“Tucson gets AZ 1st all electric Leaf car”


On Thursday March 10. 2011, a north-side resident became the first person locally to have an electric-car charger installed at home under a public-private program designed to boost the adoption of electric vehicles.

Resident Doug Mance also will become the first local motorist to own Nissan’s new Leaf all-electric car when he picks up the vehicle next week.

Mance, a financial adviser for RBC Wealth Management, said he wanted to get an electric car mainly to help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

“I didn’t want a hybrid; I wanted a car that didn’t use gas,” he said. “I think America is addicted to petroleum, and we buy it from people who want to do us harm … I don’t want to give my money to (Venezuelan President) Hugo Chavez.”

Environmentally, Mance said he’s aware of criticism that electric cars are only as “clean” as their power source – including not-so-clean coal. But he said he plans to offset that partly by buying “blocks” of solar power offered by Tucson Electric Power Co.

Mance’s Leaf is undergoing final preparations at Jim Click Nissan at the Tucson Auto Mall, where he plans to pick it up Monday.

Mance’s charging system is being funded by the Electric Vehicle Project to install electric-vehicle charging stations in six states and the District of Columbia. The $200 million program is funded half by federal grants and half by private partners.

As part of that program, the Pima County Association of Governments and ECOtality, a Tempe-based company, plan to install about 240 public electric vehicle-charging stations throughout the Tucson region. Leaf buyers also qualify for free home charging stations, worth about $1,500 each.

Mance is the first local consumer to get one of the chargers, said Colleen Crowninshield, Clean Cities program manager with the Pima Association of Governments.

Crowninshield said she believes Mance will be the first Tucson consumer to get a Leaf, though at least one other is owned by a local dealer. Besides Click, Thoroughbred Nissan on East 22nd Street also is selling the Leaf.

Nissan spokesman Tim Gallagher said Leaf deliveries are expected to accelerate in the next month.

Gallagher estimated about 1,000 Arizona residents have signed up on a waiting list to buy a Leaf.

Contact Assistant Business Editor David Wichner at dwichner@azstarnet.com or 573-4181.

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“Bristol Bay Alaska save the endangered whales, salmon and other wildlife”


Another mega-company Anglo American and Mitsubishi wants to turn the pristine area near Bristol Bay, Alaska area over to be mined.
The Pebble Mine is run by another Japanese mega corporation the Mitsubishi Corporation.

Please sign our new Petition of Protest so that your voice can be heard loud and clear at Mitsubishi’s annual Shareholders Meeting in Tokyo on June 24, 2010. Click here to let your voice be heard.

Killer whales may go extinct

Mitsubishi and its share holders wake up!
SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Bristol Bay is a unique American natural treasure.

Beluga whale

  • Home to orcas and beluga whales, wild moose and caribou, and one of only two populations of freshwater harbor seals in the world

It’s world-class salmon runs that support thousands of sustainable jobs in fishing and tourism as well as Alaska Natives who depend on the salmon for food. Click here to let your voice be heard.

What do they propose to do?

  • Put a 2,000-foot-deep open-pit mine in the heart of America’s wilderness in a known earthquake zone.
  • The Pebble Mine’s colossal earthen dams are supposed to hold back some 10 billion tons of mining waste mixed with toxic chemicals. These dams never work forever. These dams are  disasters waiting to happen.

Problems  in the exploration phase

In April 2010 even without the mine in full swing, the companies had taken water from 45 unauthorized stream segments, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The exploration was temporarily halted.

Permits have been reinstated allowing Pebble Limited Partnership to continue exploring copper and gold deposits in southwest Alaska, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.
But the partnership still needs permission from the state’s Department of Fish and Game to work in fish habitat in order to begin drilling again this year.
All ready the Pebble Mine before it goes into full-scale operation, it will permanently destroy over 60 miles of salmon habitat.
If salmon runs collapse, so could the entire ecosystem and the communities that rely on salmon for their very subsistence.

Please stand with the Alaska’s Native communities and lovers of nature everywhere by making your voice heard at Mitsubishi’s Shareholders Meeting.

Don’t allow this mega corporation that sells so many cars, trucks, and electronics in the United States sacrifice one of America’s most spectacular pieces of endangered wilderness and the bioms dependent on it.  Click here to let your voice be heard.

Will Mitsubishi rethink this destructive venture when faced with worldwide opposition?

It did 10 years ago. Click here to let your voice be heard.


Resources

Excerpts courtesy of NRDC.com

Images 1 & 2. courtesy of  NC library

Images 3. courtesy of  en.academic.ru/Seehund.jpg

Images 4. courtesy of    http://bit.ly/aTbmA1

Images 5. courtesy of   http://bit.ly/c2hhoT

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“Hundreds of US oil spills in 2010 alone-enough oil gods must fall”


Myopic vision, carelessness and poor information have allowed the US at all levels to become reckless with oil. Today I googled US oil spills in 2010 and found conservatively 70 pages of unique smaller oil spills(accidents) ranging from a few to many thousands of gallons of diesel or crude oil being leaked or spilled into streams, wetlands, groundwater, air and seas. This spill have barely been noticed by the people at large including myself until the Gulf of Mexico disaster. I view myself as a person who cares deeply about all of life, yet I ignored all these 700 to 900 occurrences as not involving me.  No wonder the oil companies have felt they could do anything they want and get away with it.

These spills have taken place from the Arctic and Alaska to the homes, businesses, national parks and highways even a hospital had a significant spill this year.

Each spill involves toxic clean up that effects all life touched by it, including the dedicated people that clean up the mess. The flammable nature of diesel fuel makes it necessary for communities and organizations to create a fuel spill action plan in the event a diesel spill occur in your area.

Environmental complacency and  focusing on quick cleanup without long term follow up has created this disaster and others to follow. Look at Louisiana’s  history as an example. They have not headed many wakeup calls from accidents in the past.

  • Jan. 23, 2010 Port Arthur, Texas: The oil tanker Eagle Otome and a barge collide in the Sabine-Neches Waterway, causing the release of about 462,000 gallons of crude oil. Environmental damage was “minimal” as about 46,000 gallons were recovered and 175,000 gallons were dispersed or evaporated, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • April 24, 2010 Gulf of Mexico: The Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible drilling rig, sank on April 22, after an April 20th explosion on the vessel. Eleven people died in the blast. When the rig sank, the riser—the 5,000-foot-long pipe that connects the wellhead to the rig—became detached and began leaking oil. In addition, U.S. Coast Guard investigators discovered a leak in the wellhead itself. As much as 100,000 barrels of oil per day are leaking into the Gulf threatening wildlife along the Louisiana Coast.
  • As many as 1,000 people and dozens of ships and aircraft were enlisted to help in the cleanup. BP (British Petroleum), which leased the Deepwater Horizon, is responsible for the cleanup, but the U.S. Navy supplied the company with resources to help contain the slick. Light oil reached the Louisiana shore on April 30, and today heavy crude as reached the wetlands.
  • Also today May 20, 2010 oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill appears to have entered the Loop Current, which could eventually send it up the East Coast.
  • Yesterday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal reported seeing heavy oil after taking a boat tour of Pass a Loutre, La.. According to Jindal, the oil he saw was thick and heavy, not the sheen or tar balls that have been reported on other occasions. The governor said more than 30 miles of the state’s coastline had been oiled.
  • The oil spill has the potential to reverse progress made in the last two years in preserving the state’s wetlands.  Shrimpers were rebounding and oyster fishermen were recovering and  coastal communities were rebuilding until now.

What has happened to the oil from the previous spills in the Mississippi River and the oil spilled during hurricane Katrina? The oilmen are petitioning to go back to work at their shallow water rigs in the Gulf without any more safety features built in to those rigs than the deep water ones have now.

Now the EPA has issued a dictum to BP that they may only now use dispersants preapproved by the EPA. Only the least toxic dispersants will be approved. No one knows the effects of these chemicals either. History repeats itself. How will their next accident happen and when?

Watch out east coast it is your turn next to share the oily mess from the Gulf thats to the Loop current.

We must stop polluting with oil on land, sea and air to save our world.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of epaosc.net/attdieselspill

Excerpts courtesy of  guardian.co.uk/environment

Excerpts courtesy of  infoplease.com/ipa
Excerpts courtesy of  adn.com/overfilled-tank

Excerpts courtesy of  ksbw.com/news

Excerpts courtesy of  newsinferno.com

Excerpts courtesy of  epaosc.org/attdieselspill

Video on Loop Current courtesy of   redlasso.com

“Mass chemical poisoning begins -symptoms rising in Gulf”


The volunteer workers, the raincoat covered fishermen and other that have been working without HAZMAT gear or respirators to help clean up the toxic pollutants from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico . Seems they have been told that their health is not at risk!

Health concerns volunteers oil spill

Seems like a repeat of what workers were told after the Exxon Valdez accident off the coast of Alaska. However, way too many workers came down with “flu or cold like symptoms” from breathing and absorbing the toxic fumes from the oil spill.  Who will pick up the long term health bill for the health hazards they are being exposed to? How much will they suffer for helping out?

Fishermen have never seen the results from the air-quality monitoring patches some of them wear on their rain gear when they are out booming and skimming the giant oil slick. However, more and more fishermen are suffering from bad headaches, burning eyes, persistent coughs, sore throats, stuffy sinuses, nausea, and dizziness. They know BP is not being up front with them.

Based on air monitoring conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a Louisiana coastal community, those workers seem to be correct. The EPA findings show that airborne levels of toxic chemicals like hydrogen sulfide, and volatile organic compounds like benzene, for instance, now far exceed safety standards for human exposure.

Below are the Louisiana BPA  findings

Levels of airborne chemicals have far exceeded state standards and what’s considered safe for human exposure.

  • hydrogen sulfide detected at concentrations more than 100 times greater than the level known to cause physical reactions in people.   The health effects of hydrogen sulfide exposure are eye and respiratory irritation as well as nausea, dizziness, confusion and headache.

The concentration threshold for people to experience physical symptoms from hydrogen sulfide is about 5 to 10 parts per billion. But as recently as last Thursday, the EPA measured levels at 1,000 ppb. The highest levels of airborne hydrogen sulfide measured so far were on May 3, at 1,192 ppb.

  • Levels of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) far exceed the ambient air standards.

VOCs cause acute physical health symptoms including eye, skin and respiratory irritation as well as headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea and confusion.
Louisiana’s ambient air standard for the VOC benzene, for example, is 3.76 ppb, while its standard for methylene chloride is 61.25 ppb. Long-term exposure to airborne benzene has been linked to cancer, while the EPA considers methylene chloride a probable carcinogen.

Air testing results show VOC concentrations far above these state standards. On May 6, for example, the EPA measured VOCs at levels of 483 ppb. The highest levels detected to date were on April 30, at 3,084 ppb, following by May 2, at 3,416 ppb.  For more information

Who will pay these long term health price for these workers dedication?   Will BP or the Federal Government?

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  SouthernStudies.org

Excerpts courtesy of  The Huffingtonpost.com

Image courtesy of   http://www.oilism.com/oil/.jpg

“Endangered Beach mouse hanging on by a few sea oats – the oil spill”


Sea oats and the  Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse, will they survive?

Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Florida is home to the endangered Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse,

Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse which feeds on the Sea oats that grow there.

Sea oats on Grayton Beach Sea oat seeds along the shore and is found only in a small territory along the Panhandle coast. Grayton about 100 miles east of Pensicola is a protect wetland, estuary and pristine beach area. None of the region's biologists have much experience with a toxic oil spill.

Within the park one of the most critical ecosystems to protect is the estuary system.  In this area fresh and salt waters mix  where the rivers empty into the ocean and form protected bays that grow thick with sea grasses and marshes. These are prime nursing grounds for juvenile aquatic species.
In St. Andrews Bay, the juvenile grouper are so thick that it’s sometimes hard to fish for anything else, Kirkland said.
“Those grass flats are the lifeblood of the system,” he said. “The grouper mature and go out in the Gulf where they are so critical to the commercial and recreational fishing industry.”
The region has five large estuaries, and officials have made protecting them a priority. Plans are forming to string protective booms across passes that connect bays to the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil would smother sea grass beds in the estuaries, destroying habit and leading to devastating chain reaction said Felicia Coleman, director of Florida State University’s Coastal and Marine Laboratory in St. Teresa.
“It could be a really wicked trajectory,” she said.

Now is the time to give thanks for all the people that are spending days and nights monitoring land and sea waiting for the heavy suffocating  oil slime to arrive. Be thankful for the beauty that surrounds us now and so many people caring to help.

Resources
Excerpts
courtesy of   The Herald Tribune
Image 1. courtesy of   Grayton Beach State Park
Image 2. courtesy of  blogspot.com http://bit.ly/cTiTH1

Image 3. courtesy of  http://www.panamacitydiving.com

“Oceans our life”


As the Obama administration was approving the disastrous BP drilling, it was also lifting the decades-long, nationwide moratorium on new offshore oil drilling. It plans to push similarly dangerous oil rigs into Alaska, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Coast from Maryland to Florida.
Here are some reasons presented by we should protect the ocean and all are waterways.

Fifty years ago the ocean was pristine and balance place to live. Sylvia Earle pleads with us to save our life by saving our oceans and waterways. The ocean is on life support. We have dumped and polluted , over fished and caused the warming of the ocean the heart of the earth.

Ninety percent of the big fish in the sea are gone in fifty years! We have only protected .8 percent of our oceans as National or International Marine Reserves.

"> Listen to Sylvia as she helps us find ways to protect our water, fish and all sea life.

Part of helping save our oceans is to protect them from reckless drilling. Our government must be encouraged to move in this direction.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar proudly boasted, it will be the biggest expansion of offshore oil drilling in 30 years over the next ten years.

We have to take action right away. Make a special emergency donation now to our new Gulf Disaster Fund.

Please make a special, emergency donation today to our Gulf Disaster Fund.

Thank you for this generous emergency contribution.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of Center for Biological Diversity

Video courtesy of  ted.com

“Water will rule”


Oil was king, but water will rule the world’s future.
Who ever controls the potable or drinkable fresh water supplies will control the the development of life on earth.

There are more deaths from unsafe water than from war says the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“More people die from unsafe water

than from all forms of violence, including war.”

When we fail to keep our water ways, rivers, lakes and oceans clean, we set up for more poverty, disease, starvation and death. Dehydration in Eastern and Western countries is the root of our disease patterns and little or decreased access to good quality water could become the ever increasing root of struggles between nations.

The United Nations Childrens Agency (UNICEF) noted that more than 155 million people, or 39 percent of the population in West and Central Africa, have no access to potable or drinkable water.
..Daily millions of tons of untreated sewage, industrial and agricultural wastes {are dumped) into the world’s water systems,..clean water has become scarce and will be scarcer as a result of climate change.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says global peace and security will depend on access to water.

Government stability and economic growth will always depend on countries’ ability to successfully manage water in a world where water resources grow scarcer by the day… “become better stewards of our water resources.”
We can all help protect our water supplies now, by refusing to pollute even our waste water by refusing to dump medicines, pesticides and non biodegradable chemicals or junk into our sewage system. Cleaning up debris around and in our water is growing in importance. Cleaning up mine trailing ponds and refusing to allow companies to dump wastes into our water ways and oceans while helping to remove trash, plastics and cosmetics from our beach fronts and rivers and harbors help secure better future for our endangered world.

Our actions count in the overall plan and balance of our earth,

You are missing and vital link to a healthier tomorrow for us all.

Resource

Excerpts courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9bsXOS

“Toxic companies near you-act now”


Our waterways and its delivery systems across the US are in peril. There is no legal body that can enforce clean water safety standards. Through various political and monetary maneuvers

more than fifty percent of the corporate polluters of our waterways can dump toxic chemicals and waste straight into the rivers and streams

feed our water shed.


The Clean Water Act was intended to end dangerous water pollution by regulating every major polluter. Regulators may be unable to prosecute and regulate as many as half of the nation’s largest known polluters because officials may neither have proper jurisdiction or because proving jurisdiction would be overwhelmingly difficult and time consuming to prove.

“We are, in essence, shutting down our Clean Water programs in some states,” said Douglas F. Mundrick, an E.P.A. lawyer in Atlanta. “This is a huge step backward. When companies figure out the cops can’t operate, they start remembering how much cheaper it is to just dump stuff in a nearby creek.”

That creek may run directly into your communities waterways from which your drinking, bathing, swimming and garden water may come. If we do not put pressure on our local officials and get educated and active we might as well just help them add mercury, pbcs, lead, hydrogen sulfide and paints directly to you and your family’s  next glass of water.

Check to see if your state’s clean water commission has become so mired in the red tap that it has no power to keep your water healthy.

Here is a list of the top water polluters near you.

If you live in a state with any of them, you better get informed and active to reclaim your rights to clean water and land or you will be hearing your state official saying what James Tierney stated below:

“This is a huge deal,” James M. Tierney, the New York State assistant commissioner for water resources, said of the new constraints. “There are whole watersheds that feed into New York’s drinking water supply that are, as of now, unprotected.”

Pollution continues here is a list of the top one hundred biggest air  polluters.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of   http://nyti.ms/cEhxf7

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/dkq7TU

Image courtesy of   http://bit.ly/9iphn7

“Why must we save these endangered animals and forests?”


Our future as a species may be tied to saving these animals and forests from extinction.

Besides the beauty and the uniqueness of these ancient animals and forests, scientists are finding that
1. Leatherback turtle blood clots quickly so sharks can not detect their scent after being injured. This  may help scientists unravel clues to stem bleeding in humans. After surgery or injury, bleeding can cause death if not quickly stopped.

2. Cheetah’s are the fastest land animal. Their muscle protein structure may help understand their speed and help in muscle rehabilitation after an accident.

Cheetahs may run free in India

3. The naked mole rat is being studied for his longevity and extended family structure.

4. Leatherback turtles, the biggest species of turtle, can dive deeper than other turtles, leading experts to wonder how they regulate buoyancy. That and the shape of their shells could give clues to submarine or ship design.
5. Honey bee sting is used to decrease pain in joints from arthritis.
6. Frogs and lizards feet and a spider’s webs are being studied for their stickiness and its strength.
7. Tropical forests soak up greenhouse gases and are the treasure house for plants used to heal and a new source of income for poor nations.

Conserving endangered animals, sea life, the oceans, wetlands, forests and the air we breathe may take on such economic value that we will do whatever it takes to save them and us.

Resources


Excerpts
courtesy of   http://www.reuters.com

Images 1 and 3. courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders library

Image 2. courtesy of   http://costaricanconservationnetwork.wordpress.com/leatherback.jpg

“Climate activists jailed 20 hours without due process”


Thinking they had better put some activists away for the holiday season

So much for the US right to peaceful demonstration without recrimination.

Freedom is not free for four climate activists from Climate Ground Zero.net were jailed for twenty hours without being given their due process rights. They were taken from their home on December 29, 2009 for a demonstration against mountain top mining that happened October 10, 2009.

Freedom is not free

While in custody, they were refused bail and not given a chance to see a magistrate and thrown in the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver, WV. Twenty hours later they were finally released and freed on their own recognizance. They had no prior knowledge of their “outstanding warrants”.

Four climate activists were protesting how coal mining is killing the people and land of their state.

Climate Ground Zero is not another environmental organization. It is an ongoing campaign of non-violent civil disobedience in southern West Virginia to end mountaintop removal coal mining and its effects on our future.

Happy New Year and keep up the great peaceful work you are doing to help us all in 2010.

“Thanks everyone” -Mother Nature

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/12/31/coal-activists-jailed/

Excerpts courtesy of  http://climategroundzero.net/2009/12/four-cgz-activists-freed-on-their-own-recognizance/

Image courtesy of  http://climategroundzero.net/

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