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FOSSIL FUELED REPUBLICANISM - BY MICHAEL KLARE
The mid-term elections means party time for Big Energy. Republicans and the Tea Party want to remove all restraints from tapping North American fossil fuels. Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline will be among the first measures "we're very likely to be voting on", said soon-to-be Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. But Keystone XL is only one of their plans to exploit oil, coal, and natural gas reserves. They want to remove any "obstacles" to the construction of any border-crossing pipelines, prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from placing carbon restrictions on coal, ban federal oversight of fracking, open up more off-shore drilling, and promote oil and liquefied natural gas exports.
There are apparently two major motives for the fossil Republicans, that of bolstering national power and prestige, and that of maximizing resource through-put to maximize profits for their billionaire benefactors. Klare points out that "The giant energy firms are among the leading sources of campaign financing. Most of their money has, in recent years, gone to Republicans who espouse a pro-carbon agenda".
Most of the world along with the U.N. recognize the need to cut back dramatically on burning fossil fuels. And President Obama may take executive action on climate issues such as the recent climate deal with China. But Klare is concerned that "for each modest step forward on climate stabilization, the latest election ensures that Americans are destined to march several steps backward when it comes to reliance on climate-altering fossil fuels". Learn more at -Fossil-Fueled Republicanism : Michael Klare.
NONVIOLENT PROTESTS PLANNED IF OBAMA AND CONGRESS PASS KEYSTONE XL
Between the release dates of the Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), it became clear that the State Department and their hired contractor had gamed the system with flawed conclusions by the consultant, ERM, Inc. Over 100,000 citizens have signed a "pledge of resistance". Each person committed to risk arrest if necessary to stop Keystone XL, and President Obama has felt pressure in a way he never had before. It is thought his decision may occur unannounced, so protectors of the land and air need to be ready when the time comes.
With over 400 volunteer action leaders trained in 25 cities nationwide, the local sit-in actions will be deployed when and if the Obama Administration recommends approval of Keystone XL. Chances are there's one near you. To stop Keystone XL, you can take the next step and sign up with your local pledge action. You can Find your nearest Pledge of Resistance action and sign up to be part of it. The passive resistance actions will be at places like the State Department, EPA and Federal offices, oil industry contractor ERM offices, and branches of TD Bank. If you click the above link and plug in your zip code, you will learn where the nearest action is to you.
KKFI COMMUNITY RADIO - ECOLOGICAL SHOWS THIS WEEK
(courtesy Mike Murphy, KKFI Programming Committee)
Friday, 28 November 2014, 9:30am - Bioneers Radio Series
Bioneers presents "Why the World Doesn't End: Recreation Myths of Nature and Culture". "When the culture collapses, what's left are the the people that kept close to the Earth who continue to tell the stories. I call them the recreation stories." Mythologist, author and storyteller, Michael Meade, reminds us that the word "apocalypse" (epoc-collapse) actually means an unveiling, not an end. It's the beginning of a new story, a new beginning to the old story.
Monday, 1 December 2014, 6:00pm - locally produced Eco-Radio KC
This week's EcoRadioKC will have have another of their ecologically minded shows.
"BUY NOTHING DAY" - THE FRIDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
Friday, 28 November 2014
For more than 20 years, Adbusters have admonished us through Buy Nothing Day to consume less - for the sake of our ecological life-support base, our fiscal solvency, our community health, and the hole in our soul that we try to fill with stuff. Adbusters advocate that on "Black Friday" 28 November, we stop buying for 24 hours, and shut off our lights, televisions and other nonessential appliances, park our cars, turn off our phones and log off of our computers for the day. Adbusters was the initial inspiration for Occupy Wall Street.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING - BUY FAIR-TRADE AND LOCAL
In Lawrence there are several opportunities to take your money from the big box consumer mills that are undermining our local economy, and instead buy from local producers and craftspersons, and fair-trade providers.
Friday-Saturday, 28-29 November 2014, 5:00-9:00pm Fri., 9:00am-5:00pm Sat.
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence KS 66044
Hundreds of local artists of unusual stripes will be selling their unique creations in this annual art fair. Types of items range from clothing to painting and sculpture to toys to household, and more. There will be local food and performances by local musicians. Bizarre Bazarre.
ADORNMENT SHOW, SALE, & PARTY
Saturday, 29 November 2014, 6:45-10:00pm
Van Go Arts, 715 New Jersey St., Lawrence KS 66044
Van Go, Inc. is an arts-based social service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job-training programs to high-needs and under-served youth. The Adornment Show is one of their fund raisers that offers personal adornment art made locally by their program participants. For more info go to - http://www.van-go.org/
WINTERLIGHT HOLIDAY FAIRE
Saturday, 6 December 2014, 12noon-4:00pm
HOLIDAY ART FAIR - LAWRENCE ART GUILD
Saturday, 6 December 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm
Lawrence Art Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence KS 66044
A local tradition for over 30 years, the Lawrence Art Guild's annual Holiday Art Fair is a good place to find unique creative gifts this holiday season. This year's fair features over 30 Kansas artists, and live music from area musicians.
HOLIDAY FARMERS' MARKET
Saturday, 13 December 2014, 9:00am-5:00pm
Lawrence Holidome, McDonald Drive at 2nd Street, Lawrence KS 66044
The Lawrence Farmers Market Annual Holiday Market features local producers and craftspersons, and fair-trade providers. Artisan foods, seasonal produce, holiday crafts, etc. are available at the Holiday Market, a local alternative to the big box consumer mills that are undermining our local economy. Lawrence Holiday Market.
PEAK OIL TEMPORARILY HELD AT BAY
Peal oil deniers claim that world oil extraction decline has been averted, or else the only real problem worth worrying about is climate disruption. Consider Richard Heinberg's observations: "oil is essential to the functioning of the modern industrial world. We use it for just about all transportation, which is key to trade. It's also the fuel for construction, resource extraction (mining, fishing, forestry), and agriculture. Together, these sectors form the backbone of the real, physical economy of industrialized nations."
Whether or not there's actually an abundance of geological petroleum in some form, the cost of extracting and delivering it is rising ten percent per year, and that's the real problem. The conundrum is: if the price at the pump is too high, it stifles travel and trade and therefore the economy; but without a high retail price, producers can't afford the extreme extraction technologies such as fracked oil, Arctic oil, ultra-deepwater oil, and bitumen.
Meanwhile, climate champions claim the solution is low-carbon energy sources of solar and wind electricity, electric transportation, and energy efficiency. Heinberg responds: "Transitioning the electricity sector is a huge task [involving] soaring costs for energy storage, capacity redundancy, and grid upgrades. Even the most advanced batteries do a poor job of storing energy when compared to oil. That's why we're unlikely ever to see electric airplanes, tractors, ships, 18-wheel trucks, or bulldozers. And at the end of the day, efficiency is subject to the law of diminishing returns. We can't simply unplug a coal plant, plug in a solar panel, and go on expanding population and consumption. Peak oil and climate change are two sides of the same coin. [They both] demand that we reduce our fossil fuel dependency as rapidly as possible."
Again Heinberg: "Oil is stubbornly hard to substitute. This effectively spells the end of the historic period of rapid economic growth that began shortly after World War II. There is no way out. Inevitably, society will become less mobile and - this should be cause for much greater concern - it will either produce less food, or produce it in more labor-intensive ways. The end of growth will almost certainly entail financial and political turbulence with real human casualties. But from the standpoint of diagnosis and treatment, it simplifies everything marvelously. If our impending crises stem from fossil-fueled expansion of population and consumption, their resolution surely starts with a coordinated, planned, and managed program of decarbonization and degrowth.We must reduce population and energy consumption from fossil fuels, while minimizing the human and environmental impacts.
Read Heinberg's Muse Letter #268 in full at - Why Peak Oil Refuses to Die | Heinberg Museletter 268.
KANSAS AND MISSOURI FARMERS' MARKET DIRECTORIES
(courtesy of Cole Cottin & Linda Cottin)
New season, new markets, new hours - find what's new this year. In order to find any of dozens of farmers' markets in Kansas and Missouri, use these searchable data bases for both states. They are - Kansas Farmers' Market Search by Location, Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Location, and Missouri Farmers' Market Search by Map. Wherever you are, there is probably a market nearby!
SCREENING OF "BIDDER 70"
Sunday, 7 December 2014, 1:00pm - $
Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, 1263 North 1100 Rd., Lawrence KS 66047
(courtesy Thad Holcombe)
The film chronicles the climate-change activism of seminary student Tim DeChristopher, who derailed a widely-protested federal oil and gas land sale, bidding millions of dollars to save thousands of pristine acres surrounding U.S. National Parks with no intention of paying. Tim served two years in prison for this act of civil disobedience. Sponsored by the Unitarian Fellowship, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, and Lawrence Ecological Teams United in Sustainability. For info contact Daniel Bontempo firstname.lastname@example.org, and watch a trailer at http://www.bidder70film.com/#!
KANSAS CITY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION
Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 4:00-6:00pm
Mid America Regional Council, Rivergate Center 2nd floor, 600 Broadway, KC MO
LAWRENCE SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY BOARD
The November agenda is not yet available. The S.A.B. meets monthly to discuss any and all aspects of furthering sustainability policies and practices by the City of Lawrence government and private persons. The public is welcome. Minutes are finalized in about a month after each meeting - http://www.lawrenceks.org/
LAWRENCE PEDESTRIAN COALITION
Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 7:00pm
Carnegie Building Conference Room, 200 West 9th St., Lawrence KS 66044
The December agenda is not yet available. The Lawrence Pedestrian Coalition is a joint effort of the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods and the League of Women Voters. Monthly meetings are open to the public. For more info go toLawrence Pedestrian Coalition, or contact Mike Dupont
RESPONSIBLE ENERGY VS. FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI
U.S. Wind electricity is tops for October, nuclear is last
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION - MEMBER MEETING
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room A (lower level), 7th & Vermont St., Lawrence KS 66044
Local Solutions for Transition to a Sustainable Economy
Possible discussion topics:
- Sustainability Action 2015 budget
- Sustainability Action 2015 Annual Meeting
- 2015 Board officer nominating committee
- Board member recruitment
The Food Policy Council seeks to identify the benefits, challenges and opportunities for a successful, sustainable local food system. By advising the Douglas County Commission on public policies that will support local producers, preserve local agricultural resources and land, and create more local jobs, the F.P.C. hopes to improve the community's access to a local food supply and distribution networks. For more info go to Dg County Food Policy Council.
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Join the Sustainability Action Network by clicking this link - Become a Sustainability Action Member - and follow the instructions.The Sustainability Action mission is to bring awareness of the global crisis caused by climate change, energy vulnerability and economic instability to communities in the Kansas River bioregion, and the tools needed to re-skill and re-localize our economy and create a more socially just and ecologically sustainable world.
Sustainability Action Programs include:
4) Sustainability Action Newsletter- informing and encouraging people to be active in the Sustainability Action Network, or other action-driven groups.
5) Energy Conservation & Renewables - reducing our carbon footprint by promoting a carbon diet, an energy diet, conservation, and decentralized renewable energy.
6) Prime Farmland Preservation - protecting Capability I & II farmland from urban development and industrial land uses.
7) Water Rights and Watersheds - protecting the water commons from privatization and contamination, and restoring watersheds.
Sustainability Action sponsored organizations:
1) Lawrence Creates - local tool sharing, recycling, and community shared innovation incubator - Lawrence Creates
2) Lawrence Fruit Tree Project - educating and inspiring the community to grow and steward perennial food plants and increase local food sovereignty - Lawrence Fruit Tree Project