Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Help stop a new plan to export oil from the Northwest

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Date: Nov 30, 2013 11:13 AM
Subject: Help stop a new plan to export oil from the Northwest
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Tell Wa. Gov. Inslee to reject Big Oil's plans to export oil through the Northwest.

Dear Daniel,

The Northwest is at a crossroads when it comes to dirty fossil fuel exports. We've already been fighting the massive proposals to export coal from the region, and now the oil companies are trying to get in on the game.

Right now the Columbia River is ground zero in the fight to protect our communities and the environment from dirty fossil fuel projects -- and we need your help.

Washington's governor Jay Inslee has the power to veto this project. Tell him to protect Northwest communities and our climate.

Tesoro Savage, a Big Oil partnership, wants to build a massive crude processing facility and send 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day along the Columbia River by rail and ship. That's at least four mile-and-a-half long trains every day and 365 oil tankers per year.

Even when these trains and ships operate without an accident, the pollution impact on local communities is tremendous. But with this number of oil-filled trains and ships traveling every day, devastating oil spills are all but inevitable.

That's why we need your help today: click here to tell Gov. Inslee to veto the Tesoro Savage crude oil project.

On their way to the Columbia River, oil trains would pass through downtown Spokane, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Vancouver and more cities on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line, disrupting communities and their surrounding environments.

There is hope to stop this project: The Tesoro Savage terminal is so big and the scale of their proposed oil shipments is so large that the project now must obtain approval from Governor Insleee. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will make a recommendation to the governor on the unprecedented project, after which the governor will make the final decision to deny or approve the terminal. 

Help us send a strong message to Governor Inslee and EFSEC: reject Tesoro Savage's dirty oil project!

Please add your voice to the thousands of others saying "NO" to dirty fossil fuel exports. We can do better. 

Marcie Keever, Oceans and vessels program director,
Fred Felleman, NW consultant,
Friends of the Earth

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GE Identifies "Suspect Population" Of Blades; Developer Fined $1M For Bird Deaths

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Following Another Blade Failure, GE Identifies 'Suspect Population' In Turbine Fleet
on 26 Nov 2013 by Joseph Bebon
GE has begun investigating another blade break involving its 1.6-100 turbine and 48.7-meter blade, this time at Invenergy's California Ridge wind farm in Illinois. In addition, reports of other recent GE blade failures have surfaced, and the turbine manufacturer says it has notified a group of customers that might have [read more]
Duke Reaches $1 Million Settlement For Bird Deaths At Wind Farms
on 25 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has reached a $1 million settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two of Duke's wind farms in Wyoming. According to the DOJ, this case represents the [read more]
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Lincoln Renewable Energy Starts Building 300 MW Texas Wind Project
on 26 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Lincoln Renewable Energy (LRE), a Chicago-based developer of solar and wind projects, has commenced construction of its 300 MW Hereford 2 wind power project in Castro County, Texas. "The start of construction of [the] Hereford 2 project marks the continuation of a very successful year for Lincoln Renewable Energy," says [read more]
Ex-Im Bank Backs Gamesa Wind Turbine Deal
on 26 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a $61.1 million direct loan to Inversiones Eolicas de Orosi Dos S.A., a subsidiary of Central American wind generation company Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy, for the purchase of Gamesa wind turbines. The Gamesa turbines will be used to power the [read more]
Citing Technical Challenges, RWE Abandons Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm
on 26 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
RWE Innogy has announced it will no longer develop the 1.2 GW Atlantic Array offshore wind farm, which was planned for the Bristol Channel in the U.K. The company says that in comparison with other opportunities in the U.K. offshore wind portfolio, and in light of significant technical challenges specific [read more]
Pattern Energy Group Introduces Quarterly Dividend
on 26 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Pattern Energy Group Inc.'s board of directors has approved the introduction of a quarterly dividend on the company's Class A common stock. Pattern says the board has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.3125 per Class A share for the fourth quarter, which represents $1.25 on an annualized basis. The [read more]


GL Awards ACCIONA Seven New Certificates For 3 MW Platform
on 26 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
ACCIONA Windpower has received seven new certificates for different models of its AW 3000 wind turbine from GL Renewables Certification. ACCIONA says it now has 15 certificates awarded for the 3 MW platform. Specifically, GL has issued the design certificate for the AW 125/3000 IEC IIIa wind turbine, with a [read more]
GE Announces First Commercial Operation Of 2.5-120 Wind Turbine
on 26 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Two months after the completion of installation, the first GE 2.5-120 wind turbine has been put into commercial operation in Schnaittenbach, a town in Bavaria, Germany. Max Bogl Wiesner GmbH is the project's investor and operator. According to GE, the turbine's advanced controls, paired with the 120-meter rotor and a [read more]
Statoil Awarded Lease For Next Phase Of Hywind Floating Turbine Project
on 25 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
The Crown Estate has granted Statoil a lease for the next phase of the developer's Hywind floating wind turbine project, to be located off the Scottish coast. According to The Crown Estate, the 30 MW project comprises five 6-MW floating turbines operating in waters exceeding 100 meters in depth at [read more]
Vestas Launches 'Wind For Prosperity' Venture To Provide Hybrid Systems
on 25 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Vestas says it is teaming up with Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar to launch Wind for Prosperity. According to Vestas, Wind for Prosperity will aim to provide energy-poor regions with hybrid wind and diesel power systems. Under the partnership, Masdar will focus on managing the development and construction [read more]


RES Putting Turbine-Mounted ZephIR LIDAR System To The Test
on 25 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
ZephIR Lidar notes that its turbine-mounted Dual Mode (DM) system has been deployed by developer Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. (RES) in a commercial investigation into LIDAR-generated turbine performance measurements. The trial, which began in June and is expected to end this month, uses a ZephIR DM installed on a Vestas [read more]
Nordex Unveils N131/3000 Light-Wind Turbine
on 25 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Nordex SE is extending its Generation Delta turbine platform, which the company launched this spring, with the addition of a turbine for light-wind locations. The company says its N131/3000 is specially designed for IEC-3 locations and features rotor blades measuring 64.4 meters in length. Nordex is offering the N131/3000 on [read more]
Renewables Dominate New U.S. Energy Capacity In October
on 22 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
The SUN DAY Campaign, a renewable energy advocacy group, reports that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest infrastructure update shows that solar, biomass and wind sources provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity in October - representing 99.3% of all new generation placed in-service. Twelve new solar [read more]
Ohio's Clean Energy Law A Success, Environmentalists Say
on 22 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Now in its fourth year, Ohio's Clean Energy Law (S.B.221) continues to spur investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to a new report from the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center. Passed in 2008, the Clean Energy Law established benchmarks for Ohio investor-owned utilities to get 12.5% of [read more]
Iberdrola Re-organizes All U.S. Operations Under Single Holding Company
on 22 Nov 2013 by NAW Staff
Global energy group Iberdrola S.A. has obtained all the necessary regulatory approvals to complete an internal corporate re-organization to bring all of its U.S. companies under a single holding company known as Iberdrola USA Inc. The new structure aligns U.S. operations with Iberdrola's corporate practice of establishing a single, national [read more]

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Kicking Asphalt (Happy Thanksgiving!!!) 2013


Better World Club Nominated for a Green Business Award: And We Need Your Vote!!

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Better World Club has been nominated for the green business "People and Planet" award sponsored each fall by Green America. Other Nominees include Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars, Dogpatch Biofuels, Evergreen Escapes, Gondwana Ecotours, Greenway Transit, Inn Serendipity, Milkweed Mercantile Eco-Inn, Xtracycle, and Zingo.

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Due to market pressure, next year we will be including Halloween.

30% OFF all Gift Memberships from now till the New Year! If you'd like to share us as a stocking stuffer or candle lit expression of your love and devotion, now is a great time. This offer is Only for Members who are purchasing gifts for friends and family: 30% OFF all Gift Memberships. If you have questions, or want to say [insert festive greeting] as you purchase your gift membership, call us at 866.238.1137.
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A Bipartisan Call to Protect the Arctic

Arctic Drilling Might Cool Investor Fears, but it will Boil the Dreams of Our Children

Better World Club and Oregon businessess write to President Obama and our Delegates to say "NO!"

Last week, Sen. Maria Cantwell, along with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois introduced legislation that would extend wilderness protection to 1.56 million acres in the Arctic National Refuge's Coastal Plain.

BWC and other Oregon businesses also weighed in with a formal letter to President Obama and our delegates saying "Drilling in the Arctic is not worth it!".

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California 3 foot rule approved...

Maybe this is not a fairy tale, but it is proof. Of what?

Proof that good ideas can come true (despite AAA opposition)!

In September Governor Brown signed off on a 3 foot passing rule to protect bicyclists on the road.

The Law goes into effect September 2014 with only light fines for violators, but this is a clear victory for cycling advocates and concerned motorists who have fought for a mandated safe passing distance of 3 feet when overtaking a cyclist - which AAA has fought against for years.

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National Park Passes are Available Through BWC

Ever Wonder What Teddy Roosevelt would recommend for a Christmas/Hannukah/All Holidays gift?

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On-Road Wheel Repairs

Resource is from the late legend Sheldonbrown(.com). Newer content by longtime friend John Allen.

By John Allen

The art of improvisation...

The usual tools and supplies for wheel repairs would weigh more than the bicycle. Certainly, you can carry a spoke wrench and a few spare spokes as you ride. But, if a wheel gets damaged far from home, you may need to perform a crude repair with improvised tools.

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In The News

From the Huffington Post

Here's How Obama Can Defeat the Republican Agenda: Endorse It!

As published in the Huffington Post

By Mitch Rofsky,

The government has reopened, but has President Obama learned the right lessons from the Republicans' hostility?

When most liberals wanted to expand Medicare, Obama Care went in a different direction. With its individual mandate and private insurance company focus, Obama Care was originally based on a proposal from the Heritage Foundation.

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Gondwana Ecotours

Setting a new standard for "ecotourism"

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Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

10 easy-to-manage plants that clean your air.

How green is your air filter?

houseplants to purify air

All homes emit various contaminants into your home environment. Airing out your home often is a healthy practice (though not on days with lots of smog if you have it in your city). You can also purchase high quality technological solutions to indoor air quality. OR!!! You can go super green, and buy some plants. Plants are natures own air purifiers. Here are ten easy-to-managed house plants that will silently clean your air and bring aditional life to your living spaces.
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