Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists

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Eco-Logical: A Group for Environmentalists

Eco-Logical is a group for anyone who cares about clean air, drinkable water, a sustainable economy, and environmental justice.

Location: The Irreplaceable Earth
Members: 331
Latest Activity: Jul 11

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Scorched Earth Coming

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 11. 6 Replies

How to save our future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 9. 2 Replies

Good news

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 7. 27 Replies

Antarctica melting twice as fast

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 7. 1 Reply

Systemic Pesticides Underestimated

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 2. 1 Reply

Countries at most risk from Climate Change

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 22. 22 Replies

Sour oceans = more toxic phytoplankton

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 19. 0 Replies

Melt of West Antarctic Ice Sheet Unstoppable

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 10. 12 Replies

Another Positive Feedback we'd missed

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 8. 2 Replies

signs of climate tipping points

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 29. 24 Replies

Carbon Budget Is Now Zero

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 23. 0 Replies

Texas is turning into desert too

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 20. 0 Replies

Methane, more scary than we thought

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 16. 28 Replies

East Antarctic Ice Sheet not so stable

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 9. 1 Reply

Seagrass decline worldwide

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 29. 1 Reply

Curvy jet stream has history

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 16. 0 Replies

Fracking emits methane

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 15. 20 Replies

Drought as Amazon tipping point

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 15. 1 Reply

Greener Jet Fuel

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by John Jubinsky Apr 11. 1 Reply

Transition to Era of Renewable Energy is a LIE

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Mar 28. 2 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on February 27, 2009 at 1:56pm
Marketplace: Sustainability

These are usually pretty good spots on NPR. If you don't listen to them, you should take the time to check them out online.

Also check out The Greenwash Brigade.
Comment by A Former Member on February 27, 2009 at 12:25pm


The Climate Change Lobby

The number of lobbyists seeking to influence federal policy on climate change has grown more than 300 percent in five years, with a slew of new interests from Main Street to Wall Street adding to the challenge of addressing global warming, according to a new Center for Public Integrity report, The Climate Change Lobby. The report provides a first-of-its-kind look at the universe of special interests shaping debate in the United States and how it has sharply expanded between 2003 — when Congress previously voted on climate change — and 2008.

Among the report’s findings:

More than 770 companies and organizations hired some 2,340 lobbyists to work on climate change and spent at least $90 million lobbying in 2008. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity — a group of 48 companies — topped the list of those solely focused on the issue, spending $9.95 million.

In 2003, 70 percent of the interests weighing in on climate were energy companies and manufacturers. But by 2008, those sectors made up only 45 percent of the total, despite their strong growth, because so many new interests had joined in the fray.

Finance, insurance and investment firms, with virtually no presence in the climate debate on Capitol Hill in 2003, last year had as many lobbyists as alternative energy firms — about 130. Their interest is in shaping the rules of a market-based “cap-and-trade” system.

The Climate Change Lobby features a fully searchable database of climate lobbyists, using disclosure reports filed with the U.S.
Senate’s Office of Public Records, as well as brief profiles of some of the most prominent lobbyists. Learn more about this latest project and share it with others.
Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 5:34pm
ThisIsReality.com

About the Reality Campaign
In reality, there is no such thing as "clean" coal in America today. Coal cannot be called 'clean' until its CO2 emissions are captured and stored safely.

Let's be clear: there are no US homes, factories, shopping centers or churches powered by coal plants that capture and store their global warming pollution.

Today, coal power plants emit carbon dioxide (CO2), the pollutant causing the climate crisis. A third of the America's carbon pollution now comes from about 600 coal-fired power plants. And of the more than 70 proposed new coal power plants, barely a handful have plans to capture and store their CO2 emissions. If these dirty plants are allowed to be built, this will mean an additional 200 million tons of global warming pollution will be emitted in America each year. Until coal power plants no longer release CO2 to the atmosphere, coal will remain a major contributor to the climate crisis.

Scientists indicate that we can avoid the worst climate impacts if we turn CO2 emissions around in the next few years. The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, in 2007, said, "If there's no action before 2012, that's too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment." For coal to maintain a role in America's energy mix, the industry must act quickly to stop emitting CO2.

The Reality Coalition is a project of the Alliance for Climate Protection, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the League of Conservation Voters, and tells the truth about coal today — it isn't clean. We are challenging the coal industry to come clean — in its advertising and in its operations. You can learn more about the reality of "clean" coal here or take action and help stop misleading coal campaigns.




Video link on Youtube.com.
Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 12:02pm
(This is not a current interview, but still currently relevant and worth listening to. Or you can click on the title and read it, too.)

Full of Gas
August 29, 2008
Energy independence should be a topic for wide-ranging discussion about science, economics and lifestyle. But David Fiderer, an energy banker and Huffington Post blogger, says reporters are allowing politicians to hijack the conversation, making it about left and right all the while leaving reality out of the picture.

Comment by A Former Member on February 26, 2009 at 9:02am


President Obama is listening. One of the first things his new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, Lisa Jackson, did was to acknowledge that Americans want cleaner cars: cars that go farther on a gallon of gas and emit less global warming pollution.

The EPA is now considering whether to reverse the Bush administration's decision to block California and more than a dozen other states from implementing landmark standards to cut global warming emissions from our vehicles -- and the EPA is asking us what we think.

Next week, we'll be delivering photos of Sierra Club members from around the country holding car keys and saying, "EPA is the key to cleaner cars." Will you add your photo and tell the EPA we want clean cars?

Click here to get started:
action.sierraclub.org/cleancars

(Above photo taken from site. Also, here's an idea: See if you can include the Atheist "A" symbol in your photo, like on a shirt or cap, or on a picture behind you, etc. Just for fun and added visibility.)
Comment by A Former Member on February 25, 2009 at 10:35am
TAKE ACTION

Regulating Coal's Carbon Emissions


Last week's major news was the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing that it will reconsider the midnight memo issued by former Administrator Steven Johnson, meaning that new coal-fired power plants could soon be forced address their carbon dioxide pollution, the main cause of global warming.

Now the coal-fired power plants are starting to fall in response. First was AES announcing that it's pulling plans for its 320-megawatt Shady Point coal plant in Oklahoma. Then on Friday, EPA rejected Northern Michigan University's air permit for its proposed coal plant in Marquette and ordered Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality to consider regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

We're expecting these announcements to keep coming as the cost of dirty coal power is increasing due to impending carbon regulations.

You can help stop one planned coal-fired plant -- the Desert Rock facility in Arizona.

Tell the EPA to hold off on the permit for the proposed 1,500-megawatt plant while deciding on carbon regulations.
Comment by A Former Member on February 24, 2009 at 4:04pm
TAKE ACTION

Stop the Pipeline to Pollution


Last week, in response to President Obama's first international visit to Canada, more than 30,000 Sierra Club activists signed a petition urging the President to advocate for clean energy and say no to further development of the dirty Canadian tar sands oil.

In the meeting, President Obama acknowledged that Canadian tar sands oil “creates a big carbon footprint” and declared that the United States was going to demonstrate leadership on dealing with global warming pollution and advancing clean energy solutions.

But oil companies are still trying to build a pipeline from Canada so they can sell us their tar sands oil, one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet.

Let President Obama and the State Department know you want clean energy that creates jobs in the United States instead of permitting a pipeline to pollution.

SIGN NOW.
Comment by A Former Member on February 24, 2009 at 3:58pm
TAKE ACTION

Protect America's Waters -- The Clean Water Restoration Act


Since passed by Congress in 1972, the Clean Water Act has protected our nation's lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands from unregulated pollution and destruction.

Today, however—because of two Supreme Court rulings—many water bodies are being denied the Act's protections against pollution.

Polluters argue that the Supreme Court made the law only apply to "navigable" water bodies, excluding numerous waters that were historically covered and jeopardizing the safety of the drinking water supply of hundreds of millions of Americans. Ambiguous federal agency policy directives have helped these attacks.

If adopted by Congress, the Clean Water Restoration Act will restore the law's intended power to protect American waterways from polluters.

But, before the Clean Water Restoration Act can start protecting us, we have to do our part to get it introduced in Congress and then passed into law.

Email your congressional representatives today and urge them to support a bill that will clarify and restore the longstanding protections originally intended by Congress.

Act now to ensure revitalized protections for our national waters. Ask your members of Congress to serve as original cosponsors of the Clean Water Restoration Act this Congress.

SIGN NOW.
Comment by A Former Member on February 23, 2009 at 12:41pm
Mark Bittman: Eating Right Can Save The Planet

If you're one of those people hoping to change the world in 2009, writer Mark Bittman says you can start by changing what you eat.

Click on title to read or listen online.
Comment by A Former Member on February 19, 2009 at 7:11pm
 

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