Posts tagged environment
1:15 pm - Fri, Jul 20, 2012
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…Fast-growing Oakland-based home solar provider Sungevity teamed up with Lowe’s recently to offer affordable solar options to customers of the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer.

Sungevity offers an attractive panel leasing plan that requires zero upfront payment and includes a money-back performance guarantee, free maintenance, free online monitoring and free insurance. Purchasing the hardware outright requires a $1,000 deposit and includes none of these features. According to Sungevity, customers typically save at least 15% on their utility bill the first year of installation, and save more each year as grid power becomes more expensive.

Starting this summer, homeowners in California, Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware will see the solar service offered at a Lowe’s near them. However, this is only the beginning. Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch said the company is already planning to reach Lowe’s customers in most states across the nation.

“Lowe’s new partnership with Sungevity responds to customer demand by providing a convenient and affordable process for going solar,” said Senior Vice-President of Merchandising at Lowe’s Patti Price in a press release issued by Sungevity. The home-improvement giant has an equity position in the solar company as part of the deal.

In this case, big business is doing its part to spread the cause by offering industry-pioneering small businesses a chance at larger exposure. The agreement between Sungevity and Lowe’s is not the first of its kind, but illustrates growing public awareness of the importance of controlling consumption.

6:09 pm - Wed, Jul 18, 2012
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Republicans are sending a message that profits for their wealthy campaign contributors are more important than the lungs and lives of America’s coal miners. It’s clear that voices wealthier than coal miner families drowned out that message.

- Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), on House Republicans moving “to block a planned Department of Labor regulation that aims to protect coal miners from the dust that causes black lung disease.” (via campaignmoney)

Republicans.

(via climateadaptation)

As the daughter of a coal miners daughter, I sincerely hope every fucking one of these republican fucks choke on their own lying tongues.

(via climateadaptation)

12:19 pm - Tue, Jun 19, 2012
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think-progress:

109 votes, after taking $47 million in career campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. 

12:15 pm - Sat, Apr 7, 2012
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randomactsofchaos:

From Grist comes this’ What are they thinking?’ moment

Don’t like shit in your meat/poultry? Well too bad cause if the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) moves forward with plans to privatize part of its meat and poultry inspection program that’s what you’ll get.

Under the current rules, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is responsible for inspecting all chicken and turkey carcasses for things like bruises, bile, and yes, shit, before they’re sent for further processing. The proposed HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project (HIMP) would remove those USDA inspectors from the lines, leaving poultry plant employees, who already stand in a fast moving I-Love-Lucy style line to flag unsanitary or otherwise flawed birds

It’s a plain and simple job cutting, money saving measure. The program is projected to save FSIS up to $95 million over three years, and to give a $250 million boost to poultry companies.

“All [HIMP] really is, is a way to dramatically lower quality and standards,” says Amanda Hitt, director of the Government Accountability Project’s Food Integrity Campaign. Poultry, she adds, “shouldn’t have feathers, scabs, blisters and pustules. It shouldn’t have feces in the cavity. These are all things that now, under HIMP, are going to be left to the plants to deal with.”

Not surprisingly, republicans are all over this like ants over honey. This is what they do. And how well has that worked out? It’s been a disaster from our privatized health care system to our privatized wars The profits first ideology has undermined our population and our democracy.

This is an assault on food safety and public health and although there are rumors that the program could start as early as October we may be able to influence this debacle.

There is a comment period which runs through April 26. Lets try to make them wish they had never thought of this stupid idea!

Sign the petition

10:57 am - Fri, Oct 14, 2011
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The point is, today everyone can see that the system is deeply unjust and careening out of control. Unfettered greed has trashed the global economy. And it is trashing the natural world as well. We are overfishing our oceans, polluting our water with fracking and deepwater drilling, turning to the dirtiest forms of energy on the planet, like the Alberta tar sands. And the atmosphere cannot absorb the amount of carbon we are putting into it, creating dangerous warming. The new normal is serial disasters: economic and ecological.
6:23 pm - Mon, Sep 26, 2011
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In the end, Gunnoe asked the House Committee members to put their illusive job rhetoric into perspective and grasped the magnitude of the human rights crisis in the coalfields: “How could anyone say that these temporary jobs is worth the permanent displacement of our people and the destruction of their waters, mountains and culture?”

She concluded: “”My nephew reminds me of what surface mining looks like from a child’s eyes. As we were driving through our community he looks up and says, ‘Aunt Sissy, what is wrong with these people? Don’t they know we live down here?’ I had to be honest with him and say, ‘Yes, they know. They just simply don’t care.”

5:40 pm - Wed, Aug 31, 2011
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climateadaptation:

Mark Bittman of the NYTimes: Profits Before Environment

Bittman nails the Obama administration today in this surprising (to me) piece on the current trend of profits over environment. He connects a lot of dots, but brings it together in the end. (I’d counter by saying that Obama was in a fix - he has had to choose jobs and stimulus over the environment).

I think this section is worth quoting in full: 

Sacrificing the environment for profits didn’t stop with Bush, and it doesn’t stop with genetically modified organisms. Take, for example, the Keystone XL pipeline extension. XL is right: the 36-inch-wide pipeline, which will stretch from the Alberta tar sands across the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast, will cost $7 billion and run for 1,711 miles — more than twice as long as the Alaska pipeline. It will cross nearly 2,000 rivers, the huge wetlands ecosystem called the Nebraska Sandhills and the Ogallala aquifer, the country’s biggest underground freshwater supply.

If Keystone is built, we’ll see rising greenhouse gas emissions right away (tar sands production creates three times as many greenhouse gases as does conventional oil), and our increased dependence on fossil fuels will further the likelihood of climate-change disaster. Then there is the disastrous potential of leaks of the non-Wiki-variety. (It’s happened before.)

Proponents say the pipeline will ease gas prices and oil “insecurity.” But domestic drilling has raised, not lowered, oil prices, and as for the insecurity — what we need is to develop wiser ways to use the oil we have.

They say, too, that the pipeline could create 100,000 new jobs. But even the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Transport Workers Union oppose the pipeline, saying, “We need jobs, but not ones based on increasing our reliance on Tar Sands oil.”

Sounds as if union officials have been reading the writer and activist Bill McKibben, who calls the pipeline “a fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent,” and NASA scientist Jim Hansen, who says the oil Keystone will deliver “is essentially game over” for the planet.

Game over? No problem, says the State Department (read the rest below:

Source: NYTimes

3:20 pm - Tue, Aug 30, 2011
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latimes:

In Seattle, work starts on “greenest” office building: It’ll be six stories, but expectations are sky-high.

The Bullitt Center — which eventually will use only its own rainwater, generate its own power and compost its own sewage — is the first big office building designed to carry its own environmental weight.

Photo:   Seattle has 12 “living buildings” in the works, places designed to generate as much power as they consume and process their own wastewater. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

In Seattle, work starts on “greenest” office building: It’ll be six stories, but expectations are sky-high.

The Bullitt Center — which eventually will use only its own rainwater, generate its own power and compost its own sewage — is the first big office building designed to carry its own environmental weight.

Photo: Seattle has 12 “living buildings” in the works, places designed to generate as much power as they consume and process their own wastewater. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

(Source: Los Angeles Times, via npr)

2:18 pm - Mon, Aug 29, 2011
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mothernaturenetwork:

Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclearA surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

mothernaturenetwork:

Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear
A surprising aerodynamic innovation in wind turbine design called the ‘wind lens’ could triple the output of a typical wind turbine, making it less costly than nuclear power.

(via brosephstalin-deactivated201212)

9:32 am
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Now, we don’t know who will win next year’s presidential election. But the odds are that one of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge. And, in a time of severe challenges — environmental, economic, and more — that’s a terrifying prospect.
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