Saturday, September 29, 2012

Oak Brook Progressive Ballot Guide

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Date: Sep 29, 2012 2:34 PM
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Share your choices for the election on November 6 in Oak Brook in our new Progressive Ballot Guide for local elections. And if you're undecided in some races, see who other progressives are voting for!

Vote now!

Dear Illinois MoveOn member,

There's an election coming up on November 6 in Oak Brook—do you know who you're voting for?

For big-ticket races, the answer may be yes, but in a down-ballot or nonpartisan race, many people may know little about the candidates, or it may be difficult to tell who the progressive candidate is.

That's why we've built a Progressive Ballot Guide that lets MoveOn members and other local progressives educate each other about the candidates in a race.

The concept is simple: If you are planning to vote for a specific candidate, let us know. If you're still undecided, that's fine too—you can use the ballot guide to see the reasons why other progressives voted the way they did.

Click here to tell us who you're voting for and share the reasons why, or see how other progressives are voting.

Even if you have no idea who you're voting for in any race, or have an opinion in one or two races, you should still check out the ballot guide. After you vote, you'll be able to see other progressives' thoughts on the candidates running for office in your area.

A local official can influence policy much more directly than Congress or the president. Tea party Republicans know this, and they've been making focused efforts to win state and local elections so they can further their radical agenda.

That's why it's so important to make sure progressive voters know the facts when they go to vote. And that's why we're making a ballot guide, created by local folks, to help get that information out. We'll send out the completed guide, compiling all the recommendations we receive, in a few days. But to get started, we need to hear from you.

Can you tell us what progressives you support?

Thanks for all you do.

–Adam, Elena, Victoria, Milan, and the rest of the team

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Radishes could protect the Great Lakes from harmful algae blooms | Great Lakes Echo

Court declares 92 Occupy Chicago arrests unconstitutional | The Raw Story

Get global warming in the debate

Global Warming is the most important issue facing the planet. But most of the media coverage and public attention is focused on the race for President. And for the most part, the candidates aren't discussing global warming.

But as the election approaches we'll have a great chance to force Obama and Romney to discuss global warming — and by extension start a national debate on this hugely important issue.

This fall's Presidential and Vice Presidential debates are being moderated by experienced news anchors (including 2 women for the first time). They know the facts and agree that global warming is a real and serious problem.  The only question is: will they have the guts and conviction to ask the candidates about it?

If you agree that Global Warming should be 'part of the debate' — even if you don't always agree with the candidates about what to do about it — Please join me in signing on to this letter to the moderators:

Democratic Party of DuPage County, Illinois - The Way We Were 4 Years Ago

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The Way We Were: Four Years Ago

Posted: 27 Sep 2012 07:40 AM PDT

By Dale Bowling

As voters decided between McCain and Obama four years ago, America was sinking into a deep economic crisis. In 2008, the US economy shed 2.6 million jobs. In the last quarter of the Bush administration, 500,000 jobs disappeared every month. Economists went into a tizzy because the US hadn't seen such a swift and severe downward spiral since the Great Depression and there seemed to be nothing to slow its descent. Here are some of the headlines from September 2008:

Depression Coming? Boil Some Beans; Ladies Who Quilt Give Tips On Surviving Tough Times [Albuquerque Journal, September 21, 2008]

One day on the brink On Wednesday, it seemed U.S. economy might collapse [St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 21, 2008]

'Great Depression' closer than U.S. admits, report finds [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 27, 2008]

Is It Really the Next 'Great Depression'? [NPR, September 19, 2008]

Will Bush become the new Hoover? [Politico, September 19, 2008]

Depression seen possible [Florida News-Press, September 27, 2008]


The US economy was teetering on the blink four years ago. What prevented America from falling into another Great Depression?

Democrats passed a $787 billion stimulus program (over strenuous GOP objections) that raised GDP, lowered unemployment, and began the slow, but steady improvement we've seen over the last three years. It hasn't been an easy climb. It's always easier to wreck than build.

No one ever gets credit for preventing things from happening. Our President and Congressional Democrats saved the economy from a Second Great Depression in early 2009 despite the fact that the Stimulus was expensive, sometimes unpopular and they knew the buck stopped with them. Thankfully their love of their country and their desire to do good, proved stronger than political considerations. They always should.


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Ban Weaponized Drones from the World

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UPDATE: Veterans For Peace and other allies in our coalition to ban weaponized drones are headed to Pakistan in a delegation organized by Code Pink. Please add your name to the petition now, and forward this to everyone you know, so that we can make clear to Pakistanis how many of us oppose the endless killing imposed on their country by our unmanned planes.

Veterans For Peace will deliver the petition to elected officials, tribal leaders, and victims' family members.

We've become a nation that callously kills.  Meticulous researchers have documented that U.S. drones are killing many innocent civilians in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.  Drones are making the world less stable and creating new enemies.  We must end the use of weaponized drones.

Add your name now.

RootsAction and our allies will deliver this petition to:

  • the United Nations Secretary General, urging him to investigate the concerns of Navi Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, that drone attacks violate international law -- and to ultimately pursue sanctions against nations using, possessing, or manufacturing weaponized drones;
  • the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, petitioning him to investigate grounds for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for drone attacks;
  • the U.S. Secretary of State, and the ambassadors to the United States from the nations of the world, asking them to ratify a treaty forbidding the possession or use of weaponized drones;
  • President Barack Obama, urging him to abandon the use of weaponized drones, and to abandon his "kill list" program regardless of the technology employed;
  • the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, asking them to ban the use or sale of weaponized drones.

Add your name now to build a movement that will rid the world of weaponized drones.

Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.

--The RootsAction team

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Washington Post: U.S. Drone Targets in Yemen Raise Questions
New York Times: Secret 'Kill List' Proves a Test of Obama's Principles

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Veterans For Peace
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Samuel L. Jackson Tells It Like It Is - Video

Climate change isn't up for debate

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Date: Sep 27, 2012 5:44 AM
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Neither presidential candidate has discussed the issue of climate change so far in their campaigns.

Take Action

Tell debate moderator Jim Lehrer to make climate change part of the upcoming presidential debate on October 3rd.

take action today

It has been a year of extreme weather.

Droughts, floods and wildfires have ravaged the US during the hottest 12-month period in our country's history. Meanwhile, sea ice in the Arctic melted more this summer than ever before, and experts are saying that within a decade we could see ice free summers there for the first time in many thousands of years.

The message is clear: climate change is real and it's happening right now. That's why we need to hear what the two presidential candidates are planning to do about it. And there's no better space than the presidential debates for them to do just that.

Take action today and help make the issue of climate change part of the debate for President.

On Wednesday of next week, President Obama and Mitt Romney will meet in Denver, CO for the first of four Presidential debates. Neither major party candidate has really discussed the issue of climate change much at all so far during the campaign.

Now is our opportunity to change that. But there isn't much time. Jim Lehrer of PBS is hosting the first debate and likely compiling the questions as you read this.

Send a message today to Jim Lehrer and ask them to make sure that climate change is part of the presidential debates.

After all, a planet that can continue to sustain human life is an important part of any solution to any of the other problems we're currently facing.

All we're asking for is one question. Considering what's at stake, it's not too much to ask.


Kyle Ash
Greenpeace Senior Legislative Representative

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Support Tammy!

Absolutely. Tammy Duckworth is miles better than the alternative.

I fully support Tammy Duckworth for Congress.


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Date: Sep 26, 2012 4:26 PM
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Let's Support Tammy!
Dear Friend,
I hope September is treating you well.  Priya, the kids, and I are back into the swing of the things at school and work.
As you know, we're fast approaching the fall elections on November 6th.  One of the candidates I'm strongly supporting is Tammy Duckworth.  Tammy and I competed for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 8th District of Illinois, and Tammy won fair and square.  I've pledged my full support to her, and I have heartily endorsed her in the General Election.  I urge you to support her too.
I've gotten to know Tammy well.  She's tough, smart, competitive, and she's
a voice of reason in a time when we need real leadership in Congress.  In addition, she's a war hero - a patriot's patriot.  Tammy's a role model whose story of overcoming adversity is a lesson for our children and Americans of all ages.  In short, she belongs in Congress, and I will do whatever I can to get her elected.
That is why I am asking you to do three things for Tammy: (1) vote for her if you live in the district; (2) donate whatever you can to her at; and (3) volunteer for her by clicking
Thank you again for your support and friendship - now let's make sure that Tammy gets elected to move our country forward!
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p.s.:  please stay in touch with me through Facebook and Twitter.  

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Latest Regulatory Delay Could Lead To Wind Project Cancellations

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New York Procurement Delay Frustrates Wind Energy Developers
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The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) - the agency that administers the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for the Public Service Commission - says its renewable energy call for power has taken longer than anticipated. "We are continuing to explore approaches to minimize risks to New [read more]
Proposed Transmission Line Would Allow For More Renewable Energy In Ontario
by NAW Staff, Sep. 25, 2012 email the content item print the content item
NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge and Borealis Infrastructure have filed for regulatory approval to allow Enbridge and Borealis to acquire interests in NextEra Energy Canada's subsidiary, Upper Canada Transmission Inc. The deal is part of a plan to build a new transmission line that would allow for the integration of more [read more]
Wind Speeds In North America Deviated Substantially From Norm In Q2
by NAW Staff, Sep. 25, 2012 email the content item print the content item
AWS Truepower LLC, a provider of renewable energy consulting and information services, has released its wind resource data for the second quarter. The data covers the wind resource in three regions: North America, Europe and India. In North America, a persistent ridge of high pressure over the central and eastern [read more]
Iowa State University To Launch Wind Energy Ph.D. Program
by NAW Staff, Sep. 25, 2012 email the content item print the content item
Iowa State University (ISU) will offer a new wind energy Ph.D. program, the Iowa State Daily reports. The Faculty Senate has approved the program, which could launch as early as spring 2013, ISU says. Last fall, the university received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help [read more]

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Repowered Wind Energy Project To Go Online This December
by NAW Staff, Sep. 25, 2012 email the content item print the content item
EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco) has celebrated the development and construction of the Shiloh IV Wind Project with a blade-signing ceremony. The 102.5 MW wind farm, located in Solano County, Calif., is the largest repowering project in the country, according to EDF Renewable Energy. For the project, approximately 235 Kenetech [read more]
Environmental Protection Agency Names Renewable Energy Leaders
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored 24 organizations for being leaders in producing and using green power, which the EPA defines as electricity generated from renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydro. The 2012 Green Power Leadership Award winners are listed below in the [read more]
Vestas Renews Contracts With Italian Wind Energy Developer
by NAW Staff, Sep. 25, 2012 email the content item print the content item
Vestas says it has renewed four wind power service contracts with Italy-based IFRI-EL Green Power SPA for 192 MW of wind farms in Italy. The contracts include a 15-year service agreement with Vestas' latest Active Output Management 5000 service option, which consists of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and an energy-based [read more]
Google-Backed 845 MW Shepherds Flat Wind Farm Now Online
by NAW Staff, Sep. 24, 2012 email the content item print the content item
The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm - one of the world's largest wind projects - is now operational and generating up to 845 MW of wind energy, developer Caithness Energy has announced. Located in northeastern Oregon near the town of Arlington, the project has 20-year power purchase agreements in place with [read more]

Wind Energy Update

Wind Turbine Manufacturer Fuhrlander Files For Insolvency
by NAW Staff, Sep. 24, 2012 email the content item print the content item
German wind turbine manufacturer Fuhrlander AG has filed for insolvency in a local court. In a statement, the company said its financial difficulties stemmed from project delays and customers' postponements of payments. The company also said it had already taken measures to restructure, including laying off 70 employees. Fuhrlander's executive [read more]
Following Transmission Upgrades, Wind Farm Begins Operation
by NAW Staff, Sep. 24, 2012 email the content item print the content item
Wind Works Power Corp. says it has completed a 4 MW, $12 million wind energy project located in Germany. The project, called Wind Park Burg I, was delivered to private investors on Sept. 18 and has officially commenced commercial operation. In January, Wind Works announced the sale of Burg I [read more]
CanWEA, CanSIA Team Up On Renewable Energy Events
by NAW Staff, Sep. 24, 2012 email the content item print the content item
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) have partnered to offer a discount to exhibitors and delegates who attend both shows in 2013. The trade associations say they will also support cross sales activity at their respective industry events, making it easier and more [read more]
Castrol Industrial Signs Deal With Vestas
by NAW Staff, Sep. 24, 2012 email the content item print the content item
Castrol Industrial, a provider of lubricants for the wind energy market, says it has signed an agreement to supply its synthetic lubricants to Vestas. Following a three-year trial, Castrol Industrial's Optigear Synthetic CT will be listed by Vestas as an approved lubricant. Under the agreement, Vestas' customers can use this [read more]
House Passes Bill That Would Prohibit EPA From Regulating Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
by Laura DiMugno, Sep. 21, 2012 email the content item print the content item
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed HR.3409 - the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act - a GOP-led effort designed to thwart what Republicans call "Obama's war on coal." The legislation, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, would strip the federal government's authority to regulate greenhouse-gas [read more]
House Defeats Renewable Electricity Standard Measure
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The U.S. House of Representatives convened Friday morning to consider amendments to the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit the federal government from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions. Among the amendments to be considered was a measure proposed by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., that would [read more]
GE Working With ETT On Upgrades To Texas Transmission System
by NAW Staff, Sep. 21, 2012 email the content item print the content item
GE says it is working with Electric Transmission Texas LLC, a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., on upgrades to the Texas transmission system that will allow more wind energy to be transmitted from rural generation facilities to high-demand urban areas. As a [read more]
Anholt Offshore Wind Farm Begins Delivering Power To Grid
by NAW Staff, Sep. 21, 2012 email the content item print the content item
The Anholt offshore wind farm has begun delivering power to the Danish power grid, developer DONG Energy has announced. When completed next year, the offshore wind farm will have a total capacity of 400 MW, making it Denmark's largest offshore wind farm. The project will include a total of 111 [read more]
REpower To Supply Turbines For Wind Farm In Poland
by NAW Staff, Sep. 21, 2012 email the content item print the content item
Suzlon subsidiary REpower Systems SE has signed a contract with WSB Neue Energien GmbH to deliver and construct 22 REpower MM92 2.05 MW wind turbines, which will be installed at the Taczalin wind project in the Polish province of Lower Silesia. Construction and commissioning of the wind farm, which will [read more]
Energy-Storage Companies Partner To Tackle Renewable Energy Integration
by NAW Staff, Sep. 21, 2012 email the content item print the content item
Energy-storage providers Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. and EnerDel Inc. say they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-market and cross-sell each other's product portfolios. Each company will now be able to offer a much broader line of lithium-ion-based energy-storage systems from individual cells and modules in order to complete [read more]

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