SCNCC, May 26, 2014

Well, don't let anyone tell you we don't have the technology. . . 

Joe Smyth, Kyle Ash, GreenPeace, May 13, 2014

The following report from GreenPeace detailed below is the latest in a long line of research showing that the United States has the technical capability to transition to renewable energy. While such research indicates the vast of possibilities before us in the form of wind and solar power, such technologies remain largely under utilized due to a lack of political will on the part of our leaders.

Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, May 11, 2014

Obama's decision to stage his much-touted energy speech Friday at a northern California Walmart—a company that is one of the most notorious purveyors of wealth inequalities, union-busting, and "greenwashing" in the country—was met with hundreds of protesters from labor and environmental organizations.

Over 30 civil rights, environmental, and labor groups released a statement blasting the choice of venue by a president who has vowed to tackle wealth inequalities and climate change.

Leonard Eiger, May 11, 2014

Silverdale, Washington -- Activists from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, in Poulsbo, Washington staged a tea party on Saturday at the main gate of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, the West Coast home port for the U.S. nuclear ballistic missile submarine fleet.

Protesters walked onto the roadway in successive waves, briefly blocking the entrance, and offered tea and cookies to the Washington State Patrol officers standing in the median. Officers escorted them from the roadway and cited them for walking on the roadway where prohibited.

Janet Redman, Emira Woods and John Cavanagh,, FPIF, May 9, 2014

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Electrify Africa Act. This bill directs the president to draw up a multi-year strategy to strengthen the ability of countries in sub-Saharan Africa to “develop an appropriate mix of power solutions” to provide electricity, fight poverty, and “drive economic growth.”

Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, May 1, 2014

The latest North American oil train crash occurred yesterday, April 30, in the heart of the city of Lynchburg, Virginia. Fourteen wagons of crude oil derailed from a CSX train in the middle of the afternoon.

A city spokeswoman said three or four wagons caught fire. The burning wagons spilled their loads into the James River. The surface of the river was on fire from the oil contamination. A portion of the city center was evacuated.

Jeremy Brecher, The Nation, April 26, 2014

In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive change. But too often our movements find themselves at loggerheads over the seemingly conflicting need to preserve our environment and the need for jobs and economic development. How can we find common ground?

Barry Saxifrage, Vancouver Observer, April 15, 2014

As humanity reaches for more energy, fossil fuels are being selected for five out of every six new units of energy. The energy gap between fossil fuels and renewable energy continues to grow dramatically wider despite decades of efforts to prevent a full-blown climate crisis. Even more troubling, the gap is accelerating. Take a look. My chart below shows global energy use by year, divided into fossil fuels vs everything else. You can see how fossil fuels have been relentlessly widening their lead, decade after decade. And the biggest leap has been in the last decade.

Climate Reality, March 20, 2014


Meaghan Mast, Globe and Mail, February 18, 2014

Some small communities that learned in December that BC Hydro would not be providing them with electricity as planned have curbed their disappointment, saying mainstream power might not be a good fit for them anyway. They’re now turning their attention to alternative energy sources.

Residents of Wuikinuxv Village near Port Hardy and Hesquiaht near Tofino say renewable energy could be key to solving the problems that have long plagued their towns.


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