Tribes: Turbine site is sacred

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Officials from two federally recognized Indian tribes say they are frustrated in their attempts to protect what they consider a sacred site from becoming part of an offshore wind farm.

The two tribes want federal officials to deny a permit to Cape Wind for Horseshoe Shoal and move the proposed 130 wind turbines to another site.

Objections

Both the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Wampanoag of Gay Head (Aquinnah) have two main objections to the Cape Wind project:

  • It would destroy a sacred site where ancestors fished, hunted and possibly were buried.
  • It would obstruct their view of the horizon, thus interfering with their spiritual well-being.

http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090715/NEWS/907150321

Hydrogen Car Goes Down Like the Hindenburg: DoE Kills the Program

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The dream of hydrogen fuel cell cars has just been put back in the garage. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced yesterday that his department is cutting all funding for hydrogen car research, saying that it won’t be a feasible technology anytime soon. “We asked ourselves, ‘Is it likely in the next 10 or 15, 20 years that we will covert to a hydrogen car economy?’ The answer, we felt, was ‘no,’” Chu said [CNET]. While innovative new cars are a high priority, Chu declared that his department will focus on efforts that may pay off sooner, like plug-in electric cars.

Cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells have been a staple of clean energy dreams, as they’d produce only a trickle of water as a waste product, instead of sooty exhaust and carbon dioxide gas. The retreat from cars powered by fuel cells counters Mr. Bush’s prediction in 2003 that “the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen, and pollution-free.” The Energy Department will continue to pay for research into stationary fuel cells, which Dr. Chu said could be used like batteries on the power grid and do not require compact storage of hydrogen [The New York Times].

But experts say there are a host of obstacles to overcome before hydrogen cars can regularly cruise America’s highways. They are still very expensive, and producing the hydrogen on which they run is not cheap, or completely clean, either. At the moment, most hydrogen used in fuel cells is extracted from natural gas, a non-renewable hydrocarbon just like oil. A new hydrogen distribution system would also have to be built from scratch – and won’t be cheap [The Wall Street Journal]. One recent report from the National Research Council estimated that the total cost of building hydrogen pipelines and filling stations could be as high as $200 billion.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2009/05/08/hydrogen-car-goes-down-like-the-hindenburg-doe-kills-the-program/

Sioux tribe set to reap a whirlwind of green profit

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The Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Indians from South Dakota are poised to sign a $400m (£286m) deal with a big Boston energy firm to build a massive wind farm across their 1m-acre reservation. It is hoped the deal will transform tribal economics nationwide and drag many Native Americans out of poverty.

The tribe has teamed up with Citizens Wind, the commercial arm of a Boston group called Citizens Energy, a not-for-profit organisation set up by congressman Joseph Kennedy, the nephew of President John F Kennedy.

Citizens Wind believes the scheme will take about three years to complete and will provide 120MW of electricity to the grid, enough to supply 50,000-60,000 average households.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/mar/15/usa-windpower

Gallup Poll: Americans Want Both Renewables and Fossil Fuels

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PRINCETON, New Jersey, March 17, 2009 (ENS) – More than 75 percent of Americans polled in Gallup’s annual Environment Survey for 2009 say they are in favor of increased government financial support and incentives to produce energy from alternative sources, while just eight percent say the government should do less. The government has it exactly right, 13 percent told pollsters.

Simultaneously, the majority of respondents said the government should not reduce its financial support for the production of energy from oil and gas. Only 30 percent think the government should withdraw the funding and incentives it provides to petroleum producers.

The Obama administration has put a high priority on investment in clean renewable energy, and much of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act encourages those industries.

http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-17-094.asp


Reps reintroduce Clean Water Protection Act, aiming to curb mountaintop-removal mining

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It’s official: The first shot has been fired in the legislative battle to end the devastating practice of mountaintop-removal coal mining in central Appalachia.

With the quickly growing and extraordinary nationwide support of 117 cosponsors, including 17 members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth (D) from the embattled coal state of Kentucky joined Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) in reintroducing the Clean Water Protection Act on Wednesday.

The act was introduced originally to challenge the outrageous executive rule change by the Bush administration to redefine “fill material” in the Clean Water Act, which has allowed coal companies to blast hundreds of mountains to bits, dump millions of tons of “excess spoil” into nearby valleys, and bury hundreds of miles of streams. An estimated 1,200 miles of waterways have been destroyed by this extreme mining process.

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2009/3/4/82218/86380?source=daily

Victory: this is how to stop global warming

March 2nd, 2009

More amazing images from the largest mass civil disobedience for the climate in U.S. history where thousands of activists shut down the Capitol Power Plant. The only way we’re going to solve the climate crisis is by coming together and taking action. Like this:

More images and video up on flickr:

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Why we’re here

March 2nd, 2009

Video from the action:

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Blockades in Place, Rally in Progress

March 2nd, 2009

More pictures and video up on flickr as the blockades continue and the march turns into a rally. Thousands on the ground, this is how change happens.


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All Gates Now Occupied

March 2nd, 2009

Every gate at the Capitol Coal Plant has now been occupied. Strong contingents have broken off from the central march in order to block access to this symbolic plant.

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Video Clips From the Beginning of the March

March 2nd, 2009

We’ve got our video clips coming in. We’ll keep posting them as we get more. Check back regularly.

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Obama Budget Boosts Funding for Natives

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As they sift through President Obama’s first federal budget proposal, some Native American officials are optimistic about how tribal communities will fare under the $3.6 trillion spending plan even as they await the details of the massive budget plan.

The Obama blueprint, which was presented to Congress on Thursday, would finance sweeping new investments in health care, energy independence and education among other things in an ambitious fiscal plan that also spotlights various Native programs.

The highlights include a $4 billion proposal for the Indian Health Service to support and expand health care services and public health programs for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

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