The shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line.
Centerpoint Communications worked with The Wilderness Society to bring three state energy experts to Washington, DC to brief the media and members of Congress on the importance of continued funding and support for wind and solar power. Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, former Arizona Corporation Commission Chair Kris Mayes, and former Nevada Public Utility Commissioner and Consumer Advocate Tim Hay spoke at the National Press Club and at a separate briefing on Capitol Hill. They were featured in the National Press Club’s weekly Rewind of top events. Watch the clip here.
Safety regulations that are ignored. Lax government oversight. Dangerous radioactive fuel storage. And inadequate emergency planning. Add it all together and you’ve got a Recipe for Disaster. Centerpoint produced radio and print ads for the Union of Concerned Scientists, the world’s leading nuclear safety watchdog, to help their efforts to make nuclear power safer. Check it out at MakeNuclearSafer.com.
Kids are doing what politicians aren’t: trying to reduce the impacts of climate change. And Centerpoint is proud to provide pro bono support to the Western Environmental Law Center as they represent Jaime Lynn Butler, an 11-year old Navajo girl who is one of many children around the country that are taking politicians to court to protect their – and our – future. Learn more about what Jaime, Western Environmental Law Center and others are doing to fight climate change here.
For the third time in the past six weeks, the EPA has notified other government agencies that a copper mine proposed by a Canadian investment firm threatens water supplies and other resources in southern Arizona. A coalition of more than 90 local businesses and organizations are united against the proposed Rosemont mine because of its potentially devastating impact on farming, ranching, tourism and southern Arizona residents’ way of life.
Matt Clark from Defenders of Wildlife did this great TV interview prior to a public meeting in Phoenix on BLM’s plan to expand solar power production in the Western US. BLM proposed 24 Solar Energy Zones, but also wants to open up an additional 21 million acres for development outside the zones – threatening water supllies, wildlife, and a big chunk of America’s Natural Heritage.
The Mexican Gray Wolf is the most endangered mammal in North America. Just 50 remain in the wild, and at least three were illegally hunted down and killed last year. But that isn’t stopping several Members of Congress from trying to remove all Endangered Species Act protections for these wolves. If that happens, Mexican Gray Wolves will likely go extinct. Please visit the MexicanWolves.org webpage to see what you can do to help.
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When "Cleaning Up" is Playing Dirty. Apparently, BP is doing a better job of "cleaning up" its Wikipedia page than cleaning up the Gulf.
Where Have All The Flamers Gone? Remember last year when all those pro-fossil fuel and nuclear power lobbyists, politicians and talking heads were screaming about the outrageous loan guarantee for a solar panel manufacturer? Well, where are they now that Southern Company is getting an $8.3 billion federal loan guarantee - 15 times larger than the one that went to Solyndra? Nothing but crickets. Radioactive crickets.
In Praise of Ignorance... Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich talk about the virtues of belief. But can they really believe that global warming is a "hoax" or that the lesson of Noah is to toss endangered species off the ark if they get in the way of making a few bucks? Read more in the Colorado Independent.
Oh No - Looks Like It's Back to Those Frackin' "Freedom" Fries... France is going to be the first country to ban fracking - pumping toxic chemicals and water into the ground to shatter underground rock formations so they can suck more natural gas out. It's polluting drinking water supplies - along with rivers, lakes and streams - everywhere that it is being done.
Land Fizzing Like Soda Pop. A Saskatchewan farm couple whose land lies over the world's largest carbon capture and storage project says greenhouse gases seeping from the soil are killing animals and sending groundwater foaming to the surface like shaken soda pop. Read more here.