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How Should Congress Invest OUR $150 billion?

Posted by on 31 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: ngo

Apollo Alliance

The Apollo Alliance offers some insight:

President Bush and Congress are deciding how to spend up to $150 billion of our hard-earned tax dollars to stimulate the economy. The question is: will they spend the money to jump-start our clean energy industries, create good jobs, and build a cleaner, brighter future for our children, or will they let special interests once again block the progress we badly need?

Please take action now. Click here to urge your Congressional representatives to support an economic stimulus package that expands renewable energy, reduces energy costs for homeowners and businesses, and creates good jobs for working Americans.

In December, Big Oil’s lobbyists blocked a tax package to fund energy efficiency and expand renewable energy. That clean energy tax package is essential to America’s future. Without it, the wind, solar, and geothermal industries could start to lay off tens of thousands of workers in coming weeks. Without it, American consumers and businesses will pay more for energy, and fewer Americans will be put to work weatherizing homes and businesses.

Congress needs to do the math!

Clean energy = New Business Opportunities + Green-collar Jobs.

Clean energy is good for consumers, good for workers, and good for America.

Please add your voice – click here to tell your Senators and Representative to do the math!

Full Frontal Scrutiny

Posted by on 29 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: business, news, ngo, research & reports


Moving the green agenda forward is difficult enough without misinformation clouding issues. Fortunately there are organizations like Consumer Reports WebWatch and the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

Full Frontal Scrutiny is a new joint project between these two organizations that aims to shine a light on front groups — organizations that state a particular agenda, while hiding or obscuring their identity, membership or sponsorship, or all three. Google “front groups” and you’ll find CMD’s SourceWatch site at the top of the list.

CMD Research Director Sheldon Rampton summed the project up like this:

“Full Frontal Scrutiny will be like no other site on the Web. Fakers, phonies and front groups beware — you will be exposed.”

“For six years, Consumer Reports WebWatch has evaluated sites against five simple guidelines for credibility and trustworthiness,” said Beau Brendler, WebWatch’s director.

  • Who owns the site?
  • What’s its purpose and mission?
  • Does it disclose sources of funding or key relationships with third parties?

These are important questions for consumers to ask about any Web site, and they’re also remarkably effective for ferreting out sites that intend to spin, obfuscate or dress up an unpopular agenda.”


Sidestep Recession With a Green For All Stimulus!

Posted by on 28 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: financial, ngo

Green for All

There’s an urgent call this morning from the Green For All crew:

Bottom line: Congress is about to vote on an $150 Billion economic stimulus package. That’s a LOT of CA$H on the table, and we’ve got a huge opportunity to make sure they don’t F*** it up with the same outdated, failed, and immoral economic strategies that got us into this mess. The best way to do that is to make sure we get a stimulus package that advances the Green For All vision: a clean energy economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. The petition’s getting delivered in less than 48 hours–and we need you all to jump on it:

Green For All,

YES! Put the money to work – economic stimulus for today, investment for the future. I’ve signed on and I hope will too. More information

Green-Collar Jobs For People AND Planet

Posted by on 25 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: business, ngo

I first heard Van Jones present at the Bioneers Conference in 2003. He left a strong impression on me. So I’m very, very happy to see his message getting traction, not least with presidential candidates. In a recent post on Grist, Van Jones argues that “green-collar jobs” are a way to simultaneously boost the economy and beat global warming. Compelling reading!

Green Guide From Greenpeace

Posted by on 23 Jan 2008 | Tagged as: guides, ngo

There are so many ways that we can step a little lighter on the Earth. The tips in this Greenpeace “Green Guide” provide some useful pointers. Got some tips of your own? A favorite guide to greening up your life? Let me know…