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The energy bill passes.

We here at RAN join the Grist crew in being underwhelmed by the new energy bill. Requiring 35 mpg fleet fuel economy in a decade or so is a modest improvement, sure. But plug-in hybrids---hybrids that allow you to recharge from the electrical grid in addition to generating electricity from gasoline---already get around 80 mpg. Also, some provisions for funding investment in renewables were stripped from the bill to get the CAFE standard through. It seems like Congress could do a little more if they were really serious about averting environmental catastrophe.

The energy bill passes.

We here at RAN join the Grist crew in being underwhelmed by the new energy bill. Requiring 35 mpg fleet fuel economy in a decade or so is a modest improvement, sure. But plug-in hybrids---hybrids that allow you to recharge from the electrical grid in addition to generating electricity from gasoline---already get around 80 mpg. Also, some provisions for funding investment in renewables were stripped from the bill to get the CAFE standard through. It seems like Congress could do a little more if they were really serious about averting environmental catastrophe.

Google Cars?

On Monday of this week, Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, announced the launch of their 10 million dollar plug-in hybrid electric vehicle initiative (RechargeIT), and unveiled the largest solar charging station in the country. Google's support of plug-in hybrid technology gives a healthy...

Pardee Homes: Is this the way you want to live?

On Saturday June 9th RAN activists headed to Sacramento to protest Pardee Homes' newest developments at Poppylane and Cottonwood. The action was great - we spent most of the morning and afternoon talking to Pardee employees, potential home buyers and passers by about the environmental destruction and human rights abuses caused by Pardee's parent company, Weyerhaeuser. This summary comes from the Old Growth campaign's new intern, Kevin: San Francisco RAN activists traveled to Sacramento last Saturday to protest Weyerhaeuser's clear-cut logging practices in the Grassy Narrows community. The logging giant's wholly owned subsidiary Pardee Homes bore the brunt of bad publicity as its newest housing development was linked to human rights violations and environmental destruction. Interest by prospective new home buyers ran high as protesters alerted them to the stolen wood that Pardee homes are built with. Pardee employees attempted to...

Pardee Homes: Is this the way you want to live?

On Saturday June 9th RAN activists headed to Sacramento to protest Pardee Homes' newest developments at Poppylane and Cottonwood. The action was great - we spent most of the morning and afternoon talking to Pardee employees, potential home buyers and passers by about the environmental destruction and human rights abuses caused by Pardee's parent company, Weyerhaeuser. This summary comes from the Old Growth campaign's new intern, Kevin: San Francisco RAN activists traveled to Sacramento last Saturday to protest Weyerhaeuser's clear-cut logging practices in the Grassy Narrows community. The logging giant's wholly owned subsidiary Pardee Homes bore the brunt of bad publicity as its newest housing development was linked to human rights violations and environmental destruction. Interest by prospective new home buyers ran high as protesters alerted them to the stolen wood that Pardee homes are built with. Pardee employees attempted to...

Make Labor Day Everyday In Oakland

Saturday turned out to be Labor Day in Oakland and I joined a group of friends that joined pickets that led to the ILWU shutting down the Port of Oakland and East Bay Labor groups picketing the Woodfin Suites Hotel. This morning a group of friends joined the anti-war picket at the Port of Oakland calling for a shutdown of the SSA Terminal. The ILWU (longshore workers union) honored our picket and walked off the job (forfeiting a days wages at time and half) after an arbitrator ruled the picket not legitimate. The walk-out effectively shutting down the Port of Oakland. I can't tell you the powerful feeling I got when the longshore workers who had been queued up with their cars outside the terminal began going home. For every vehicle that went by we hooted and hollered as they honked their horns. Three ships are sat at the...

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