Petition Tag - solar

1. Independent Trump voters to petition for solar inclusion by Trump

While there are many people who voted for Trump to support his dream of making America great again, there are many who also simultaneously believe that the environment is a concern. Recent events have brought the closure of the EPA carbon information website and an emphasis on reviving oil's grander days. Please help remind Trump that alternative fuels are a vital part of today's economy and that the road to independence can include solar technology.


There's a lot of soric couple (eric and solar) scenes in wgm that are there in the preview but mbc never show them. *sigh*

We all wanna see these perfect moments.

3. Solar Power Energt at Roosevelt

Solar panels are the clean and green alternate to harmful basic energy.

Help make your school a better place.

4. No Solar in Thaw Valley - Protect this designated Special Landscape Area

A planning application has been made by Lightsource to install and operate a 4.36MW solar farm and associated infrastructure at Treguff Farm near to Cowbridge.

This has been refused twice by the council on the following grounds:

"The proposed site is located within the Lower Thaw Valley Special Landscape Area, and forms part of the Llancarfan Historic Landscape LANDMAP character area", which has been evaluated as Outstanding (of National or International Importance). The proposed development of a ground mounted solar photovoltaic facility, by reason of its location, size and appearance, would result in an adverse and harmful impact on the wider character and setting of this historic and sensitive landscape and reduce the overall visual amenity of this part of countryside...This impact on the historic landscape would therefore outweigh any benefits attributed to sustainable energy production and reduction of carbon footprint, such that the proposal fails to comply with chapter 12 of Planning Policy Wales and section 3.15 of Technical Advice Note 8 - Planning for Renewable Energy, and is also contrary to Policies ENV4 - Special Landscape Areas, ENV10 - Conservation of the Countryside, ENV11 - Protection of Landscape Features, ENV17 - Protection of Built and Historic Environment and ENV27 - Design of New Developments of the Adopted Unitary Development Plan 1996-2011".

However, the developer has now appealed against this decision.

The proposed solar farm will consist of 18,000 solar panels occupying 10.79 hectares of greenfield land within the Lower Thaw Valley Special Landscape area. The site is within an exceptionally scenic area, 900m from the conservation village of Flemingston and adjacent to a site of importance for nature conservation.

The site also contains a historical Romano-British enclosure and evidence of prehistoric settlement. We, the local residents, are appalled by the proposed development. We urge interested parties to read the application (available online via the Vale of Glamorgan website) and to make their objection to this totally inappropriate industrial scale development within the rural Vale heard by signing this petition.

Please act now, before 22nd May 2014, to support the council's decision and object to the appeal.

5. Support Green Energy in New Jersey

New Jersey produces 48% of its electricity from coal, natural gas, and petroleum, but only 1% from renewable sources of energy.

By switching from environmentally harmful sources to more environmentally friendly sources, the state can help reduce dependence on foreign oil, reduce pollution, and stimulate the economy by creating jobs and stimulate outside investment into the state.

6. Save our Solar Feed-in Tariffs

Keep our "Free Parking" 1 : 1 Feed-in Tariff!

The government is reviewing the feed in tariff for solar grid connect owners in Tasmania. The government is selling off Aurora from the 1st of January 2014. Treasury are analysing the situation for the government with regard to the feed-in tariff rate.

Many thousands of Tasmanians have invested in solar power to help cut their costs of living against out of control power costs. These investments are being threatened by the possibility that feed-in tariffs may reduce to 8 cents per kilowatt hour.

• Tasmanians who have solar power and are producing more than they use are currently receiving a 1 for 1 feed-in arrangement for feed-in. This mean that they are essentially able to "park" their excess power at Aurora and the save that for a time of year when they need it.

• Treasury is analysing and reviewing the current system of solar grid feed-in rates in Tasmania and the talk and fear in the community that we may end up with a 8 cent feed-in tariff.
• Tasmanians who have installed solar power, have done so with the security of a one for one feed-in tariff. This made it a viable proposition for them.
• Without the feed-in tariff as we have it, the investment will be scuttled by any decision to reduce tariff to such a low level.
• The many solar businesses in Tasmania will be put at extreme risk of failing with a huge lost of job directly and indirectly in the industry.
• Local jobs and further expansion and employment opportunity is now under serious threat and the future is resting on the outcome of this government decision.

• We can combine our voices to demand that our feed-in tariff is retained is protected by legislation from our parliament.

7. Transition to Renewable Energy by 2030

Where as Dr. Mark Jacobson of Stanford University and Dr. Mark Delucchi of the University of California at Davis have conducted several studies now reported in the Nov 2009 issue of Scientific American, the March 2011 issue of Energy Policy and now in the Feb 2013 issue of Energy Policy on powering the world, the United States and the State of New York 100% with renewable energy, with existing technology, without fossil fuel or nuclear power by 2030.

The US Department of Energy should conduct a feasibility study and implement such a plan in the US, with all deliberate speed to save the country and the planet from global warming and further environmental destruction from the impact of fossil fuel and nuclear power.

8. New Streatham Leisure Centre needs sauna, steam room & solar panels

167 this enough...? Spread the word before it's too late..

If you plan to use the new Streatham Leisure Centre when it is built, you need to act NOW if you want it to have a sauna, steam room and solar panels.

Local people were promised that the Streatham Hub development would be sustainable and would have a modern health and fitness leisure centre.

However, local residents were told at the public meeting organised by Tesco and Lambeth Council on 22nd February 2012 that there will be no solar panels, no steam room or sauna.

9. Make it 100% Renewable by 2025

New Zealand is rich in renewable resources and should be leading the world in showing how nations can move away from fossil fuels using solar power, wind and geothermal to fuel our economy and protect our environment.

Countries such as Germany, a nation with far less renewable and solar resources than New Zealand, now has the greatest solar power capacity in the world and has generated hundreds of thousands of renewable energy sector jobs. New Zealand is lagging far behind and as a consequence, our greenhouse gas emissions are increasing.

This commitment will give a much needed boost to investment in and the uptake of clean technologies generating thousands of new jobs in the clean energy sector. In Nelson, the city council has pioneered the introduction of the first solar saver scheme allowing homeowners to spread the cost of going solar. Since its launch the scheme has driven down the capital cost of solar by up to20%, created new jobs and secured over $3m of inward investment for clean technology.

It is only with the full support of communities across New Zealand that the Government will meet its goals of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and the people are ready to play their part if given the proper support and tools to do so. By introducing incentives like feed in tariffs and Solar Saver schemes to encourage Kiwi’s to start generating their own electricity and heat the government will give the people the power to generate their own power to help keep NZ 100% pure.

10. RePower Alberta

RePower Alberta Launches Across the Province
Building the Green Economy

Sierra Club Prairie and Greenpeace Canada have launched the Province-wide campaign, ‘RePower Alberta: Building the Green Economy’, to spread the word on the growing economic and community benefits of moving to a green economy.

RePower Alberta is calling on the Alberta Government to implement a Green Energy Strategy.

After decades of riding the roller-coaster of the fossil fuel sectors’ boom and bust cycles, the time has come for Alberta to forge a new energy path. Renewable energy resources and green just solutions are ready and waiting to meet our energy demands.

Diversifying our energy economy will provide tens of thousands of new clean and green jobs for Albertans, and has the opportunity to create just solutions to our province’s contribution to the climate crisis.

The government of Alberta, however, continues to drag its heels on introducing real policies, strategies or legislation that would set Alberta on a proactive course of strengthening the province’s position with one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.

Building the Green Energy Economy - We know that Albertans agree! In 2009, an Ipsos Reid poll showed that 78% of Albertans prefer that the Alberta Government provide subsidies for Renewable Energy over the Oil and Gas Sector.

Alberta can continue building a strong economy while maintaining a healthy environment for all of us to live in. We call upon Albertans everywhere to raise their voices and demand that the power be put back into our hands!

Check out and please help us spread the word, and sign the petition.

11. Support Renewable Energy and Clean Vehicle Pledge

During Houston's 2009 Mayoral election campaign, select members of Houston Electric Auto Assoc. (HEAA) interviewed each candidate running for Mayor with the intent to help citizens decide more accurately which candidate were most likely to push for a cleaner safer environment for our future with particular ‘passionate concern’ for encouraging renewable energy usage by citizens, city government, as well as ‘zero emission vehicles’.

Candidates were asked to respond to a fixed slate of questions regarding their intent towards renewable energy, HEAA “Clean Energy Initiatives” along with a written pledge promising to take action on related initiatives within a defined time period after taking office.

Annise Parker was most knowledgeable of the candidates and enthusiastically signed the pledge for timely action…(100 days), on renewable energy and e-cars for citizens and City accounts. She has personally driven a hybrid electric for several years and maintains a zero carbon electric account at home. She scored the highest of the four candidates.

Although the pledge was made to Houston citizens.... we encourage and invite all concerned and "Green minded".... citizens, regardless of where you live, to support clean air, clean vehicles initiatives... for the sake of your health sake, your children and your childrens children.

12. Support Renewable Energy Feed In Tariff

An eastern Province has taken a proactive approach toward Renewable Energy and those who use it by implementing a Feed In Tariff for those who chose to make renewable energy part of their lifestyle.

Feed In Tariff's allow Albertans to financially benefit the way business in Alberta benefits, in that the flow of electricity over and above use is provided to others at the same rate it is charged. Several European countries use this method to ensure ample utility for all residents.

This would be an excellent opportunity to promote renewable energy in a Province known for "dirty environmental techniques" and to instead be known as "Clean Energy For Albertans, by Albertans."

13. Green Campus Now!

Sydney University uses 75,000,000 kWh of electricity a year – that's equivalent to the average consumption of over 10, 274 homes. Most of the electricity consumed by Sydney University is generated by burning coal, which is the biggest contributor to climate change. To respond to climate change, we need to immediately begin the transition to a low carbon society.

Together we can change where the university gets its electricity. The university has a social responsibility as a place of learning and research to demonstrate to the wider community that all of our electricity needs can be met by renewable energy. Let's tell the senate, that our education shouldn't cost the earth.

14. Go Solar CT!

While Congress continues to debate a global warming bill, we can lead the way in CT by investing in solar power. Environment CT came very close to passing a Solar Bill last session, and with our help, we can pass the bill this spring.

The Go Solar Connecticut campaign is working to pass this legislation restructuring Connecticut’s solar power incentives to build over 300 megawatts of solar power, the equivalent of up to 100,000 solar powered homes statewide.

The solar power generated would help cut Connecticut’s global warming pollution by the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off our roads. It would also support over 3,000 “green jobs” supporting solar power in Connecticut over the next decade.

15. Alberta: Implement a Green Energy Feed In Tariff

UPDATE!! This petition is now closed.
{On Aug. 30, 2012, this petition was delivered to the Alberta Government. Roger Gagne, Chair of CAUSE (Citizens Advocating Use of Sustainable Energy) and Ken Hogg, founder and facilitator of the Alberta Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), met with Ms. Sandra Locke, Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy (Electricity, Alternative Energy and CCS) to hand over the petition.

AREA is preparing a White Paper on renewable power to make recommendations to government, outlining our Province's potential for dramatically expanding our renewable power resources, particularly solar, while weaning our Province off of coal power.}

A feed-in tariff is simply a guaranteed price set by the government for anyone who wants to sell renewable electricity to the grid, and a guarantee that they will have access to the grid to do so.

Although overall electricity prices rise slightly in the short-term, in the longer term they stabilize as prices become increasingly independent of conventional fuel costs. For anyone who generates power under a feed-in tariff program, the income more than offsets any electricity price increases.

Feed-in tariffs have been extremely successful in Germany, which now generates 20% of its electricity from renewable sources while employing more than 250,000 people in the sector as a result of implementing a FIT, according to the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. They have over 5000 biogas generators scattered across the country, most of which provide an income stream to small scale farmers while providing electricity ready to balance the intermittency of wind and solar.

FITs have encouraged small, medium, and large-scale production of electricity from solar, wind, and other renewable sources in Spain, Australia, and the City of Gainesville, Fla.

Recently, Ontario has introduced FIT for $0.80 Kwh for Solar roof top <10KW. Nova Scotia also has a FIT, though it is limited to First Nations, community groups, and municipalities.

Alberta has extensive resources in solar, wind, and biomass, and we should allow the citizens to make better use of them.

There are many reasons why we must use renewable energy:
• Combat climate change.
• Create local jobs, industry and innovations.
• Diversify the energy supply.
• Foster local technical skills.
• Reduce the costs of renewable energy infrastructure.
• Minimize grid losses by encouraging local power generation.
• Replace aging power plants with clean alternatives.
• Give communities the power to be part of the solution.

Please take this simple step to both stimulate the economy and combat climate change, at no cost to the government.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

16. Recognition of Australia's Solar Sectors

Australia has the technology to be able to run the whole of Australia of solar power.

The scientists have not had any backing of the Australian government to fund this venture for over 20yrs -
But the solar sectors believed in themselves & clean renewable energy enough to go ahead with their research anyway.

Australia and one of our solar sectors have developed a concentrated solar cell - That takes up less space then the other solar cells. It has been one man's own development , & thinking ahead for Australia, with no support from the Australian government .

Our past prime minister John Howard , Stated in his 2008 re-election speech , He stated
- He would try to reduce the emissions
(didn't mention witch emissions )
That would have no impact of loss of jobs in the coal industry,

That's all they cared about - job loss !
John Howard Actually said it him self.
And with him saying that,
If jobs were offered in the solar sector , Same wage lesser duties - No reteaching ..... I don't think the coal miner would object to the same pay with lesser, liter duties. And are apart of a sustainable future in renewable energy .

Non-Renewable energy - Has got us so far , Pulled us out of the dark ages , But it is like we are still in the dark ages, In thought.

NON - RENEWABLE = coal is like a sponge , that over thousands of years have sucked the carbon from the air . When we burn it to fuel our energy consumption .
We are just releasing and putting the carbon back in the air - Everything has a purpose .
Coal & even tree are carbon sponges - that we keep ringing out , back into the environment.

Climate change is trying to tell us something .

The next power source has already been developed.
It just a matter of us giving the credit where its due.
And let Australia pioneer as the first country to be run entirely off RENEWABLE , SUSTAINABLE Energy.

If the big smart educated people don't act. Then it is up to us - we'll have to take it in to our own hands and make them acknowledge OUR BRILLIANT SOLAR SECTORS - AND AT LEAST GIVE THEM A GO ....

CLEAN COAL = Is a filter, That doesn't eliminate carbon emissions, Only reducing it. And coal still is being mined all the same. Nothing Clean about it.

Let's Pioneer As Australians and revolutionise the future for our children - As the elders its our responsibility to be responsible .

17. Release Blue Water High Series 3 on DVD

We need as many signatures as possible to get the ABC to release Blue Water High. Please get all your friends to sign this petition.

Blue Water High gained much success with the 1st & 2nd series and their release on DVD. Unfortunate things happened and they weren't going to make a third series, however with the public asking for more, they made a third series. Series 3 which was on TV in 2008 was really good, almost as good as the first season.

All of us who requested a third season need to join forces once more to get the ABC to release it on DVD, not just to complete our sets but also because it was really good.

We ideally need 1000 signatures to get the ABC to take us seriously and consider releasing Blue Water High Series 3 on DVD.

18. Support The Green Energy Project

What we are proposing appears at first glance to be rather simple: the U.S. should invite the world’s experts and researchers to the United States to pursue their work and research in the U.S..

We want the leading minds in the alternative energy field working for U.S. companies, studying and teaching in U.S. colleges and universities, and starting business in the U.S., right? However, as a result of the broken immigration system, the U.S. government is actively interfering in the market and preventing the world’s best and brightest from coming to the U.S. to join our industry in developing green energy as quickly and efficiently as possible. Does this make sense?

Let's ask the President and Congress to enact legislation that would encourage the issuance of visas to experts in the field of alternative energy, including visas to work, conduct research, study, innovate, and start business in the US in the field of alternative energy.

19. Introduce Renewable Energy solutions for Australians now

It is time politicians stopped playing games with our lives and making decisions that only increase the average Australians out of pocket expenses, without a payback being offered.

When inflation and interest rate rises are high, the inadequate consideration of alternate solutions by Government have escalated matters to a point where we, who are already suffering, are about to be hurt yet again by the early introduction to a Emissions Trading Scheme.

There are alternatives which can be implemented without significant cost to the taxpayer, and will give the average household significant savings as a result.

A solution which will reduce emissions far sooner than any Emission Trading Scheme could, is aimed at reducing the emissions at their source, and will show a repayment in financial terms to Australians for their efforts in ‘Greening Australia’.

To start, the Government will need to provide rebates and subsidies which are aimed at assisting all homeowners to convert their homes to solar energy. Through Government assistance at this early stage, we can generate anywhere up to 70% of the power required to run our homes without using the present carbon intensive measures.

The current cost of converting your homes energy to solar is not affordable for most and can cost between $20,000 to $30,000 and possibly more dependent on the size of the home and your energy needs. As Hot water production accounts for almost half of our electricity costs, even a change to Solar Hot Water systems can have a significant effect.

People do not own their home long enough to see the return on this type of outlay as the likely energy payback of a typical domestic sized rooftop grid connected solar conversion is approximately four years, so government assistance will be required to ensure conversions occur.

Our surplus can be used for this purpose through no or minimal interest loans available to all and could be repaid through individual tax increases over an agreed period of time, or recouped on the sale of the home, whichever is the sooner. With Government schools, Public Service buildings, factories etc similarly converted the cost saving can be astounding to both the environment and to the schools and organizations themselves.

It is my opinion the Carbon Emission reduction through the promotion of solar energy, will be far greater than anything the Government is currently planning, and will assist Australian households in not only becoming greener, but in easing the financial pressures on these families. And all this without the need for an Emission Trading Scheme which is due to increase the cost across the board of food, petrol and other items we have come to regard as essential. With the new clean coal soon to be available these remaining emissions will be addressed in the near future also. Only 9 % of our energy comes from renewable and non-greenhouse sources; the government hopes to increase this to 11% by 2010 (, however, this is far short of this proposal which further leads credence to this being the obvious course of action.

As a bonus to the above we would be implementing measures that will reduce costs in households for essential supplies. The Solar energy system is reported to result in a offset of approximately 105,203kgs of CO2 over a 30 year period from one residential house.
(Stats from and

If these figures are even close the reduction in CO2 is staggering and with up to a 70% reduction in your electrical bill, this is great for the environment and friendly to the family budget. As coal-fired electricity generating stations are said to be producing up to 50% of Australia Carbon Emissions at present a reduction of up to 70% demand for their supply and therefore reduce the amount of emissions at this source as a result of lessened production.

These measures would appear to achieve everything we needed to for the environment, for families, and for our future, and as the lucky country we have the climate to suit these changes. We would also be seen as a country with strong leadership, forward thinking Government and a active participant in cleaning up our planet. This would create a fresh approach, a far reaching one and a plan that other countries will be able to adopt with consideration to some changes to suit their climatic conditions. Not to mention the obvious benefit to a Government that has implemented a program, honoring their election promises, and providing long term relief to Australia for showing trust in them.

These ideas are based on the use of existing technology, the ability to implement these measures fairly immediately and with an eye on the larger picture for Australians in general. For this to work, the Government needs to make these loans available for all Australians to install solar power as it needs to ensure all Australians make these changes, the Government can ensure those that can afford it return the subsidies through their tax at a far greater rate than those that are on lower incomes. If these loans are means tested it will result in not having everyone making the change which will affect our ability to significantly reduce emissions.

This is a system that is workable and good for both Australia and Australians, and it is based on helping Australians financially while protecting our environment.

20. Yes to more Government Aid for Solar Power in Washington State

This petition is to make aware to the State of Washington's government the importance of a more drastic movement towards solar power as a viable alternative for energy.

An increase in funding for households and businesses that choose to use solar power is necessary to ignite this trend.

The current legislation of Washington contains various incentives, but are not enough to make a significant difference financially.

21. Stop the Solar Rip-off

Electricity companies have used the introduction of the South Australian solar feed-in premium laws to make a windfall profit at taxpayers’ expense, at the same time as ripping off households who produce power from the solar panels on their roof.

Before July 1 2008, when the scheme commenced, companies like Origin and AGL paid households 16-24c/ kilo watt hour (kWh) for the electricity they produced from their solar panels. Since July 1, when the 44c/kilo watt hour premium came into law, some retailers have chosen to replace what they were already paying to households rather than making the new premium additional.

So instead of earning 20c/kWh from the retailer plus 44c/kWh from the solar premium = 64c/kWh, many people are only getting the 44c/kWh passed on by their energy company. This makes a huge difference to the payback period for solar panels.

Electricity retailers were quite happy before July 1 to pay for the power generated from household solar cells (which saves them the cost of buying electricity from the wholesale market), but now they are choosing not to pay a cent for the electricity they are receiving.

This was definitely not the intention of the scheme. The feed-in incentive was intended to be on top of, not replace, what the electricity retailers were already paying.

The cost of the 44c/kWh feed-in premium is shared across all South Australian households. Therefore, ordinary South Australian electricity consumers are effectively paying almost half of the feed-in law benefit directly to the big end of town, not to the householder with the panels.

This will potentially deliver a windfall profit of about $350,000 (and possibly much higher) to big energy companies - money that should be going to households as an incentive to encourage more people to install solar panels, not as a subsidy to big energy retailers.

Companies like Origin and AGL are collecting windfall profits while expecting the rest of the community to pick up the tab for climate change action.

22. People against ever rising power increases

NB Power has received and reviewed the Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) report, which was submitted to the minister of energy on June 26. The review was a public process, not a full rate hearing.

The EUB report made no determination with respect to whether or not the rate increase was justified. However, the board noted that "even with the 3% increase that occurred on April 1, 2008, Disco is still forecasting a loss of $16 million for 2008/2009."

This rate increase is based on the rising costs of fuel and purchased power. The EUB did not recommend a rollback of the three per cent rate increase. Accordingly the current rates will not change.

Energy minister supports greater accountability at NB Power (08/07/24)
NB 1081

July 24, 2008

EDITOR'S NOTE: Energy Minister Jack Keir has issued the following statement in support of the introduction of 10 key performance indicators for NB Power and its executive:

Establishing benchmarks to make NB Power more accountable is in the best interest of New Brunswick ratepayers. It allows for the public to monitor and track the performance of its utility, and also encourages efficiency, productivity and transparency.

As with most other utilities nationwide, this is a challenging time for NB Power due to increasing generation and crude oil prices. I commend NB Power on its commitment to keeping rates at no more than a three per cent annual increase over the next three years, especially given the international pressures that exist today. With that in mind, we all have a role to play in energy efficiency, and I am pleased to see that NB Power will be working closely with Efficiency New Brunswick to help customers use energy more efficiently.

NB Power is also undergoing a major refurbishment project at Point Lepreau. This is a world first. It is absolutely critical that this project be delivered on time and on budget. I am very pleased to see that it is one of the key performance indicators announced today.

The announcement is also very positive in that it demonstrates increased transparency and accountability within NB Power. I very much support the board of directors reporting publicly on a quarterly basis.

NB Power has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the best-managed corporations in Atlantic Canada. Our utility and its management team have a terrific reputation throughout the region, and are some of the leading experts in their fields. Executives in the energy business are sought worldwide; it is a very competitive industry. Compensation and performance pay must be competitive in order to keep the best and the brightest in the industry working for New Brunswick ratepayers. I am pleased that compensation levels for the utility's senior executive team will remain consistent with those in neighbouring utilities, and the key performance indicators will help ensure that the awarding of any future bonuses will be tied to strict performance criteria."


23. Congress here's your last chance or your fired

Congress has held out on making us energy independent, and we are now spending 700 billion dollars a year to countries that do not even care for our values for energy.

It is now time that our elected officals represent our people and our intrest and immediatly make us energy independent instead of us continuing to send these Billions of dollars to those terriest states.

24. No to means test on Solar Panel rebate

The Federal Government budget plans to means test the $8000 Solar Panel rebate at $100 000 per house hold, which in turn will make unaffordable from most home owners. The policy is turning it back on the Australian Solar industry and will leave Australia out of this global growing industry.

The Government needs to empower everyday people to choose sustainable lifestyles.

25. Say "No" to the taxpayer subsidising Global Warming

If it is assumed true that a man-made Global Warming phenomenon is potentially catastrophic then it makes no sense that the bulk of Energy subsidies go towards the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation when cleaner alternatives exist.

It would seem that either man-made Global Warming is a lie or the Governments of the world do not really wish to find a solution to it.

This petition assumes that man-made Global Warming is a reality with potentially catastrophic consequences if not fought against with immediacy and full intention.

26. Petition against proposed Wise County, VA coal power plant

Hi everyone. As a Virginia Tech engineer, Virginia native and first-time attendee of an 'environmental' conference of any kind, I was very surprised to learn this weekend that coal power plants are still heavily relied on in the US. Coal is a word that I associate with pre-WWI America.

I learned from the "Power Shift" conference in Washington, DC this weekend of the effects these plants have on the immediate communities and environment, aka Virginia. "Environmental" meaning burnt particulate matter as well as CO2 output. For details on coal and its effects, have a look here : . There is abundant information around the web about coal and new "clean coal".

I'm not the protesting type, but I felt compelled to try and stop the construction of a new "clean coal" plant in southwest VA. Clean coal really just means they are treating the coal before using it to power the plant. It is improved, but still very polluting. More importantly, if you want to see how coal is being mined, search "mountaintop removal." It's exactly what it sounds like. Essentially, the plant will cost 1.6 billion of your Virginian tax dollars, it will take a step back in terms of a modern, forward-thinking Virginia infrastructure, and it will have long term negative effects on the community and state it resides in.

There are numerous clean, 21st century solutions. I know, I'm an engineer and I've been researching them. Chiefly, wind, solar and hydroelectric power are obvious viable options and would create as many jobs as this proposed plant would. Needless to say a clean solution would preserve my fine state and build Virginia's reputation of a clean, modern, forward-thinking state. Coal doesn't belong in that sentence.

As a car enthusiast (the enemy of the environmentalist?), let me put it this way: you can equate BMW/Toyota with clean energy and GM/Ford with coal. BMW started hydrogen research in the 1970's and is now producing the Hydrogen7. It is ready for the hydrogen market once it catches up. Toyota... you all know how clean they are. What do the American companies have to show for? They are outdated, inefficient, underpowered, low-quality and embarassing for our country.

Anyway, I thank you for looking and hope you can help your fellow Virginians by petitioning Dominion and Governor Kaine to halt this project in Wise county. The goal is 100,000 signatures by the time of a hearing on Dec. 1st, and Virginia Tech has pledged 10,000.

Your information will be used only for this petition and will be immediately destroyed after its submission to the Virgina Tech Environmental Coalition for use in the hearing.


27. Remove Renewable Energy Net Metering Caps Now

A large number of Utility & Power companies along with various state PUC's have set extreemly low and restrictive caps on the amount of Renewable Energy that can be generated in there areas by Solar Electricity Photvoltaics (P.V)systems.

Many Utilities allow less than 1% of their Peak Electric Production to come from Photovoltaic systems. These caps need to be totally removed or greatly increased. By eliminating or greatly changing these ridiculous restrictions, proven Photovoltaic technology will benefit all of us environmentally and economically.

Let us all give P.V. a much overdue and highly anticipated opportunity to harness free, clean, abundant energy from the Sun on our homes and businesses thus becomming Part of the Solution to really begin the good fight against the realities of Global Warming.

28. That the Australian Government shuns Nuclear Power and embraces Solar, Wind, Tidal and Geothermal Power Generation

Climate change is upon us now. Some scientists are giving us ten years before we have made our survival on this planet quetionable. It is time we made real changes, real fast to ensure the survival of life on this planet.

That is why I am issuing a genuine challenge to all political parties and government in Australia to make changes within two years. We need to save ourselves and nuclear is not the way either.

29. Reinstate Pluto as a Planet

On Thursday August 24, scientists voted. They agreed that Pluto is no longer a planet, because it does not meet the criteria of all of their new laws. Law#3 states: "The planet has cleared the space around it's orbit."

Pluto was demoted, to a minor, or "Dwarf" planet. Now there are only eight planets in our Solar System.

Textbooks, diagrams, and teaching procedures will be changed, and our Solar System will be altered. This petition is for reinstating Pluto as a planet, and "saving" our Solar System.

30. Help stop OUR OWN DESTRUCTION - time to switch to clean renewable forms of energy

How many disasters and destruction do we need more to finally learn?

A ruptured tanker called the Prestige, carrying 77,000 tons of fuel oil, almost twice what the Exxon Valdez spilled, sank off the coast of Spain on 19th November 2002. The full impact has yet to be seen, but it is clear that this is already a major environmental disaster. This is a ticking time bomb!

After dozens of spills like these averaging more than one oil spill every two weeks during the 1990s), what will it take for us to reduce our dependence on oil?

As long as we continue to rely on oil for energy there will be more devastating oil spills and global warming will become catastrophic. The only solution is to switch to clean renewable forms of energy like wind power, solar power and the clean green fuels like hydrogen.

We demand our politicians to act NOW, enough is enough. When our beautiful planet will be destroyed it will be too late to cry, regret and say if we only had...

The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change IPCC) says that hundreds of technologies are already available, at very low cost, to reduce climate damaging emissions and that government policies need to remove the barriers to these technologies. Implementing these solutions will not require humans to make sacrifices or otherwise impede their quality of life. Instead, they will enable people to usher in a new era of energy, one that will bring economic growth, new jobs, technological innovation and, most importantly environmental protection. However, for green solutions to global warming to find a foothold in the market, governments and corporations need to lead the shift away from polluting technology. At present, fossil fuel industries are provided with billions of dollars in subsidies so that dirty energy stays cheap. Polluting industries are allowed to pollute for free, while clean technologies remain under-funded. Developing nations, which have the fastest growing energy needs, are locked into old fashioned fossil fuel technologies by Export Credit Agencies. The time has come for humans to wean themselves off fossil fuels and other climate damaging technologies. Oil companies must stop exploring for more fossil fuels that the world cannot afford to burn. Governments need to subsidise renewable energy and force polluters to pay.

Green technology is ready to take over Wind power is already a significant source of energy in many parts of the world. It can supply 10 percent of the world's electricity within two decades. Solar power has been growing in a global capacity by 33 percent annually. Greenpeace and industry research shows that with some government support, the solar industry could supply electricity to over 2 billion people globally in the next 20 years. By 2040 solar photovoltaics could supply nearly 25 percent of global electricity demand. A report conducted by global financial analysts KPMG shows that solar power would become cost competitive with traditional fossil fuels if the production of photovoltaic panels was increased to 500 megawatts a year. A renewable power plant in Asia could have the same costs and provide the same jobs as a coal fired plant, but with significant environmental advantages. Greenfreeze refrigeration technology, which is safe for the climate and the ozone layer, has spread around the world. It is an ideal solution for developing countries where cost and efficiency are particularly important.