Re: PA-Sen: State Party to challenge Green signatures

The big Green boogy-man is back! The courts will protect us! Run to the courts! Run to courts!

One of the things wrong with the Democratic Party is that it can't (or won't) challenge the Green Party's ideas....just its signatures.

Since Greens are mostly disillusioned Democrats, it would be much better for the party to appeal to them rather than make a cynical fool of itself fearing and fighting what amounts to a shadow.

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ALERT: GM BANKRUPTCY IMMIMENT? - Detroit S.O.S.

Detroit, MI - The headlines from Detroit are grim today.  Delphi Corporation, the largest U.S. auto supplier, is going to bankruptcy court today in New York City with a reorganization plan that will include: the calculation of its union contracts and the elimination of retiree medical and life insurance benefits, according to today's Detroit Free Press.

IS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY REALLY PREPARED TO LET GM GO BANKRUPT?

"A GM default would be absolutely huge," said Jonathan Loredo, credit manager of Cairn Capital. "It would be the biggest thing to hit the market in terms of losses and operational stress."

There is no understating the scale of GM's problems. It is losing market share in the United States, has $300 billion of long-term debt, provides health benefits to 1.1 million people (at the rate of about $1,500 per car produced), is threatened with a strike by its largest supplier, which is bankrupt, and is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

THERE IS A CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HELP THE U.S. AUTO INDUSTRY...WE NEED LEADERS WHO WILL CARRY THE CHARGE

Nancy Skinner is running for U.S. Congress in suburban Detroit (the home district of most management, executives and a huge part of the workforce).  Skinner has been endorsed by the UAW and she has a plan that will inject new life into the auto industry.

DETROIT'S GREEN PLAN

Hybrid tax credits that will equalize the cost of a hybrid with a conventional engine.  $3000 for a conventional hybrid, $6,000 for a plug-in vehicle.

A government purchased fleet of 50,000 hybrid vehicles.
These greener, technologically superior vehicles will meet the world market's demand in a global environment where oil supplies will continue to grow scarcer.

The warnings from energy analysts must be heeded.  This vision to meet the future head on will result in:

Reduced dependence on Mideast oil and rogue regimes like Iran who threaten to withhold oil with resulting economic shocks as a way to pursue their nuclear ambitions.  

An increase in jobs and economic prosperity for American workers and corporations.

A vast reduction in greenhouse gases that are already causing climate related disasters such as stronger hurricanes, increased flooding and prolonged droughts.  

WILL YOU SEND A MESSAGE THAT YOU WANT LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE BY SUPPORTING NANCY TODAY?

Michigan's 9th district is a 50/50 split. The DCCC and EMILY'S List have targeted this seat as a potential pick up. We will need their support to take out Joe Knollenberg. But to do this we have to meet our quarter one fundraising goal. The quarter ends FRIDAY MARCH 31. We need your immediate financial support to make this happen. To contribute go to www.skinnerforcongress.com

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Support Electric Drag Racing

If you think that going green in transportation is like doing acupuncture you’re wrong. If you think driving clean is like tasting nasty medicine you’re wrong again. If you think by going to an electric vehicle you can say good-bye to tinkering in your garage with your hot rod, you are wrong one more time. I bet you didn’t think you would ever be happy about being wrong about anything. Let me tell you, you’re going to be happy about being wrong about this. For the last 9 years the Electric Vehicle Association of Washington, DC, together with the National Electric Drag Racing Association have been putting together a show in Hagerstown, Maryland of what insaniac, electric gear heads, scientists and engineering departments can put together in their garages. <object width="445" height="364"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/HcwRKNM22LA&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&border=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/HcwRKNM22LA&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0xe1600f&color2=0xfebd01&border=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="445" height="364"></embed></object>

We are a group of individuals that have been pushing for electric vehicles as a clean and green option to buying dirty combustion engine vehicles for decades. To fight the false rhetorical argument that electric vehicles were nothing but slow moving glorified golf carts we have been putting on a demonstration of electric vehicle raw power for 9 years near Washington, DC. Our constant pushing speed records has made for some wonderfully exciting vehicles. Vehicles that you will not see anywhere else but in electric drag racing. Vehicles such as an eight mini wheeled electric only dragster. A few years ago we added an electric autocross. An autocross is a timed race where one vehicle at a time goes through a course set up with traffic cones. Our course is set up by the Sports Car Club of America and is certified by them. Hybrids are allowed to enter the race. We invite everyone in the Mid-Atlantic region to come and see this spectacular event on our tenth anniversary. We call the racing event the Power of DC, PoDC for short, and it will be running June 5th and 6th. The autocross will be held on the morning of the 5th at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland and the drag race will be held at Mason-Dixon Dragway. This year is our 10th anniversary! We are looking for sponsors and I hope you will consider helping us make this event a reality. Saturday is the Autocross event at the Valley Mall, run by the SCCA. Sunday is NEDRA drag racing at the Mason Dixon Dragway. Here are the levels of sponsorship: $150 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website $250 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website Logo on homepage Logo on banner $500 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website Logo on homepage Logo on banner Portion of event named after company/organization like "ABC Electronics AutoCross" We have four opportunities for $500 sponsors (AutoCross, Drag Race, Show and Shine, Generator rental - logo/name on generator) $1000 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website Logo on homepage Logo on banner Entire race named after sponsor All of this is outlined on the Power of DC Website at http://www.powerofdc.com/sponsorship.html Thank you, John Alder http://www.powerofdc.com

 


Support Electric Drag Racing

If you think that going green in transportation is like doing acupuncture you’re wrong. If you think driving clean is like tasting nasty medicine you’re wrong again. If you think by going to an electric vehicle you can say good-bye to tinkering in your garage with your hot rod, you are wrong one more time. I bet you didn’t think you would ever be happy about being wrong about anything. Let me tell you, you’re going to be happy about being wrong about this. For the last 9 years the Electric Vehicle Association of Washington, DC, together with the National Electric Drag Racing Association have been putting together a show in Hagerstown, Maryland of what insaniac, electric gear heads, scientists and engineering departments can put together in their garages.

 

We are a group of individuals that have been pushing for electric vehicles as a clean and green option to buying dirty combustion engine vehicles for decades. To fight the false rhetorical argument that electric vehicles were nothing but slow moving glorified golf carts we have been putting on a demonstration of electric vehicle raw power for 9 years near Washington, DC. Our constant pushing speed records has made for some wonderfully exciting vehicles. Vehicles that you will not see anywhere else but in electric drag racing. Vehicles such as an eight mini wheeled electric only dragster. A few years ago we added an electric autocross. An autocross is a timed race where one vehicle at a time goes through a course set up with traffic cones. Our course is set up by the Sports Car Club of America and is certified by them. Hybrids are allowed to enter the race. We invite everyone in the Mid-Atlantic region to come and see this spectacular event on our tenth anniversary. We call the racing event the Power of DC, PoDC for short, and it will be running June 5th and 6th. The autocross will be held on the morning of the 5th at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland and the drag race will be held at Mason-Dixon Dragway. This year is our 10th anniversary! We are looking for sponsors and I hope you will consider helping us make this event a reality. Saturday is the Autocross event at the Valley Mall, run by the SCCA. Sunday is NEDRA drag racing at the Mason Dixon Dragway. Here are the levels of sponsorship: $150 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website $250 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website Logo on homepage Logo on banner $500 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website Logo on homepage Logo on banner Portion of event named after company/organization like "ABC Electronics AutoCross" We have four opportunities for $500 sponsors (AutoCross, Drag Race, Show and Shine, Generator rental - logo/name on generator) $1000 Name/logo/url on back of T-shirt Link in website Logo on homepage Logo on banner Entire race named after sponsor All of this is outlined on the Power of DC Website at http://www.powerofdc.com/sponsorship.html Thank you, John Alder http://www.powerofdc.com

 


Weekly Mulch: White House Relents on Solar Panels; Why Congressional Inaction Hasn’t Stopped Green Building

by Rosie Powers, Media Consortium blogger

The Obama administration finally agreed to assemble solar panels on the roof of the White House. It’s encouraging news, considering that Congress was unable to pass climate change legislation this year.

While Congress may not get it, citizens across the country have committed to building green using energy-efficient guidelines such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rating system set out by the U.S. Green Building Council. Green buildings are no longer reserved for the wealthy or the province of distant countries. They are becoming a well-traveled path to a sustainable future.

Consideration of inward, rather than outward, urban development encourages major cities to be more self-contained and sustainable in the realms of energy and water usage. Inclusion of building features such as solar panels and energy-efficient window and wall insulation insure that energy is self-produced and not wasted.

The White House panels

Activist Bill McKibben and 350.org led the campaign to reinstall solar panels on the White House. McKibben and several college students began their road trip in Maine and delivered the panels on Sept. 10. The the solar panels were rejected at first because the administration did not want to “give the right another talking point comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter,” writes Salon. But the Obama administration changed its stance and accepted the two panels Oct. 5. Beth Buczynski of Care2 has the story.

Setbacks

Although the installation of the solar panels is encouraging, it doesn’t change the fact that Congress has not passed any substantial climate legislation this year. Furthermore, President Barack Obama faces an uphill battle with Congress regarding the regulation of carbon emissions, according to Agence France Presse in AlterNet.

At Grist, David Roberts claims that many senators have opposed climate legislation not only to align with their party, but because of ignorance. Roberts quotes a senate staffer:

“That fact is, he said, most senators, even the ones directly involved in the fight over climate policy, don’t know the rudimentary facts about climate change or clean energy. They understand very little about the policies in question or how those policies will affect their constituents.”

Green buildings

Yet sustainable development has gained momentum, despite a lack of congressional backing. Cities such as Portland and Seattle have championed self-sustaining, inward development, while Chicago is building its first pre-fab home this fall. LEED is a common, third-party evaluation of a building’s environmental sustainability. The rating system measures carbon emissions, water conservation,  energy efficiency and consciousness about materials and resources used for the project.

Additional building standards have also emerged. Architect Jason McLennan has created the “Living Building Challenge”, which requires new structures be self-sustaining in regards to energy and water usage. Jonathon Hiskes of Grist writes that although the rating system is more strict than LEED, around 70 buildings have striven to meet the challenge.

“The point of our whole movement is to create abundance of life, and a healthy ecosystem for all future generations,” McLennan told Hiskes. “We have a current industrial system where nobody knows what’s in our materials, and there’s no plan for where they go with those chemicals when their lifespan is over.”

The rise of the eco-city

Congressional members and ecologically concerned citizens should look abroad for the best examples of sustainable building initiatives. Tianjin, China, the country’s third largest industrial city, began construction of one of the country’s first eco-cities. The proposed city, which would be 11.6 square miles, would house a population of 350,000 and include contributions of sustainable building material from Japanese company Hitachi and Dutch company Philips.

Tianjin’s developers say the city “will serve as an ultra-efficient alternative to ill-planned and heavily polluting mega-cities not only elsewhere in the country, but around the world.”

Siben Linden, a well-known German eco-village, is composed of straw buildings that serve as multi-family homes for around 80 adults and 30 children, according to Athena and Bill Steen of Chelsea Green. The village is agriculturally self-sustaining and is powered by photovoltaic systems. As a result, the total carbon emissions equal about 10 percent of the average German energy usage.

The future may seem far away, but with regards to sustainable development, it’s closer than we think. Congress just needs to realize it.

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