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And DC...

Posted by 02/21/07

RAN supporters and a large group of Energy Actionites descended into our nation's capital outside a Merrill Lynch corporate office today. It seems a bit more chilly in DC but RAN folks braved the cold for a good hour of petitioning, flyering and chattin' it up with passersby. Nice job folks! You can see more pics here. Thanks to Meg for the shots! Supposedly this is clean coal? How does one clean coal, exactly? It sounds about as possible as cleaning dirt.   Read more

NYT on "capture-ready" coal plants

Posted by 02/21/07

Today's New York Times highlights growing skepticism about "clean coal." Coal companies like TXU are trying to have their cake and eat it too. Industry spin describes plants like the eleven planned facilities in Texas as "capture-ready;" this apparently means saving a little extra space in the plan for hypothetical carbon-capture equipment so that it can be installed at some unspecified future date. As the article points out, no technology exists to remove carbon from the emissions of pulverized coal plants like those that TXU wants to build in Texas. Furthermore, even if sequestration technology is developed, retrofitting a power plant isn't as simple as putting in a catalytic converter. The temperatures and pressures at which a plant operates might have to change and power output might be reduced by as much as 30%. In other words, it's an expensive proposition that operators won't shell out for if...   Read more

No Love for Massey Energy at the Polls

Posted by 11/08/06

As a great blue wave washed over America with a new majority in Congress and ousted Donald Rumsfeld from the Pentagon, George Bush and the Republican Party aren’t the only ones who were rebuked on November 7th. On Election Night, Massey Energy and its CEO Don Blankenship were foiled at the polls as over $6 million was spent over the past 3 years trying to turn West Virginia from a blue state into a red one. During the 2006 election, Blankenship targeted 40 Democrats in the West Virginia’s House of Delegates with $2 million. Their number in that body increased from 68 to 72—a stunning blow to someone who tries to rule like a feudal lord. He has worked to create a legislative atmosphere favorable for his union-busting anti-environmental operations, not without success-- “Union leaders say Mr. Blankenship, 56, is the main reason that less...   Read more

No Love for Massey Energy at the Polls

Posted by 11/08/06

As a great blue wave washed over America with a new majority in Congress and ousted Donald Rumsfeld from the Pentagon, George Bush and the Republican Party aren’t...   Read more

Touring Toronto with Grassy Grandmas

Posted by 11/07/06

Here's David's report from his trip up to Ontario this week. The Grassy Narrows speaking tour has turned out to be a real hit - we have reached about...   Read more

Touring Toronto with Grassy Grandmas

Posted by 11/07/06

Here's David's report from his trip up to Ontario this week. The Grassy Narrows speaking tour has turned out to be a real hit - we have reached about...   Read more

Police Raid Home of Ecuadorian Environmentalist

Posted by Rainforest Action Network 10/27/06

On October 17th, police in ski masks carrying automatic weapons raided the home of Carlos Zorrilla, the Executive Director of Defense and Ecological Conservation of Intag (DECOIN), a grassroots group comprised of farmers, peasants and priests that he co-founded in Intag of Northwest Ecuador in 1995. Mr. Zorrilla was able to get out of his house just before the raid, but is still facing arrest on trumped up charges. Sadly, this is a story that is constantly repeated around the world wherever communities are fighting against multinational corporations for control over their local resources. In this case, the people of Intag live in a cloud forest region that adjoins the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, arguably one of the world’s most biodiverse protected areas. For the last 10 years, multinational mining companies have been trying to gain access to Intag’s copper deposits. Amazingly, community organizing and campaigning, much...  Read more

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