Using more clean, renewable electricity from sources such as the sun and wind will increase our energy independence, save consumers money, and reduce our global warming emissions. One of the primary drivers of the growth in wind energy in the United States is the federal production tax credit (PTC), which gives developers tax incentives for generating energy from renewable sources.
Despite the PTC being a driving force of wind development, the federal government has allowed it to expire on three separate occasions since 1999. These lapses in the PTC led to a boom-bust cycle that drastically slowed the wind power industry for many months at a time, costing jobs and economic development opportunities.
The current PTC for wind power is set to expire at the end of 2012. The expiration of the PTC threatens one of the country's fastest growing clean energy industries and could put tens of thousands of Americans out of work.
Please ask Congress to extend the PTC today.
Extending the production tax credit will help maintain the wind industry's access to financing, allow developers to begin planning installations for 2013, and ensure that the best and most cost-effective projects are built. Wind power is a clean, homegrown energy source that improves public health and poses little threat to the environment while creating jobs and boosting local economies.
Urge Congress to extend the PTC. The continued growth of the industry can support 54,000 American wind jobs through 2016.
|Let the Lorax speak for the trees: Join 4th graders to ask Universal Studios to include environmental education with the Lorax Movie|
"Thank you for your continued work to promote the transition to a clean energy economy." Which I sincerely would like to share with anyone and everyone who reads this blog, and most especially with anyone and everyone who has ever sign a petition, Thank You Very Much, Indeed.
We, Also, Need Our Trees
The students in Mr. Wells’ fourth grade class in Brookline, Massachusetts love The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. They love the story, and they especially love the book’s message that if we don’t start prioritizing the environment, the consequences will be disastrous.So they were super excited to learn that Universal Studios made The Lorax into a blockbuster animated movie (it comes out in March on Dr. Seuss’ birthday).But when the kids went to the movie’s website, they were crestfallen to see it had no environmental education at all. Nothing about pollution, nothing about trees, just information on how to buy tickets.“The website is more about making money than helping the planet, and that’s exactly what the book says not to do,” says Georgia, who is 10.So Mr. Wells’ kids decided to take matters into their own hands -- they started a petition on Change.org asking Universal to include environmental education on The Lorax movie website. Click here to sign their petition now.“This movie can show the world we should not take our sky, water, trees, and animals for granted,” the kids say in their petition. “We’re encouraging Universal to make an improved Lorax movie website that Dr. Seuss would be proud of.”For his part, Mr. Wells is pretty proud of his students already. “As a teacher, I want to help kids know they have a voice and that, like the Lorax, they should speak up and act if there's a problem in their world,” he says.If Universal executives see that their target audience feels strongly about the inclusion of environmental education in The Lorax website and other promotional materials, they’ll make it happen. Mr. Wells’ class asked that we include their favorite quote from The Lorax in this email: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better, it’s not.”
Click here to sign Mr. Wells’ kids’ petition asking Universal to include environmental education in its website for The Lorax movie.
The ocean waters along Alaska's northern coast provide vital habitat for extraordinary wildlife, including polar bears, walruses, ice-dependent seals, endangered bowhead whales, and millions of migratory birds. The Arctic Ocean can also be phenomenally harsh: broken ice covers the water for much of the year, storms with hurricane-force winds can whip up 20-foot seas, and it is entirely dark for half the year. The federal government recently released a proposed Five-Year Program (2012-2017) for oil and gas leasing that could open up pristine new areas in the Arctic Ocean offshore of Alaska to oil drilling. The oil industry has never successfully demonstrated the ability to clean up an oil spill in the harsh conditions of the Arctic Ocean.
Speak up for the birds and wildlife of the Arctic Ocean! Please tell the Department of the Interior that the Arctic Ocean should remain off-limits to oil and gas drilling.
An oil spill in the Arctic Ocean could be disastrous for marine mammals such as polar bears, Bowhead whales, walruses, and seals. It would also harm birds such as the Spectacled Eider, Steller's Eider, and Yellow-billed Loon, all three of which are on the Alaska WatchList.1
Even without the threat of oil and gas development, the Arctic is subject to rapid climate warming at a rate that is twice the rest of the earth. Changes due to warming are already having significant negative impacts on Arctic people and ecosystems. Additional oil and gas activities in the Arctic would only add to existing impacts.
Tell the Department of Interior that you oppose new drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Submit your public comments today.
To tell the truth, 90+% of the above is what I am passing on, not written by me, but supported by me and I hope and pray that others support also. After all, today is the first day when I come face to face with my actions of having quit one of my jobs, especially with my older son, whom I had made a promise to that I would leave on good terms and that I would give a two week notice. Unfortunately, my Czech/German/Polish Temper (what can I say, I am only French by marriage) got provoked, by yet another 'hide and go seek game'-this last game with my pay check, which resulted in me telling my former boss to--> 'Take the job and shove it up her lying ass . . ." as I threw her work keys at her. Which to tell the truth, is breaking the promise that I made to my older son, a multi-level affair. After all, it was far far from the first time, she messed with my pay day and all she did was laugh it off and act like she was doing me some kind of favor for making me wait for it as if it was some kind of honor for her to deliver it in person and not simply go to the mail box and have my business already completed and have the things that I have scheduled to do, started. I Really and Truly Wanted To Keep My Promise, because My Word Really and Truly is important to me. After all, Jesus said that it was.