This is the moment of truth. The time for action is right now.
Are you interested in raising national fuel economy standards to 35 mpg? Assuring that 15% of all energy in this country is from renewable sources? Bolstering national security and forcing your government to help us clean up our act?
Well then read on!
Thanks to solar energy supporters like you, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Energy Independence Act of 2007 yesterday by a vote of 235 to 181.
This is one of the most important pieces of energy legislation ever - extending solar tax incentives, increasing fuel efficiency standards, and creating a 15% federal renewable energy portfolio standard by 2020. Now it heads to the Senate for a vote expected later today or tomorrow.
Time is short. Your help is urgently needed to get this bill passed in the Senate.
1) Contact your U.S. Senators today and urge them to pass the Energy Bill to help promote energy independence. Also, ask them to rally their colleagues to support this vital piece of legislation -- especially these key colleagues below.
Simply click the Senator's name to find the phone number. Other numbers are at www.vote-smart.org
If you don't know your nine digit zip, just enter the five digit zip followed by four zeroes and the info will come up. Then:
1) Forward this email to friends and family, especially to those who live in the states listed above, to encourage them to also contact their Senator today.
2) If you're a blogger, please also spread the word online.
Together, we can extend powerful solar incentives, improve fuel efficiency, and ensure 15% of U.S. electricity comes from renewable sources of energy like solar and wind by 2020.
Remember, the Senate vote is expected to take place today or tomorrow so please take action right now. Your phone call, your support could make all the difference.
We thank you for your continued support.
With sincere thanks,
American Solar Energy Society
Friday, December 7, 2007
Posted by Dave at 10:12 AM
Thursday, December 6, 2007
The First Annual Solar Open House & Green Holiday Gift Fest
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
American Hi Definition/Sweetwater Digital
7635 Airport Business Park Way (at Saticoy)
Van Nuys, Ca 91406
Lots of free parking in lots across the street
Cool Stuff To Do There:
Roof-top tours of one of the San Fernando Valley's largest solar panel installations--a super-sized array large enough to power 30 single-family homes.
"Consumption-lite" holiday shopping: Donate to one of some 18 nonprofit organizations in a loved-one's name. The groups include Sierra Club, TreePeople, Global Green, Rainforest Action Network, American Lung Assn. of CA, Oceana, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Plug In America, Much Love Animal Rescue, Parrots First, Planned Parenthood.
Ride & drives of fully electric or hybrid electric vehicles--Toyota RAV4 EVs, ZENNs, a Plug-In Hybrid Conversion, an electric motorscooter, a Ford Ranger EV, an eBox by AC Propulsion and a motorized electric skateboard. We'll have a VW Jetta running on 100 percent biodiesel and the last-minute addition of a suped-up Insight.
Important speakers, including Assemblymember Lloyd Levine and former Assemblymember Fran Pavley--running head to head in next year's senate race. SPEAKER SCHEDULE ATTACHED.
Continuous screenings of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and a talk by its director, Chris Paine, and main figure, former GM employee Chelsea Sexton.
Posted by Dave at 11:40 PM
"I own one share of the corporate Earth, and I'm uneasy about the management." - E. B. White
My friend Paul sent me this link and I wanted to share it with you all. The Story of Stuff is a 20 minute animated video that explains in very simple terms the relationship between our unsustainable lifestyles and the world in which we live. It's a really good demonstration of how we are part of the system that is harming the planet.
For instance, did you know that the average lifespan of a product purchased in the US is less than 6 months? Or that in the last 30 years we have consumed 1/3 of the planets resources? Just by these two facts alone, you can see it's an unsustainable model and in order for our children to have a future, we need to change our paths now.
So sit down with your honey, grab a cup of fair trade shade grown french pressed coffee, and check it out. It's a bit heavy, but that's because it's honest. It's an education, but one that's needed and in my opinion, a longtime coming. For those of you who lean to the right of the political spectrum, I'll ask you to take the few political moments with a grain of salt (if need be) and recognize the importance of the overall piece.
Oh and if the flash is running slow, you can download it to your computer here. And when you're done, don't forget to check out the list of 10 things to do right now.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
"Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money can not be eaten." - Cree Prophecy
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
"Considering the many productive uses of petroleum, burning it for fuel is like burning a Picasso for heat" - Anonymous Dave
Monday, December 3, 2007
"My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel." - Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum of Dubai, before his death in 1990, on the coming Middle East oil crisis