Monday, September 15, 2014

Stop Pebble Mine - Deadline looming!


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Tell EPA to Take Action to Protect Bristol Bay
Help TU Protect Bristol Bay, Alaska -- home to one of the largest wild salmon fisheries on the planet

Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to one of the last great salmon fisheries on the planet. The salmon, wildlife, people and fishing jobs of this beautiful and productive region are threatened by the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine. If built, Pebble could become the largest mine in North America.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to stop this mine and protect Bristol Bay's fish and jobs through the Clean Water Act.

Take action now by sending a comment to the EPA on their Proposed Determination for 404(c) action that would stop Pebble mine. Ask EPA to complete the Clean Water Act 404(c) process and protect Bristol Bay.

The EPA can stop Pebble Mine and save the sockeye salmon | SumOfUs

The world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run is in grave danger. Rather than protect this precious Alaskan ecosystem, a mining corporation wants to turn it into a massive gold and copper mine. Now, we have just 96 hours to strike the final nail in the coffin of this dangerous proposal. 
Following a huge SumOfUs campaign and mounting community pressure, mining giant Rio Tinto has already pulled out. Now, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is asking the public to comment on proposed restrictions that would save the salmon run and protect 14,000 Alaskan jobs. 
The EPA is taking a stand despite political pressure to approve the mine, using a rarely used provision because the damage from the would be unprecedented.We need to speak out now so the EPA knows the public wants the Pebble Mine rejected, too.
Public comments close Friday, and the Alaskan elders most affected by this mine will personally deliver our comments before then. Can you add your voice to stop the Pebble Mine now?
The public overwhelmingly wants the EPA to reject Pebble Mine. In a previous comments period, 85% of Alaskans, and 73% of other Americans, supported EPA action to protect Bristol Bay. And it’s a no brainer -- the proposed Pebble Mine threatens to pollute miles of pristine streams and wetlands in and around Bristol Bay, the home of 40 million sockeye salmon. The Bay supplies nearly 50 percent of the world’s commercial sockeye, generates $480 million in annual revenue, and supports 14,000 jobs a year.
The last time we spoke out against Pebble Mine, 180,000 SumOfUs members called on mining giant Rio Tinto to pull out of the mine. Then, we helped fundraise to get Alaskan native leaders to Rio Tinto’s annual shareholder meeting in London. And Rio Tinto saw the writing on the wall, and acted! Just as the leaders arrived to make a huge media show, Rio Tinto announced that it would divest from Pebble. It was a huge win for SumOfUs, our friends at Earthworks, and especially the Alaskan communities most affected by the mine. The mining giant’s divestment sent the prospects of the mine crashing -- and weakened the ability of the Pebble Mine owners to put pressure on the EPA to give them the go-ahead.
The EPA wants to do the right thing, despite Republican backlash against its proposal. We can’t let the EPA waver in its commitment to protect the mine. That means we need to speak out now to give the EPA the political support it needs to reject the mine.
Take action to ask the EPA to reject Pebble mine and save the home of 40 million sockeye salmon and the 14,000 jobs in Bristol Bay.

Tell EPA to Reject the Pebble Mine! - Take Action!: NRDC's Save BioGems

The devastating spill of billions of gallons of toxic water and mining waste at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia could be repeated in Bristol Bay, Alaska if we don't tell the EPA to stop the Pebble Mine.

Urge EPA to slam the door on the Pebble Mine and protect the Bristol Bay wilderness from destruction.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. | CREDO Action

another PETITION to Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant – Petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

“PG&E is endangering the lives of half a million Californians who live near the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Re
voke PG&E’s license to operate this aging, unsafe, and unnecessary nuclear power plant.”

In the wake of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake near Napa, a shocking new report from a federal nuclear safety official raises the prospect that PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant could face catastrophic failure when the next big earthquake hits, and recommends that it be shut down.1

The report,2 which was authored by Diablo Canyon's former lead on-site inspector, flatly refutes PG&E's claim that the plant's two nuclear reactors can withstand an earthquake like the earthquake that shook northern California just a few weeks ago.

Incredibly, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is trusting PG&E's internal assessment of the danger of continuing to run the plant, despite the clear conflict of interest. With half a million people living within 50 miles of this disaster waiting to happen, the plant needs to be shut down now.

The engineers who designed the coastal nuclear plant at Fukushima believed it could withstand any disaster imaginable before a massive earthquake and tsunami struck in 2011 and caused a major catastrophe.

Here in California, sitting on the same earthquake prone Pacific Rim “ring of fire,” PG&E's engineers similarly claim that the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant can withstand any anticipated earthquake. But the plant was built long before a major fault line was discovered in 2008 -- just a few hundred yards offshore from the coastal nuclear plant.

The plant also sits nearby the Los Osos, Hosgri, and San Andreas Faults, a confluence of seismic features with dramatic potential activity that could overcome the plant’s outdated and inadequate safety design features.3 The fact is that no utility would choose to build and operate a nuclear facility at the current site knowing that it is surrounded by major fault lines.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has the power to revoke PG&E’s license to operate the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant -- and that's exactly what it needs to do.

Tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

1. "AP Exclusive: Expert calls for Diablo Canyon shutdown," Associated Press, August, 25, 2014.
2. To download the full report, click here (PDF).
3. "Petition seeks closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant," San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2014.

SIGN NOW > Shut down the dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. | CREDO Action


Sunday, September 7, 2014


A massive, history-making march in New York City.
Hundreds of coordinated actions around the world. 



Be a part of the largest climate march in history: watch this, then join up!

ENTIRE FILM NOW ONLINE > Disruption: Climate. Change.

‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Petrolify®: Don't Just Seize the Day, Seize Life

Imagine there was a pill you could take every day that would provide you with wealth, freedom, and luxuries beyond the imagination of even the wealthiest kings of yesteryear. Taking this pill would give you the equivalent of hundreds of slaves, working for you 24/7, to grow your food, cool and heat your home, entertain you, carry you however far you wanted to travel, fill your bath with hot water, you name it…that’d be amazing!

Well, guess what? You’re already taking it. And it’s called Petrolify®.

Petrolify®: Don't Just Seize the Day, Seize Life

Side effects may vary.
Find out of Petrolify® is right for your world at

Director: Jacob McClure (
DP: Michael Edo Keane
Concept: Asher Miller/Tod Brilliant
Produced By: Post Carbon Institute

Post Carbon Institute

Post Carbon Institute
Petrolify is an initiative of Post Carbon Institute, which aims to bring energy realism to the public conversation.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Petition | Decommission the aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant |

In fault-ridden San Louis Obispo County, stands California's last two operating nuclear reactors in the aging Diablo Canyon Power Plant (circa 1973). It is located proximally to the Los Osos, Hosgri, San Andreas, and Shoreline Faults, along shores near Avila Beach... [more]

SIGN NOW > Petition | Decommission the aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant |


 >>> whats up: Tell Chairman Macfarlane: Shut down Diablo Canyon! | Friends of the Earth

• recent articles on Diablo Canyon at "whats up nuclear blog" (tagged posts)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

trailer for 'Disruption: Climate. Change.' a new documentary | People's Climate March

Premieres Everywhere September 7

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People's Climate March posts: Watch the trailer for 'Disruption', a new documentary that weaves together political intrigue, mind-blowing science, as well as an insider's view of the largest climate mobilization in history. Movies are on the most powerful forms of communication, and we hope this one will be a potent tool to raise awareness and get people out into the street on September 21st.
People's Climate March On Sunday, September 7th, people everywhere are going to be hosting screenings and watch-parties of 'Disruption'. Will you join in?

People's Climate March – NYC March  /

There are several different bodies that are convening to collaborate on the People’s Climate March, including local New York-area community groups, international NGO’s, grassroots networks, churches and faith organizations, and many more. You can see a list of participating organizations here.
Because this is a “movement of movements” moment, the People’s Climate March is being organized in a participatory, open-source model. This means that there isn’t a central “decision-making” body or single coalition. Rather, groups and individuals are collaborating with some basic shared agreements around respect, collaboration, trust, and many are using the Jemez Principles of Environmental Justice.
This September is going to be a success because of the work we all do together – not because of any one person or organization. Take the initiative to organize your community, your school, your workplace, and your neighbors. Find out how you can help here, or find out how your organization can support the People’s Climate March here.