“For each of us there’s also a deep internal dimension to this work.
Being an activist is itself a great leap of faith. It can have a long list of personal costs.
But the rewards—spiritual, of the heart, in terms of inner peace—can be incomparable.
If undertaken in good faith, and with success,
the ability to do movement work can be one of life’s great gifts.
Amazing joy can come with saving our only home.”
HarveyWassermanWB Harvey Wasserman
From the article worth reading- 4 Things We Need to Do to Win the Climate Fight

Sustainability is now core business for all levels of government –
a necessity, not an option.
National governments are often slow to take up new ideas, so
cities – and mayors – need to show leadership
in sustainability and response to climate change.”


Mayor Max Hipkins


Council Makes Wind/Solar Power Compulsory On New Homes

In a first for Australia, a council has voted to make on-site clean power generation on all new homes and some commercial buildings compulsory. The City of Nedlands in Perth has led the way in turning more of the vast ocean of under-utilised rooftops in Australia’s towns and cities into power generators. For each residential dwelling – a minimum capacity of 1.5kW. For each non – residential development with a value exceeding $1 million – capacity determined by Council with due regard to roof area and height.”


- By far the biggest subsidy given to these major fossil fuel polluters is the one not listed- the horrendous costs of permanently incapacitating land and water to nourish life for generations to come. If we were to not just ask to tone down the pollution but to require that ALL damages be fully and immediately paid for, balance sheets would suddenly show that renewables and extreme efficiency are our only options! If a Martian were here, I am certain that this common sense conclusion would be obvious! Share this video- get politicians to watch it, too. – Editor

“How are people supposed to be healthy…when we keep having companies pollute our water?
They are killing the forest, and the wildlife, and us humans.”
“My children grew up on this land, with the expectation that my grandchildren would be on this land.
Now I can’t do that anymore.
At what point is my garden no longer safe to eat- it’s happening now.
I potentially must pack up everything I own, everything that my essence has become, pack it all up and move it somewhere else. This is very disturbing,
This is my home.
TeresaCoopercoalashvictimWB Teresa Cooper, who’s home and farm have been poisoned by nearby coal ash
From the well-done 10 minute video important to watch- Little Blue: A Broken Promise-


toxiccoalashWBIt’s unbelievable. What do most coal plants do once they scrub down their chimneys and collect all the toxic coal ash pollutants that didn’t escape into the air? They dump it into open, unlined and unmonitored pits.
These coal ash dumps can blow toxic dust over our communities and leach heavy metals into our drinking water supplies. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulating the substance as a toxic waste.
Take Action
For the article 
– The movie clearly shows how people are victims of monumental lies. We indeed do have data on health impacts- here is only a portion, but in a sane world it would be enough to end fracking. – Editor

Fracking’s Waste Pit Emissions-The Big Unknown

WastePitChemicalGuideWBHere’s what we know about the potential health impacts of airborne chemicals released from fracking’s vast waste pits. As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air emissions from the waste the boom has created. Inside Climate News reporters found that because of a 1988 exemption from federal hazardous-waste laws sought by the oil and gas industry, the waste is classified as non-hazardous. This has left waste pits virtually unregulated and put nearby residents at risk of exposure to chemicals like toluene and benzene, which can cause cancer. Here’s, however, what we do know about the potential health impacts of 4 airborne chemicals released from waste pits.
Open Pits Offer Cheap Disposal for Fracking Sludge, but Health Worries Mount

- Do Americans have basic rights to keep our land, air, and water free of poisons that harm our health, make our water undrinkable, and contaminate our land to the point we cannot drink tap water, safely grow food and pass the land down to our children and grandchildren? If we were revising our Constitution, wouldn’t we guarantee this basic safety as a fundamental right? It is certainly worse than someone coming and burglarizing your home!
Such profound violation of fundamental human rights made me wonder what the Tea Party folks think. While most of their beliefs may be viewed as deeply distorted, there are some concepts that could be applied to this issue. The Left and the Right can join hands when they meet on the other side of the circle. – Editor

As citizens, it’s our responsibility to petition our government to do the right thing.
When politicians of any party act against our interests, it’s up to us to call attention to their failures, immediately, loudly and as publicly as possible.”
“Special interests must be eliminated.”


– Mountaintop removal to mine coal is clearly a horrifying violation of human rights and creates permanent destruction of entire eco-systems, let alone creating more climate change. Finally, a brave judge makes a court decision that moves the needle a bit more towards sanity. – Editor

More Bad News For Coal- Mountaintop Removal Nixed By Court

A federal judge ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to put the kibosh on a permitmountaintop-coal-removalWB for the massive Spruce No. 1 Mine mountaintop removal operation planned. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that the agency’s veto of a Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County was “reasonable, supported by the record, and based on considerations within EPA’s purview.”
The other bad news for coal this week (is) the skyrocketing surge in cases of progressive massive fibrosis, aka black lung, among coal miners in Appalachia.


– Resistance to change by big energy corporations can really slow solutions down. This report provides some valuable ideas that could be very useful. – Editor

Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

localenergyownershipreportWBSolar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Advantage Local explains how local ownership allows citizens to have a stake in their own energy production, and “flips the grid” toward a more democratic energy future.
For the new report Advantage Local- Why Local Energy Ownership Matters



– Since the 1990’s Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s Amory Lovins has been explaining the need to create exponential increases in car fuel efficiency, including switching to light- weight materials. He even let this dreamed Hyper-Car’s potentially profitable designs be available for free! Silence for too many precious years. Now we can hope this move- still far too expensive and tiny “concept-car” production- will spread across the entire auto industry. It’s TIME! – Editor

The Hypercar Lives

When VW released the European fuel economy ratings for its new, limited-production XL1 passenger car last summer, you could almost hear the automotive world’s collective jaw drop. The XL1 came in at a staggering VWXL1WBefficiency equivalent of more than 230 miles per U.S. gallon of gasoline. The XL1 is named for its engineering goal: develop a production car that can drive 100 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel (235 miles per U.S. gallon). That was the charge in 1999 to VW engineers.



“The bar is high, but the goal isn’t unrealistic.”
Tadashi Mizuishi, consultant at Nomura Research Institute

- All goals we set in today’s world must be as far as imaginable to net-zero energy! Reduction of need for energy is first. 75% reduction in energy use is GREAT- and doable!! – Editor

Japan Pushes Zero-Energy Structures

JapanZEBWBSolar-panel experiments are part of strategy to replace nuclear power. The latest green building doesn’t just have solar panels on the roof. It has them on three sides, too. Taisei Corp., a Japanese construction firm, says its office here south of Tokyo cuts energy use by 75% compared with a typical office and generates its power entirely through solar panels, pointing the way to a new era of zero-energy structures that generate as much energy as they use. The building, which opened in May, is on track to have net zero energy usage in its first year of operation.


– Destroying what is left of our national heritage- our lands, our water, and our ecosystems- for today’s craze for fossil fuels makes no sense. Really, the call needs to be banning until there are no toxins used or generated, no contribution towards climate change, and equitable distribution of finances. Humm, might take a while.
The real moves need to be to institute every energy efficiency measure possible, every support for renewable energy, and to end every subsidy to fossil fuels, including any exemptions and “blind-eyes” for toxins released. Allowing carnage of land and people by exempting fossil fuels industries from responsibility for health damages and destruction and pollution of people’s homes, crops, land and water is a HUGE subsidy that does not get counted. We changed car manufacturing into airplane production in just 6 months during wartime, so rapid change can happen! – Editor

Senate Dems call for ‘strongest possible’ fracking regs

TheHillWBA group of Senate Democrats called for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday to issue the “strongest possible” safety standards for fracking operations on public lands. “As stewards of these lands and resources for the American people it is therefore critical that the final rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands offers stringent protections for the safety of workers, our water, air, lands and public health.”

EPA data shows US greenhouse gas emissions rising

The latest data shows US greenhouse gas emissions rising. Emissions from 8,000 large industrial sources in 2013 were up 0.6% on the previous year, driven by an increase in coal use for power generation. After falling 10% between 2005 and 2012, US greenhouse gas emissions have turned in the wrong direction.


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.
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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)


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

Ohio and Colorado Voters Adopt Community Bills of Rights

- Millions of Americans are beginning to realize that their rights as citizens in their own communities are shockingly minimal, with corporate infringement growing daily. Fracking, with its destruction of water supplies, is one big example. These Democracy Schools teach citizens how to better maneuver to enact a Community Bill of Rights. This burgeoning movement could make both a real improvement in your community’s health while also contributing to solving the climate problem. – Editor

Democracy School Community Bill of Rights

Democracy Schools
The Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools are a key piece of our community organizing.  Named for a boy in Pennsylvania who died after exposure to sewage sludge, the Democracy Schools are one to three-day intensive seminars that examine how communities across the U.S. are beginning to assert local control to protect the rights of their residents, their communities, and nature.
– Here are examples of how two communities are working to protect their environment. This takes time, so get organized before a crisis hits. Check the website to see what’s going on in your area. – Editor

On Election Day, voters in an Ohio and a Colorado community enacted Community Bills of Rights to  secure the right to local self-government and to protect the right to clean air, pure water, and the rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish. By a margin of 70.56%, voters in Oberlin, OH, approved their citizen-initiated ordinance. In Lafayette, CO, where citizens petitioned to amend their city home rule charter, the winning margin was 60.16%.

Germany Solar PV Report A Must-Read

- This report gleans good news about the power of solar in Germany where solar has become so pervasive. – Editor

What’s really needed is to cut slow, inflexible, baseload power from coal and nuclear power plants in order to move.
For the report-

David Suzuki issues ominous warning for damaged Fukushima plant

- It’s tempting to hope that nuclear power will save the day. The latest information on Fukushima is profoundly disturbing. If there is any problem moving the highly radioactive rods, far more radiation will escape, causing massive irreparable damage. The problem has not even begun to be solved. – Editor

There are things that are important enough that you don’t tolerate any risk.
Risk estimates don’t work for rare but catastrophic events.

Dr. David Schindler, University of Alberta’s highly acclaimed scientist
Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine.
Dr. David Suzuki, renowned scientist and host of The Nature of Things
Fukushima warning Suzuki and Schindler
Do watch the short 4 minute video-

David Suzuki has issued an ominous warning about the state of Fukushima’s nuclear power plant.
“Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there’s another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose. And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 per cent,” Suzuki said.
He added that a recent study found another earthquake could require evacuation of the entire North American coast ” and as for Japan ” “bye bye,” Suzuki said.
For video on Youtube-
Also- Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast
Is the food supply safe? I don’t think anyone can really answer that definitively.

Elevated radiation claimed at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues Citizens’ group carries

We found caesium-137 at almost every place we carried out tests,
and there was no caesium here before the accident at Fukushima
Mitsuo Tanaka, activist with
Citizens’ Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at Facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

– Were the lies about how safe the Fukushima situation is believed when Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics? Wishful thinking doesn’t keep people healthy. My Japanese friend with family in Tokyo has seen their health weakening since Fukushima blew, deeply worrying her. – Editor

radioactive land in Tokyo

A citizens’ group in Tokyo has found elevated levels of radioactivity at sporting facilities that will be used in the 2020 Olympic Games and is warning that competitors and the hundreds of thousands of people expected to flock to the city for the event will be putting themselves in danger.
We believe the money spent on having the Games in Tokyo should have been spent on helping the 80,000 people who have had to leave their homes close to the Fukushima plant.”
For the citizens group-
Radiation fears spread to Tokyo drinking water
Japan readies additional $30 billion for Fukushima cleanup

No one knows where to put radioactive waste, and we never will.
Dr Helen Caldicott
Dr. Helen Caldicott

Revolt and Change Our Lives


I have long been leery of politicians. But now local politicians are coming to us.
They know change needs to happen- really big change- but to do it, they need constituents
to ask for it and to give it rational, calculated, steady support.

Joanne Poyourow TransitionUS
Joanne Poyourow, TransitionUS in Los Angeles

– In preparation for the United Nation’s climate meeting in Warsaw next week, four  very, very dire reports have been prepared. Political commitment to radically cut emissions is desperately needed, yet we are disappointed over and over again by wishy-washy words, with no real action. Emissions are actually rising, not falling!
Many are now advocating street action, which provides pieces of the puzzle. But here is another point, not in contradiction but in addition. Where are the models to point to as solutions? Will politicians commit to plans to redesign society if there are no living models of what that looks like?  We need every action, but personal and community examples are the light that other actions can point to. – Editor

So once the protestors have stopped the drilling and the pipelines, who’s going to teach citizens the ways of an oil-free lifestyle? Right now we don’t have powerdown infrastructure in place. Once the protesters have slowed the conventional economic machine, what will we have left? We need to have a new economy in place. And somebody’s got to build it.

Joanna Macy sagely reminds us that there are three paths of action to help further The Great Turning.  Macy’s first is Stopping Action, stopping further destruction.
Macy’s second type of action is Creating New Structures, creating that which will be in place to replace the old.
Macy’s third type of action to help further The Great Turning: Change in Consciousness. Joanna Macy describes this as changing the stories we tell each other, our cultural stories, our inner stories. Redefining who we are, and how humanity fits into the cycles of this small planet.
For TransitionUS-

The Great Turning

- I have spent an amazing day in a workshop with Joanna Macy, and if we could get our political leaders to do this, so many of the barriers stuck in people’s brains would dissolve into this deeper consciousness. What if all the delegates in Warsaw had attended The Great Turning workshop? We need to ask ourselves if this profound consciousness isn’t, indeed, the FIRST step, rather than the third. And if so, how do we achieve it? - Editor

Joanna Macy

The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.
The ecological and social crises we face are inflamed by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth. This self-destructing political economy sets its goals and measures its performance in terms of ever-increasing corporate profits- in other words by how fast materials can be extracted from Earth and turned into consumer products, weapons, and waste.
A revolution is underway because people are realizing that our needs can be met without destroying our world.
Three Dimensions of the Great Turning
1. Actions to slow the damage to Earth and its beings
2. Analysis of structural causes and the creation of structural alternatives
3. Shift in Consciousness