Wednesday, July 27, 2005

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Study Warns California Will Need 40 Percent More Water in 25 Years
At current rates, California's thirst for water will jump by 40 percent over the next 25 years, with much of the water used for landscaping, a new study warns.

Researcher Trying to Breed Tropical Fish
A University of New England researcher is working to breed a tropical aquarium fish in captivity in an effort to take pressure off fragile ecosystems in Southeast Asia that are being damaged by unsustainable harvesting of exotic fish species.

Australia, U.S. Plan New Emissions Pact as Alternative to Kyoto Protocol
The United States will join India, China and Australia in announcing a new pact to limit greenhouse gases as an alternative to the Kyoto Protocol, Australia's environment minister said Wednesday.

Energy Compromise has Billions in Tax Breaks for Energy Companies, Cuts Conservation Support
Lawmakers scaled back support for energy conservation and efficiency programs as part of a $11.5 billion tax package expected to be added Wednesday to a sweeping energy bill that Congress hopes to complete this week.

Canon Unveils Recycling Program to Consumers
Imaging and copy giant Canon has announced a recycling program for its products. The recycling of used and obsolete electronic products is becoming an issue throughout the consumer and office electronics products industry.

Witnesses Say Bears Back in Switzerland
Bears may have returned to Switzerland, more than 100 years after disappearing from their Alpine habitat, according to eyewitnesses.

Coalition of Groups Takes Aim at Sacramento, California Public TV Show
A 40-member coalition of food safety groups, environmentalists and anti-biotech organizations is demanding that a Sacramento public television station withdraw its national weekly TV series on American food production scheduled to debut in September.

Livestock Not Immune from Heat Stress in Midwest
Farmers across the Midwest are using everything from electric fans to cold showers to keep their livestock from wilting in the oppressive heat, which is blamed for killing at least 1,200 head of cattle in Nebraska.

Environmental Report Names Top Power Plant Polluters in Northeast
Ten power plants in the Northeast last year produced a third of the region's carbon dioxide emissions, considered a major contributor to global warming, according to a report released Tuesday by a coalition of environmental groups.

Rare Island Birds Threatened by 'Super Mice'
"Monster mice" are eating metre-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony.

More Rare Hummingbirds Spotted in Texas
The recent sighting of a rare hummingbird has bird biologists in Texas almost giddy. A white-eared hummingbird spotted in Lubbock earlier this month was the first to be seen in the South Plains and Panhandle regions, according to the Llano Estacado Audubon Society.

Police Arrest Greenpeace Activists Protesting at Australian Coal Port
Four Greenpeace activists were arrested and a fifth was fined Wednesday after the organization's flagship Rainbow Warrior blocked the entrance to a coal harbor to protest what they called Australia's addiction to fossil fuel, the group and police said.

Dry-Cleaning Chemical Spurs Worries about Wells
Dry cleaners knew nothing about the risks of perchloroethylene, known as perc, when it came into common use in the 1950s. In those days, chemical manufacturers even suggested that old perc or perc waste products could be tossed on dirt piles behind shops, said Mike Frew, a project manager in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's voluntary dry cleaner cleanup program.

Itochu to Create 'MOTTAINAI' Brand for Environment Conservation

Outsourcing Forests to India

Non Profit News Releases

New Study Demonstrates Benefits of Sustainable Forestry Certification:

Working Assets Launches with Organic Bouquet

Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Study Says Population in Crisis

Hudson, Kissimmee and St. Croix Rivers Short-Listed for Global Riverprize

Children's World Summit for the Environment Convenes in Japan

Company News Releases

Triton Technologies and Internal Hydro Enter Licensing Agreement; Triton Granted Exclusive License and Distribution Rights for IHDR’s Revolutionary Hydropower Technology in North America

Birds of the Peruvian Amazon

Coffee Pacifica to Acquire a Coffee Roasting Company

Conversion of Coal-Fired Power Plants Presents Opportunities for Renewable Energy Industry

EarthShell Corporation to Hold Annual Meeting of Stockholders

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The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to Central America and the Dominican Republic, will drive several million small farmers off the land—just as NAFTA has done in Mexico and Canada—as well as encourage U.S. corporations to outsource more jobs to low-wage sweatshops. We need Fair Trade as the global norm, not so-called Free Trade. Call your Congressional Representative toll free 1-800-718-1008. Ask to speak to the person who handles trade issues. Tell the office you want your Representative to vote NO on CAFTA and ask for a response email stating the Rep's position. For more information on CAFTA, please visit Public Citizen's CAFTA page


Three new studies reviewed in this month's issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine show that the more time children spend watching television, the poorer they perform academically. One study was conducted at John Hopkins University, another in New Zealand, and a third at the University of Washington, wherein, over the course of a decade, 1,800 children participated in the study. Researchers found television leading to poor cognitive development, while access to a computer at home resulted in increased academic performance.


In a rather unexpected way, a team of biologists surveying biodiversity in the forests of Khammouan have "discovered" the first new mammalian species in 31 years. The team stopped in an area village food market and noticed the locals eating an unusual ratlike animal they called "kha-nyou." Upon analyzing the DNA, scientists have concluded the animal represents a species of rodent previously unknown to biologists.
(Source: Science News, Vol.167)

The National Council of Churches USA has launched a new initiative to fight "growing threats to our nation's public lands and associated resources." According to Methodist Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, "We try always to respond to God's call to be stewards of creation." The initiative will mobilize people of faith around the issue of gas and oil development as it relates to land preservation.

Woodbury County, Iowa, has become the first in the nation to offer tax incentives to organic farmers. County Supervisors approved $50,000 for helping farmers convert from conventional to organic agriculture. "We think domestic (organic) food manufacturers are going to want a reliable domestic supply," said Woodbury rural economic director Rob Marqusee. "We know that people are making money. It might as well be us, too."



A new chemical study of umbilical chord samples from the American Red Cross has found that babies have an average of 200 known toxic chemicals in their blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and a chemical used in the production of Teflon, even before being born. The tests found that hundreds of chemicals, pollutants and pesticides are stored in body fat over a lifetime and then pumped from mother to fetus through umbilical cord blood. Overall, chemical absorption can be reduced by eating organic foods, and by reducing exposure to toxins at home and at work.


The July issue of the journal Bioscience reviewed a 22-year-long field study by the Rodale Institute which compared organic and conventional farming on similar plots of land with similar crops. The study found that in the initial five years of the study, the conventional crops (i.e. crops grown with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers) had slightly better yields than the organic crops. But during that same initial period, the organic farming practices were building up higher levels of soil mass and biodiversity which then allowed the organic land to generate yields equal to or greater than the conventional crops. The conventional crops collapsed during drought years, while the organic crops fluctuated only slightly, due to greater water holding potential in the organic enriched soil. The conventional crop also had pesticides leaching into the water at levels exceeding the EPA's safety limits. Over the 22 year period, the organic crops used 30% less fossil energy inputs than the conventional crops.


Wednesday, July 13, 2005

** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** 07/07/2005

WHAT: HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL MEETING - Discussion of alternative health
care administration methods at all levels of the system.

WHEN: 07/17/2005, July 17, Sunday, 2-5pm Central Time

WHERE: College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, SRC 1544, directions and
additional location details available at the web page below.


SPONSORING GROUPS: Progressive Democrats of Illinois, Illinois
Progressives United, DuPage Peace Through Justice Coalition, College of
DuPage Campus Greens, College of DuPage Community Development Office


Dr. Linda Murray - Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Ambulatory Clinic
System; President of the Board, Health and Medicine Research Policy Group

Dr. Quentin Young - National Coordinator and past President, Physicians
for a National Health Program

Emilie Junge - Director of Community Advocacy, Service Employees'
International Union Hospital Accountability Project

Kara Murphy - Access DuPage

Bob Mueller - University of Chicago

Stephen Challinor - Former Austrailian Resident

COST: Free


Christine Cegelis, candidate for US Congress, Illinois District 6 (will
attend forum)
Ruben Zamora, candidate for US Congress, Illinois District 14 (may
attend forum)

Friday, July 08, 2005

** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** 07/07/2005

WHAT: HEALTH CARE TOWN HALL MEETING - Discussion of alternative health care administration methods at all levels of the system.

WHEN: 07/17/2005, July 17, Sunday, 2-5pm Central Time

WHERE: College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, SRC 1544, directions and additional location details available at the web page below.


SPONSORING GROUPS: Progressive Democrats of Illinois, Illinois Progressives United, DuPage Peace Through Justice Coalition,

College of DuPage Campus Greens, College of DuPage Community Development Office


Dr. Linda Murray - Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Ambulatory Clinic System; President of the Board, Health and Medicine Research Policy Group

Dr. Quentin Young - National Coordinator and past President, Physicians for a National Health Program

Emilie Junge - Director of Community Advocacy, Service Employees' International Union Hospital Accountability Project

Kara Murphy - Access DuPage

Bob Mueller - University of Chicago

Stephen Challinor - Former Austrailian Resident

COST: Free


Christine Cegelis, candidate for US Congress, Illinois District 6 (will attend forum)
Ruben Zamora, candidate for US Congress, Illinois District 14 (may attend forum)

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel Bulletin
National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel Bulletin
In This Issue July 5, 2005

Senate Passes Energy Bill Containing Key Biodiesel Provisions

Last week, the Senate passed an Energy Bill containing important biodiesel provisions. The Senate Energy Bill extends the biodiesel tax incentive through 2010 - which was the biodiesel industry's No. 1 legislative priority - thanks to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). It also creates a Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requiring the use of 8 billion gallons of renewable fuels, like biodiesel and ethanol, by 2012. National Biodiesel Board (NBB) calls for support of the provisions as the Senate goes into conference with the House, which passed its version of the Energy Bill in April.

“The biodiesel tax incentive passed last year has truly jumpstarted the biodiesel industry,” said NBB Chairman Darryl Brinkmann, a soybean farmer from Carlyle, Ill. “As a result, the demand for biodiesel has reached record levels. The biodiesel tax extension gives biodiesel producers the confidence to expand to meet this growing demand.”

Other provisions offer tax incentives for farmers who wish to build biodiesel plants and tax incentives for fueling infrastructure for B20 blends at retail stations. The provisions have received strong bipartisan support from leaders such as Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Representative Kenny Hulshof (R-MO).

In May, Senators Jim Talent (R-MO) and Tim Johnson (D-SD) introduced an amendment to the Senate Energy Bill that would require the use of 8 billion gallons of renewable fuels, like biodiesel and ethanol, by 2012, with a phase-in for renewable fuel volumes over 7 years, beginning with 4 billion gallons by 2006 and ending at 8 billion gallons in 2012. It grows proportionately with fuel consumption after that. It is estimated that the RFS will help create more than 230,000 new jobs in every sector of the economy.

Willie Nelson Launches Biodiesel Truck Stops in South, Southeast

Legendary musician and biodiesel advocate Willie Nelson June 7 announced that a twenty percent blend of biodiesel (B20) is now available along the Eastern Seaboard to truck drivers and other motorists. Nelson made the announcement at a Spinx Co. filling station in Greer, S.C., where a B20 “BioWillie biodiesel” is on offer. To signify greater energy independence, on Independence Day weekend, he also kicked off availability of B20 at Carl’s Corner, Texas, a unique truck stop along Interstate 35. Willie Nelson Biodiesel is the supplier of “BioWillie,” the singer’s unique brand of B20.

"Biodiesel is the future,” said Nelson, founder of Willie Nelson Biodiesel, while in South Carolina. “This is a great day for America. All of the major automotive and truck manufacturers are struggling to find new ways to meet fuel emissions standards and biodiesel is the most practical and readily available alternative. We have it here at home. We have the necessary product; the farmers can grow it.

“By working with alert and innovative retailers we plan to establish a chain of BioWillie Refueling stations throughout the southeasten U.S.,” said Nelson. Company representatives say future plans include truck stops carrying the B20 along the east coast from Miami up to Rochester. Nelson and Peter Bell, of biodiesel supplier Distribution Drive, and three other partners formed the company in December 2004. Likewise, the Spinx Company plans on introducing B20 at more of its locations in the future.

Nelson did not supply the only star power behind biodiesel. Actor Dennis Weaver and South Carolina soybean grower Woody Green attended the June 7 event. “We are thinking about the future, no longer stuck in the past,” said Weaver. “The simple truth is we cannot grow oil. Here today we are changing the way we relate to the earth.”

In Texas, Carl’s Corner is not only the name of the city, but also the truck stop of the July 3 biodiesel celebration, which included amusements such as a chili cook-off and concert by Nelson. “The response from my trucker customers so far has been phenomenal,” said Carl Cornelius, co-owner Carl’s Corner. “Almost everybody who’s used it has been totally satisfied. I’m learning from truckers they find better mileage, smoother performance, more power. They’re pretty excited. Everybody ought to get on this bandwagon.”

During the Texas event, the National Biodiesel Board presented Cornelius with the Biodiesel Pioneer Award for his commitment to bringing biodiesel to truckers.

To find out more about Willie Nelson Biodiesel, visit

Cargill to Build Nation’s Largest Biodiesel Plant in Iowa

With the capacity to produce 37.5 million gallons of renewable, clean-burning biodiesel a year, Cargill’s biodiesel plant in Iowa Falls, Iowa is set to be larger than any of the United States’ current biodiesel plants. Cargill also plans to build a 30-million-pounds-per-year glycerin refinery that will be adjacent to its existing soybean crush facility in Iowa Falls.

Construction of the new plant is planned to start this summer, with production expected in April 2006. Cargill’s plant will meet BQ-9000 certification requirements. Organizers say the plant will initially produce biodiesel exclusively from soybean oil, but in the future, they hope to add animal fat and waste grease capabilities as well.

“I think it’s great that Cargill is entering the biodiesel market. It’s wonderful,” said Roy Arends, a director for the Iowa Soybean Promotion Board and farmer from Alexander, Iowa. “Some might see this as competition for the farmer-owned biodiesel plants, but I see it as a good sign for the future. Cargill obviously thinks it’s going to be profitable long term or they wouldn’t be doing it.”

Iowa farmers have invested millions of checkoff dollars in the development, production and promotion of soy biodiesel.

There are currently three biodiesel plants operating in Iowa – West Central in Ralston, Soy Solutions in Milford and AGP’s plant in Sergeant Bluff. Iowa produces about 25 million gallons of biodiesel each year, and will increase to more than 50 million gallons when a plant in Wall Lake begins production later this year. There are 52 biodiesel retail-fueling sites and more than 350 biodiesel fuel distributors in the state.

MSHA Rules Biodiesel a PM Control

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) published a final rule June 6 on diesel particulate matter. Biodiesel was included as a feasible diesel particulate matter control technology. MSHA also vehemently refuted all arguments raised by commenters against biodiesel use, including cost vs. benefits; clogging problems and equipment manufacturers not being supportive of biodiesel use.

The MSHA conducted various tests to reach this conclusion on several mines with various types of biodiesel fuel.

County in Maryland Goes Biodiesel, Fleet Wide

Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, Department of Public Works held a ceremonial announcement, check presentation and “Fuel Fill-up” event last Tuesday on its use of 20 percent soy biodiesel (B20) fuel. Queen Anne’s County will be the first Maryland County to use B20 fleet wide. Queen Anne’s County’s fleet consists of approximately 180 units, including 20 school buses. The use of B20 will significantly reduce the emissions from the 230,000 gallons of diesel fuel the fleet consumes annually.

Queen Anne’s County is the largest producer of soybeans in the State of Maryland. The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners and the project team have named this effort “Farmers Fueling our Future - Queen Anne’s County Soy Biodiesel Project.” This project is funded by a $60,000 grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Besides presentations from county and soybean leaders, also featured were county vehicles including buses, heavy and light duty trucks and on and off road equipment.

Indiana Offers Biodiesel Education Workshops

The Indiana Energy Group, the Indiana Soybean Board and the Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance are offering education on the latest on biodiesel-blended fuels by inviting decision makers and potential users to attend a free workshop that brings together state and national biodiesel leaders. At the workshop, attendees will receive practical information from different perspectives with a fast-paced program that has been designed to encourage an exchange of ideas. A take-home binder will be given on the items discussed.

Topics and presenters will include Indiana biodiesel success stories; “Biodiesel Technology and Use,” Dr. K. Shaine Tyson, U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory; “Biodiesel Availability and Distribution,” Jon Lantz, Vice President of Indiana petroleum refiner Countrymark Co-op; panel discussion on school, government, farm and commercial applications; and funding opportunities for businesses, non-profit institutions, and units of local government, by the Lt. Governor’s Office. Workshop dates and locations:
  • July 12, 2005 – The Pines Evergreen Room – Seymour, Indiana

  • July 13, 2005 – Holiday Inn Lakeview – Clarksville, Indiana

  • July 14, 2005 – Holiday Inn Conference Center – Evansville, Indiana

  • July 15, 2005 – Holiday Inn – Terre Haute, Indiana

  • To ensure the appropriate number of meal tickets and take-home materials, please reserve seats by calling the Indiana Soybean Board at 800.735.0195 or emailing

    Will Sing for Biodiesel
    Indiana has also demonstrated its growth in biodiesel recently with events such as the Indy Jazz Fest. This June marked the first time the event used biodiesel in its generators, thanks to Cummins Mid-States Power Group Vice President Greg Gilmore not only offering generators to the show, but also suggesting the use of biodiesel to power those units, improving the air quality for the 50,000 attendees.

    Strong Sales Mark Launch of Jeep Liberty Diesel

    Launch of the 2005 Jeep(R) Liberty CRD, the first diesel-powered mid-sized SUV in the U.S. market, has been met with strong customer response, with vehicles moving quickly out of dealer showrooms and into the hands of new owners. At the end of May more than 6,000 units had been shipped to dealers, and 3,000 of those sold. Vehicles are sitting on the dealer lots an average of 23 days, about one-third the typical time.

    "The 2005 Jeep Liberty diesel has gotten off to a strong start, demonstrating that there is a latent interest in modern, clean-running diesels -- an interest that we believe can be nurtured and expanded," said Jeff Bell, Vice President, Chrysler & Jeep, as he addressed the Motor Press Guild in Los Angeles.

    Chrysler Group has fueled each new Jeep Liberty common-rail diesel (CRD) leaving the assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, with B5 fuel -- made with 5 percent biodiesel made from Ohio soybeans. Bell noted that cleaner fuels are needed to make diesel vehicles acceptable to Americans. Low-sulfur diesel fuels that will be phased in beginning in 2006 are critical, he said.

    DaimlerChrysler launched the Jeep Liberty CRD to test the U.S. consumer response to diesel and to change the image of diesel among U.S. consumers. "The Jeep Liberty CRD is helping to dispel the myths about diesel technology. And that's because, most importantly it is a clean-running, common-rail diesel, with the latest Jeep technologies and benefits," Bell said.

    Because of an infusion of technology, including CRD, today's diesel engines have 80 percent lower particulate emissions, 70 percent lower NOx emissions, 15 percent improved fuel consumption, 50 percent more power and 30 percent more torque than diesel engines had just a decade ago. They are also much quieter.

    The 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD, equipped with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder, turbo CRD engine, has the acceleration of a V-6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder engine. Benefits of the Jeep Liberty CRD include best-in-class torque and towing capacity, best-in-class range - 500 miles highway, and 22 percent higher fuel economy compared with a comparable gasoline-powered Liberty (3.7-liter, V-6 engine). Further, Chrysler Group is extending the warranty on diesel engines in all 2006 model year vehicles; the Diesel Engine Limited Warranty covers engine parts and components up to five years or 100,000 miles.

    Biodiesel Fuel Comes To Midcoast Maine

    Biodiesel continues its marine use availability with Maritime Energy announcing in June that the fuel is now available at its Union, Maine, Maritime Farms convenience store.

    John Ware, Sr., Pres. of Maritime Energy, touted some of the benefits of biodiesel when used in boats: reduced diesel exhaust odor, cleaner boats, and if spilled, B20 biodegrades twice as fast in water as regular diesel fuel.

    “We’re very proud and excited to introduce this fuel product to Midcoast Maine,” said Ware. “Although we cannot solve the world energy problems alone, we are pleased to do our part by offering an environmentally friendly and renewable energy product.”

    Maritime Energy is a family owned independent fuel company which services Knox, Waldo and Lincoln Counties. Maritime Energy operates convenience stores, Maritime Farms, which are located throughout midcoast Maine.

    J.D. Power and Associates Say Diesel Vehicle Market Share to Grow

    New vehicles powered by clean diesel or hybrid electric engines are expected to garner 11 percent of U.S. sales by 2012—up from 4.8 percent in 2005—according to a report by J.D. Power-LMC Automotive Forecasting Services. The report shows that diesels are expected to grow from 3 percent market share in 2004 to 7.5 percent by 2012.

    "Higher gas prices are acting as a catalyst for automakers and consumers to find alternatives to the traditional gasoline internal combustions engine," said Anthony Pratt, senior manager of global powertrain forecasting at J.D. Power-LMC. "We anticipate this will lead to dramatic growth, particularly with diesels, over the next several years."

    While automakers continue to design hybrid vehicles, they also are turning to diesels to help them offer more fuel-efficient alternatives. However, new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which go into effect in 2007-2008, require cars and light-duty trucks to meet Tier 2 emissions standards of 0.07 grams of NOx per mile. Diesel technology, coupled with low-sulfur fuel that will be available at gas stations next year, will have to meet these standards before these vehicles can be sold in the United States.

    "Most consumers are already familiar with diesel technology, whereas automakers are still trying to educate consumers about hybrid technology," Pratt said. "Outside of meeting future emission standards, the biggest challenge for automakers concerning diesel technology will be convincing consumers that today’s diesel engines have increased performance and run cleaner and quieter than previous-generation diesels."

    The number of diesel models is expected to grow from 14 to 26 by 2012. "The bloom of diesel vehicles will be in the pickup truck segment, as well as the luxury car and SUV segments," Pratt said.

    J.D. Power and Associates is an ISO 9001-registered global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually.

    Minnesota Tractorcade to Run on Biodiesel

    “Farming…The Backbone of America,” has been chosen as the theme for Minnesota’s second annual Biodiesel Tractorcade. “We are so happy that the Minnesota Soybean Growers have again jumped on board as the major sponsor with biodiesel,” said an organizer.

    The Biodiesel Tractorcade has expanded to a two-day event. It will begin at the Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth, Minn., on Mon., Aug. 1, and will travel to St. James. The Biodiesel Tractorcade will then leave the morning of Aug. 2 from St. James and end at Farmfest, just ouside Morgan. Tractors will be on display Monday night in St. James and at Farmfest Tuesday afternoon. Additional cities are included in this year’s route. The route and approximate times at each city will be posted at

    Upcoming Events

    • Ecare Fair (E. Coast Alt. Renewable Energy)
      Aug. 12
      Cambria Co. Fairgrounds
      Ebensburg, PA

    • Energy Technology Expo and Conference
      Aug. 30
      Denver, CO

    • Renewable Finance 2005 Infocast
      Sept. 8, 2005
      Sheraton Colonial Hotel and Gold Club

    • BioCycle Conf. on Renewable Energy-Organics Recycling
      Sept. 12
      Madison, Wisconsin

    • Transport and Sustainable Mobility
      Sept. 19
      Brussels, Belgium

    • Energy Independence Days (North Carolina)
      (Regional Wind Summit, The End of Oil Beginning Now, Summit of Colleges for Sustainability, and Fair)
      September 19-24, 2005
      NC State University and Central Carolina Comm. College
      Raleigh, NC and Pittsboro, NC

    • National Biodiesel Conference
      Feb. 5-8, 2005
      San Diego

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    Friday, July 01, 2005

    Campaign for America's Future
    Campaign for America's Future |

    Dear Daniel,

    Declare Your Energy Independence

    Declare Your Energy Independence!

    Where our leaders refuse to lead to help break America's dependence on big oil and gas we, the people must lead. Please share a photograph of yourself -- or a friend or family member -- taking action to promote American energy independence. We'll publish it online and share it with the "leaders" who should follow and support our lead. GO! »

    On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers declared our independence from an oppressive foreign power. And -- against all odds -- the movement they led won America its freedom.

    Today, America faces a different form of dependence: an oppressive reliance on a diminishing supply of oil. But instead of declaring our independence, today's Republican-led Congress just passed legislation that will leave us even more dependent and vulnerable. The Apollo Alliance -- a remarkable coalition of labor unions, environmental groups, urban leaders, and citizens of common sense -- has proposed an alternative: a 10 year drive for energy independence that would create 3 million new jobs and set America free from foreign oil.

    Where our leaders refuse to take up this charge, we, the people can and must lead. Everyday, each of us can act to hasten America's independence from foreign oil. From using energy efficient transportation like trains, buses, and hybrid cars, to employing energy-saving technologies in our homes, to walking, biking and simply turning lights off when we leave a room -- we, the people, can advance American energy independence, even while we indict the failure of our national leaders.

    Collectively, our actions can make a powerful statement to the President and Congress that we're doing our part to promote American energy dependence, and that we expect them to do theirs. In this spirit, we ask you to share a photograph of yourself -- or a friend or family member -- taking action to promote American energy independence. We'll publish them online and shower them on the President and members of Congress to let them know that we will not forget their failure to lead.

    Help us challenge the failure of the administration and the Congress to stand up. The administration's energy plan was cooked up by big oil lobbyists in secret meetings with Vice President Cheney. In the wake of rising gas prices, the president has changed his rhetoric but not his policy. Led by the corrupt Tom DeLay, the House passed a bill this year that is a shameless giveaway to the big oil companies that are pocketing record profits from high gas prices.

    The Senate did better, recognizing the reality that rising demand for oil and global warming makes action imperative. But even their bill fails to address the root causes of today's sky-rocketing gas prices. It weds us to importing ever more oil, making our economy literally dependent on the shifting sands of Persian Gulf emirates. It stymies the birth of a new American alternative energy industry and sacrifices millions of new jobs here at home. And, it fails to adequately address the growing threats to our global environment.

    On this Independence weekend, it is time for America to declare its independence once again. And we have no choice but to lead the way. Please share photographs of actions you've taken to foster American energy independence. We'll publish them to help press the President and Congress to follow our lead.

    Thank you for all that you do, and best to you in celebrating your independence!


    Robert L. Borosage, Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future

    Robert L. Borosage, Co-Director
    Campaign for America's Future and Apollo Alliance Steering Committee Member

    P.S. Please spread the word. When you're celebrating the 4th of July, please take a few minutes share news about the Apollo Alliance's push for energy independence with your friends and family, and encourage them to join the effort.

    The Apollo Alliance is a joint project of the Campaign for America's Future and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.