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Coast Guard Increases Restrictions
July 2nd, 2010
As the war on the Gulf of Mexico continues to devastate all life in the region, restrictions on access to the region have been increased by the Coast Guard.

 

Greens vs. Dems Clean Coal
March 1st, 2010
Can the Democrats really convince anyone that green painted coal is clean coal? they do keep trying don't they. Enjoy this little video by the Maine Independent Green Party.

 

Nuclear Power Worst Obama Idea Yet
February 18th, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Party leaders and candidates are calling President Obama's resurrection of nuclear power with a multi-billion-dollar taxpayer-funded subsidy for a Georgia plant his "worst idea yet" and warned about serious public health threats posed by mining, waste transportation, and waste storage. The Green Party disputes the myths that nuclear power is 'green energy' or a solution to the advance of climate change.

 

GAO Issues Report on Mountaintop Removal
January 16th, 2010
Why GAO Did This Study Highlights Accountability IntegrityReliability January 2010 SURFACE COAL MINING Financial Assurances for, and Long-Term Oversight of, Mines with Valley Fills in Four Appalachian States Highlights of GAO-10-206, a report to congressional requesters Surface mining for coal in Appalachia has generated opposition because rock and dirt from mountaintops is often removed and placed in nearby valleys and streams. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) in the Department of the Interior and states with approved programs regulate these mines under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and states also regulate different aspects of coal mining, including the filling of valley streams, under the Clean Water Act. Under SMCRA, mine operators must provide financial assurances sufficient to allow mines to be reclaimed. Under the Clean Water Act, the Corps may require financial assurances that the impact of mines on streams can be mitigated. GAO was asked to examine (1) the approaches OSM, the states, and the Corps have taken to obtain financial assurances for surface coal mines with valley fills; (2) federal and state agencies’ monitoring of these mines after reclamation and mitigation are complete; and (3) the federal laws agencies may use, and have used, to address latent environmental problems. GAO gathered information from state and federal agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia about their financial assurances practices, long-term monitoring, and use of federal laws to address environmental impacts at former mine sites. This report makes no recommendations.

 

US in Copenhagen summit helped kill necessary steps against global warming
December 22nd, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC -- US Green Party leaders expressed their dismay with the failure of the UN summit in Copenhagen to reach an agreement on international action to curb climate change. Greens have been especially critical of the grossly inadequate emissions reduction proposals that the US and other rich countries brought to Copenhagen, the lockout of NGOs from the Bella Center while oil company executives were welcomed, the brutal treatment of protesters in Copenhagen, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's announcement by that concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be replaced by vows of transparency and good intentions.

 

Green Party Food, Energy Water Website Opens
September 4th, 2009
The Food, Water and Energy Work Group was formed during the Annual National Meeting of the Green Party of the USA (GPUS) in Durham, NC, on Saturday, 25 July, 2009. The other three groups were Human Rights and Single Payer (health care). We will issue a call for Green Papers at the local, state and national levels. We will make sure they are in agreement with the platform and ask the other work groups and committees to look at them for coordination and collaboration. One tool for our internal communication is at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GPUS_Food-Water-Energy/

 

New Report Provides Authoritative Assessment of National, Regional Impacts of Global Climate Change
June 16th, 2009
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - New Report Provides Authoritative Assessmen Source: www.noaanews.noaa.gov Climate change is already having visible impacts in the United States, and the choices we make now will determine the severity of its impacts in the future, according to a new and authoritative federal study assessing the current and anticipated domestic impacts of climate change.

 

UCS Presents Climate 2030 Proposal
June 16th, 2009
CLIMATE 2030: A NATIONAL BLUEPRINT FOR A CLEAN ENERGY POLICY has been released by the Union of Concerned Scientists addressing global warming.

 

GPCA Asks: "Got Water?"
May 29th, 2009
The recent publication of the monthly newsletter of the Green Party of California raises issues facing voters regarding water. Since the passage of the water resolution by the national Committee of the GPUS, state parties are actively engaging in development of local policies, recruiting of candidates and organizing the public around water issues.

 

Union of Concerned Scientists: Scientific Integrity Progress Report
May 2nd, 2009
This progress report explores the steps the administration has taken so far and lays out goals it must pursue to create a thriving federal scientific enterprise. The progress report also details congressional action that has helped or hindered executive branch reform.

 

NSF Report: Toward a Sustainable Energy Future
May 2nd, 2009
The latest report from the National Science Foundation on transitioning to renewable energies. Released April 10, 2009. Comment period ended May1st.

 

Watering the Desert
May 1st, 2009
water policies need to take into account the water supplies reliably available and what sort of growth they can accommodate, while land use policies need to take into account the availability of water supplies and infrastructure and what effect growth of a certain type, in a certain place will have on water supply availability in the future.

 

'Green Generation' Green Party events and news for Earth Day 2009
April 16th, 2009
A major focus of Green Generation is water, especially the growing threat to water supplies because of global warming, pollution, and privatization. In March, the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States passed a proposal (http://gp.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=380) that makes water a priority for the party at national, state, and local levels.

 

Water Wars Leave Northern Colorado Farmers Dry
April 16th, 2009
Many farmers in this northern Colorado plains region are struggling to keep their crops irrigated and stay afloat as they find themselves on the wrong side of state water rules dating back to the 19th century.

 

H.R. 1145; National Water Research and Development Initiaitve Act
April 6th, 2009
National Water Research and Development Initiative Act of 2009 - Directs the President to implement a National Water Research and Development Initiative to improve the federal government's role in designing and implementing federal water research, development, demonstration, data collection and dissemination, education, and technology transfer activities to address changes in U.S. water use, supply, and demand.

 

H.R. 1905: To Prohibit Oil and Gas Leasing Off the Coast of California
April 3rd, 2009
Rep. Lois Capps [D-CA] introduced H.R. 1905: To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation planning and response program, and for other purposes.

 

Food Safety or Anti-Organic?
April 3rd, 2009
Momentum is building in Congress for new food safety reforms aimed at addressing the growing cycle of food contaminationoutbreaks. But concerns are also being raised cautioning legislators not to trample organic farmers, backyard gardeners, and consumers of fresh local foods in the rush to fix the nation's food safety problems.

 

GPPA Calls for Resignation of PA DEP head John Hanger
April 2nd, 2009
The Green Party of Pennsylvania denounces the statements of acting PA Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger and called for him to resign. Last week, Mr. Hanger said the economic benefits of drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale were worth the “inevitable” environmental damage, including poisoning of some residents’ water sources.

 

Water scarcity bigger threat than financial crisis
March 15th, 2009
The Independent, a respected UK newspaper, published a story today on the increasing problems that ecological failure will play. The economy, and the twin global disruptions of water and climate, make for a challenging future.

 

NASA C02 Hunter Failed
February 24th, 2009
NASA CO2 Hunting satellite failed to reach orbit due to a rocket booster failure. Coverage from BBC. This is a setback to science and must give a thrill to climate change deniers. Had this been successful, we could have accumulated verifiable data on just what we are done to the atmosphere and specifically who was doing it.

 

MIT shows climate scientists are too conservative
February 22nd, 2009
The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change issues a new report in January that went pretty much under the radar. It underlines what many already fear.. that earlier climate predictions, decried by deniers as being alarmist, are in fact far too low.

 

New York Times Blows Drought Story
February 22nd, 2009
“Severe Drought Adds to Hardships in California” makes a good story. However, they failed to discuss the linkage of more and increasingly severe droughts to climate change. According to the Times this is just an "unlucky strike of nature".

 

Drought hits Mexico City
February 20th, 2009
While those of us in the Southwest wonder about water for ourselves and the 2nd largest city in the United States considers rationing, we need to be reminded that this is an international problem as Mexico City is facing the same conditions. "Mexico City shut down a main water pipeline under a new conservation program, cutting service to more than 2 million residents after some reservoirs dropped to their lowest levels in 16 years."

 

What is your water footprint?
February 18th, 2009
The Wall Street Journal has a story about calculating your water footprint in the same way other organizations calculate a carbon footprint. You can calculate your own at waterfootprint.org.

 

Queensland floods while Victoria burns: Global warming at work.
February 11th, 2009
If the fires in Victoria, AU, are one aspect of global warming influence on our lives, the floods in Northern Queensland are the other side. The frequency of such extreme weather events is sure to increase. In this case, it is devastating to agriculture hitting beef and sugarcane production. Over half of Northern Queensland has been under water.

 

World failure to act on climate change a cause of raging wildfires
February 9th, 2009
The Sydney Morning Herald ties it together. Wildfires and climate change. Is this the future of California?

 

Wind jobs surpass coal industry
January 30th, 2009
Environmant is big business. Fortune magazine reports on the fact that jobs in the wind industry have now surpassed those in coal.

 

Cost of non-action revealed
January 22nd, 2009
A major redevelopment project in San Francisco bay is threatened by a 3 ft rise in sea levels. The media always shows us that saving the environment is a cost. Here is a cost for NOT saving the environment. The solution, to haul in massive amounts of land fill is a rather dumb idea for a location with a high potential for earthquakes.

 

Ethanol Plant Closes: 40 Employees Laid Off
January 19th, 2009
Pacific Ethanol has suspended operations at its plant in Madera County, California. All 40 employees have been laid off. This follows the bankruptcy filing of South Dakota based VeraSun Energy. Ethanol is not a reasonable solution to the energy problems of these United States. Still, when I hear Obama's Energy Advisor talk of doubling renewable, I have the feeling Carol Browner means more corn based ethanol.

 

US started the job, China plans to finish it
January 10th, 2009
For many years, the leading industrial countries have filled the air with CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Just when it looks like the US may change its ways, China announces that it plans to increase it's coal fired plants by 30% by 2015. They have already surpassed the US in amount of ghg's produced per year. Why is this so bad? Science magazines reports that an estimated 3 billion people, over 40% of the world's population will have to relocate by 2100.

 

Hundreds of Coal Ash Dumps lack Regulation
January 7th, 2009
The NY Times keeps the Kingston, TN Coal Ash spill in the news. In a follow up to previous coverage, they are reporting that there are hundreds of similar coal ash dumps that are unregulated, all of which offer the possibility of contaminating water supplies. In fact, they give EPA statistics on locations where contamination has occurred.

 

California Sues Feds to enforse Endangered Species Act.
January 2nd, 2009
The State of California has once again had to sue the Federal Government to get them to enforce their own laws.. this time the Endangered Species Act. This is just one in a series of suits in which the State of California has had to go to court and most took place under Bush.

 

Largest environmental disaster of its kind.
December 28th, 2008
The spill of ash from the TVA Kingson Power Plan is much larger than first reported. The NY Times reports it as 5.4 million cubic yards.

 

Flood of sludge breaks TVA dike
December 23rd, 2008
While the Green Party calls for a stop to new coal fired plants and a ban on mountain top removal practice for coal mining, even the existing uses endanger us all. Today, a retaining wall failed and 2.6 million cubic yards of ashy slurry broke free, covered hundreds of acres, flooded homes and threatens to flow into a major source of water.

 

DOE to dump more at Yucca Mtn.
December 10th, 2008
Whether it makes sense or not, DOE wants Congress to allocate more money on expanding Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Dump. This article covers the latest action. How to we support nuclear? Let me count the ways. - government pays to clean up mining sites. - government pays for health care from exposure. - government pays the insurance against accidnts - government pays for disposing radioactive waste. - governmnet pays a subsidy. And then we say it is cheaper that solar?

 

Wave Energy Captured
December 10th, 2008
This recent (12/1/08) report from Yale University's Environment 360 reminds us that there is no one single solution for our energy needs... there are many, each in a special niche. Tied together they can meet our energy requirements without dirty coal or nuclear.

 

It all comes down to transmission
December 6th, 2008
Many states have mandated stronger action on the use of renewable power sources that the federal government has yet approved. The results have been mixed. This NY Times article tells you why.

 

The Nuclear Option
December 4th, 2008
A state report this week that estimated it would cost $10 billion to clean up radioactive waste on a site in Western New York should be a sobering reminder that the United States has a long, long way to go before it truly achieves safe nuclear power. It's a message that needs to be heard not just by New Yorkers, but federal lawmakers, regulators, and President-elect Barack Obama.

 

Nuclear Cleanup to Cost Billions
December 3rd, 2008
While it will cost taxpayers billions to clean out dangerous radioactive waste from a defunct nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, storing it there would cost billions more over the centuries ??? and risk contamination of Lake Erie.

 


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