Great article!! oh for the days when utilities were actually "public utilities" and they functioned to provide service to the public in return for a monopoly in a certain geographic area. Their only purpose was to serve ratepayers. Only an enlightened public that holds them responsible and votes can reverse the current short-term profit making and political pay-back reaction to changes that are inevitable.
We need much more people power and solar power in Arizona, not coal power or co-opted power. Tell everyone you know, as well as the elected officials in Arizona, that it is time to understand the terrible human health and environmental impacts of coal and coal ash in our environment. And it is time to do something phenomenal about our climate that is heating up here and dryng up our water supplies. We CAN make sane and sensible choices for our future survival on this beautiful Planet Earth that is our home. Let's replace those elected officials who value money over human survival and elect people who make sane decisions. But we cannot wait longer. The time is now!!!
This kind of attack on solar energy is a lingering blast from the past, a last gasp of the fossils, think Neanderthal, and is nationwide. And the more we expose it, as is done so well by the whistleblower and in this oped, the more it will slink back into it's cave, its proper place in our modern American energy picture. Dr. Harvard Ayers, Climate Voices US
"It's because the utilities make a lot more money from old, polluting power plants than they do from solar."
And where do those utilities plan to GET that "lot more money from old, polluting power plants...?" Out of YOUR back pocket, that's where. The utilities have had YOU captured (as customers) from the first time you paid the electric bill at your rented or owned apartment or house. Now they've used some of that extra money from your electric bill to PURCHASE favor from the corporation commissioners.
Great job, Nancy, setting for the simply but elegant truth about legal (and possibly some illegal) corruption at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
What makes you say that? It's not true.
"Directed at helping boys and young men of color, My Brother's Keeper is a challenge to communities to ensure that all youth can achieve their full potential."
So are you saying that men that lack color ALL achieve their full potential? Or is it just that nobody cares?
It sounds more like a co dependent program than anything else.
Where can we see the documented results? Chicago? Nope. Detroit? Uh uh. How about DC? No way.
What we need are more jobs than employees. Why can't liberals understand that?
Income fixes many things. Morals does the rest.
I am glad these programs are helping , and I'm not happy with the budget cuts , however if you look at the other side of TUSD these programs will fail because of the truth is Sanchez and TUSD leadership don't care. I have read the letters written about the district and I know what they have done to me and my son. read it for yourself https://www.change.org/p/tucson-unified-sc…. I have challenged TW to write my story , lets see if they will leave my comment up for everyone to see
Sounds like a great program. There is no academic skill more critical than the ability to read.
Reveal yourself, "A ConcernedTucsonon". Only cowards hide behind their messages.
What, precisely, should we be doing on Earth Day to move alternatives forward? I'm all for it, but need some specific direction, other than simply protesting. Is there literature to distribute, a booth to staff with information about alternatives, etc.? Many well-intentioned people are very busy - I have a business to run, and have just lost my husband. If given some very detailed, specific actions to commit to, I believe many - certainly I - would step up. Please give us that information...thanks!
I have some questions on this piece. Mr. Jordan has indicated that we have no choice but to pursue radical solutions to climate change, but seems to also want to exclude big industry from participating in these solutions. I wonder what we will accomplish if we bar the groups who are arguably the largest contributors to climate change. While grassroots organizations do great work to help conserve and restore our natural resources, they are by their nature, limited in resources themselves, and more radical solutions may be attainable by pressuring (hence including) industry to make changes in their practices. These companies track their waste, not by the pound, but by the ton. If we can include them in sustainable practices, we can reduce landfill waste, air emissions, water quality degradation, and more, by much larger amounts than by pressuring small, home-grown companies, whose contribution to pollution and climate change is negligible by comparison. Should big industry do more to reduce their footprint? Yes, always yes. Will they do so if excluded from environmental organizations and events? Unlikely. I say they should be involved with these organizations so that the community at large can hold them responsible for reducing their emissions, waste, and climate change contribution. I'd like to know what Mr. Jordon thinks of this stance.
I also question the criticism of the southern Arizona environmental management society. They do have such industry members, but they also participate in highway cleanup events, grants to local schools for environmental projects, and support hight education through scholarships to students pursuing environmental degrees here in Tucson, which seems, to me, very in line with grassroots efforts this article advocates for. I don't understand, outside of their membership, what offends Mr. Jordon about this organization.
Excellent article. Thanks, James. Sadly, it is no longer shocking to hear a manufacturer of killing machines brag how the company will profit from the coming resource wars resulting from climate scorching. War is a good business for the few that the many have to shut down. Conversion from war to peacetime manufacturing. Conversion from fossil and nuclear to sustainable.
Thanks to James and TW for pointing this out. Again. I quit going to Earth Day celebrations a long time ago after Exxon and others began to co-opt them. But I have never forgotten the original intent of the Earth Day. We need to keep calling out the corporations and individuals that collectively work to push the planet over the brink just so they can have more money to live out their last days in comfort. And I include the politicians who pimp these services in that group as well.
I am currently advised to form a group of Tucson Southside Community members and residents to demand Air Force Plant 44 Raytheon, To pay more money to victims of pollutants/contaminants released in the Tucson International Airport Area since 1981. including trichloroethylene ("TCE") in 2004 a release of 1,4- Dioxin and Chromium 6, including Chloroform, Benzene was detected in the Water Supply including City of Tucson Water Supply. In 2007, an Administrative Order was entered and Environmental Protection Agency with the Order Compels the Respondent AFP44 to conduct measures to abate the threat to public health presented by the past and present contaminations from the Air Force Plant 44 , Located in Tucson Arizona , The Administration Order performing the response action describe as the scope of work (SOW), incorporated in the appendix A. in the Order. since prior activities and projects to cleanup these pollutants has failed and have not been containable, an Advanced Oxidation Process treatment system to treat TCE , DX currently April 2, 2015. Is the milestone date on the Advance Oxidation Treatment update. It really is a disappointment to me that the community gave up and I understand I get it I to gave up when my daughter passed away in 2007. from Lupus and Permanent Kidney damage she was only 20. and when my youngest was told by her Renal Doctor she was at her end stage and she would die in three Mouths , Thank the one who was and is to come the one who lives in us than he who is of the world the man up stairs she is in remission since her chemo treatment in 2014, I to gave up when my grand daughter was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome with no chance of change she is only 6 years old, It just really hurts that Tucson Arizona hates our children and we let them we even assist them " HOW" by sitting around waiting for the next door neighbor to do something about it. If you have a comment please by all means share I have been working even 14-15 hours a day for a year now it kept me motivated to keep on pressing every time I said JESUS especially when I had to read my daughters Autopsy Report I was not to smart academically I thought unremarkable meant she was healthy and had an unremarkable heart , till I read the definition of the word on the medical encyclopedia. my daughter heart exploited and she died at home it was the most traumatic thing I had ever encountered soon after her death I forgot how to read I was dead in spirit until I hit bottom and a wonderful man they call GOD redeemed me and turned my ashes into beauty, it is no lie when you take it to the source he restores you and no kidding he is truly the Son of God. and he lives and raises us up from the dead just as he did Lazarus I pray that I will not ever deny him three times despite how hard the storms are and how big the giant is I hope I do not leave my home without the armor of God, and the extra stones in my pocket. this is not a comment this is an inspirational true story and I hope if you just happen to read this that you will get out of the comfort zone and get involved in making a difference in this thriving community. I am hopeful GOD will draw me to the group he has for me and my family as well as the afflicted children.
Come to the Reclaim Earth Day for Earth and all Living Beings booth at the Earth Day event on April 18, 9-2 at Reid Park
Excellent article. All but for the same omission every individual and 'environmental' group makes when talking about climate change. All ignore the elephant in the room: livestock raising. Not one word about animal agriculture. Not one word about factory farms. And yet they are the single most responsible party for the emission of greenhouse gasses - more than all the cars, trucks, buses, airplanes and ships together in the world combined. More than all the jet fuel you, James Jordan, are talking about.
Yes, Confined Animal Feeding Operations produce 18 percent of the world's greenhouse gasses according to the United Nations. World Watch in Washington, DC states the true figure is a staggering 51 percent.
Yes, James Jordan: "We need to stop playing games with the issue of climate change. The situation is deadly serious." But I can't take you seriously until you face up to the meat industry.
Apparently you not afraid of Raytheon and Materion. But why then do you fear Cargill, Tyson Foods, and Smithfield Foods? There are 32 meat packing plants in Arizona. There are 63 beef cattle feedlots in Arizona. There are 920,000 cows in Arizona, all farting and shitting. That's where the greenhouse gas methane comes from and methane is up to 100 more potent than C02.
"We are at such a dire point in our natural history that we have no choice but to pursue radical (as in getting to the root of the problem) solutions, or we are going to lose everything. There is no time left for half measures and false solutions."
We have no choice than to pursue the radical solution of veganism.
System change is needed and the first system that should be changed is our monetary system. Present U.S. monetary system is used by threat of force from the U.S. military across the globe. In this system almost the entirety of what we use for money is created by banks when they make loans. As the loans are paid off the money is extinguished on the banks books and no longer exists. The banks are allowed to charge and keep interest and fees for money that they have created. Since only the principal amount of the loan is created as money and nothing is created for the interest and fees that also must be repaid, it is a system designed to put and keep us all in debt. At this it is succeeding very well.
Since the banks create the money, they get to make the decision on that for which it is to be used. Understandably environmental uses are behind whatever is last on the list. Money creation should be done debt-free by our federal government. Money would then be spent not loaned into existence for the actual things that people value -- clean air, clean water, clean renewable sustainable energy, a real healthcare plan, rebuilding our broken infrastructure, etc.
Linking Social Justice to Monetary Reform explains it all.
Looks like we have stopped talking about the science. take another bong hit everybody....
C'mon. This is America. Of course Raytheon and Rosemont are bankrolling the parade. Money is the state religion. Who's gonna pay for the cops? The toilets? Not the Sierra Club, they're volunteers.
Besides, if we all just get a Prius instead of a Hummer, it will all be rainbows and unicorns, right? Everyone knows gas loses it's carbon when you put it in a prius; the hybrid synergy drive catalyses it into dihydrogen oxide, and it neutralizes the effects of gluten and high-fructose corn syrup as a nice bonus! I'm trying to buy rights to the chimney output of the cement plant up in Marana to boot - a real goldmine (why aren't they also on the earth day board anyway?)...
All those cauldrons of methane boiling off in the arctic ocean and Yamal are sure to replace fracking and lead to our clean energy promised land. It's different this time. Jobs for everyone!!!
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