The American Nurses Association
In 2012, the American Nurses Association pass a resolution calling for a national moratorium on new permits for unconventional oil and natural gas extraction until human and ecological safety can be ensured. This fall, the ANA is holding two day-long conferences with leading health care professionals in MD and PA. Click here for dates and details.
Local Residents are collecting money to develop a "people's power" company that will allow the city to run on sustainable energy rather than the dirty fossil fuel their electric company uses. Watch the 5 min. video. here. Here's what they say on their web site: "We’re working around the clock to stop Xcel Energy from rolling back Boulder voters’ decision to create our own greener, more affordable local electric utility, and we need your help–ASAP. Watch the video to get the whole story."
Banks Put a Price on Earth's Life Support
"43 financial institutions, including the World Bank, are setting up a working party as a consequence of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, also known as the Rio+20 summit, when the initial 39 large banks signed a Natural Capital Declaration. . . .The declaration defined natural capital as "the Earth's natural assets (soil, air, water, flora and fauna), and the ecosystem services resulting from them, which make human life possible." The document went on to say that the food, fiber, water, health, energy, climatesecurity and other essential services provided by natural capital were worth trillions of dollars a year, but that they were not adequately valued. . . . They want governments to force companies to disclose their dependence on natural capital and the impact they have on it by disclosures in annual financial reports. They also want penalties for companies not doing so and tax incentives for those who protect natural capital as part of their business. . . .Industries like mining and fracking are in the front line because their operations are already perceived to damage and use up clean water resources and to cause pollution. The bankers want to put a financial price on this and ask whether the financial risk that overuse of resources causes to the businesses makes them a bad investment." Read more.
Renewable Energy over Fossil Fuel Energy
Germany’s renewable energy industry has again shown its strength, shattering through another solar power record, as utility company RWE announces it will close fossil fuel power plants as they are no longer competitive. Read more.
by Priscila Mosqueda Published on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 6:55 CST: "After years of Dallas officials playing hot potato with three permits that would allow fracking within city limits for the first time, the City Council finally rejected the permits today. A city commission is still working on a new gas-drilling ordinance, but at least for now, Dallas is closed to fracking. Dallas residents and environmental groups have been fighting Trinity East Energy, the company that would drill the wells, at City Hall for years. The permits were especially controversial because they would have allowed drilling on city-owned parkland in the floodplain – two places where drilling is currently banned. . . .Councilman Philip Kingston objected to the implication that drilling opponents were fact-free and emotional. ’I've done a year’s worth of research on this, I’ve visited drill sites,' Kingston said. 'I’ll be opposing his motion [to approve the permits] out of rational thought,' he added to applause from the audience." Read more.