article to read! When a city creates an electric car rental system, it can do wonders for air pollution and more. If powered by wind and solar, this is a total winner! – Editor

Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London- how they work in Paris

subscriptionboothelectriccarParisWBParis’s Autolib’ electric car sharing scheme is looking like a success. Membership is up from 5,650 a month two-and-a-half years ago to 155,000 today. Members have clocked up the fairly remarkable total of 30.4 million miles. The service’s 2,500 Bluecars – hitting 3,000 by the end of this year – are now averaging a total of well over 10,000 rentals every day. A survey showed Autolib’ means fewer cars on the roads of the Paris. Cars used to be like toothbrushes – you didn’t share, you didn’t borrow. But we’re shifting from a possession model to a usage model. A car is a tool for transportation, nothing more. Article and

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years. The rest of the money coming from funds set aside by the governments and agencies to buy new vehicles. Article 

- Of course, renewable energy and storage solutions vary from location to location. However, this storage solution is amazing and has serious potential for the right locations! Imagine how simple this would be – “between 20 and 40 of these systems would be enough to stabilise a 100 per cent renewable Australian electricity system.” Get out the maps and the backhoes now! – Editor

How pushing water uphill can solve our renewable energy issues

offriverhydrostorageWBIf renewable energy is ultimately to dominate the market, we will need ways to store the energy so we can use it round the clock. The good news is that it is easy to store energy. All you need is two small reservoirs – one high, one low – and a way to pump water between them. This technique, called “off-river pumped hydro energy storage,” can potentially provide the energy storage that Australia needs to embrace renewables fully. Pumped hydro is by far the cheapest. It has no standby losses while the water waits in the reservoir, and can reach full power in 30 seconds. Using pumped hydro storage to smooth out the peaks in output from a solar power station only adds an extra 25 per cent to the cost. That’s much cheaper than using batteries. Article 










- So many solutions exist. Solarizing new projects in creative ways is fabulous! – Editor

Roadside Noise Barrier to Generate Solar Energy

highwaysoundbarrierWBA novel acoustical barrier that that doubles as a solar power source will be installed along the motorway in the Netherlands, suppressing noise and generates energy at the same time. What is special is that the barrier components consist of two-sided solar cells. We can absorb the morning light from the east and the afternoon light from the west. This will enable us to significantly increase the energy output. Article








This is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity.

If we miss this opportunity for another 50 years,

the rest of the world is going to look at us and wonder why we didn’t think weather and climate and sustainability were important.


Paul Chinowsky, co-director of the Institute of Climate and Civil Systems and the Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development in the University of Colorado

- He’s right! This is big! Most plans for adaptation do not fully consider these critical every day shifts .Every climate plan needs to incorporate these kinds of changes NOW, not 20 years from now! – Editor

Prepare infrastructure for climate change

Much attention has been paid to the likelihood of more drought, fires and floods as the planet warms, but the most significant impact on public infrastructure won’t come from extreme weather events. It will be the change in what constitutes normal weather in various regions — higher temperatures for more sustained periods of time, higher or lower average humidity and rainfall — that will most tax buildings, roads and bridges that were built for one set of conditions and now have to function in another. “Road surfaces get weaker in heat,” Chinowsky said. “Asphalt gets softer. As trucks and cars pass, you get a lot more potholes, more cracking. It won’t be a one time event but a constant thing. That’s the part we don’t talk about, but that’s the part that’s going to have a huge economic impact. The city wants to know what changes from current building standards it should incorporate into the rehabilitation effort to make sure the building doesn’t need expensive repairs in just a few years. Article

- Even investment banks want new visions in electricity! Nu-tility- great word! – Editor

Seven ‘radical’ ideas for Australia’s renewable energy policy

electricitypricessmartAnalysts at investment bank UBS have come up with a suite of policy suggestions that they say could put Australia at the cutting edge of a carbon light de-centralised electricity grid. UBS says the world is transitioning away from carbon-intensive centralised models to a carbon light distributed model. If policy settings were designed to assist the transition to the “Nu-tility” world, where distributed energy takes over from centralised power – there would be a carbon tax, subsidies for storage, incentives for rooftop PV, mandatory time of use meters and networks would be unregulated competitive businesses sharing the pain. Article 









- Let’s make the transition even faster! – Editor

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

solarimpactingcoalWBAs early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over. Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. “Negative pricing” moves, as they are known, are not uncommon. The impact has been so profound, and wholesale prices pushed down so low, that few coal generators in Australia made a profit last year. Hardly any are making a profit this year. State-owned generators like Stanwell are specifically blaming rooftop solar. In an energy democracy, even free coal has no value. Article

WORKING ON THE ANSWERS . . . . July 4- 10, 2014

“Obviously, we want the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and every other entity
to move toward renewables in every possible way-
(get) the city to shut down its coal plants and ensure that
all public buildings are sustainable and energy-efficient.
It’s a very long list, and we haven’t developed that list entirely.
It’s a goal, but
I think it’s a life-and-death goal, not only for the future of the city, but the future of the planet.”

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District

Los Angeles City officials warming up to federal emissions goals

In response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of the federal Clean Power Plan, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, 5th District, last Friday introduced a resolution to support the plan and push the city toward cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. At Obama’s direction, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to implement emission guidelines for states, specifically by implementing state-specific, rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. “That is a significant and critical step forward on the worldwide climate crisis,” Koretz said. “But that’s not enough — not by far.”


- A goal is critical, but then how to reach a goal is an ongoing question. Here this county in Washington State is strategizing and coordinating efforts- worth checking out. One glitch- their baseline is 2007 but 1990 would have been better. Congratulations for getting going. – Editor

50×30 Carbon Reduction: Ambitious but Achievable

50-30wedgecarbonreductionSeattleareaWBIn early 2014, the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C) asked New Energy Cities to analyze what it would take to achieve meaningful carbon reduction goals at community scale in the near term. The K4C offers a unique opportunity for the County and partner cities to map individual and shared carbon reduction strategies together. The bar is high: King County has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent below 2007 levels by 2050 (80×50), with an intermediate goal of 50 percent reduction by 2030 (50×30). To start, New Energy Cities created an Energy Map that depicts a snapshot of community-wide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for a defined base year. The solutions are mathematically straightforward, but they do require hard work and deep partnership among the County, cities, energy utilities, transportation agencies, building community, and nonprofit service organizations.
For the King County Climate Collaboration Pledge


- Recently several friends have confided that they are profoundly worried about climate change and what’s happening politically in the U.S. If we are to get to solutions, deeper emotions have to be dealt with- not an easy task. This report is designed to help! - Editor

Beyond Storms and Droughts: The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

psychologicalimpactsclichangeWBWhile existing research has focused primarily on the mental health effects of climate change that will come about from disasters, climate change’s more gradual effects, like rising temperatures and changing landscapes, also have important implications for human psychology.
This report concludes with two sets of recommendations designed to help readers put research findings into action. The first set of recommendations, “Tips to Engage the Public on Climate Change,” is targeted toward climate communicators and policymakers.
The second set of recommendations, “Tips to Prepare and Strengthen Communities” is targeted towards people and organizations- from city planners and public health agencies to disaster relief organizations and faith-based communities- who are interested in strengthening communities’ response to climate impacts.


- WOW!- Editor

Rejection of Colorado Coal Mine on Global Warming Grounds Could Be Game-Changer

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service both wrongly approved expansion of the West Elk coal mine in Colo., because they failed to take into account the economic impacts greenhouse gas emissions from the mining would have. The federal agencies said it was impossible to quantify such impacts, but the court pointed out a tool is available to quantify the effects of emissions and the agencies chose to ignore it. The tool, the “social cost of carbon protocol,” puts a price on the damages from drought, flood, storm, fire and disease caused by global warming. The ruling could be game-changing.

Court Rules That New York Towns Can Ban Fracking And Drilling

frackingsignNYWBNew York towns and cities are allowed to pass bans on oil and gas drilling and fracking, the state’s highest court ruled Monday. The New York Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that local governments have the authority to decide how land is used, which includes deciding whether or not fracking and drilling should be allowed on that land. So far, activists say, 170 towns and cities in New York have passed fracking bans or moratoria.


“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for everyone
committed to taking meaningful action to tackle climate change.
It sends a clear message that the time for delay is over and
the time to clean up and diversify transportation fuels is now.”
Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board

- The Supreme Court has made some horrendous decisions lately- money should not determine election outcomes, women should be able to determine how many children they have, and more. Yet here’s a decision that makes sense and helps solve climate change! – Editor

U.S. Supreme Court refuses challenge to California climate rule

supremecourtWBThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s landmark low-carbon fuel standard, in a blow to out-of-state ethanol and gasoline producers that say the rule unfairly discriminates against their products. The California regulation calculates emissions throughout the life cycle of a fuel by including pollution from production as well as ultimate use. Out-of-state fuel producers claim the standard penalizes them by calculating long transportation distances as part of the overall carbon footprint of their fuels.



Solar energy is “a truly disruptive technology.”
…in the past 10 years, “the precipitous drop in the pricing for solar, especially utility grade solar.”
“I’m extremely confident” that solar energy will produce a plurality of the energy, and most likely a majority,” used in the U.S. — more than any other single energy source —

“in less than 20 years.”
“That single relationship is going to change — the old model of a generator selling to a customer. The customer’s going to be able to produce their own energy.”
For the first time, we’re going to buy solar for under five cents per kilowatt hour, and that puts solar competitive with wind, competitive with natural gas, competitive with coal, and competitive with nuclear. In fact, it beats them all, and that’s a revolution.”
“…buildings getting their own power on site…
meters running backward, generating more electricity than they’re using.”
“…a giant distributed utility…instead of a utility monopoly.”
“The old model’s going to not work anymore.”
Birthing a Solar Age
Watch this 8 minute video!
You Tube 
- What an encouraging video! We do have an energy revolution going on right now that can solve multiple problems. It’s our job to help make this happen! – Editor

Today’s Solar Power ‘Revolution’: Powerful Insights from Energy Experts



“It’s so important to stress that this kind of project is about community ownership.
It’s not about big corporate or city investors taking control.
Local, individual investors can get involved from as little as £25, and people generally see a return that’s significantly higher than anything a high street bank or building society can offer.”
Paul Rea, chairman of the Four Winds Energy Co-op

Wind energy share offer raises £1m investment in three weeks

fourwindscoopflyerWBA renewable energy co-operative seeking investors to support two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines in Derbyshire and Yorkshire has raised £1m in just three weeks. It is hoped that the share offer will raise £3.7m by the end of July, while planning applications have already been submitted for further sites.


- Decision Theatre! Simulations can be a very powerful tool if done well- far better than 4 inch thick written reports, which plague governments everywhere. What a great idea! – Editor

Does climate change impact national security? $20M to find out

decision-theaterWBThe National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded Arizona State University a five-year, $20 million agreement to research the effects of climate change and its propensity to cause civil and political unrest, known as the Foresight Initiative.
The plan is to create visually appealing computer models and simulations using large quantities of real-time data to guide policymakers in their decisions. Imagine being able to take a 500-page water governance policy and represent it visually so that decision makers could interact with it, make adjustments and see the consequences of their decisions. “It’s not using computers to come up with the perfect answer. It’s using computers as a way to raise questions to decision makers.” The NGA chose ASU’s proposal for its research in the Decision Theater, a group meeting space designed to visualize solutions to complex problems.

ACTION: CNBC must stop misleading viewers about climate change


Last week, the cable television business channel CNBC was caught seeking out an economist, and known climate change denier, to write an article about the “global warming hoax.” Cindy Perman, the commentary editor of, mistakenly sent an email to DeSmogBlog inviting climate change denier Alan Carlin to write an article about the “global warming hoax” on CNBC’s website. CNBC should be reporting the news, not making the news.
Tell CNBC Managing Editor Allen Wastler: Apologize to your viewers for soliciting a “global warming is a hoax” op-ed.

Emergency Actions or Let It Get Worse June 27- July 3, 2014

“If cities are going to drive the revitalization of this nation, then
we need to become the laboratories and incubators of change.
We must be the engines driving the local and national economy.”
Mayor Johnson, President U.S. Council of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento

U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

Conference ofmayorsJune2014WBThe U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group that represents the leaders of 1,400 cities, has called on the Obama administration and Congress to “enact an Emergency Climate Protection law that provides a framework and funding for the implementation … of a comprehensive national plan” to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
Article  and


“We know that the next several years will be critical for establishing
the policy and market solutions needed to avert dangerous climate change.
This report shows that well-designed climate mitigation efforts can result in
important economic and social benefits.”
Charlotte Pera, President and Chief Executive Officer of ClimateWorks Foundation

Climate policies could generate $2.6 trillion a year

Smart climate policies in the US, EU, Brazil, China, India and Mexico could add up to US$ 2.6 trillion to the world’s economy a year, according to the World Bank. The new report, ‘Climate-Smart Development: Adding up the Benefits’, assesses the impact of potential government policies on energy efficiency, waste management and public transport across the six regions. It would also save around 8.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions being pumped into the atmosphere, and save the equivalent energy to taking 2 billion cars off the road.
It finds that implementing these new policies would have significant benefits for the economy, climate and health.
For the report

The timeline to act is really now.
It’s to our detriment to think that we have 50 years to solve the issue of unsustainable agriculture.”
Danielle Nirenberg, founder Food Tank, a food sector research institute

- It takes years to develop effective and responsible food systems, so Danielle is right- start now. Whether it’s fast rising food prices, or severe events that prevent food from coming in, or numerous food sources no longer available- or all of these- we need to get creative in a multitude of ways to feed cities. Indoor food production must be a part of the new systems, with major advantages- avoiding weather catastrophes, reducing water needs, and far more. This burgeoning field of insects certainly has the “ick factor” but is actually healthier than high-fructose corn syrup that people devour every day. Can we accept these opportunities? – Editor

Brave New Food

Jena MartinAndrew Brentano

Weather is pummeling our food supply through droughts, wildfires and the changing climate. Meanwhile, the global population is exploding. (One answer: eating insects.) In some circles- typically those of the young, affluent and health conscious- the idea of eating insects, or entomophagy, has caught on, fast, spurred on by a 2013 pro bugs-as-food report from the U.N. Meat or no, people need protein, which is where the insects come in. “This bag by itself, which is about the size of a shoebox, will put out about two pounds of edible meat, which is nutritionally equivalent to chicken,” Andrew Brentano, a founder of Tiny Farms, an edible insect farm production company. With one of Tiny Farms’ bags, you can harvest about two pounds of mealworm meat every 26 days. And meat it is. When dried, the insects are more than 50 percent protein. Unlike other food animals, 100 percent of a mealworm is edible. Believe or not — the demand for human-grade edible insects far outstrips the supply. It’s a boom that has happened just in the past year and a half. Tiny Farms can’t make and ship their farms fast enough.
Article  and

We’re Tiny Farms- The edible bug company

Website and

Open Bug Farm

Grow your own edible insects, at home. We’re building the world’s first Open Source insect farm kit. “Help revolutionize agriculture.”
and another business- Bitty Foods makes delicious high-protein chocolate chip cookies with cricket flour-  Website 

Elsewhere: – Seems a bit like a new rendition of an old nursery rhyme- “All the (dictator’s) horses and all the (dictator’s) men couldn’t get (the food to grow) again.”- Editor

North Korea army mobilised as rivers run dry in worst drought in years

North Korea’s rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said, prompting the isolated country to mobilise some of its million-strong army to try to protect precious crops.

America’s Largest Companies are Jumping on Clean Energy Bandwagon and Saving More Than $1 Billion a Year

Recent corporate renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts equivalent to PowerForwardreportWBretiring 15 coal-fired power plants
The nation’s largest companies are leaving Washington gridlock on climate change behind and rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report. The analysis, released today, reveals that these efforts are the new “business as usual” among many of the country’s largest companies, with 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies having set targets in at least one of three categories: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving energy efficiency, and procuring more renewable energy.
The report Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value, shows that clean energy is becoming mainstream for U.S. corporations – with 60 percent of the Fortune 100 having goals for renewable energy or greenhouse gas reductions.
For the report 

- When elections are more about money than understanding issues, where will this get us? – Editor

Oil and Gas Industry Buys Colorado Fracking Election

frackcoloradoWBIn what may have been the most expensive and farce of an election in the history of Colorado, the oil and gas industry has likely spent $1 million to buy a fracking election in the city of Loveland, CO. When the votes were tallied last night for a two-year fracking moratorium in Loveland, “no” votes squeaked out a victory. Protect Our Loveland was likely outspent by a 100 – 1 margin by the most profitable industry on the planet.
- Of course these dangerous chemicals should not be blasted deep into the ground for many reasons, but then they shouldn’t be above ground, exposing everyone, either. Guess that only leaves not using them at all! – Editor

Colorado suspends oil and gas wastewater disposal well after quake

Disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a Colorado well was ordered halted this week after seismic activity was detected in the area, state regulators said. It is the latest in a string of events linking oil and gas operations with seismic activity in the United States as energy drilling increases.


Dumping (of fracking waste water) seems to be a really ongoing problem.
We’re seeing dumping down old mineshafts and dumping on roads where the spigot at the end of the tank is [allowed] to dribble all the way to the [disposal] well.”
We have a health risk. In Ohio, we’re just ignoring it. With each law, we’re getting weaker, not stronger.
Julie Weatherington-Rice, senior scientist at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Ohio

US fracking boom threatens water supplies

There is no overarching policy regulating how the industry uses water. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a provision known as the “Halliburton loophole” exempts oil and gas operations from almost all federal air and water regulations, leaving protection of these basic life necessities to the states.

Retired Pa. health staffers say department muzzled them on fracking

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that some nurses told him they were not allowed to respond to complaints about gas drilling and the subject of natural gas development was considered “taboo” and was not openly discussed among fellow employees.

Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones

The researchers analyzed 24 chemicals commonly used by frackers — noting that those chemicals represent a small subset of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking, many of which are kept secret. Not only were most of the studied chemicals found to mess with our estrogen and androgen systems, but some of them were also found to affect hormones that prepare our bodies for pregnancy (progesterone), that break down sugar (glucocorticoid), and that regulate growth and development (the thyroid system). Only one of the 24 chemicals did not affect any of the hormonal systems studied.

Endocrine Disrupting Activity of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and in vivo
Adverse Health Outcomes


Hormone-Disrupting Activity of Fracking Chemicals Worse Than Initially Found

Mixtures of these chemicals act together to make their hormone-disrupting effects worse than any one chemical alone, and tested drinking water normally contains mixtures of EDCs.





See what yes is doing

Watch this video 

Excerpts from this clever video “advertising” the truth in soothing voice, lovely music:
“We’re making the energy that hurts communities and harms the environment.
We need the energy to always ask:
Is there a better way to increase our year-end bonuses?
Are there ways to take fresh water from fish-bearing streams and dump more polluted water into our rivers?
Can we lobby the government to weaken regulations and impact aboriginal communities with impunity?
Can we cover up our impacts and accelerate climate change?
These are the questions we ask every day in playing our part to destroy the world we share.”


- THIS is the kind of advertising we need! Once forests and rivers are gone, they’re gone! Once hormone-disrupting chemicals have changed the sex of your baby from boy to girl, it’s done. Once your thyroid is shot, it’s pills every day for the rest of your life. There are many forms of emergency. – Editor

New Campaign Spoofs Suncor’s “What Yes Can Do” Green PR Blitz

SumOfUslogoWBA new website launched today by the corporate accountability group asks ordinary Canadians to take a closer look at oilsands major Suncor’s latest ad campaign, “What Yes Can Do.” By launching their own version of the ad campaign at , is questioning the disparity between “what yes can do” as Suncor puts it, and “what yes has done” in the Alberta oilsands.’s alternative campaign brings the pleasantries of corporate advertising into stark contrast with the difficult reality of oilsands development as it affects local water, the industrialization of the boreal forest, vanishing local caribou populations, and First Nation’s treaty rights.
Read more 


Welcome to SumOfUs

SumOfUs  is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.
Here’s what we stand for:
Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations
The right of communities to manage and protect their own environment and natural resources
Business models that put people and the planet first instead of being driven by shortsighted greed.
(And more, of course)


CALL IT BLOOD OF OUR MOTHER . . . . . June 20- 26, 2014

Before standing by to see sacrilege committed against our sacred elders (earth, oil and others),
we prefer to see our own death, the collective suicide of the U’wa people.
If in our fight for what is ours we have to take the final step, so it will be.
If to defend life we have to give our own, we will do it.”
Letter to Colombian citizens
“The U’wa People state that we will use all of the legal, political, and cultural resources at our disposal to

defend our ancestral territory. We believe that this is a just and dignified struggle, not only for the U’wa, but for all of humanity the degree to which
humanity needs air, water, earth, and healthy food to be able to continue existing.”
Statement released last week


- It’s hard for Americans who are so mobile to really grasp how cultures can be destroyed when the functionality of traditional homelands are annihilated. If Americans were deeply committed to NEVER moving away from where they are now, our attitudes about land and water contamination, as well as impacts from climate change, would rapidly and radically shift. Many, many people have asked me where to go when the local climate gets too bad. The fleeing response- “I’ll be okay because I will just leave”- allows the option of inaction for these escalating crises. Yet there are people who are profoundly attached to their land and their entire land-based culture. They can’t accept the fleeing response.

This is a gripping story. Here the U.S. has given $100 million to protect the pipeline. Is it moral to expose innocent people to such risk? Shall we continue to use oil from such revered lands? – Editor

Will the U’was be forced to threaten to commit mass suicide again?

A gas company wants to drill on indigenous people’s ancestral territory in Colombia. The U’wa have threatened to repeat that ultimate protest (of mass suicide) if oil development is allowed to go forward on their land. These were no PR stunts. Over the last decade, the U’wa have watched while the pipeline that runs just north of their reservation has been bombed over 500 times by leftist guerrillas. Over one and half million barrels of crude oil have spilled onto land that borders their sacred home. The U’wa have watched as their oil-rich neighboring territories have become centers of human rights abuses – perpetrated mostly by pro-government paramilitaries. The message is clear: Oil equals violence.

Blood of Our Mother

The U’wa are the latest example of an ongoing tragedy that involves us all. First, our collective addiction to oil is driving the demand for oil that is systematically destroying the world’s last pristine ecosystems and devastating the last isolated indigenous cultures. With even major oil companies agreeing that a phase out of fossil fuels will happen in the next century, one has to ask-is it worth it? Known oil reserves hold decades worth of supply for the global economy- must we really destroy these last few untouched places and peoples for a few months more?
Amazon Watch

- There are some non-native people who reject the idea of the fleeing response and truly want to protect the land around them and under their feet. There are some strong words in this video. – Editor

Caretakers and Warriors

Watch the 7 minute video on people’s reactions to the tar sands and its pipeline.
Alberta tar sands region is the size of Florida! TransCanada’s original pipeline spilled more than 30 times in one year.
Here are excerpted quotes. There is a similar tone, here, about the need to protect the land for future generations that the Columbian tribes have.


DoreenFtMcMurrayAlbertaWB“You can see all the pictures (of the tar sands) in the media. It just doesn’t capture the enormity of it unless you are here yourself. We have an obligation to and duty to protect future generations. That is our number one obligation. “
Doreen, Fort McMurray- the source of the tar sands, Alberta, Canada

MeghanWB“We will come together as a family and fight as long as we have to. And spend our sleepless nights, all of our stress and worries because it is a big deal to us. We will do whatever it takes to fight the pipeline.
Meghan, York County, NE






NebraskafarmeronpipelineWBJim, Polk County, Nebraska- offered $ 244,000 to reroute pipeline through his farm – he declined
“It’s been five generations that my family has farmed this land that I farm now, and the sixth generation (enjoy this farm life.) I’d like to see my family continue. The $244,000 was not enough money for my grandchildren to not be able to drink this fresh, cool, clean, bountiful water supply that I drink all my life. I want the generations to farm- somebody’s gotta feed the world.”



“I appeal to Australia and other countries not to behave selfishly over the catastrophic prospect facing small island developing states.
History will judge you harshly if you abandon us to our apparent fate of sinking below the waves
because you don’t want to make the necessary adjustment to your domestic policies.”
Rear Admiral Bainimarama of Fiji
Prime Minister Abbott of Australia said he would not adopt any climate policies that would “clobber the economy”.

- Having worked with numerous island cultures, being forced to leave your island forever leads to gut-wrenching culture shock and trauma. – Editor


- Whether you are looking at the frightening speed and complexity of climate change or the destruction of more and more ecosystems from fossil fuels, the truth is a livable world in the future depends on a rapid shift to renewable energy. Naysayers abound, typically buoyed up by the black industries.
But of course we can shift! And we must, so here are some good, easy visuals on solar power meeting global needs. Help make the possible happen. Add to this even more- wind, efficiency, reduction of wastes, local food – and our future will be green! – Editor

Here’s How Much Renewable Energy It Would Take to Power the Entire World

revisedmapsolarglobalpowerWBThere are numerous advantages to solar energy. One is that it doesn’t pollute, so the generation process is carbon-neutral. The other is that the sun gives us energy for free which will never run out.
Some 3.49 million square kilometers are available for solar thermal power facilities in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt alone. Worldwide, the potential high-energy solar sites far outstrip any plausible need. Though the theoretical solar facilities would be very large indeed, it wouldn’t take a gargantuan amount of effort to switch over. The United Nations estimates 170,000 square kilometers of forest are destroyed each year; three years of similar effort into solar power conversion would do the job.


- Such intriguing policy shifts! The U.K. government new policies towards energy supplies and renewable energy now provide a much better model for how policies can lead to meaningful, more democratic, change that could really speed up the renewable transition. The U.S. needs to follow here- get the details and make comparable things happen in your area! – Editor

How U.K. policy is ushering in a new age of community energy

turbinesUKchangingrulesWBRecent policy announcements indicate that the U.K. government is now redressing imbalances and tilting the economics of renewable energy in favor of community energy.
Another exciting development is the government’s commitment to “shared ownership,” which would place a requirement on new-shore renewable energy projects to offer local communities the right to buy-in to the projects and share in the financial benefit
The real game-changer, however, would be “direct supply,” the ability of community energy companies to sell electricity directly to their members. This would enable community energy companies to capture some of the margin between the wholesale and retail price of power which can be 60 to 80 percent of the price paid by retail consumers. Crowdfunding is also allowing us to envisage the day when individual investors can put their money to work without having to route it through the centralised financial system.

Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

traininoaklandWBThe city of Oakland, Calif., wants to stop trains carrying crude, coal, and petroleum coke from reaching local refineries and export terminals. The city council voted unanimously to “oppose” the “transportation of hazardous fossil fuel materials” along existing rail lines and through “densely populated” and waterfront areas — which includes much of the city. The city will now formally urge California and regional governments to take action on oil-train safety, and will consider formally opposing projects that threaten to bring fossil fuel–bearing trains into Oakland.
The Oakland City Council also approved a fossil-fuel divestment bill. Among other things, the city will now urge its pension funds to dump their dirty-energy stocks.
- Oakland was right! – Editor

The new oil crisis: Exploding trains

oilspillmapWBCommunities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight. This year has already shattered the record for property damage from U.S. oil-train accidents, and almost every region of the U.S. has been touched by an oil-train incident. We’ve got tens of thousands of people who are vulnerable to an accident.


- Some well-deserving organizations will now have solar power! Helping non-profits while increasing solar is a great win-win. This model can be done in ANY area! Try it! – Editor

Sol Not Coal is 100% funded!

Help us install solar electric systems at high-impact community organizations. Let’s pave the way for clean energy TODAY! This campaign started on May 15 and closed on June 18, 2014.
For the organization

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Too Little, Too Late? Oops?

citizensclimatelobbylogoWBCitizens Climate Lobby just released a study by the non-partisan organization Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), a comprehensive analysis of the impacts of a carbon fee-and-dividend in the United States, with 100% revenue distribution of the money to the public in equal shares as direct payments.
The next Presidency will be a new opportunity, but this time groundwork must be done. How can we make the next President understand what is needed before he or she is elected? We must get the concept of a carbon fee with 100% of the funds going to the public into the political conversation. This approach spurs the economy, increasing the number of jobs by 2.1 million in 10 years. Emissions decrease 33% in 10 years, 52% in 20 years.
ACTION: Call your local Congress person on June 23 to support climate solutions and specifically the simple honest fee-and-dividend approach.
The next day several hundred CCL members will be visiting Congress people at their offices in Washington. Calls from constituents on the preceding day could make their visits more effective.  Calls from constituents on the preceding day could make their visits more effective.

Information to help you make the call
For 3 page summary of carbon tax study
For the full study


- As our world heats up, the temptation to buy air conditioning is strong, requiring upfront money and large amounts of electricity. Here clever inventers achieve the cooling goal without either.
We all need to get creative!
Let’s help others by reducing our “needs.” – Editor


PROTECTING EDENS for June 13- 19, 2014

“Unless people get off the couch,
who’s going to protect them?”
Steve LipskyfrackingmethaneinwaterWB
Steve Lipski, landowner, Parker County

- When governments are in cahoots with the fracking industry, victims can be defenseless. The state’s “investigation” found that the levels of methane in Steve’s water were conveniently and magically within the legal limits, yet outside investigators found levels ten times higher- a very dangerous level, and in addition, identified the source- nearby fracking. 

That’s fire coming out of the water pipe! Watch the video! Steve Lipski is disillusioned because the government’s tests were so inaccurate, clearly protecting fracking, not people. The plea is for residents to act together. - Editor

‘Conclusive Link’ Between Fracking, Aquifer Contamination Found in Texas

firefromwaterfrackingTXWBIndependent scientists who have reviewed a water analysis conducted by state authorities of a Texas resident’s drinking well say the chemical signatures found in the water may provide “the nation’s first conclusive link” between fracking operations and aquifer contamination. Though a state investigation said it found the chemical analysis of the water inconclusive, experts shown the results say the commission was simply wrong. “And not just by a little,” reports local ABC-affiliate WFAA News who shared the results with several scientists, “but by a lot.

ACTION: Why be poisoned for profit- tell the Feds not to support exporting our natural gas
The Cove Point liquefied natural gas terminal in Maryland is one huge project that we can and must put a stop to. As a gas export facility, Cove Point would mean increasing demand for yet more fracking, more drilling, more pipelines.




“It has the potential to leave a toxic legacy that could turn much of Ohio into potential superfund sites.”
Alison Auciello, Food and Water Watch

- Human health clearly is not a concern to some corporations and governments. Radioactive wastes will destroy health for endless generations. Is today’s convenience of high energy consumption worth sacrificing the health of future kids? – Editor

Loopholes Enable Industry to Evade Rules on Dumping Radioactive Fracking Waste

One of Pennsylvania’s most active drilling companies attempted on Tuesday to quietly ship tons of radioactive sludge, rejected by a local landfill, to one in nearby West Virginia where radioactivity rules are still pending. It was only stopped when local media reports brought the attempted dumping to light. (Also) Ohio, still has weak regulations for solid fracking waste. Over 100,000 tons of solid waste from Pennsylvania drilling wound up disposed in Ohio.


“The white man seems to be destroying everything. Try to change the way you think and tell your children while they’re growing up that it’s very important to respect nature, to respect indigenous peoples, and not to destroy everything, not to finish everything.

All over the world indigenous people are having problems with the destruction of their land and forest. Everywhere I look there is occupation and destruction of the natural balance.

We should be finding a solution together to preserve the forest for the future of our children and our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.
What’s going to happen when it’s all gone, when it’s all destroyed and there’s nothing left?”
Chief Raoni Metuktire, Brazilian Amazon indigenous Kayapo population



- The word Eden is important. Our world is many, many Edens and the entire global chemical system gives them all life-giving support. The message for thousands of years has been Don’t Destroy Eden! Here’s one victory.

The problem with protection of ecosystems is that all you have to do is lose once, and it’s gone forever. The fight to protect our world’s Edens- even down to our own local water supply- requires insistent and constant vigilance. The more we succeed, the more attitudes and practices shift, and respect for the Earth becomes the norm. It’s up to us. – Editor

Oil drillers promise to withdraw from Africa’s Eden

MAM 10273There will be no drilling in paradise. Soco International, a British oil company, has abandoned plans to drill for oil in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The park is a World Heritage Site, and UNESCO says it is Africa’s richest trove of natural beauty and biodiversity. However, the park is still not entirely safe. The DRC government has yet to remove overall permission for oil companies to search and drill for oil.
You and more than 750,000 activists from around the world helped us make this happen, and we cannot be more grateful.
To donate to help World Wildlife Fund continue to win
For other Edens- The World Heritage List includes 981 properties with outstanding universal value.



- Amazing! China is waking up and empowering people with new tools to fight pollution. Hopefully this will lead to a world-wide movement of citizen actions actually backed by governments, not hindered by governments! – Editor

Chinese smartphone apps sniffs outs polluting sources

A Chinese environmental organization says it has created a new smartphone app that can monitor intensities of air pollution, allowing the “naming and shaming” of the factories or power plants producing it. Mounting pressure from residents of the country’s smog-bedeviled cities has pushed the pollution issue to the forefront. If the air quality is bad you can switch (to the factory map) and see (which polluter) is in your neighborhood. It will be a very effective tool for people to voice out their concerns. Chinese government changed its environmental protection laws to give activist groups more power to identify companies whose emissions exceed newly established limits. The new laws will place no limits on the size of fines that could be levied against polluters.


Korea’s Ministry of Environment Launches “My Town Air Quality” App

The Ministry of Environment announced that it is launching an upgraded version of “My Town Air Quality,” a smartphone application that provides air quality information and PM10 or finer dust forecasts.


- The first step before converting to renewables is to reduce energy usage. Driers are a huge waste of energy! For thousands of years people dried their clothes without energy-consuming driers! Our household has not used a drier in many years, preferring to line the shower curtain with wet clothes on hangars, plus elsewhere a wooden rack. It’s easy. One can reduce energy usage by buying new appliances- our old refrigerator is in its dying process, so we are getting a very energy-efficient model that passes the new, 2014 tighter EPA requirements. Yet for so many processes, just cutting back is free or even saves money- less water usage, less electricity, less gas, less trash and no dryers. It’s all possible and easy! – Editor

Dryers waste $4B a year in energy costs

U.S. consumers are wasting $4 billion annually to power clothes dryers. A typical electric dryer may now consume as much energy per year as the combined use of an efficient new refrigerator, clothes washer and dishwasher. Americans spend $9 billion annually to operate inefficient dryers, 75% of which are electric. He says they could save $4 billion of that — and reduce heat-trapping carbon-dioxide emissions — if all electric units were updated to the most efficient hybrid heat pump model sold overseas, mostly in Europe.
For more information 

Finland Sets New, Ambitious Goal For Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

FinnishGovernmentplanWBFinland became the latest European country to set itself a new and newly ambitious goal for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Change Act legally commits the country to reducing its emissions 80 percent below their 1990 levels by 2050, and enters into legal force in 2015. Article  and
For the government report


 Automaker Rankings 2014: The Environmental Performance of Car Companies

AutoRankings2014WBThe numbers are in, the scores are tallied, and the winner is clear: Hyundai-Kia is the Greenest Automaker in our 2014 environmental rankings. All eight of the best-selling automakers showed improvements in the rankings, which measure the pollution emissions of each automaker’s fleet. Thanks to strong federal and state emissions standards, the average new car has gotten 43 percent cleaner since 1998. Despite this progress, the Detroit “Big Three”—Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler—still lag behind, with higher than average smog-forming and global warming pollution emissions.
For the report Automaker Rankings 2014The Environmental Performance of Car Companies
ACTION: Encourage Ford’s new CEO to lead the pack on cleaner cars.

P.S. World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Car Makes Its Debut
The world’s most fuel-efficient car has just arrived on dealer lots in Germany and Austria, but don’t expect it to be sold in America anytime soon. The Volkswagen XL 1, a diesel-electric hybrid, gets about 260 miles per gallon.



- Patents can hold back critical innovations. We need so much more creative thinking, and Elon Musk gives us another great example. Seems to make business sense, too. – Editor

Tesla Will Open Its Supercharger Patents To Promote EVs

Tesla will release the patents it holds on its proprietary SuperCharger technology in order to promote standardized charger designs for EV’s. The thinking at Tesla is that standardized recharging systems will drive acceptance of electric vehicles forward and help put more EV’s on the road sooner. The Tesla Superchargers are far and away the fastest way to charge an EV, able to deliver a full charge of 265 miles of driving to a Model S in about an hour. Nobody else even comes close.

For a really neat map showing where Tesla’s 96 North America charging stations are and an amazing chart comparing miles of range among different chargers when charged for ½ hour (one 10, another 14 and Tesla 170!)




STRENGTHEN THE TIMID . . . . . . . . . June 6- 12, 2014

- Finally, the EPA wants to limit coal burning emissions, but this is only a proposal. If we don’t praise it, big money coal could quash it. Yet, the goal is only modest, and wishful thinking from old data pretends gas and fracking are a great substitute. Even timid important ideas can be crushed, so join the praise and push for more. Speak for the earth! – Editor

EPA Carbon Standards Announcement: A Potential Climate Game Changer

UCScommentWB(In the 645-page rule plus numerous associated documents) the EPA hit it right on a number of key elements of the proposal:
The draft rule includes flexibility for states to devise compliance plans that best suit them, using four major building blocks to reduce CO2 emissions: efficiency (heat rate) improvements at individual plants, utilizing more lower-carbon generating sources like natural gas, utilizing zero carbon energy sources like renewable energy, and ramping up energy efficiency.
EPA will also allow multi-state compliance plans so that states could join together to find the lowest cost compliance options.
The flexibility in the proposal allows for the emissions reductions to be achieved cost-effectively without affecting reliability.
There’s also room for improvement in the draft rule:
The analysis accompanying the draft rule seems to indicate that EPA has underestimated the true potential for renewable energy to contribute to cost-effective reductions.
With a more ambitious—but do-able—assumption for renewable growth, the rule could be strengthened to achieve more than a 30% reduction.
I see opportunities to improve on this draft rule. Stay tuned.


For video- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

The GOP Is Freaking Out Over the EPA’s Carbon Rules. Why Aren’t Power Companies?

On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft rule to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, a move likely to be the Obama administration’s most significant in the fight against climate change. Immediately, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell called the proposal “a dagger in the heart of the American middle class. If the power plant rules were indeed likely to leave the nation in the dark, one might expect the companies that supply the country’s power to be similarly alarmed. In fact, the apocalyptic rhetoric in Washington doesn’t reflect the way the rules have been received by stakeholders outside the Beltway. It’s not surprising that renewable energy and natural gas companies welcomed them. But even some of the utility companies that operate the country’s dirtiest power plants responded with what looks more like a collective shrug than mass panic.


American Public Health Association applauds EPA action to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants

APHABannerWBAlready we are seeing the harmful and sometimes very serious consequences of climate change. Our nation’s overall welfare has been compromised. The costs don’t stop at our health – they include the rebuilding, recovery and emergency preparedness costs that our nation simply cannot afford.
Today’s EPA proposal does something unprecedented: guaranteeing lower levels of carbon emissions, which will reduce threats to public health. Thanks to EPA’s proposed standards we will reduce these threats and provide all Americans with safer air, cleaner energy and a more stable climate.


ACTION: Submit a public comment now show support for even stronger action for the climate.

GP03W2UIn order to tackle climate change and to build a greener, healthier world, we are going to need more than these new rules. Right now, WE have the momentum, not the fossil fuel industry. If we act now, we can push for even stronger measures, not just fight to keep industry from watering down the proposed rules.
Take Action


Poll- 70% of Americans support Obama’s power plant rules

The majority of Americans would support new government guidelines to cut pollution from power plants, unveiled on Monday, even if they raise their energy bills, according to a new poll. The EPA say the new emission strategy will bring net climate and health benefits of up to $82 billion (£48 billion), while helping the US in its efforts to curb climate change. It is also hoped the move will boost America’s renewable energy industry. A group of 128 companies– including Unilever, Starbucks and Nike– and 49 investors worth $800 billion in assets have signed letters in which they “applaud” the move.
For the poll


- Finally getting the ball rolling could greatly speed up international negotiations! – Editor

China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks

chinaairpollutionWBChina said it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signaling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks. Progress in global climate negotiations has often been held back by a deep split between rich and poor nations, led by the United States and China, respectively, over who should step up their game to reduce emissions. But the fact that the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases made unprecedented announcements on climate within 24 hours of each other sparked optimism among observers hoping to see the decades-old deadlock broken.



Converting to natural gas plants, which is what this latest rule is likely to do,
will actually aggravate climate change, not make things better.
It’s well enough established to suggest
the EPA is on the wrong side of the science.”
Robert Howarth
Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell

Obama Emission Rules Discount Gas Leaks, Scientists Say

President Barack Obama’s plan to fight global warming underestimates pollution from natural gas, according to scientists studying how leaks affect the climate.
The issue is that methane leaks while natural gas is being extracted, processed and transported, and methane causes more warming than equivalent amounts of carbon dioxide.
Obama, who calls natural gas a bridge to a cleaner energy future, is taking a political risk with the country’s boldest single step to restrain rising global temperatures. His plan conflicts with mounting evidence from peer-reviewed scientific research and data collected by other government agencies that suggest swapping coal for natural gas has little to no net benefits for the climate.

Hundreds of scientists to Canada PM- Pipeline report ‘deeply flawed’

CanadapipelineprotestWBHundreds of scientists have signed a letter sent to Canada’s prime minister blasting a federal review recommending the approval of the Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline as biased. Prime Minister Harper is expected to decide whether to approve the $7 billion pipeline, which will extend from Alberta to British Columbia, this month. But climate change was not even mentioned as a factor in the review.
AND for the Open Letter



- What if in the U.S. we could get a fracking rig right on the White House grounds- fumes, toxins, noise, and all? A major flaw of humans is that too often we fail to understand the anguish of others unless we have shared personal experience. The UK protesters cleverly get it! – Editor

UK Protesters Stage Mock Fracking Site Around Prime Minister’s Home

FrackdemoPrimeMinisterhomeWBProtesters staged a mock fracking site around UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s country home, to protest a looming British law that would allow companies to drill under homes without permission.
The Greenpeace protesters set up a fence line around Cameron’s home in Oxfordshire. Another group of campaigners delivered a mock check to Cameron’s front door for £50 [$83] representing the highest level of compensation the upcoming law would give. British law currently requires drilling companies to get permission from home and land owners if the well bore would travel underneath their property. A YouGov poll carried out for Greenpeace found that the change in the law is opposed by 74 percent of the British populace, and 46,000 people have joined a legal block set up by the environmentalist group.

“Only those who don’t want to listen,
only those who want to be blind can’t see that we are sitting on a powder keg.
If we don’t do something urgently, quickly, we won’t have a world.
Desmond Tutu


Desmond Tutu calls oilsands ‘filth,’ urges cooperation on environment

Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu has called Alberta’s oilsands “filth” created by greed, and has urged all sides to work together to protect the environment and aboriginal rights. “The fact that this filth is being created now, when the link between carbon emissions and global warming is so obvious, reflects negligence and greed,” Tutu told more than 200 rapt attendees a conference on oilsands development and treaty rights in Fort McMurray (Alberta, Canada). “The struggle of citizens against the pipelines puts them on the front lines of the most important struggles in North America today.”


I’ve met very few baby boomer liberals who understand what it means
to be a young person facing the reality of climate change.
It means that we’re never going to have the opportunities that
our parents’ and our grandparents’ generations had, and that
we’ve got this massive burden weighing on our future.”
“I think activism right now is so critical.
The only thing inevitable about our future is that the status quo cannot continue.
We know things are going to change.
But we can go down very different roads from this point.
There’s an opportunity now to build a society in the ashes of this one that is much more in line with our values. There’s the opportunity for this disruption to be sort of a mass reflection where we realize that
basing society on greed and competition was not the best way to go about things.”
The Boomers “Failed” Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice

Article in YES Magazine

- Good for the Wall Street Journal, which reaches a spectrum of the public who are typically not familiar with this potential win-win-win (carbon sequestered, healthier people, and healthier, more resilient ecosystems) success story. The several counter-arguments, for example, not enough manure, just aren’t valid. Dr. Elaine Ingham’s work on soil organisms from balanced compost tea has shown large-scale successes. Such improved organic methods also save the farmer a bundle of money! – Editor

Can Organic Farming Counteract Carbon Emissions?

Organic practices could counteract the world’s yearly carbon dioxide output while producing the same amount of food as conventional farming, a new study suggests. Citing 75 studies from peer-reviewed journals, including its own 33-year Farm Systems Trial, Rodale Institute concluded that if all cropland were converted to the regenerative model it would sequester 40% of annual CO2 emissions; changing global pastures to that model would add another 71%, effectively overcompensating for the world’s yearly carbon dioxide emissions.
WSJ Article
ACTION: Share this organic farming-carbon article in WSJ with friends and family
For Rodale article 
For the paper Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change- A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming


Wind Power Fact Sheet

DIVERSITY OF ANSWERS . . . . . . May 30- June 5, 2014

Corporate influence aiming to obstruct action on climate change…
could pose a risk to directors and officers personally.
From the letter


- Intentionally preventing actions to slow climate change clearly is a crime against humanity, with such broad, devastating, and long-term consequences. The legal system needs to recognize this! A court decision could make a big difference. – Editor

Fossil fuel executives should bear responsibility for climate denial

gavellegaletterWBExecutives of leading fossil fuel companies should take personal liability for funding climate change denial and obstructing the implementation of green policies, environmental groups have said.
In a joint letter, Greenpeace, WWF and the Centre for International Environmental Law have written to leading insurers, such as Swiss Re, AXA and Zurich, and energy companies, including ExxonMobil and Total, to ask for clarity on who would have to pay the bill if such a lawsuit came up.
For the letter to companies-  and to insurance companies-
The insurance companies have noticed-
The responses from the fossil fuel companies and insurers will be published on the Greenpeace International


- South of the Canadian border, Obama counts on meteorologists in the media to educate the public about climate change, but step over the map’s line, and it’s forbidden. Other Canadian scientists are being gagged, too. Will the courts step in and defend our kids’ rights to a future? Or will tar sands’ billions of dollars rule and push our global climate even further off the cliff? – Editor

The Canadian Government Doesn’t Let Its Meteorologists Talk About Climate Change

protestCanadaHarperWBA spokesperson for Canada’s federal government has confirmed that meteorologists employed by the Stephen Harper administration are not allowed to speak publicly about climate change. (This) adds to allegations that the Canadian government has embarked on a widespread campaign to muzzle its scientists from all angles. A leaked Environment Canada analysis found that there had been an 80 percent drop in media coverage of climate change issues since the Harper government’s communications policy went into effect.
There are logical reasons. The Canadian tar sands production is currently accelerating so quickly that the government predicts capital investments will reach $218 billion over the next 25 years.
Article and Article
Climate-change scientists feel ‘muzzled’ by Ottawa 

- Possibly losing these treasures will hopefully motivate people to get moving. Our major concern, however, is changing climate’s destructive impacts on food production. – Editor

Climate change threatens many American historical sites

In a recent report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists titled “National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods, and Wildfires Are Threatening the United States’ Most Cherished Historic Sites,” a total of 30 significant places that hold America’s rich identity are bound to be helplessly ruined by nature’s wrath. Even the country’s space agency is in jeopardy. The group said its report serves as a wakeup call.
For the report

“If we had seen this coming earlier, we would have made every provision to avoid surprises. It got away from us. Demand was higher than we suspected.”
Bob Hondeville, Modesto Irrigation District energy services supervisor

Modesto Irrigation District cancels solar rebate program

Saying this year’s fund for solar rebates was depleted after only four months, the Modesto Irrigation District has pulled the plug on that incentive, apparently leaving dozens of applicants and several solar contractors in the lurch.


- If it’s your child suffering from asthma, the dollars are irrelevant. Fossil fuels are toxic before and after being burned. Including ALL costs would show renewables the best deal! – Editor

Cutting carbon is cheaper than its costs, groups say

DrivingCalifornaiForwardreportWBA new report released by the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Lung Association concludes that it’s cheaper overall for California to cut greenhouse gases and switch to cleaner-burning fuels than to do nothing. The study says Californians could save more than $10 billion in carbon-related costs by 2020.The report says the savings come largely from a drop in health costs associated with a reduction in the burning of fossil fuels. The authors say those health costs, the money spent on foreign oil, and the costs of protecting populations against the effects of climate change could total $274 billion. The report say that’s money Californians will have to spend if no action against climate change is taken.
For the report Driving California Forward


We want to give electric vehicle drivers real freedom to go anywhere.
I believe the current drive for electric cars is unstoppable.
Michiel Langezaal, co-founder of Fastned
“They’re like McDonald’s.
They’ll be recognizable from a distance at all the highway stations.”
Hans Streng, global head of EV charging at ABB

- How cool! Even has solar panels! Help make this idea happen here! – Editor

‘Fast food’ stops for electric cars Dutch

chargingelectriccarsDutchWBBy the end of 2016, Dutch residents will be able to use 201 fast-charging stations in a country that’s a tenth the size of California, and users will never be more than 31 miles away from a station. What makes the Dutch project unique is that it’s a privately funded collaboration between Fastned and ABB, a charger manufacturer. These charging spots have distinctive yellow arches. They include four to eight charging points and are covered by a canopy of solar panels to power their lights and security cameras. The fast chargers work in 15 to 30 minutes – quicker than the “Level 2″ type used in most European cities (which take five hours), though admittedly slower than filling a tank with gas. But the price is significantly cheaper — about $14.20 for a full battery or $137 a month for unlimited use. By being first, Fastned has secured the best locations and now hopes to gain a bigger share of the market that fuels Dutch cars, worth a whopping $3.3 billion a year.
USA Today Article

100% Of Dutch Electric Trains Could Run On Renewable Energy BY 2018

dutchtrainWBA cooperative comprised of various local rail carriers called VIVENS signed an agreement with the utility to deliver 1.4TWh of electricity to them. All of it will come from wind farms in the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Belgium. The plan is to gradually phase in a percentage of trains running on wind power each year. (One company) claims to have cut energy consumption per passenger per kilometer approximately 30% since 2005.


“Impossible” Electric Airplane Takes Flight

The Berlin Air Show witnessed a silent, clean test flight by Airbus’s E-Fan two-seater aircraft, which is entirely propelled by electricity. The fully electric E-Fan aircraft, engineered by Airbus Group, made one of its first public demonstrations. It’s a very different way of flying- absolutely no noise, no emissions.

Article in Scientific American


ACTION: Tell Congress to Expedite Renewable Energy

Signing this petition sends an email to U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources and U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), ranking member of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee. This petition unites the voices of Americans who demand our leaders take seriously the energy and climate crisis and immediately work to implement the policies to move our country toward a sustainable future.
Sign here
- This hoped-for carbon storage “answer” never was a good idea. We have to switch to renewables! – Editor

Can we hide carbon dioxide underground-Algeria site offers note of caution

SahelnaturalgasstorescarbonWBScientists want to capture carbon dioxide underground to slow global warming. But a test in Algeria is showing that the sunk CO2 can do some surprising things. A new study that aims to explain why sequestered CO2 was moving surprisingly quickly through rock formations. The facility was injecting the unwanted greenhouse gas at a rate that boosted the pressure of the CO2 stored in a sandstone formation more than 6,000 feet below the surface. Researchers know that all geologic formations are fractured to some degree. So the pressurized gas would have pried open existing fractures, providing additional pathways for the gas to migrate
For the study


- Nobody locally interested in your idea to slow climate change? Here’s a chance to easily collaborate creatively with others. Encourage every creative person you know to join in! Topics include transportation, energy, buildings, and shifting behaviors. And possibly win a $10,000 prize! – Editor

Climate CoLab thinks you could be the one to fix global warming

ClimateCoLabWBClimate CoLab, a project from the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, wants to provide you — yes, you! — with a listening ear, through a platform that makes it easier for everyone to come up with solutions to climate change. Top-down approaches like international treaties or national legislation don’t seem like they’re going to get us out of our planetary pickles. By crowdsourcing ideas on everything from enacting carbon taxes to reducing bus emissions and designing more efficient buildings, Climate CoLab hopes to dig up “new angles, new perspectives, new ways of looking at things. CoLab staffers do this by organizing contests where anyone can submit a creative climate solution. Then they call on expert judges to weed through and pull out the schemes that actually might be feasible. the judges choose one set of winners, then turn to crowdsourcing again, letting users vote for their favorites.
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“Of course I want to
save the world, she said,
but I was hoping to do it
from the comfort
of my regular life.”
Brian Andreas, in his book Traveling Light

Nothing will work unless you do.”
Maya Angelou


“Participation- that’s what’s gonna save the human race.”
Pete Seeger


FAST CHANGE . . . . . . . . . . . May 23 – 29, 2014

QUOTE “Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift; it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude. We are Custodians of Creation. But when we exploit Creation, we destroy the sign of God’s love for us,

in destroying Creation we are saying to God: ‘I don’t like it! This is not good! So what do you like? I like myself!’ – Here, this is sin! Yes it is true God always forgives. We men, women, we forgive sometimes – Yes sometimes we forgive, not always. But father Creation never forgives! And if you don’t custody Creation, it will never forgive you.”

Pope at Audience: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us

For the Vatican news

Pope Francis: ‘We Are Custodians of Creation’

popeRevkinartricleWBPope Francis is digging in on the role of faith and science in shaping a smooth human journey in this turbulent century of cresting appetites and global interconnection. Echoing conclusions reached at the recent Vatican meeting of scientists, theologians and others on sustainable development, he spoke yesterday about the human responsibility for “wise stewardship” of the environment, both for our own sake (“If we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us!”) and out of a broader sense of what is right. The comments are the latest sign that Francis plans to make environmental sustainability an important theme of his papacy. Article 

Evangelicals in Florida turn to climate change and call on Gov. Scott to act

FloridaevangelicalWBEvangelical leaders in Florida have taken on climate change as a cause and are trying to increase pressure on Gov. Rick Scott to take action, while criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio’s stance on the issue. Article  “Toxic emissions from power plants are threatening the health of our children, destroying creation, and exacerbating natural disasters that hit the poor the hardest. Redemption is always possible. We need to face these challenges head on, not pretend they don’t exist. That’s why Christians all across Florida are calling on Governor Rick Scott to make creation care and confronting the impacts of climate change a priority.” For the petition

ACTION: Save Africa’s oldest national park from one oil company

Male Chimpanzee, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

Over 700,000 people have signed to get oil company Soco out of Virunga National Park, but now we need YOU more than ever. Since the recent attack on Virunga’s warden, intimidation against anti-oil activists has increased. Help us get to 1 million voices of support for those fighting to keep Africa’s oldest national park from becoming its newest oil field.  Help by signing the petition



- Poor data continue to lead to disastrous decision-making. If we had accurate and complete data that included health impacts, clean-up costs, value of land, life, and water, etc., we would have the strongest case for moving rapidly and totally to renewables, critically important even without serious concerns over climate change. – Editor

In 2011, the EIA estimated California’s Monterey Shale had 64% of all recoverable tight oil reserves in the U.S. We told them they were wrong. Really wrong. This week they downgraded their estimates by 95%

What Happened to My 13 Billion Barrels?

drillling-californiareportWBIn 2011, a consulting firm estimated how much oil might be recoverable from California’s vast Monterey Shale formation. The EIA published this number as its own, and the University of Southern California then went on to use the 15.4 billion barrel figure as the basis for an economic study. We at Post Carbon Institute took a skeptical view. In 2013, PCI Fellow David Hughes produced an in-depth study. Now, on May 21 the Los Angeles Times reported that “Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national ‘black gold mine’ of petroleum.” The EIA had already downgraded its technically recoverable reserves estimate for the Monterey from 15.4 to 13.7 billion barrels; now it was reducing the number to a paltry 0.6 billion barrels. Even with oil at $100 per barrel, the EIA now thinks only a very small portion of the Monterey formation’s oil resources can be produced profitably. Maybe with oil at $150 or $200 per barrel that percentage would change. But how high an oil price can the American economy bear before it falls into recession? Evidence suggests that $100 per barrel oil is already acting as a brake on economic expansion. The new EIA estimate is a welcome note of realism in a California energy discussion that had veered into hyperbole and wishful thinking. Can we now begin a reasoned discussion about our energy future? It’s late in the game, but better late than never.


For the 2013 study- Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale

For Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

For the Los Angeles Times article

For The Devastating Economic Impact of Constantly High Oil Prices 




“If you talk with big companies in Germany, and ask them 6-7 years ago did they have any anticipation what was going to happen in six years, they did not. Now some of them have lost 90% in value, so the energy world can change quicker than 30-40 years. To have a view that goes further than five years is extremely difficult these days.”


Torbjørn Kjus, an oil analyst at DNB, Norway’s leading investment bank

The insanity of not assessing climate risk

boblittermanriskmanagerWBOne of the world’s leading risk managers has labeled the failure to factor in climate risk in the world’s leading equity portfolio as “insanity”. Bob Litterman, the former global head of risk at Goldman Sachs, and now chairman of the risk committee for $2 billion hedge fund, says risk managers need to assess the “worst case” scenarios for climate to properly protect shareholders, and says the best way to address the issue is to hit it hard, and early, with a high carbon price. As a risk manager, it’s best to focus on the worst case scenario. These are equally difficult to quantify, but ensures a safety first approach. Isn’t that just being alarmist, we ask. Litterman says: “I say no, that is the job of the risk manager.” “That means that it a good time to get out of stranded asset,” he says. “Coal in particular, if I can sell coal at today’s prices, I think that’s a good deal. Article   – A friend of mine who loves her leased Nissan Electric LEAF said last weekend “No one will want to buy a gasoline car in 5 years. There’s no point in buying one now.” Will change be this fast? Our climate is wordlessly telling us we’d better speed up our transition to carbon neutrality. Our money can help! – Editor

Where Should the Divestors Invest?

divestfossilfuelWBThe stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. A “moral screen” that simply rules out fossil fuel companies, and perhaps a few other morally questionable investments, is a necessary, but not sufficient, step. Addressing the climate crisis requires massive investment in rebuilding our society and our economy on a sustainable basis. That means not only a radically different energy system but also transformed food, transportation, building, manufacturing, healthcare, and other systems. We need to direct capital to disruptive innovations that can fundamentally transform our economy and deliver broadly shared benefits. To do this, we need a framework and guiding set of principles for identifying these innovations. But won’t green investment result in a lower “return on investment” for college funds, thereby starving other programs? Absolutely not. George Washington University dedicated $5.3 million to replace outmoded heating and cooling systems. The plan will reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2025. According to the University, the entire $5.3 million investment will be recouped in seven years. And after that the University will save $800,000 a year free and clear on its investment. Article

Home of Big Oil to get 150 MW solar plant at half cost of coal

Austin Energy has signed a power purchase agreement for 150 megawatts with Recurrent Energy for the largest singlenickelkwhWB solar power plant in Texas at “just below” 5 cents per kilowatt-hour, due to be completed in 2016. The 5-cent price falls below Austin Energy’s estimates for natural gas at 7 cents, coal at 10 cents and nuclear at 13 cents. It has also been suggested that a developer could overbuild the solar project beyond the contracted capacity and sell into the spot market if the developer gained approval from ERCOT. Austin Energy has a 35 percent renewable energy resource goal by 2016 and a solar goal of 200 megawatts by 2020. The utility is currently at about 25 percent, much of it made up by its 850 megawatts of wind. GTM Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman called the 5-cent price “an unprecedented low for large-scale projects.” Article 


- If they can, we can! Help make it happen! - Editor

Mexican government wants 33% of electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2018


SunSeekerTrackerMexicoWBThe Mexican government has set lofty goals for the future (and) wants 33% of the country’s installed electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2018. If approved, this legislation would make it easier for “both large companies with cutting-edge technology and those who want to put a solar panel on the roof of their house to do so, to acquire a solar heater or to lease a part of their land for wind generation. Currently, Mexico only gets 17% of its energy from renewable sources.







- Lots of scientists are trying to convince us to move fast on climate change. Here are some big ice stories, although other areas also have disappearing ice with disastrous consequences to large populations of people. The ice clock is ticking/dripping even faster than before! – Editor

Ice picks- Five pieces of ice news revealing earth’s ice cover is in serious decline

greenlandtrenchesWBMelting ice has filled the newspapers over the past couple of weeks, with a deluge of new research. We’ve taken a look at several new papers that highlight the speed at which earth’s vast ice sheets, glaciers and ice caps are diminishing. Put them all together, and it makes for a stark picture. 1. Antarctic ice melt is twice as fast as ten years ago 2. West Antarctic glaciers are collapsing (now), and it’s “unstoppable” 3. The Greenland ice sheet could melt faster than scientists first thought 4. Other ice caps and glaciers in the northern hemisphere are melting faster too 5. Soot from forest fires contributed to unusually large Greenland surface melt in 2012 For Carbon Brief



And this isn’t even climate change!

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OUR VOICES ARE LOUD ENOUGH . . . . . . . . May 16- 22, 2014

My voice, by itself, carries very little weight,
but when I join my voice with my immediate neighbors, with the larger community that I live in,
we all together have a voice that’s loud enough for our elected officials to hear.
Marie McRae, a Dryden, New York resident who galvanized the community for a fracking ban

- Is it acceptable to acquiesce to your home being devastated? These folks almost gave in. The alternative is to get active. This campaign even had an 88 year old woman who truly got the ball rolling. Everyone can help! It just might work! - Editor

Look Back at the Town That Didn’t Back Down to Fracking

banningfrackingcommunityactionWBA small-town fracking ban took place nearly three years ago in upstate New York, but that doesn’t make it any less monumental.
That’s why Earthjustice produced a new video examining how Dryden, NY’s ban happened and why it remains as an inspiration to cities across the country hoping to fight fracking. The town’s governing body banned fracking in August 2011 and withstood subsequent, corporate lawsuits attempting to overturn the decision.
News article

For this inspiring YouTube video


- This German video shows the huge numbers of protesters and how having a serious cause does not mean you can’t have fun making your point! Undaunting vigilance is required. All countries need tens of thousands of protesters- and make it fun! – Editor

Tens of thousands demonstrate for renewable energy in Berlin

GermanenergyprotestWBDemonstrators protest for Germany’s shift to green energy and away from nuclear power and fossil fuels in Berlin May 10, 2014. Up to 20,000 people have rallied in Berlin to support renewable energy Saturday under the slogan “Do not capsize the energy revolution!” The organizers of the protest accuse the German government of backtracking on energy policy.

For a short video showing how demonstrations can be fun, attract crowds, and really make a difference


- The persistent vigilance in Germany pays off! – Editor

Germany Sets New Record, Generating 74 Percent Of Energy Needs From Renewable Energy On Sunday

On Sunday, Germany’s impressive streak of renewable energy milestones continued, with renewable energy generation surging to a record portion — nearly 75 percent — of the country’s overall energy demand by midday. With wind and solar in particular filling such a huge portion of the country’s power demand, electricity prices actually dipped into the negative for much of the afternoon. Citizens, cooperatives, and communities own more than half of German renewable capacity, vs. two percent in the U.S.
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There are so many better alternatives to Enbridge (pipeline) that create good jobs we can all be proud of.
We will be calling on our elected officials
to get serious about giving us the kind of choices we are all so hungry for.
Canadians want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Prime Minister Harper has a decision to make: does he want to do this the easy or the hard way?
Either he stops the Enbridge pipeline or we will.”


Ben West, a campaign director with ForestEthics Advocacy, who organized the Vancouver event

Thousands of Canadians Protest Pipelines, Tankers, Tar Sands

A Vancouver beach was crowded Saturday with more than 1,000 demonstrators opposed to the Enbridge’s controversial C$6.5 billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline. The protest was one of nearly 100 demonstrations against pipelines, oil tankers tar sands development held in cities and towns across Canada, as part of a national day of action against climate change.

News article

- Delightful satire from Australia. Less than 3 minutes to learn how your rights as a landowner are nil with fracking. Satire can be helpful! – Editor

frackingvideohumorWBA Rational Fear: you’ll fracking love it

Beneath all that pointless nature in the Queensland countryside, lies sweet, sweet coal seam gas. As the sunshine state braces itself for an explosion in coal seam gas wells, satirical rabble-rousers A Rational Fear send in the bulldozers to unearth all the dirt on the mining movement that’s going radioactive.
For the video



Fracking makes water disappear.
This is the only time in the earth’s history that humans have done this to a large scale.
There’s a lot of false equivalencies in the language around fracking,
where we are comparing, for example, how much water to irrigate a golf course, etc.
What happens to water in fracking is different. When a single well is fracked, several million gallons of fresh water are removed from lakes, streams, or groundwater aquifers and
are entombed in deep geological strata up to a mile or more below the water table.
Once there, this water is very likely removed from the water cycle permanently, as in forever.”
Dr. Sandra Steingraber, biologist and author
May 7, 2014 presented by Lannon Foundation, Santa Fe

- It’s really quite amazing. Even with all the news stories covering fracking, several fundamental facts have been left out of the discussion. Dr. Steingraber has a knack for making both these issues understandable and disturbing. The above quote is about how massive amounts of water actually disappear from our natural water cycle when fracking, a very dangerous problem.
She also gives a fascinating explanation of WHY toxins are used. A poorly understood form of life exists underground, called Archaea. The bedrock is alive! Do we want to destroy yet another ecosystem? Do we want deadly poisons used to kill Archaea getting into our aquifers and onto the ground for the small portion of water that makes it back to the surface? This is over an hour lecture, and worth every minute of it. No Powerpoint so you can download and just listen if you want. Her explanations are clear and of utmost importance. Please take the time. – Editor

Sandra Steingraber

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P.S. Some of the water does come back up, creating another kind of problem because it’s loaded with poison! The guys working are required to wear respirators and keep their skin covered! One report from the chemical industry states that between 60% to 90% of the water is lost. Either way we lose. For presentation

Gone for Good- Fracking and Water Loss in the West

GoneforGoodfrackingwaterreportWBFor horizontal wells drilled into shale formations, EPA said, water needs were much greater—from two to four million gallons of water per well. In some cases, demands go as high as 13 million gallons per well. EPA also estimated that about 35,000 wells are fracked annually in the United States, requiring between 70 and 140 billion gallons of water for fracking. Recommendations: It is vital that communities do not forfeit the water resources essential to their future prosperity for the one-time extraction of oil and gas.
For the report-


“At the end of the day, we validate the findings of our first report and find that in many cases the risks we identified are advancing noticeably faster than we anticipated.
We are dismayed that discussions of climate change have become so polarizing and have receded from the arena of informed public discourse and debate.
Each citizen must ask what he or she can do individually to mitigate climate change, and
collectively what his or her local, state, and national leaders are doing
to ensure the world is sustained for future generations.


National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

Four-Star Warning- Generals Dub Climate Change a Security Risk

A new report from a panel of former Pentagon leaders calls climate change a direct threat to national security and the U.S. economy, as extreme weather stands to stretch troops thin, spark unrest in unstable regions, and unravel global networks of trade and resources. The authors – 16 retired three- and four-star generals and admirals who compose the CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory Board (MAB) — blame a warming planet for, in part, aggravating tensions among some nations.
News article


- The IEA has 29 member countries. Useful calculations in this report sets out pathways to a sustainable energy future. – Editor

IEA: Decarbonising the economy will save $71 trillion by 2050

IEAEnergyTechnologyreportWBThe future of the energy system will depend upon the price of renewables, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and new climate policies. It warns that the continuing rise in the use of coal threatens to undermine progress made in renewables, with growth in coal-fired generation since 2010 amounting to more than that of all non-fossil fuel sources combined. “Radical action is needed to actively transform energy supply and end use.”
News article
For the report Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 – Harnessing Electricity’s Potential




- Billions of dollars are being spent to destroy our future, when that money could be wisely used for our transition to carbon-free renewables! It is NOT that there is “no money!” – Editor

UnburnableCarbonreportWBInvestors still harbor concerns over carbon disclosure

The high-cost, high-carbon capital expenditures by fossil fuel companies could have questionable profitability in a carbon constrained world, according to research by the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI). The CTI report follows a recent investor movement asking companies for greater scenario planning and transparency around impacts to coal, oil and gas, and utility companies from climate change regulations. In general, fossil fuel companies have not stepped up to answer investors’ concerns about capital allocation planning. With changing energy markets and the increasing potential for stranded or under-utilized carbon assets, companies across the board are not acknowledging the growing risks and failing to conduct the planning necessary to address contingencies.
In 2012, research from CTI showed that oil and gas companies collectively spent an estimated $674 billion on finding and developing new carbon reserves. According to Barclays Bank, that number will rise to $723 billion in 2014.
News article
For the report

Fossil-free investment portfolios soared 50% in 2013

divestmentincreasingsurveyWBThe number of investment managers offering fossil-free portfolios to clients increased by over 50% in the past year, demonstrating a growing interest in divestment among investors. The findings show a growing trend of investors turning away from oil, coal and gas on both ethical and financial grounds. Divestment campaigners argue that such investments create a financial as well as a climate risk, as strengthening climate policies mean that unburned reserves of fuel could become stranded assets.
News article
For the survey


- Another lower-cost, next-generation technology being tested in Scotland. Gravitational pull of the sun and moon drive massive tidal flows in our seas, and tidal turbines can provide very steady power, a great addition to the power mix with intermittent wind and solar. – Editor

NautricityturbineWBOn the verge of commercially viable tidal energy

(The company) Nautricity has spent 18 months building its first commercial-scale device known as a Contra Rotating Marine Turbine. Cameron Johnstone, the company’s co-founder, said conventional tidal devices resemble wind turbines constructed on the seabed, but they incur “enormous deployment and engineering costs.” Cormat is a lighter and more compact device, tethered to the seabed and held in tension by a sub-surface float.
News article
For the company




- Having a “balanced” discussion of issues can be devastatingly misleading. For so many years now, the media have pretended that there is a serious debate on the fact our climate is changing, making it seem like just a toss of a coin- 50% chance. Finally, a hilarious and extremely important use of humor to get closer to the truth- there is NO real scientific debate! WATCH, LAUGH, and SHARE! – Editor
Mathematically correct climate debate
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FACING THE CHOICE . . . . . . . . . May 2-15, 2014

- Of course, the big news in climate is the U.S.‘s National Climate Assessment released this week. Unlike the U.N. report, this is very readable, with useful graphics, and easy zeroing in by sections, including regions, sectors, and responses.
We can hope this report helps awaken the public, but reading the news stories about this release from many different news services reveals how a variety of techniques- loaded wording, amount of time spent, creating debates as if the facts were questionable, etc. are all geared to fog up our citizens’ minds to result in merely creeping along with change, when rapid responses are needed. – Editor

Obama Administration Releases Major Climate Change Report

A new report released by the Obama administration details the tough toll of climate change on the U.S. and what may happen if it’s not addressed.
Among the NCA’s findings, four critical conclusions stand out:
1. The Southwest will bake.
2. Alaska will melt.
3. Coastlines will be in danger.
4. Agriculture will be resilient… at first.
For this article

Landmark Report Warns Time Is Running Out To Save U.S. From Climate Catastrophe

The National Climate Assessment is the definitive statement of current and future impacts of NationalClimateAssessmentWBcarbon pollution on the United States. And the picture it paints is stark: Inaction will devastate much of the arable land of the nation’s breadbasket — and ruin a livable climate for most Americans. “Americans face choices” explains the Congressionally-mandated report by 300 leading climate scientists and experts, which was reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences. We’re already seeing serious climate impacts — such as more extreme heat waves, droughts, and deluges — and additional impacts are “now unavoidable.” But just how bad future climate change is “will still largely be determined by choices society makes about emissions.” The time to act was a long time ago when we were first warned by climate scientists, but continued inaction in the face of the vindication of those scientists and even graver warnings today, is beyond immoral.
For the article 
The National Climate Assessment provides an in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. It details the multitude of ways climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect the lives of Americans.
For reading this report on the web
For printing

This is a game-changer in certain areas- hot, dry climates.”
Ron Pickett, chief executive officer, Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc.

- So many answers exist! Here’s yet another. – Editor

Solar Wind Wins Approval for $1.5 Billion Arizona Power Tower

windtowerWBSolar Wind Energy Tower Inc. won approval from an Arizona city to develop a $1.5 billion project that would use ambient desert heat to create a draft to generate electricity, in a concrete colossus that would be the tallest structure in North America. In July and August, the Southwest’s hottest and driest months, the plant could produce more than 1,200 megawatt-hours. The technology would (also) work in Africa, Australia and in the Mideast.
For the article 
For the company
For a video 


- Three states are getting off-shore wind, with varying characteristics for local situations. Lot of potential power here! – Editor

Your Tax Dollars At Work: $141 Mil To Spark US Offshore Wind Revolution

Governor Chris Christie has earned a reputation for monkey-wrenching New Jersey’s clean tech progress, most famously when he pulled the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative cap-and-trade program (an action that was apparently illegal). The state is still signed on to the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. Now it looks like the Energy Department isn’t taking any chances: New Jersey is getting offshore wind whether Governor Christie likes it or not.

The new Oregon project will use a new type of semi-submersible foundation called WindFloat, developed by the company Principle Power. The Virginia project is focused on a hurricane-resilient turbine design.
For this article


WindturbinebeingtuggedouttoseaWBOffshore wind resource development promises to contribute vast amounts of clean renewable energy to coastal communities around the world. Although recovering energy from offshore wind is slightly more expensive, the resource provides as much as 50% more energy than nearby onshore winds.
For the article 
For a neat 2 minute video showing how the turbine is built on land, then taken out to sea by tug boats, and what we have been advocating for years- a sub-sea cable that sends power to the local grid. This has been working since 2011 off Portugal.
For the YouTube video


- All kinds of tactics are essential to solving climate change. Some can use humor, with laughter counterbalancing grim reports. Our dream goal- 100% renewables in short time-span! So tragic it’s not legit, but may it lead the way to reality! Hope rather than same-old-same-old! I laughed so hard that others immediately asked me what was so funny! Enjoy! And let’s help make this dream a reality! – Editor

Posing as U.S. Officials, Yes Men Announce Renewable Energy Revolution at Homeland Security Congress

The Yes Men have struck again. Earlier this week, members of the activist group spoke at the YesMen100pcrenewablespoofWBHomeland Security Congress posing as U.S. government officials. At the conference, they announced a fictitious new U.S. government plan called American Renewable Clean-Energy Network to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.
For this report 
For longer video that includes contractors stating how excited and emotional they are about 100% renewable goal 

- Climate change is already threatening our assumed abundance of food, yet commercial ag is totally unsustainable, a threat to human health, and seriously exacerbates climate change impacts. Create alternative systems now! – Editor

Our alarming food future, explained in 7 charts

Earlier this year, President Obama signed a bill into law that will essentially preserve the status quo of U.S. agriculture for the next half decade. Known as the farm bill, the legislation was simply not ready for climate change. The National Climate Assessment (defines some of the) challenges to agriculture posed by climate change.
Iowa is hemorrhaging soil.
Crop yields will decline.
California, our vegetable basket, will be strapped for irrigation water.
Even if they can get enough water, heat stress and other climate effects will likely knock down yields of some crops.
Wine grapes, nuts, and other perennial California crops will be hard-hit.
For the  article 
For the section on agriculture in the National Climate Assessment
- America’s native soils have been renowned around the world, yet we are destroying them with commercial ag at an astonishing rate, making our current system unsustainable. Poisoning our food supply, our soils, and our waters is not a solution and seriously exacerbates the impacts of climate change. Yet the Feds support this devastating system and claim it is essential to have food in the future. One can argue the reverse! – Editor

Iowa Is Getting Sucked Into Scary Vanishing Gullies

Ephemeral gullies are carrying away on average an additional 2.5 to 3 tons of soil per acre 16 WashouterosionreportWBtimes higher than the 0.5-ton limit that Cruse says is more scientifically valid. Erosion also means a concentrated transfer of (very toxic) farm chemicals into waterways, where they feed algae blooms and get into municipal drinking water.
For the article alarming-rate
For the great 2013 report Washout- Spring Storms Batter Poorly Protected Soil and Streams


The overall impact of the oil and gas boom is
like a death sentence for soil.”
Dr. Eugene Kelly, chief of soil and crop science at Colorado State University

- Two main reasons exist to end fossil fuels- of course climate change, and parallel to that, destruction of our earth, bit by bit. Toxins kill soil organisms and hopelessly contaminate water, destroying our legacy, the hope chest given to us but what we won’t be able to pass down to future generations. “Clean-ups” are wishful thinking, not solutions. Can you look across the table and tell your children that oil and gas are so essential that soil and water can be sacrificed? – Editor

Colorado faces oil boom death sentence for soil, eyes microbe fix

Colorado’s intensifying oil and gas boom is taking a toll on soil — 200 gallons spilled per day Oil and gas developmentseeping into once-fertile ground — that experts say could be ruinous. At least 716,982 gallons (45 percent) of the petroleum chemicals spilled during the past decade have stayed in the ground after initial cleanup — contaminating soil, sometimes spreading into groundwater. State data also show that 12.3 percent of the past 1,000 spills (since June 24, 2012) already had contaminated groundwater before companies began cleanup. Spills contaminate soil — spills now happen at the rate of 1.5 per day.
For the article
- Who are terrorists? Those who destroy or those who try to protect the future? – Editor

Colorado Congressman Called A ‘Terrorist’ For Pushing Community Control Of Fracking

U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-CO pushed for a bill in the Colorado State Legislature that would have allowed local governments to regulate oil and gas drilling inside their boundaries. Colorado GOP chairman Ryan Call responded: “We shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists.”
For the article


- Great news here! So many states have government regulatory agencies that fail to move to the new paradigm of renewables. Roadblocks to sanity, above or below the belt, CAN be eliminated. Use this case study to influence your state! - Editor

Hawaii’s Biggest Utility Company Forced To Help Customers Install Solar Panels

The biggest utility in the whole of Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), will soon HawaiisolarpaybackperiodWBbe required to help customers reduce their energy costs and install solar energy systems. The state’s energy regulator made the strong move early last week, with the intention of addressing some of the many issues that Hawaiians have with the company — huge energy bills and lots of roadblocks to the installation and connection of personal solar systems.
If HECO is in fact intentionally slowing down rooftop installations, it certainly wouldn’t be the first utility to do so. The relatively fast growth of rooftop solar has surprised many utilities, and sent many of them scrambling to preserve their market share. They have done this through various means, some above the belt, some not.
For the article


- Yes! My alma mater! With the nicknamed “Harvard of the West” taking this move, the next step is Harvard! Then the world! – Editor

Stanford University ditches coal investments

stanfordditchescoalWBStanford has become the most prominent US university to date to cease investments in coal projects, after identifying alternatives with less harmful environmental impacts. The university’s board of trustees yesterday voted to stop making direct investments in publicly-traded companies mining coal for energy generation. Stanford wields one of the world’s largest endowments of around $18.7bn.
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Faced with a choice between disappointment (that our actions won’t yield great results) or
failing to do all that is possible,
I don’t find the decision a hard one to make.
I am hopeful because I’ve seen things happen that weren’t supposed to.
There is no doubt that the challenge we face is enormous and
that major ecological damage is now an inevitability.
It is easy to see how all this adds up to a crisis of hope at the heart of climate activism.
To those activists, my message is
Don’t retreat— step it up.
Be strategic.
Respect that effective action requires “activism biodiversity.”
Some of us will act locally. Others will unmask the actions of fossil fuel companies.

We must not let despair and resignation become the greatest gift we could ever hand to those who would love
nothing more than for the climate movement to lose heart.
Our truest strength does not come from any guarantee of outcome.
It comes from the power of acting on our deepest convictions,
of forming real community and acting together,
and from knowing that what is truly possible never reveals itself until we take the risk to seek it.”
Jim Shultz, founder and executive director of The Democracy Center

- Last night the talk given here in Santa Fe by Dr. Sandra Steingraber brought up emotionally deep issues- how serious our current situation is for both climate change and toxins, growing up from the same root of destructive fossil fuels, how she was willing to go to jail to protect her beloved local area from fossil fuel devastation, and how we must progress forward, remembering that past problems were overcome even when they seemed impossible to defeat. Shultz’s thoughts reflect these deep issues, as well. Other eras have had to face insecurity- let us be remembered for our willingness to give our all protecting this planet for the future. – Editor

To My Friend the Climate Defeatist: Here’s Why I’m Still In the Fight

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