After the Elections: Pollution Has Consequences

Yes,  time to fight harder!

Pollution Has Consequences

Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign

November 6, 2014

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Elections have consequences—that’s a common political trope we hear after every election, and it’s true. It’s also true that pollution has consequences, and those hit Americans right where they live, from kids with asthma, to rivers fouled with coal pollution, to the farmer in the grip of an unending drought made worse by climate change.

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Pollution will still have consequences. Decisions about energy will continue to be made at the local and state level, by utility commissions and state regulators who are usually far less partisan and polarized than their federal counterparts—and those are venues where every one of us can and should get engaged.

As the new report by the world’s leading scientists makes clear, the effect of climate pollution released over the next two years will be far more lasting and irrevocable than anything that happens in the 114th Congress. So now is not the time for despair—it’s time for us to double down and do the most effective, strategic work of our lives.

While Americans showed their anger and frustration at the voting booth and sent new leadership to Congress this week, they did not vote for dirty air, dirty water or dirty energy. However, unless we do our work very well, that is just what they will get. In the next two years we will need to defend the progress that has been made to address climate change, shift away from fossil fuels to clean energy, and safeguard public health from dangerous air and water pollution.

Federally, climate deniers are poised to take the reins in several key U.S. Senate committees, and they clearly intend to take aim at a whole host of air, water and climate safeguards, especially the Clean Power Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

Meanwhile, in statehouses across the nation, polluters are teeing up a wave of anti-environmental measures, including making it harder for homeowners to go solar, rolling back state clean energy standards and blocking states from reducing their carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan.

At the same time, when it comes to our progress moving the U.S. beyond coal, we’re not going backwards. No new coal plants are being built in the U.S. right now, our existing coal plants aren’t getting any younger, and clean energy is being installed at such skyrocketing rates that wind and solar are as cheap as fossil fuels in a growing number of states around the country.

Pollution will still have consequences. Decisions about energy will continue to be made at the local and state level, by utility commissions and state regulators who are usually far less partisan and polarized than their federal counterparts—and those are venues where every one of us can and should get engaged.

Poll after poll has shown that the public wants clean air, clean water and action to tackle the climate crisis. We want more investments in clean energy now. Local concerns about public health, air pollution, and clean water will still be the most powerful arguments in the room. And regular people, fighting for their families and their communities, will still be the most powerful force shaping America’s energy future.

I’ll leave you with a couple of pieces of advice that seem very fitting this week, from two strong Appalachian women who I count among my heroes. When Judy Bonds, a leader and legend in the fight to end mountaintop removal, was in failing health, she told her friends and supporters that the best way to honor her legacy was simple: “Fight harder.” And to paraphrase legendary labor organizer Mother Jones, “Don’t whine—organize!”

Nov 10th: Special Meeting of Board of County Commissioners and the Mecklenburg County State Legislative Delegation

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Come on down and listen to BOCC and our NC House and Senate delegation discuss our 2015 Legislative Agenda.

MECKLENBURG COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

Today’s Date: November 7, 2014

Staff Contact Person: Janice S. Paige, Clerk to the Board

Contact Phone Number: 980-314-2912

Commission/Committee Name:  Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

Meeting Information:

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC Room 267

 

PURPOSE OF MEETING: The Board will meet with the Mecklenburg County State Legislative Delegation to present Mecklenburg County’s 2015 Legislative Agenda and to discuss other matters of mutual interests and to take action as may be deemed appropriate.

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Nov 20 Discussion with Annie Leonard: Renewable Energy and Education

Have followed Annie Leonard’s journey. Can’t wait to meet and hear from her on these topics.

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Discussion with Annie Leonard: Renewable Energy and Education

Thursday, November 20, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Midwood International Auditorium
1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

Join “Story of Stuff” creator, and Greenpeace executive director, Annie Leonard for an interactive discussion of the local and global implications of energy choices. The renewable energy revolution is sweeping the nation and Charlotte can help lead the charge. Mingling and free pizza followed by a Annie’s keynote and lessons from NC solar schools.

HOSTED BY GREENPEACE

Charlotte ranks as 10th most dangerous for pedestrians. Learn what the City will do about it!

Attend the upcoming Charlotte Transportation & Planning Committee and learn about plans by City Staff to address this alarming statistic for the city – the 10th most dangerous City for pedestrians. Hear how serious are our elected officials are about aggressively addressing this issue. Click below to see the agenda and the presentation to be made.

Transportation & Planning Committee
Monday, November 10, 2014
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center – Room 280

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Charlotte ranks as 10th most dangerous for pedestrians
“Charlotte is ranked the 10th most dangerous city for pedestrians in the country. The study titled, Dangerous by Design, was released Tuesday (May 20, 2014) by the Smart Growth America and National Complete Streets Coalition. It shows pedestrians in the Charlotte-Concord-Gaston area are twice more likely to be struck and killed while walking, compared to other parts of the country. The report ranked 51 of the country s largest cities using information on fatalities, and pedestrian injury crashes.”
Read the full article from WCNC at http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/local/2014/07/04/11135656/

Download the Dangerous by Design Report at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/dangerous-by-design-2014/dangerous-by-design-2014.pdf

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Sustainable Commute Challenge – Win $50

Do you walk, bike, or ride transit in Charlotte? Sustain Charlotte’s Transportation Choices Alliance is giving away $50 every weekday in November to the contestant whose photo attracts the most ‘Likes’ in our Sustainable Commute Challenge! Everyone in the Charlotte region is eligible to enter: www.movecharlottesmarter.org/challenge

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The Moral Imperative to Act on Climate – Nov 13th Program

Make plans to attend this informative and inspiring program! Bring a friend and share the announcement on your Facebook. It’s time to take action!

The Moral Imperative to Act on Climate

Thursday, November 13, 3014, from 6:30pm-8pm
International House, 1817 Central Ave, Suite 215, Charlotte, NC 28205

A Charlotte Interfaith Coalition would like to invite you to join us for a panel discussion about climate change, environmental stewardship and creation care in our respective faiths. The panel will discuss the moral imperative to act.

Panelists include:
Pastor David Jordan – Providence Baptist Church
Imam Atif Chaudhry – Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte
Reverend Nancy Allison – Holy Covenant United Church of Christ
Priest Swaminath Sastrigal – Hindu Priest of Charlotte
Moderator – Susannah Tuttle – North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

Partners and Supporters:
Being There
Mecklenburg Ministries
Charlotte Cooperation Circle
Greenpeace Charlotte
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light
National Religious Coalition for Creation Care
Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group
United Religions Initiative
Universal Institute for Successful Aging of Carolinas

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Space Available for National Summit for a Nuclear Free Future

Attend for 1 day or all the days ~ There’s still time to sign up!

National Summit for a Nuclear Free Future

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The EPA is blatantly promoting nuclear power as one solution to cutting carbon. Nuclear is NO solution, and we need to push to end any campaigns to encourage more nuclear, and instead promote clean renewable technologies. Come help us plan strategies to move towards a future free of nuclear power.

Here are the event details:

WHO: Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign
WHAT: National Summit for a Nuclear Free Future
WHEN: Nov. 14-17, 2014
WHERE: National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Weekend Schedule of Sessions

Questions: Susan Corbett (reindeargirl@gmail.com)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Start Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
End Date:   Monday, November 17, 2014

If you’d like to attend this event you can purchase tickets online.

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