Tuesday, January 31, 2006
1) Powering our homes and businesses:
Ø The President's Coal Research Initiative.
Ø The President's Solar America Initiative.
Ø Expanding Clean Energy from Wind & Nuclear.
2) Powering our automobiles:
Ø The Biorefinery Initiative.
Ø Developing More Efficient Vehicles.
Ø The Hydrogen Fuel Initiative.
There are an estimated 250 million vehicles on America's highways, and Americans will purchase more than 17 million vehicles this year. It will take approximately 15 years to switch America's automobiles over to more fuel efficient technologies.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Dr. Grey, we again respectfully request that you sponsor a meeting among your department, the EPA International Activities Office and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss the feasibility of using DDT to end malaria in African countries. As you are aware, malaria kills an estimated 1.2 million people a year worldwide and 2,000 African children every day. Although the Gates Foundation wants to 'study' new approaches, there is a cost-effective and mostly environmentally benign solution available right now: DDT. We should be using it today. And just as we did in America, end its use tomorrow after malaria has been eliminated. Posted by Norris McDonald
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Nuclear power is a technology that does not increase global warming. We also believe that nuclear waste should be handled by a separate agency (U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Agency) from the Department of Energy. The Bush plan will include $250 million in the fiscal 2007 budget for the program.
Instead of just providing nuclear fuel to reactors in other countries, the U.S. would also take back the fuel for reprocessing once it has been spent. Russia is proposing a similar plan for the Iranian nuclear program. The U.S. has opposed reprocessing spent fuel because it produces material that could be used in nuclear weapons. We believe spent fuel can be properly handled and the GNEP will not increase the danger of proliferation.
Norris McDonald is Cochairman of the Nuclear Fuels Reprocessing Coalition
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The Green Group Diversity Survey is available on our website and we constantly send it to them, but most adamantly refuse to answer it. Why do you think they refuse to hire black people or answer our survey?
Monday, January 23, 2006
Friday, January 20, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
CBC members are not rich. Although Senator Barack Obama amassed $15 million for his senate victory and Congressman Charles Rangel raises the most in the House CBC with about $2 million for his campaigns, most members are not wealthy. That $165,000 annual salary doesn't go very far when you have to support two homes. Put a kid or two in college and they have to budget.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Environmental justice is the equal treatment of all people with respect to environmental issues. Approximately 150 million people in the U.S. breathe polluted air during smog season. Global warming is altering our climate and brewing a more toxic smog. Minority communities, in addition to being exposed to dirty air, are also burdened with a disproportionately large number of pollution facilites. Fortunately, nuclear power plants do not emit carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. These plants also do not emit smog forming gases. A strong argument could be made that, from an air pollution and global warming perspective, nuclear power plants provide technological environmental justice.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) called the U.S. House of Representatives a 'plantation' at Alfred Charles Sharpton's MLK event in Harlem. Is the climate changing in the observance of the MLK holiday? Would Rev Dr Martin Luther King support such statements about Chocolate City and plantations?
Monday, January 16, 2006
Newly elected Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in today and the ceremony was attended by First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Liberia is Africa's oldest republic and was established in 1847 by freed American slaves. Hopefully President Sirleaf will work out better than Charles Taylor, who was a complete disappointment.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Clover was taking over the backyard this summer. It grew almost as fast as I could pull it. I believe clover is a nitrogen fixer, but it also takes over the yard. I try to limit fertilizer applications (I am not a purist) as much as possible while still producing a seamless grassy yard. Right now the Common Mallow is the culprit. Clover roots are also spreading and sprouting little leaves. They are easily found and destroyed. Pulling the root during winter is crucial to spring and summer control. I wondered why I had to fight so hard last summer. If weeds are being hand controlled, one must allow for two or three seasons for best results. But you must still be vigilant. Weeds and their pesky root networks never sleep. (Posted by Norris McDonald)
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Modern environmentalists revere Teddy Roosevelt as a great hero. Although we acknowledge Roosevelt's contributions to conservation, we reject him as any kind of hero because of his racism. Many environmental groups today provide a valuable service by working to protect the environment, but also reflect the same racism exhibited by Teddy Roosevelt. Most of these groups do not hire blacks in professional positions and often promote policies that are detrimental to black communities (See AAEA Diversity Survey).
According to AmericanPresident.org,
He did not truly believe that blacks were the equals of whites, or that they could be integrated into the American social fabric. He generally accepted the prevailing idea that all nonwhites were less capable of self-rule and significant advancement in culture and science in comparison to whites. He agreed with and enthusiastically endorsed the notion that nonwhites entailed little more than a "burden" which the white races of the world must carry as part of their Christian duty. This sense of racial superiority tainted his attitudes toward blacks...
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Let's hope the rich, famous folks meeting with Chavez discussed some sort of oil business arrangement between Venezuala and black Americans. We are overdue in significantly participating in American energy product and service delivery. Belafonte's delegation included actor Danny Glover and Princeton University scholar Cornel West.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Judge Alito has received the highest recommendation from the ABA and we believe presidents should be allowed to choose their nominees, and absent some Earth shattering disqualifier, the Senate should confirm the selection. Of course, if the opposition wants to appoint Supreme Court judges, they should take a page out of former President Bill Clinton's 'How To Be A Republican-Lite And Win The Presidency' playbook, and WIN AN ELECTION.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Italia Federici is president of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (CREA) and she worked very closely with Jack Abromoff. Mr. Abramoff directed hundreds of thousands of dollars (approx $500,000) from indian tribes to CREA allegedly to influence the Department of Interior and Congress. The CREA president is being portrayed as a paid conduit for Abramoff's influence-peddling with the Department of Interior. Ms. Federici says she was just doing environmental work. A Dec. 2, 2002 email from Abramoff to Federici, publicized by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, described how he sought former Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles' help in scuttling a casino plan by the Jena Band of Choctaw, a Louisiana tribe seen as competition by his clients.
Federici is a former political aide to Interior Secretary Gale Norton and a confidante of Griles. She presented controversial testimony at a Nov 17, 2005 hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, chaired by John McCain (R-AZ). In the mid-1990s Ms. Federici worked on former Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton's failed bid for the U.S. Senate. Ms. Federici partnered with Ms. Norton to create the Coalition of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (now called the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy). Sources: Source Watch, Washington Post, The Hill.
There will be Congressional hearings on the accident. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training (OMHST) will review the accident and propose regulatory improvements. The reported 208 mine violations will be revisited. We have also heard from mining officials that 2005 was one its safest years ever. However, for the moment, let us honor the brave men who lost their lives this week. Think about them every time you turn on an electrical appliance in your home. Fifty percent of the nation's electricity comes from coal-fired plants.
Monday, January 02, 2006
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 is already the best Kyoto Protocol in the world. By aggressively promoting the building of new nuclear power plants, it is the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction program being implement by any nation on Earth. We also hope President Bush will introduce an environmental justice bill that has teeth in his second term. And we do not believe he is finished with energy and air policy proposals. President Teddy Roosevelt created the National Park Service and was the object of the 'Teddy Bear' craze. Whereas Teddy was bad on race issues, President Bush is a virtual revolutionary, with the most powerfully diverse administration in U.S. history. President Bush will ultimately be considered to be 'greener' than President Roosevelt.