Friday, August 30, 2013

Major U.S. Study Diffuses Opposition's Key Anti-Wind Claim

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New Study Debunks Myth That Wind Turbines Hurt U.S. Home Property Values
on 29 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Despite what many anti-wind groups may claim, operating wind turbines in the U.S. has no impact on nearby residential property values, according to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). "This is the second of two major studies we have conducted on this topic, and in both [read more]
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Quebec Government Issues Call For 450 MW Of Wind
on 29 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
The Quebec government has issued a draft regulation to procure 450 MW of wind power that includes 300 MW to be installed in the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine regions. The remaining 150 MW will be generated by projects located in other regions of the province. The power call is part of [read more]
DOE Releases Clean Energy Resource Guide
on 29 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a comprehensive resource guide that will allow both public and private sectors to find capital for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The DOE's "Guide to Federal Finance Facilities Available for Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Clean Energy Deployment" lists the various federal [read more]
European Bank Launches Renewable Lending Initiative For Central America
on 29 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide $230 million to support investment in hydropower, wind, geothermal and photovoltaic renewable energy projects across Central America. The joint program with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration is expected to enable more than $500 million of investment in projects in [read more]
Saskatoon Community Wind Project Moves Ahead, Seeks Community Support
on 29 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
The developers behind a Saskatchewan community wind project have partnered with Canadian electricity supplier Bullfrog Power. Saskatoon Community Wind Energy says the site, which has yet to be confirmed, will be located within 15 to 30 kilometers of Saskatoon, where there are greater wind resources than within the city limits. [read more]


Rabobank To Arrange Financing For 80 MW Wind Farm In Utah
on 28 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
Greenbriar Capital Corp. has retained Rabobank Group, a Dutch mortgage lender, to arrange project financing for the construction of the 80 MW Blue Mountain wind project, to be located in Utah. Greenbriar Capital Corp. has also engaged Rabo Securities USA Inc., a U.S.-registered broker-dealer and affiliate of Rabobank, as its [read more]
RWE Gets Permits For Offshore Wind Projects Innogy Nordsee 2 And 3
on 28 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
RWE Innogy has received the permits for its offshore wind projects Innogy Nordsee 2 and 3. The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) approved the construction of 108 wind turbines located some 40 km north of the island of Juist. Innogy Nordsee 2 will consist of 48 wind turbines, [read more]
GL Garrad Hassan Commissioned For FINO Wind Research Project
on 28 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
DWD (German Weather Service) has commissioned GL Garrad Hassan to be responsible for an extensive sub-project within the scope of the FINO Wind research project, an initiative involving three platforms to help study wind conditions in the North and Baltic Seas. GL's work involves inventory of the metadata, utilization and [read more]
High School Students Sign Up For Possible Career In Wind Energy
on 28 Aug 2013 by NAW Staff
New Mexico-based Mesalands Community College will begin offering wind energy technology classes through dual-credit accreditation at Vaughn High School this semester. Administrators from Mesalands visited Vaughn High School last week to finalize the agreement and meet with school administrators, teachers and students. "We have a first-rate Wind Energy Technology program [read more]

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The summer's biggest bike trend

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The summer is coming to a close, but what a summer it's been! Two of the largest U.S. cities, New York and Chicago, launched major bike sharing systems with thousands of public short-term rental bikes. Today, San Francisco opened its system, with 700 bikes and 70 stations around the Bay Area, and more on the way.

Bike sharing—particularly when paired with a network of safe, low-stress bikeways—can transform a city's bicycling experience and culture. We captured these exciting developments in the infographic below. Check it out and share with your friends!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nearly one in five scientists thinking of leaving the U.S. in search of better funding | The Raw Story

Swedish engineers invent ‘nano gas’ that ‘instantly neutralizes’ carbon pollution | The Raw Story

Greg Palast: MLK's "Dream" Drowned in Hurricane Katrina

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Koch Brothers Drop Bid for Tribune Newspapers, Will Seek Another Propaganda Pipeline

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: The Tribune newspaper empire will be spared being turned into a megaphone for the oligarchy. The Koch Brothers will seek to fulfill their mass media propaganda aspirations elsewhere.

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State Department Admits It Doesn't Know Who Ordered Syria's Chemical Strike

Read the Article at Foreign Policy Magazine


US Says It Won't Sue to Undo State Marijuana Laws

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Fast-Food Strikes Expand Across US to 50 Cities

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Elysium: When the Elite Ruling Class Makes Hell on Earth for the Masses

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Neocons Push Obama to Go Beyond a Punitive Strike in Syria

Read the Article at Mother Jones


On the Anniversary of the March on Washington, a New Fight for Voting Rights

Read the Article at The Nation


Wendy Davis Preparing for Statewide Campaign in Texas

Read the Article at The Dallas Morning News


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Greg Palast: New Orleans Lost Half Its Black Population Since Hurricane Katrina

Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but it also marks the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A new report found that African-American New Orleans residents continue to be disproportionately affected by high unemployment.

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Striking "For Our Dignity," US Fast Food Workers Walk Off

Carl Gibson, Occupy: Today, thousands of fast food and low-wage workers in approximately 50 US cities are walking off the job in a massive one-day strike to protest low wages at very profitable companies.

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Black-White Income Differences: What's Happened?

Aurthur Macewan, Dollars & Sense: The economic position of African-Americans relative to white Americans has not improved in the past 40 years.

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Horton Hears a Stampeding Judicial Amendment

Ann C. Hodges and Ellen Dannin, Truthout: Compulsory arbitration agreements force employees to give up their legal rights to join a class action lawsuit as the cost of getting or keeping a job. Such agreements banning class actions violate employees' right to join together as a group to remedy employers' illegal working conditions.

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Bill Quigley | Katrina Pain Index 2013: New Orleans Eight Years Later

Bill Quigley, Truthout: Eight years after Katrina, New Orleans remains incredibly poor. Nearly 100,000 people have never returned.

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Community Radio Movement Prepares for Liftoff

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Groups interested in building low-power FM community radio stations need to act fast.

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As Strikes on Syria Loom, Is US Ignoring a Diplomatic Track That Could Prevent More Violence?

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!: Phyllis Bennis speaks with Democracy Now! about why military action in Syria is not the solution.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: New Federal Regulations Could Make it Easier for Veterans and Disabled Workers to Find a Job, and More

In today's On the News segment: Fifty years after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told the world about his dream, our nation's first African-American president spoke from the very same steps of the Lincoln Memorial; climate change is already costing our nation billions; new federal regulations could make it much easier for veterans and disabled workers to find a job; and more.

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Disappointed, Not Surprised

Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed: Faculty members in higher education are disappointed with a new proposal that Barack Obama introduced in his higher education policy speech at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The president proposed a ratings system for institutions to be tied to federal aid.

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Date: Aug 29, 2013 11:04 AM
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The Climate Reality Project

Dear Daniel,

If a doctor said your loved one required major surgery to survive, but it would be very difficult to complete, would you take "No, it's too hard" for an answer?

We didn't think so. So when climate deniers claim, "Shifting over to clean energy would be too hard and shut down the economy," we here at The Climate Reality Project politely beg to differ.

Maybe you do too.

We put a man on the moon. We eradicated smallpox. We built a computer that can fit in your pocket. These accomplishments -- and so many more -- were possible because groups of like-minded, passionate individuals (much like you) saw the future they wanted and worked hard to make it happen.

Big Oil and Big Coal spread big lies claiming that changing to clean energy would cause economic turmoil and finding sustainable solutions to the climate crisis "is too hard."

But that's just not the case. We're already seeing that shifting to clean energy is a whole lot easier than they think. In 2012, renewables accounted for slightly over half of new electric generating capacity worldwide. In the U.S, we're installing a new solar power system every four minutes. Meanwhile, global investment in clean energy topped out at $244 billion worldwide. In 2009, global investment was just $178 billion -- so in just three years that's a 37 percent climb, and nearly ten times the investment made in 2004.

As we reach the end of August, we need your help to keep the pressure on climate deniers by using Reality Drop. We're less than 1,000 away from our end-of-month goal of sharing the truth 50,000 times on key articles across the net.

We know the transition to clean energy won't happen overnight. But it will happen and you can bet it will be sooner rather than later.

With your help, we can get there. Thank you for all your hard work,

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1 million vs. fracking on public lands

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Subject: 1 million vs. fracking on public lands
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Last Friday, we blew our own expectations out of the water.

Organizations from across the country submitted over 1 million comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency that controls US federal lands, to say no to a new proposal to expand fracking on our public land.

This amazing response from activists from all over the country sends a loud and clear message to the BLM and the Obama administration that we will not stand for any more fracking on our lands -- we want renewable energy, and we want it right away.

Last Thursday, with our friends at Americans Against Fracking, a coalition of organizations focused on banning fracking, we delivered over 650,000 of those comments to the BLM. 350's Policy Director Jason Kowalski stood with organizations big and small who want to ban fracking, from the frontlines in Pennsylvania, to many of the national organizations tackling the issue.

Fracking threatens our climate, water and health. Time and time again we've seen fracking wells crack and water contaminated. Methane gas is one of the most potent greenhouse gases and fracking leaks a ton of it into our atmosphere. What's not leaked is burned and turned into CO2, which we already have far too much of anyways.

But together, we're showing that our movement is ready to step up to do big things to stop fracking. And that's huge.

Thank you for standing 1 million strong against fracking,


P.S. Plans are also coming together nicely for this Draw the Line on Keystone XL day of action. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, the actions that are planned are really impressive: is building a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for email alerts. You can help power our work by getting involved locally, sharing your story, and donating here. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here.

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Public or Corporate Education?

Notice any school closures around here lately? Yeah, me too.


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Daniel --

These days, Americans are suffering through an onslaught of corporate advertising for clothing, supplies, and gadgetry for students heading back to school. Besides these expenses, parents are budgeting for increasing school fees no longer covered by their tax dollars. For those with college age students, many budgets are being stretched too thin to help cover rising tuition rates, textbooks, and housing.

This month, Move to Amend Reports has been focusing on "Back to School," and the American education system on our weekly internet radio program, Move to Amend Reports.

  • On August 23, we spoke with Roshan Bliss, a student organizer, inclusiveness and anti-oppression trainer, and group process specialist with a passion for empowering young people to defend their futures and democratize their campuses.

The corporate takeover of our public schools is happening: In leadership, curriculum and testing, and the assault on teachers and their unions.

We could resolve the issues in public education if we were more concerned about the quality of an education rather than ensuring profitability for corporate America. Money is not speech, and corporations are not people. But every child is a very important person, who deserves the best education we can deliver.

Ask the teachers and educators you know to sign the Motion to Amend petition and share it with their colleagues.

Tune into Move to Amend Reports tonight for more of our continuing series on "Back to School."


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