Get Involved: Contact Congress — Sugarcane Ethanol, the Sweeter Alternative

Get Involved: Contact Congress — Sugarcane Ethanol, the Sweeter Alternative.

Information included in the link above to contact your members of Congress!!!!

Leading environmental officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in California agree: ethanol made from sugarcane is an ideal renewable fuel that can help reduce greenhouse gases while diversifying America’s energy resources. EPA has designated sugarcane ethanol as an Advanced Renewable Fuel – an important category of superior biofuels that, along with cellulosic biofuels and others, will make up 21 billion gallons of America’s fuel supply by 2022. This is equal to about 15% of today’s gasoline market. In California, the state’s air regulators have classified sugarcane ethanol as a “low-carbon” fuel that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation sector.

What is it about sugarcane ethanol that makes the fuel so environmentally friendly?

  • Renewable – Sugarcane ethanol, unlike coal or oil, is produced from sugarcane plants that grow back year after year.
  • Sustainable – Since sugarcane only needs to be replanted every five to seven years – as a semi-perennial crop it can be harvested without uprooting the plant, its cultivation has less impact on the soil and surrounding environment. Learn more about sustainable sugarcane agriculture in Brazil.
  • Energy-Intensive – Sugarcane is highly efficient in converting sunlight, water and CO2 into stored energy.  Sugarcane produces seven times more energy compared to corn when used in ethanol production.
  • Lower Carbon Emissions – Compared to gasoline, sugarcane ethanol cuts greenhouse gases by more than 60%. That’s better than any other liquid biofuel produced today in large quantities.

In addition to these significant environmental benefits, sugarcane ethanol also is more affordable compared to other alternatives. That’s why many observers point to sugarcane ethanol as a good option for diversifying U.S. energy supplies, increasing healthy competition among biofuel manufacturers and improving America’s energy security.

 

Get Control of your Private Information!

Hear Us Now : a project of Consumers Union:.

Send a message to your representative through the above link.

Bills have been introduced that will put you in control of your personal information while online or on your smartphone!

Now we need to get these online privacy bills passed, and we need consumers like you to weigh in. Opposition is expected to be strong, since online tracking of your private information is big business!

This latest bill would require companies to honor your decision if you do not want to be tracked online. And it would hold tracking companies accountable if they go against your wishes. The rules also would apply to smartphones, too.

Texas Board of Education: Creationists War on Science! [Petition] | Demand Progress

Tell the Texas Board of Education: End the War on Science! | Demand Progress.

This is a link to Demand Progress and a petition to the Texas Board f Education.

There’s a national war on science, and the Texas Board of Education is the front line:  They want to put Creationists in charge of the content of science text books. The board has influence beyond Texas because the state is one of the largest buyers of textbooks — so their decisions could undermine what gets taught across America.

The nominees to the science curriculum review team are absolutely ridiculous: They don’t believe in evolution — and some of them admit that they don’t even believe in science at all!

One said, “I can find physical and written testimony that the Earth is only 6,000 years old … Studying natural history can be an interesting, fun, and adventure-filled pursuit, but it is not real science” and another puts it even more bluntly:  “As a creationist, I believe naturalism in the sciences to be science-fiction.”

These people are making a mockery of science education, which could have severe ramifications across the country.  Will you help us fight back by signing our petition to the Texas Board of Education?

PETITION TO TEXAS BOARD OF EDUCATION: Texas needs to end its war on science. Your embarrassing insistence on trying to teach Creationism will hurt not only children in Texas, but will encourage changes in text books that could undermine science education across our country.

Petition Site That Cares: Care2 – largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare.

Care2 – largest online community for healthy and green living, human rights and animal welfare..

Randy Paynter, CEO and President of C2, started this site in 1998.

The idea is simple: Make it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle and impact the causes they care about most.

When he was 13 he was traveling with his father up the Amazon in a thatch-covered boat.  His father was an ornithologist (study of birds).

“What struck me most was the contrast between the remote tribes living in harmony with the rainforest, and the poverty and deforestation in the most “modernized” towns we visited”, said Paynter on the About Us page of the site.  He saw that the world was terribly out of balance and began to believe that we each have the power to make positive changes in our world.

“The answer came in 1998.  The Internet.  Finally, the power to mobilize the world was at hand.  I raised money from some kind and crazy souls, and then really lucked out in finding two extraordinary partners — Matt McGlynn (now our chief technology officer) and Camilla Eriksson (now our vice president of eCards.  In September 1998, we launched Care2 from my tiny apartment” Paynter writes.

The website is driven by those who wish to make changes in this world.  They are a certified B Corporation.

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The butterflies on the logo are designed after a Physics concept called “The Butterfly Effect“.  It symbolizes to them that one person can take a small step and make a difference.

You can earn butterfly credits by taking various actions like signing a petition and taking the daily action.  These credits can be redeemed for gifts that make the world a better place.

There is an online community and plenty of fun topics and polls.  you can create groups or join existing ones.

Taking Action

There are so many petitions you can sign on a wide array of topics and issues that you may support.  There is a daily action that you can do and earn credits for.

There is also a whole section on Healthy and Green Living.

I have been signed up for emails through this site for some time now.  Some of my other blogs are based on these emails about petitions available tailored to the issues I am concerned with at the moment.  I have always had a good experience with this Organization.  Enjoy, and help by taking your own little steps…we can make a difference!

Protect Civil Liberties: Don’t Re-Authorize PATRIOT Act | Demand Progress

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Protect Civil Liberties: Don’t Re-Authorize PATRIOT Act | Demand Progress.

Full Article at above link.

Since it was passed almost a decade ago, some of the most noxious portions of the PATRIOT Act have burrowed their way deep into our legal system.  A year ago, President Obama signed a bill extending three provisions of the original PATRIOT Act; last week Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) introduced legislation to extend them again.

Barack Obama’s justice department has come out in favor of renewing three controversial PATRIOT Act provisions.  The silver lining?  Tthe Justice Department also declares its openness to “modifications” of those provisions designed to provide checks and balances, provided they don’t undermine investigations.  The problem with many of the law’s provisions is that there are needed constraints and oversight mechanisms.

Three of the Potential Changes That Can Be Made:

Consider the much-contested “roving wiretap” provision allowing warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to cover all the communications devices a target might use without specifying the facilities to be monitored in advance—at least in cases where there are specific facts supporting the belief that a target is likely to take measures to thwart traditional surveillance. The objection to this provision is not that intelligence officers should never be allowed to obtain roving warrants, which also exist in the law governing ordinary law enforcement wiretaps. The issue is that FISA is fairly loosey-goosey about the specification of “targets”—they can be described rather than identified. That flexibility may make some sense in the foreign intel context, but when you combine it with similar flexibility in the specification of the facility to be monitored, you get something that looks a heck of a lot like a general warrant. It’s one thing to say “we have evidence this particular phone line and e-mail account are being used by terrorists, though we don’t know who they are” or “we have evidence this person is a terrorist, but he keeps changing phones.” It’s another—and should not be possible—to mock traditional particularity requirements by obtaining a warrant to tap someone on some line, to be determined. FISA warrants should “rove” over persons or facilities, but never both.

 

The DOJ letter describes the so-called “Lone Wolf” amendment to FISA as simply allowing surveillance of targets who are agents of foreign powers without having identified which foreign power (i.e. which particular terrorist group) they’re working for. They say they’ve never invoked this ability, but want to keep it in reserve. If that description were accurate, I’d say let them. But as currently written, the “lone wolf” language potentially covers people who are really conventional domestic threats with only the most tenuous international ties—the DOJ letter alludes to people who “self-radicalize” by reading online propaganda, but are not actually agents of a foreign group at all.

Finally, there’s the “business records” provision, which actually covers the seizure of any “tangible thing.”  The problems with this one probably deserve their own post, and ideally you’d just go through the ordinary warrant procedure for this. But at the very, very least there should be some more specific nexus to a particular foreign target than “relevance” to a ongoing investigation before an order issues. The gag orders that automatically accompany these document requests also require more robust judicial scrutiny.

The link above will take you to Demand Progress and there is an option to sign their petition.

Accept No Substitute for Real Net Neutrality – Sign the Petition | Change.org

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Accept No Substitute for Real Net Neutrality – Sign the Petition | Change.org.

Petition is at link above.

Targeting: Julius Genachowski (FCC Chairman), Mignon Clyburn (FCC Commissioner ), and Michael Copps (FCC Commissioner )
Started by: Free Press

After more than a year of waffling on Net Neutrality, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski just announced plans to issue weak regulations that give just about everything to giant phone and cable companies, and leave Internet users with almost nothing.

President Obama promised to take a “back seat to no one” in his commitment to Net Neutrality. He appointed Chairman Julius Genachowski to head the FCC and get the job done.

We still have time to fix Chairman Genachowski’s toothless rule before it goes to a vote on Dec. 21. Send this letter to FCC Commissioners — and Net Neutrality champions — Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn. They still have the power to save the Internet before it’s too late.