Daily Archives: June 24, 2015

Pando Populus | A platform for people who care about big ideas that matter for a thriving biosphere.

Pando Populus is a platform for people who care about big ideas and the Earth. Our aim is to create an ecological civilization.

We’ve taken our name from the largest and oldest organism on the planet — a giant quaking aspen tree, spread over more than a hundred acres, thousands of years old, connected by a single root system.
Various movements and organizations focus on one aspect or another of ecological concern. We endorse and celebrate their work.

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Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

Solar Power for Everyone – The New Yorker

Innovative, eco-friendly technology is now cheap enough for everyday use. Credit Construction by Stephen Doyle / Photograph by Eric Helgas
Annals of Innovation June 29, 2015 Issue

Power to the People

Why the rise of green energy makes utility companies nervous.

By Bill McKibben

Mark and Sara Borkowski live with their two young daughters in a century-old, fifteen-hundred-square-foot house in Rutland, Vermont. Mark drives a school bus, and Sara works as a special-ed teacher; the cost of heating and cooling their house through the year consumes a large fraction of their combined income. Last summer, however, persuaded by Green Mountain Power, the main electric utility in Vermont, the Borkowskis decided to give their home an energy makeover. In the course of several days, coördinated teams of contractors stuffed the house with new insulation, put in a heat pump for the hot water, and installed two air-source heat pumps to warm the home. They also switched all the light bulbs to L.E.D.s and put a small solar array on the slate roof of the garage.

The Borkowskis paid for the improvements, but the utility financed the charges through their electric bill, which fell the very first month. Before the makeover, from October of 2013 to January of 2014, the Borkowskis used thirty-four hundred and eleven kilowatt-hours of electricity and three hundred and twenty-five gallons of fuel oil. From October of 2014 to January of 2015, they used twenty-eight hundred and fifty-six kilowatt-hours of electricity and no oil at all. President Obama has announced that by 2025 he wants the United States to reduce its total carbon footprint by up to twenty-eight per cent of 2005 levels. The Borkowskis reduced the footprint of their house by eighty-eight per cent in a matter of days, and at no net cost.

I’ve travelled the world writing about and organizing against climate change, but, standing in the Borkowskis’ kitchen and looking at their electric bill, I felt a fairly rare emotion: hope. The numbers reveal a sudden new truth—that innovative, energy-saving and energy-producing technology is now cheap enough for everyday use. The Borkowskis’ house is not an Aspen earth shelter made of adobe and old tires, built by a former software executive who converted to planetary consciousness at Burning Man. It’s an utterly plain house, with Frozen bedspreads and One Direction posters, inhabited by a working-class family of four, two rabbits, and a parakeet named Oliver. It sits in a less than picturesque neighborhood, in a town made famous in recent years for its heroin problem. Its significance lies in its ordinariness. The federal Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, has visited, along with the entire Vermont congressional delegation. If you can make a house like this affordably green, you should be able to do it anywhere.

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Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
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Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots – The New Yorker

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates.

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point.

Of the many obvious things that people are sick and tired of trying to get through the skulls of stupid people, the fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions tops the list, with a majority saying that they will no longer bother trying to explain this to cretins.

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We need to learn among other things that, “NO, humans will not be able to stop climate change….” simply by clicking to a different channel. There are no techno solutions to the crisis we now face.

Further, we now know that some people failed to learn this in the past. We can learn
about their failures now in all the major museums of the world.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

Hawaii To Leave Fossil Fuels for 100% Renewable Energy by 2045


TheRealNews

Published on Jun 23, 2015

Making Hawaii the first state to adopt 100% renewable energy grid in the United States, says State Rep. Chris Lee and Professor Mark Jacobson

Part 2

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Obama Will Win on TPP — We’re Screwed


Ring of Fire Radio

Published on Jun 24, 2015
Subscribe to Ed Schultz’s FREE podcast: http://wegoted.com/category/daily-pod…

The Senate is about to pass Fast Track legislation now that 13 Democrats have turned tail to vote to end cloture. This means that President Obama is only days away from getting the power to pass the TPP without the help of Congress. Mike Papantonio and Ed Schultz discuss the potential disasters that will arise when this thing becomes a reality.

Global Climate Change
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Watch the Water


Occupy.com

Published on Jun 24, 2015
France may have figured out that water is a human right, but we’re behind the curve. Luckily, some people are keeping an eye on our water AND our food. See how you can not only join the fight for this most basic human right, but learn and be inspired on the way.

View the full episode: http://youtu.be/HBhkmtZMF2A

Global Climate Change
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Food Tank Webinar Series with Larissa Walker, Center for Food Safety


Danielle Nierenberg

Published on Jun 24, 2015

Larissa Walker from the Center for Food Safety presents on “Pollinators in Peril: Can President Obama Save the Bees?”

Global Climate Change
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Food-Matters

All the presidents’ phone calls — WikiLeaks heats up US-French connections


euronews (in English)

Published on Jun 24, 2015
The international whistle-blower WikiLeaks says the United States National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

Global Climate Change
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Corporate Whistleblower Saves Countless Lives


Ring of Fire Radio

Published on Jun 24, 2015
A court recently handed down a multi-million dollar verdict against a company that makes highway guardrails because that company was ripping off the government and making products that they knew would fail. But none of this would have come to light had it not been for a corporate whistleblower who exposed this conduct.

America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, and attorney Chris Paulos discuss what happened, and explain why we need to protect and encourage corporate whistleblowers.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
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Calais’ Migrant Border Chaos (2003)


Journeyman Pictures

Published on Jun 24, 2015

Chaos in Calais (2003): The French authorities are attempting to halt the flow of asylum seekers on their way to Britain.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics