Get polluters out of politics : John MadiganDespite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. Since the last elections the fossil fuel industry have donated more than $3.7m to the major political parties. In exchange, Governments have forked out more than $7.7bn in taxpayer subsidies to the industry -- more than our total foreign aid budget. That equals a return on investment for the fossil fuel lobby of more than $2000 for every $1 they donated. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters. That's why we are calling on politicians on all sides of the aisle to stand up and sign the Pollution Free Politics Pledge.
Get polluters out of politicsDespite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters.
Prime Minister Trudeau: Reform the National Energy Board1. To meet the commitments the Canadian Government made in Paris last year to stay within 1.5 degrees of warming, most of the world's known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. The National Energy Board, which advises the Canadian Government on major energy projects, has for decades functioned as an arms length approval body for the fossil fuel industry. The body doesn’t even consider the life cycle carbon emissions of the projects they review. Not only that, but has the body has been wrought with controversy, and their consultation processes, especially with indigenous people, has been wholly inadequate. The NEB is currently reviewing Enbridge’s proposal to replace and increase capacity for 35 km of the Line 10 pipeline -- one that would cut across important farmland in our community. We are calling on the Trudeau government to suspend all NEB hearings on pipeline projects until the NEB has been overhauled.
Fossil Fuel Use Fee and DividendThe level of fossil fuel pollution (chiefly CO2) in the atmosphere is already affecting the planet's climate and the amount continues to climb rapidly. The prospects for coming generations do not look good. Our grandchildren and theirs deserve a better planet to live on than the one we are now creating. All of the programs that endeavor to reduce society's use of fossil fuels are aimed at specific targets and are like trying to change the course of a great river by shoving twigs into the bottom. Some of these endeavors may be quite successful but the fossil fuels industries and their customers quickly find ways around them. A universal response is needed if we are to stop the environmental and economic devastation that continued use of fossil fuels will bring. We need an economic dam across the face of our fossil fuel addiction. To get everyone on board in reducing the amounts of fossil fuels they use, the government should get involved by legislating a fee/dividend combination. The fee, quite a harsh one, would be phased in over three years and would be levied against the amount of fossil fuel that came into the economy at the wellhead, mine entrance, or port of entry. That way everyone, from original producer to final customer, would be affected by the fee. 95% of the collected fees would be returned to the citizenry equally in the same way the Alaskan oil dividend is done now. The fee/dividend combination would penalize the greatest users of fossil fuels and reward those who used little. Everyone would be involved trying to maximize their economic advantage by minimizing the fees they paid. Once this dam was constructed, simple economic forces would entice each individual to use as little fossil fuels as possible.
Get polluters out of politics : Cory BernardiDespite more than two decades of talking, our climate is at a crisis point because our leaders have allowed themselves to be captured by the fossil fuel industry. Since the last elections the fossil fuel industry have donated more than $3.7m to the major political parties. In exchange, Governments have forked out more than $7.7bn in taxpayer subsidies to the industry -- more than our total foreign aid budget. That equals a return on investment for the fossil fuel lobby of more than $2000 for every $1 they donated. If our politicians are serious about climate change, then they need to stop taking money from and giving money to the big polluters. That's why we are calling on politicians on all sides of the aisle to stand up and sign the Pollution Free Politics Pledge.
Americans should be able to buy the 7 seat Prius V available in the rest of the worldHi - I, like many of us eco-conscious parents would love to have a fuel efficient vehicle to carry 7 passengers but are stuck with mini-vans or SUVs if we want to carry a larger group. The only fuel efficient 7 seat car on the market is a Tesla, starting at $70,000, this vehicle is out of the range of many. Imagine my delight when I found that the Toyota Prius V offers a 7 seat option - a 40 mpg 7 seat car! And then I found this model is offered world-wide but not in the Americas. First, the excuse that the batteries were different - the US model used a cheaper larger Ni -metal hydride battery which did not allow the space for the third row seat. This changed with the 2016 models - all Prius V's now use the smaller lithium ion battery - When I heard of this upgrade I waited anxiously for the new release of the 2016 model. Surely we could now have the 7 seat option? But no! Toyota still does not offer this package even as an option - and when I have inquired from corporate sources they claim it is because "Americans don't want a small 7 seat car." Interestingly, I hear the opposite from nearly every parent I mention this to. The response I get is "Wow! I would get that in a minute!" Even a floor salesperson at our local Toyota exclaimed "if there was a 7 seat Prius, we couldn't keep it on the lot!" I believe that Toyota is trying to force consumers into more expensive, less fuel efficient cars to improve their bottom line - now that the batteries are the same there is simply no reason the 7 seat model could not be offered as an option...except it might decrease their sales of Highlanders and mini-vans. (This is the option the company gave me in emails and phone calls) Toyota needs to be called out on this. Imagine the improvement there would be in emissions if just a percentage of families switched out of their 7 seat SUVS into a eco-friendly hybrid car.... -ps - as for the argument I have occasionally read that the reason Toyota does not release the 7 seat Prius in the US "is because American safety laws are too stringent for a 7th row." Poppycock! When the V was released with 5 seats and no 7 seat option in the US markets, spokespeople never used different safety requirements as a reason - what is sited in numerous articles was the higher cost to use the smaller battery or lack of space for "Americas typically larger build." Further EU and Australian safety standards are hardly lax.
Shut Down Line 3, Don't Replace It!Canadian pipeline company Enbridge is trying to build a new Keystone XL-sized pipeline to carry tar sands oil through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This project -- which the company is billing as a “replacement” of an old and unsafe line -- just got a boost from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a proposed settlement relating to a massive tar sands oil spill in Michigan that the company was responsible for a few years ago. In effect, the EPA is “punishing” Enbridge for a devastating spill by requiring the company to build an entirely different pipeline that Enbridge has wanted for years. Ordering a bad actor like Enbridge to build a new tar sands pipeline is a recipe for disaster for our climate. The EPA is currently accepting public comments on this decision. Submit a public comment and tell the EPA that operating an unsafe pipeline isn’t something to reward.
Vägs Ände: Stoppa återvändsgränden Förbifart StockholmFörbifart Stockholm är ett avskräckande exempel på hur koldioxidutsläpp, miljörasism och gamla drömmar om massbilism kan hota ett samhälle. Oavsett hur många gånger experter säger att bilismen kommer att öka, oavsett hur mycket bostadsområden kommer drabbas av sämre luft och oavsett hur mycket det skärs ner på kollektivtrafiken så blir många politikers svar detsamma: vi ska bygga mer motorväg. Kostnaden beräknas bli upp till 46 miljarder kronor, med syftet att proppa in fler bilar i Stockholms rådande trafikinfarkt. Eftersom bilen är så ineffektiv jämfört med gång, cykel och kollektivtrafik så kommer mer mark att tas i anspråk för parkering, samtidigt som luften blir sämre och klimatpåverkan ökar. För att minska klimatförändringarna måste majoriteten av alla fossila bränslen stanna i marken. Det innebär att infrastruktur som väntas öka utsläppen och förbränningen av fossila bränslen måste stoppas. "Miljöbilar" fortsätter vara en idé riktad till de som har råd att köpa sig fria från dåligt samvete, och kan på sin höjd flytta utsläppen till andra delar av världen. Men för klimatet spelar det förstås ingen roll var utsläppen sker. Och för oss som bor i städer ockuperade av bilar så är det inte heller någon räddning. Vi kräver att: - Förbifarten stoppas och investeringarna istället går till kollektivtrafiken - Regeringen respekterar Parisavtalet och ser till att inga klimathotande projekt godkänns - Att man lyssnar på människor i de orter som drabbas Eftersom vi inte kan vänta på att politikerna tar rätt beslut så tänker vi nu ta saken i egna händer och genom civil olydnad stoppa bygget tillsammans. mvh Vägs Ände Vi är ett öppet nätverk av organisationer, grupper och individer från hela landet som tillsammans tar ställning mot fossil infrastruktur och det orättvisa ekonomiska systemet. Vi är en del av den globala gräsrotsrörelsen för klimaträttvisa och demokrati. Kom med!
Gov. Raimondo: Don't Betray BurrillvilleInvenergy, a major corporation, proposes to build a fracked-gas and diesel fuel power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island. This proposed power plant would contribute to local air and water pollution, threatening the health of Burillville's residents. This project would also threaten our climate by running mostly on fracked gas -- a major contributor to dangerously high CO2 and Methane emissions. In 2001 there was a major toxic, cancerous chemical spill in Burrillville that contaminated the town's water, leaving people sick and without running water for months. Invenergy's wants to uncap these toxic wells and use hundreds of thousands of gallons of this water at their plant every day, then dump it into a local river. Burrillville already is home to two major fracked-gas pipelines, two fracked-gas compressor stations and the largest fossil fuel power plant in the State. Residents are now united in their opposition to Invenergy's project. It's critical that the residents of Burrillville have a say in the future of their community.
Investigate Exxon: Maryland Attorney General Brian FroshBig news broke last year: Exxon knew about climate change in the 1970s. They *researched* it. And surprise, surprise, they’ve been lying about it ever since. Not only did Exxon not come clean about what they found -- they've spent tens of millions of dollars over the past forty years trying to convince us all that climate change isn’t real. When that didn’t work, they said climate change isn’t that bad, and when that failed, they said, “Oh hey, it’s not our fault.” We’re talking about what could be the largest case of fraud in human history. It’s no secret that the fossil fuel industry is a blight on the planet. But right now, we have a chance to do real damage to Exxon, and push their shady, oil company lies out into broad daylight. If we can shine a light on this case of blatant fraud, we'll be one step closer to dismantling the power of an industry that's still recklessly -- and knowingly -- driving the climate crisis. Attorneys General in New York, California, Massachusetts, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have already announced investigations, and AGs across the country are thinking about following suit. But they need to know that we’re watching, and that we demand they act now. These sorts of investigations are what convinced America about the evil of Big Tobacco -- it’s time for Big Oil to get the same treatment. So please, join the call: Exxon’s day in court has come -- they need to tell the truth in court, and face the consequences of their lies and fraud. By signing this petition you will receive updates from 350.org and Chesapeake Climate Action Network. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Yvelines - Arrêtez la hausse des impôts pour des projets inutiles.Il se dessine (déjà bien amorcé) un avenir "en béton" dans la vallée de la Seine, une Opération d'Intérêt National (c'est à dire sans aucune concertation avec aucun élu mais décidée au plus haut sommet de l'état comme ça a été le cas pour l'étang de Berre, Corbeil Essone, Roissy, ...). La nouvelle appellation se nomme GPSO (Grand Paris Seine Oise), son drapeau de conquête initial devait être le circuit de formule 1 à Flins. L'ambition de ce titanesque projet est de faire de la région un sanctuaire de flux de marchandises et matériaux. La région parisienne s'est développée plus que les autres car autour se trouvent les plus riches terres agricoles de France (il faut 4000 à 7000 ans pour avoir 18cm de terre arables !) Ce choix de développement aura de très lourdes conséquences à tous les niveaux et les habitants de la région risquent d'en payer un fort tribus (pollution, trafic, endettement, liens social, culture, alimentation,...)