Coal-Sponsored CNN Rejects Anti-Coal Ad | Think Progress…….

This is just one, of the multiple reasons, why I’m not crying myself to sleep at night over the demise of the legacy media.

On Thursday, the Reality Coalition launched an ad “to demolish the notion that there’s anything clean about so-called clean coal.” Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen created the anti-coal ad to harpoon the coal industry’s greenwashing campaign. The CNN rejected ad includes the line, “The most trusted name in coal.”

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Spokane’s Chris Marr Gives I-937 a Nice Green Shiving…….

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Nothing is more infuriating than Democrats who act like Republicans.

Way back in 2006, 52% of the voters in Washington State approved Initiative 937, which required the utilities operating inside the state to generate 15% of their energy from clean, renewable sources by 2020.

Not surprisingly, since the passage of I-937, the utilities have been in overdrive, working every legislative angle, desperately trying to wiggle out of any solid commitment to green power.

Enter Chris Marr, Democrat, the utilities best friend forever, and the Washington State Senator representing the 6th Legislative District.

Mr. Marr has introduced  SB 5840, which through a little green washing and a lot of fuzzy math effectively guts I-937, allowing the utilities to wave their hands and– presto change-o –the production of 3% of their power from renewable sources suddenly becomes…wait for it…exactly the same as 15%.

How is this slight of hand accomplished?

First, utilities would be allowed to count the energy produced by existing hydro-power projects as new renewable sources.

Second, utilities could claim credit for renewable energy produced outside of the Northwest.

Finally, if a utility spends money on conservation programs, the power saved through these efforts could count as a renewable energy source.

But wait, conservation rocks, how could it be a bad thing.

Call me sceptical, but any politician who has no problem fudging a 15% mandate for green power into a 3% validation of the status quo, will probably not loose much sleep if the utilities are allowed to monkey with their numbers for energy conservation in order to boost their renewable energy count.

And by any politician, I mean someone like Chris Marr.

He may be a Democrat, but Mr. Marr is a little iffy on whole “supporting the will of the voters” thing, especially if it forces his dead-ender buddies down at the Public Utility District Association to come to grips with the energy realities of the 21st century.


Why Global Warming May Be Fueling Australia’s Fires

Overall, a terrifying glimpse at the threat multiplying effect of climate change.

There has been no shortage of distant early-warning signs. The 11th chapter of the second working group of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for example, warned that fires in Australia were “virtually certain to increase in intensity and frequency” because of steadily warming temperatures over the next several decades.

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Do Not Block Plug-In Tax Credits!…….

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Sheesh.  You would think Congress loves failure.

First, they hand over $300 billion to the banks which engineered the destruction of our financial system, with no oversight, or plans to get back the taxpayers money.  No problem.

Let those banks use the money to give out executive bonuses, pay for corporate junkets, and lobbyists.   Even better.

Use money in the economic stimulus bill to give consumers tax credits for plug-in hybrid conversions.   Whoa, Congress needs to put the brakes on that kind of nonsense pronto.

Wouldn’t want to do something which would decrease the United State’s dependence on foreign oil, fight global warming, or benefit ordinary citizens.

Click here to let Congress know we demand affordable plug-in vehicles on the road, like yesterday.

Washington State’s Brian Baird Gets It…….

Here’s a big shout out to Brian Baird who showed the courage to recognize 350 parts per million as the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Not only is 350 ppm the upper limit dictated by the science on climate change, but Represenative Baird had the nerve to put forward this limit as the basis for the next international climate treaty.

Great job Brian!

You can thank him too.  Just click here to get started.