[permaculture] Profiting by making a killing - 30 years of legislation gone in a blink.
keithdj at mindspring.com
Wed Sep 20 14:41:50 EDT 2006
Non-Americans on the list, is this kind of insanity happening in your
RFK JR.'s Impassioned Plea For The Environment
Today I received a large envelope from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. The
following are several quotes from his letter:
"Today, I'm writing to alert you that the next several months will be
"do or die" for America's environment.
Why? Because the Bush White House is quietly putting radical new
policies in place that will let its corporate cronies poison our air,
foul our water and devastate our wildlands for decades to come.
This sweeping onslaught will cripple many of the safeguards that protect
us from the very worst excesses of the oil,coal, logging and chemical
"Here is a small sampling of what they're looking to accomplish for
their corporate allies over the next critical months--unless we succeed
in stopping them:
. They would allow industries to spew more cancer-causing pollution
into the air we breathe, under a new draft to weaken the Clean Air Act.
. They want to speed up oil and gas drilling in some of America's most
sensitive and irreplaceable ecosystems including Greater Yellowstone and
Utah's redrock canyons. /Note: Yellowstone sits on top of the world's
. They plan to treat mercury pollution from power plants as non-hazardous.
. They would open all l55 of our national forests to logging without
regard for the devastating impacts on the wolves, bears, eagles and
As if this were not enough incentive to sign the petition enclosed with
Mr. Kennedy's letter, today I received this e-mail from Act For Change.
Tell Texas Gov. Perry: No New Dirty Coal Plants
Contributed by Environment Texas
Two-thirds of Texas families live in places where on certain days of the
year, it's basically not safe to breathe. Now, aided by an executive
order by Governor Perry to fast-track the permitting process, energy
companies are planning to build new 17 coal-fired power plants across
Texas -- a certain disaster for Texas' air quality.
Far from enhancing Texas' energy security, the wave of proposed plants
-- all of them powered by dirty, last-generation technologies -- would
dramatically increase global warming and smog emissions and pose energy
security and economic problems related to their dependence on fossil fuels.
Power plants currently produce 39% of U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions, 80
percent of which comes from coal-fired power plants. Texas leads the
United States in carbon dioxide emissions with 656 million metric tons
Texas could completely avoid the need to build any new coal plants if we
simply invested the same amount of money in energy efficiency. This
would not only help reduce pollution, but also help consumers save money.
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