Posts tagged “outrage”

Power of coal diminished by EPA ruling

Back in May, I beseeched my fellow Kansans to stand up and say no to new coal power plants. There is no such thing as “clean coal”. It is a myth that grips many Americans, including our President-Elect. But enough mythbusting; I have good news to report!

Yesterday, the Sierra Club won a battle for all of us in the fight to modernize our infrastructure and move away from fossil fuels. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Appeals Board ruled EPA has no valid reason for refusing to limit the carbon dioxide emissions that cause climate change from new, coal-fired power plants. This means all new and proposed coal plants nationwide must go back and address their carbon dioxide emissions.

Kansans still face the possibility of new coal plants, so contact your representatives and tell them that you expect them to leave coal in the 18th century where it belongs. Let’s seek out 21st century technology for our modern energy needs. As you can see, this is not a death knell for coal, but an important roadblock for the coal industry and a window of opportunity for the renewable energy movement. Kudos to the Sierra Club!

Via Good

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Kansans must reject new coal plants

No, I’m not shilling for this political action group. I’m just a resident of Kansas who doesn’t want to see my state sell its citizens into dependence on arcane (and dangerous) technology, particularly energy derived from coal. Burning coal will only make the summer haze worse. Anyone that has spent the summer in this fine state knows we have a natural abundance of wind and sun. I’d much rather see us become the land of windmills and take a leadership position in developing increasingly efficient solar cells.

It is very easy to allow conversations of environmental issues to spiral into complicated event horizons, but these concepts really aren’t that complicated. Do you like breathing cleaner air or dirtier air? Would you rather risk your neighbor’s life digging in deep mines or would you rather capture energy that is just blowing by you or radiating on your face? Do you want your drinking water to be contaminated with mercury or would you rather have clean drinking water out of the tap? See, wasn’t that easy?

We are in an era where it is foolish and regressive to invigorate dying technology. Even the Rockefellers (yes, as in John D. and Standard Oil) are backing a coup d’etat over at ExxonMobil because of the BoD’s myopic focus on fossil fuels. ExxonMobil has been posting quarterly profits of more than $40 billion (that’s right, every three months!) for the last few quarters. During this same period of obscene profits, the ExxonMobil powers have developed plans to spend $25 billion on carbon-based fuels, while spending a measly $100 million to study climate change. But I digress…

Take a moment to let your representatives in Topeka know that you want Kansas to become a leader in clean energy (and that does not include the red herring of “clean coal”).

Update: Since I originally wrote this post, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed the latest attempt by the legislature to ram this old tech through. The fight isn’t over yet, as there is likely going to be an override attempt this week. You can thank Gov. Sebelius (and voice your opposition) by signing this petition!

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Remember: They Are Liars

I generally don’t republish someone else’s writing wholecloth, but this piece by William Rivers Pitt for Truthout is worth it on two counts. First, it includes a link that I am amazed to discover is still live on the White House web site. Second, it is the truth. Without further adieu…

No one is such a liar as the indignant man.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, along with a slew of administration underlings and a revolving-door cavalcade of brass hats from the Pentagon, have been making claims regarding Iraq for many years now.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, “enough to kill several million people,” according to a page on the White House web site titled Disarm Saddam Hussein.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of 500 tons, which equals 1,000,000 pounds, of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent.

They lied.

They claimed Iraq was in possession of nearly 30,000 munitions capable of delivering these agents.

They lied.
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