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6 New Charts That Show US Renewable Energy Progress. The numbers are still pretty small, but the latest data compilation from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows renewable electricity generation rising steadily in the United States. Here’s a key chart from NREL’s just-released Renewable Energy Data Book, which includes data through the end of 2013.

Capacity is the amount of total power that the various renewable sources could put out if operating at 100 percent. That’s indicated in the above chart in megawatts (MW). The amount of actual energy generated each year is indicated in gigawatt-hours (GWh). You’re probably familiar with kilowatt-hours, the unit of measure for monthly electricity use on your utility bill. There are five main sources of renewable electricity: hydropower, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. So if 13.1 percent of U.S. electricity comes from renewable sources, how do we generate the rest of it? You can see that the most important shift since 2000 has been the steady move out of coal and into natural gas. Solidarity in Practice | Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change. Drafted in September 2001 in Washington DC; Revised 9/23/03 We are very different groups.

We are not necessarily immediate allies nor are we each other’s greatest enemy. There are many things on which we do not agree. But, we will be in the streets together during the FTAA protests in Miami. We believe we have some things in common. As we take to the streets together, let us work to be in solidarity with one another. Personal Challenge and critique other groups and individuals in constructive ways and in a spirit of respectListen without getting defensive. Street Do not intentionally put people at risk who have not chosen itDo not turn people over to the policeDo not let people within our own groups interfere with other groupsRespect the work of all medics, legal observers, independent media peopleShare food, water, medical and other suppliesSupport everyone who is hurt, gassed, shot or beaten.Respect other groups’ rights to do a certain type of protest at certain times and places.

Commitment to Sustainability Earns Postcard.Com B Corp Certification. Just over a year after its official launch, is now a benefit corporation and has joined the growing community of more than 1,300 companies worldwide that bear the Certified B Corporation badge. “Becoming a Certified B Corp was one of the main goals we set out to achieve after forming as a Public Benefit Corporation last fall,” said Paul Roer, CEO and co-founder of Postcard. “Our foundational ideals around social activism, sustainability, arts and education line up perfectly with not only B Lab’s framework but with the other likeminded companies that also carry this important and unique status.” It’s not only Postcard’s corporate structure and dedication to sustainable business practices that align the company with the B Corp community; the products themselves play a huge part in “walking-the-walk” of social responsibility.

To become a Certified B Corp, companies must achieve strict standards of accountability, social and environmental performance, and transparency.

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Public Health/Public Benefits/Public Cost/Full Cost Accounting. Movies/Books/Media. Chapter 6. Communications to Promote Interest | Section 15. Creating Fact Sheets on Local Issues. What is a fact sheet? Why would you make a fact sheet? Who can be targeted with fact sheets? How do you make a fact sheet? Getting the facts out to the public about community health issues can be done in a number of ways. One of the simplest and easiest things you can do is make up a fact sheet about the issues you're working on to distribute to the public. What is a fact sheet? A fact sheet is a single sheet of paper listing important facts about the issue. Why would you make a fact sheet? Fact sheets are easy to make and easy to understand. Fact sheets can be made up very quickly. Fact sheets are cheap! Who can be targeted with fact sheets? Fact sheets can be distributed to the general public or to a specific audience.

You can aim your fact sheet towards any of these types of audiences: How do you make a fact sheet? Think about what message you want the facts to convey. Do you want to shock people into action? Think about the audience for your fact sheet. Ask yourself these questions: In Summary.

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It’s practically impossible to define “GMOs” Originally published on Grist. Debates rage over what to do about genetically modified organisms, but we rarely stop to ask a more basic question: Do GMOs really exist? It’s an important question, because no one in this debate can tell you precisely what a GMO is. I’ve come to the conclusion that "GMO" is a cultural construct. It’s a metaphor we use to talk about a set of ideas. GMOs, like other cultural constructs — think of gender or race — do have a basis in reality, of course: We can roughly define "male" or "Asian," but when we try to regulate these divisions, all kinds of problems crop up.

As one researcher put it, "It is theoretically and practically impossible to precisely specify a supposed common denominator for all these [GMO] products. " This causes real problems. By now you are probably protesting that you’ve seen definitions that work well enough. Definition: Moving genes from one species to another REUTERS/Rayen Luna via Grist REUTERS/Stephane Mahe via Grist via Grist. Electric car subsidies are hated by economists, loved by activists. Why?

Earlier this month, over at the Energy Institute at HAAS, economist James Bushnell had an interesting post on the way economists and climate hawks clash on the subject of electric cars. It also offered a window into broader clashes between those groups. As Bushnell points out, economic research — see here, here, here, and here — is generally not supportive of current subsidies for electric vehicles (EVs).

It finds that the environmental benefits of EVs are, for now at least, marginal, and worth less than the subsidies paid for them. Current subsidies are also regressive, going primarily to upper-income taxpayers. From the point of view of many economists, this makes electric car subsidies bad policy. If the goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, policy ought to seek out the cheapest reductions first. Even if the goal is narrowly to subsidize the environmental benefits of EVs, the subsidies ought to vary from place to place and time to time.

(Shutterstock) Take electric cars. Panic-free GMOs | a Grist special series. Here's what happened to different electricity-generating (or saving) technologies in EPA's Clean Power Plan final rule | Dylan Sullivan's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC. This post focuses on two types of changes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made in the Clean Power Plan final rule, in response to public comments on its June 2014 proposal. First, I address changes in the pollution reduction strategies that EPA considered in determining the "best system of emission reduction" (BSER). Second, I examine states' and power companies' options for complying with the BSER-based carbon pollution limits. Along the way, I will explain the different types of state plans, and how states account for emission reductions in either type of plan. What is the "best system" to reduce power plant emissions?

In the final rule, EPA no longer uses energy efficiency to set carbon pollution limits. What resources can power plants use for compliance? The final rule allows states to choose from two basic approaches for state plans: rate-based and mass-based. Should mass-based states still measure the results of their clean energy policies? Of course. Ohio Renewable Energy Laws Attacked - Energy and Policy Institute. In 2014, the Ohio State Legislature passed a bill freezing the state’s renewable energy standard (RES).

The bill also required an “Energy Mandates Study Committee” (EMSC) to produce a report with recommendations on policy changes regarding the RES. The study committee is scheduled to produce a report by September 30, 2015, as required by law. The sponsor of the bill, Senator Troy Balderson, also co-chairs the study committee and is an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to a 2011 report. His co-chair, Representative Kristina Roegner, is also a member of ALEC. . • Representative Ron Amstutz • Senator Troy Balderson • Representative Christina Hagan • Senator Bob Peterson • Representative Kristina Roegner • Senator Bill Seitz (also previously an ALEC Board Member) • Representative Michael Stinziano • Senator Cliff Hite ALEC has worked with its fossil fuel corporate members, particularly American Electric Power, and front groups to attack Ohio’s RES.

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Home - Neighborhood Progress Inc. Environmental Justice. EE/Renewables/Bailouts/LTES. Jon Stewart rips Dick Cheney a new one. On the latest Daily Show, Jon Stewart blasted Dick Cheney's criticism of President Obama's negotiations with Iran. Calling the former vice president "a man rotten to his very core, which is in itself a tiny black hole from which no joy or light can escape" and "the jagged-toothed forest demon who steals our children," Stewart went on to say that "now and then he [Cheney] slithers out from his lair inside a mountain of kitten corpses and goes on TV or radio saying awful things.

Usually we ignore it … but sometimes, we just can't. " Jon Stewart then obliterates Cheney's radio remarks with a little detective work—and a history lesson. Here are some highlights: But basically the vice president’s point appears to be this: anyone who strengthens the strategic position of Iran is by definition working to weaken the Unites States of America. So I guess the formulation would be whoever strengthened Iran more would be the greater threat to America. Hilarious, informative, cutting, and spot on.


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Some volunteers make short-term agreements with the organization to assist staff, while others volunteer 1-2 hours per week over a longer period of time Please e-mail to inquire about volunteer opportunities. The Logic of Stupid Poor People. We hates us some poor people. First, they insist on being poor when it is so easy to not be poor. They do things like buy expensive designer belts and $2500 luxury handbags. To be fair, this isn’t about Eroll Louis.

His is a belief held by many people, including lots of black people, poor people, formerly poor people, etc. One thing I’ve learned is that one person’s illogical belief is another person’s survival skill. My family is a classic black American migration family. We had a little of that kind of rural black wealth so we were often in a position to help folks less fortunate. I remember my mother taking a next door neighbor down to the social service agency.

I internalized that lesson and I think it has worked out for me, if unevenly. I do not know how much my mother spent on her camel colored cape or knee-high boots but I know that whatever she paid it returned in hard-to-measure dividends. Why do poor people make stupid, illogical decisions to buy status symbols? Like this: Bully Calls News Anchor Fat, News Anchor Destroys Him On Live TV. What Killed 30,000 Children In 3 Months Has These Celebrities Saying The F-Word. In-Flight Wealth Disparity Is Hastening America’s Cultural Revolution. Activism. Republicans Want To Slash Government Spending, Can’t Name Anything To Cut (VIDEO. The March 22, 2013 Real Time with Bill Maher made a powerful point: self-identified Republicans, including those who call themselves Tea Party, are IMPERATIVELY certain that the answer to America’s woes is to slash government spending. But when you ask them to name specific cuts, they pretty much come up with bupkus.

This is what happens when people are insulated in the Fox echo chamber. They have had “must cut government spending” as a mantra, repeated hundreds of times a day, and they’ve bought in. But none of these people have any real idea about what to cut, other than “wasteful government spending”. What do Americans Mean by “Wasteful Government Spending”? The Huffington Post reported a few days ago on a poll asking Americans to explain in their own words what they mean by the phrase “wasteful government spending.” The survey accepted up to two responses per person. Where Can We Actually Cut Spending? Just looking at the discretionary spending it breaks down like this:

ENOUGH, ANTI-CONSUMERISM CAMPAIGN. -The Little Button With A Big Message. Green Choices. DIY - A handbook for changing our world. Video Showing the Huge Gap Between Super Rich and Everyone Else Goes Viral. For much of the past decade, policymakers and analysts have decried America's incredibly low savings rate, noting that U.S. households save a fraction of the money of the rest of the world. Citing a myriad of causes -- from cheap credit to exploitative bank practices -- they've noted that the average family puts away less than 4 percent of its income.

"Wealth Inequality in America," a six-minute video produced by a YouTube user named "Politizane," casts an interesting angle on the plummeting savings rate. Set to depressing piano music and packed with crystal-clear animations, it gives a powerful snapshot of the American economic landscape. Noting that "The top 1 percent own nearly half the country's stocks, bonds, and mutual funds," the video goes on to contrast those impressive holdings with the rest of the country. By comparison, it points out, the bottom 50 percent of earners own only 0.5 percent of those investments. 9 Ways Sequestration Will Affect You 1.

Share Facebook Twitter Google+ Revolution in America. Part of Nature cartoon by Stuart McMillen - Recombinant Records. This cartoon is heavily influenced by the books Natural Capitalism - Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins (1999) and Mid-Course Correction - Ray Anderson (1998). It is also in the same vein as the flash animation "The Story of Stuff" by Annie Leonard, which I watched when I was about 90% of the way through the drawing process. Back to post / website. View/add comments for this article.Part of Nature by Stuart McMillen. September 2009. We think it's fine to throw waste "away", but there is no such place on this planet. Mamas, Don't Let the New Atheism Grow Up to Be the Same Old Shit in a Different Package. Damon Linker recently wrote a piece for The New Republic about what he calls "the new atheism" (as represented by Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, and Hitchens) and its potential to undermine the very principles (progressive liberalism and secular politics, particularly) it asserts to advocate.

Now, there are problems with the article; it simplifies atheism so it can be neatly divided into two strands, and it ignores altogether that strident anti-religiosity is not unique to atheists. It also falls into the trap, right from the title ("Atheism's Wrong Turn"), that so many articles on religion have—treating atheists as a monolithic group. (Was the federal marriage amendment, for example, "Christianity's wrong turn"?) Beyond that slim (and rather unconvincing) example, there is precious little support for the idea that the "new" atheists are on their way to rivaling Christian conservatives with, say, detailed policy proposals for faithless-based initiatives, ahem.

[See also: Yglesias and DJW.] Center for World Indigenous Studies. Media-5001.jpg (500×700) Pussy riot video. The Question (War, democracy, propaganda, activism and responsibility) I didn't come from your rib you came from my vagina. Global Issues : social, political, economic and environmental issues that affect us all. Amnesty International USA | Protect Human Rights.