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Russians Seize Greenpeace Ship Protesting Arctic Oil Drilling Rig - Sign Petition For Putin To Release Crew
(Picture: Crew of Greenpeace's ship "Arctic Sunrise" - Credit: Greenpeace.org)
SEP 21, 2013 - Paul Watson left Greenpeace because they were too wimpy for him, but his popular new show "Whale Wars" might be having an effect and pressuring Greenpeace to ramp up their efforts. The Russians are starting to build oil drilling rig platforms in the Barents Sea for the first time, and it is threatening the biosystem and wildlife in the area; so Greenpeace launched a protest campaign against this drilling. Last Wednesday, Greenpeace activists attempted to board the Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya drilling rig to shut it down; soldiers fired at them and they were unsuccessful. The next day the Russians fired shots across the bow of their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and then boarded it with Russian internal security service soldiers (the FSB) and seized control of the Greenpeace ship. They detained all the crew in the galley, and detained the captain on the bridge. The Russian foreign minister excused his government's behaviour by accusing the activists of "aggressive and provocative behaviour", and the ship is being taken back to the Russian port of Murmansk. Greenpeace is calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to release the ship and the more than 20 crew members; so far he has not. Read more on BBCNews.com here, and also check out the Greenpeace website on the incident and sign the petition calling on President Putin to release the hostages now.
AUG 26, 2013 - JTMP has been wroking hard with Americans Against Fracking, Energy-Reality.org and others to fight Fracking, and this gave us a chance to check out the great new book "Energy" this weekend put out by the Post Carbon Institute and Watershed Media; and we are impressed by this coffee-table tome. The pictures are breathtaking and stunning, and the format and content of the book is top-notch and keeps you engaged and enraged; yet the writers do take the time to point towards a better future for us and the Earth when it comes to our energy needs.
The book cover is a horrific picture of the burning and sinking Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform that resulted in the great tragedy of the BP Gulf Oil Spill in 2011, and reminds us of the oil-addicted path we have charted and is causing so much destruction to our planet. It starts off with 25 pages of awe-inspiring high-resolution pictures that tell the state of things when it comes to energy extraction and the use of it, and how it is destroying the lands we live on as well as poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink. In the next 4 parts, with various pieces from several writers, the book lays out the predicament we are in, what energy sources we are tapping into, the false solutions offered by the establishment and the energy companies, and calls out the unfortunate amount of wilderness that is under attack due to our insatiable appetite for energy and this unsustainable path we are on.
The book concludes with an optimist message, and how we can "depower destruction", and offers positive outlooks and solutions by several writers. It also talks about what they are "for" not just what they are against and end the book beautifully with this:
"What we're for is leaving behind the current energy economy, which is wasteful, polluting and centralized; assumes perpetual growth; and is anchored by nonrewable fuels. We envision a bold leaptoward an energy economy that fosters beauty and health; that is resilient because it emphasizes renewable, community-scale energy generation, that supports durable economies, not growth; and that is informed by nature's wisdom."
"Recognizing that all human econmic activity is a subject of nature's econmony and must not degrade ots vitality is the starting point for systemic transformation of the energy system. While such a transition may seem daunting, reforms may be implemented incrementally, and the destination offers exciting possiblities for building vibrant human communities embedded in healthy ecosystems."
JTMP reminds you that Fracking is a local state issue, and urges you to contact your state delegates, senators and your governor and tell them you want to turn away from this unsustainable carbon-based energy path we are on, and you want a brighter and better future for the Earth and our grandkids and you say NO TO FRACKING. If you are interested in the book "Energy", check out the book's page here, check out the Post Carbon Institute webpage here, check out pics of the book in higher resolution and leave a comment on the Justice Through Music Facebook page here.
APR 22, 2013 - The EPA has sent a letter to top State Department officials criticizing the State Department's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as having "insufficient information", and stated a few reasons why they think the DEIS needs more work such as: Tar Sands Oil is particularly difficult to clean up, and the plan on building the Keystone XL Pipeline right through the Ogallala Aquifer, thereby possibly contaminating the drinking water for millions of people. Read the EPA letter and read more on LATimes.com here.
APR 20, 2012 - Now normally I wouldn't be mentioning "green" and NASCAR" in the same paragraph, and I know some people will say it is merely a PR stunt and NACAR is one of the biggest spillers or polluters of gas and oil, and forget about the CO2 emissions they are through the roof. However, they have made a couple of gestures towards being "green" recently and are out touting their efforts. I feel that even though it is like your alcoholic uncle being sober for one weekend and there is still a long way to go, we should applaud and support NASCAR's efforts at being "green". They seem very genuine in their efforts, and have started a NASCAR Green Initiative to not only be responsible when it somes to the environment, but are also becoming a platform for inventors and entrepreneurs to stage new green automotive technology. They have even been very aggressive at setting up recycling containers for the millions of spectators that come to their events. In fact, it was the fans that pressured NASCAR to try and be as "green" as possible, because the fans were concerned about their other favorite outdoor activities, hunting and fishing. A huge majority of NASCAR fans support the green initiative and want to preserve the natural habitat for their grandkids.
In 2010 NASCAR announced a major partnership with American Ethanol to "go green" and started using a 15-percent ethanol fuel blend made with American-grown corn, also adding much needed American jobs. 43 cars would use an ethanol-based fuel for the Daytona 500 in 2011. Richard Childress, a NASCAR champion driver and current team owner, wrote an Op-Ed in Charlotte Observer today praising ethanol saying that by using ethanol based fuels "we are reducing not only carbon emissions, but also lots of other toxins that would otherwise be pumped out the exhaust. Those toxins don’t only degrade our health, but also the streams, lakes and forests where my family and I like to fish and hunt." Childress also added that the myth of ethanol-based fules reducing performance is false, in fact he says the opposite is true. "NASCAR has accumulated nearly 2 million miles of driving – in practice, qualifying and racing laps – on E15, without a hitch. Plus, we’ve also seen enhanced performance. In fact, many of the teams have reported an increase in horsepower. In my mind, this proves that E15 is a viable alternative to regular gasoline." Read the whole Op-Ed on CharlotteObserver.com here. NASCAR is having Earth Day events all month long at races, and will have a huge green "Ethanol" painted across the backstretch of the track at Kansas Speedway. They have even released a white paper touting what steps they are taking to try and be "more green".
The latest "green thing" is NASCAR has announced is that they will be using an all-electric car at the next NASCAR event in Richmond, Virginia at the Sprint Cup Series on April 28. The Focus Electric by Ford will be unveiled to the public on April 25. Ford had used a hybrid (gas/electric) back in 2008, but this is the first pace car that will be 100% all electric. The car will actually be unveiled at the Virginia State Capitol and then driven to Richmond International Raceway by LT. Gov. Bill Bolling. JTMP applauds NASCAR and it's fans for "going green"!
MAR 30, 2012 - A good article over at Crikey.com really lays out how renewable energy like solar power are injecting competition into the energy industry, a position electric utilities are not used to and are not happy about.
“The first graph illustrates what a typical day on the electricity market in Germany looked like in March four years ago; the second illustrates what is happening now, with 25GW of solar PV installed across the country. Essentially, it means that solar PV is not just licking the cream off the profits of the fossil fuel generators — as happens in Australia with a more modest rollout of PV — it is in fact eating their entire cake.”