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Memo to Charlie Wilson: There is no such thing as “Clean Coal”

 

November 1, 2008

 

 

Who came up with the term "clean coal"? It is the most toxic phrase in the greenwash lexicon. George W Bush, or Charlie Wilson,  by promising to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the pursuit of advanced "clean" coal technologies, certainly popularised it. But I'd love to know where it came from. Any thoughts out there?

It is, of course, oxymoronic. Coal is about acid rain and peasouper smogs, asthma and mercury contamination, radioactive waste emissions and ripping apart mountains, killing trees, lung cancer and, of course, global warming.

Coal emits more carbon dioxide for every unit of energy generated than any other fuel. Sure you can clean it up a bit – though the toxins you've taken out of the ground have to go somewhere. But clean coal? Just say no.

This phrase "clean coal" has developed a life of its own thanks to remorseless commercial propagandising. This year a coalition of US coal mining companies and electricity utilities called Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (and recently renamed the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity) is paying the advertising agency R&R Partners $35millon to promote "clean coal" through advertising and other promotional activity.

This is up there with the safe cigarette and "atoms for peace". The industry is fighting back against growing scientific calls to outlaw coal burning, and the rejection of dozens of coal power plants proposals by communities across the US, with several states effectively banning them.

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

 

Charlie Wilson Offers no Solutions for the 6th District

 

October 31, 2008

 

At the Lisbon, Ohio Candidates’ forum earlier this week, Incumbent CONSERVATIVE

Democrat Charlie Wilson said, “We have Issues.”

 

And that’s the problem with Charlie Wilson. He is old-schooled. He can recite the issues facing Congress and how he’ll try to work with the new Congress, but he OFFERS NO SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUES.

 

When we sent Charlie to Washington 2 years ago with a mandate to get us out of Iraq,

He failed to act and this war continues to bankrupt our economy.

 

Charlie Wilson is truly a do-nothing Congressman who makes $169,388 dollars a year, collects over $460,000 in PAC Contributions, and offers NO SOLUTIONS to the problems facing average Americans.

 

Of course, Charlie Wilson is a millionaire, so he is clueless to the problems facing average Americans. To all the local politicians who think they will get federal grant money help from Charlie Wilson, keep dreaming. Charlie hasn’t given you one red cent in the past and he won’t give it to you in the future.

 

Can we afford to keep another DO-NOTHING CONGRESSMAN LIKE CHARLIE WILSON IN D.C. OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS?

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

 

 

 

Charlie Wilson is proud to be a CONSERVATIVE, do we need him in D.C. for another 2 years?

 

 

October 30, 3008

 

At last night’s candidates’ forum in Lisbon, Ohio, Charlie Wilson said he was proud to be a conservative and to dismantle federal programs.

 

Is this the type of compassionate conservatism we need in Washington for another 2 years after 8 years of such leadership from George Bush?

 

Charlie Wilson is proud to bail out Wall Street for 700 Billion dollars but believes Universal Health Care is a bad investment.

 

Charlie Wilson is proud to bail out his Wall Street campaign contributors who gave him over $460,000 over the last 2 years but believes there is no need to clean up the environment.

 

Charlie Wilson like all conservatives believes 21st century green technology is digging up more green grass and mountaintops and depleting our fossil fuels like coal. And he also believes coal is clean like all good conservatives.

 

Can we afford to keep Charlie Wilson in Washington blocking progressive ideas and innovations over the next 2 years?

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

We Need a Federal Commitment to the Apollo Energy Program.


October 29, 2008


As Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th district, I firmly support a Federal Commitment to the Apollo Energy Program.

Last week Randy Swisher, the executive director of the American Wind Energy Association, notified us that his organization's board of directors agreed to support The New Apollo Program. With its endorsement, AWEA became the 48th organization to sign on to the Apollo Alliance's national clean energy, good jobs economic development strategy. "We view the program as incredibly compatible with our agenda and look forward to working with you to make it a reality," wrote Swisher.

Swisher's message came just days after the Apollo Alliance finished its six state town hall tour to roll out The New Apollo Program. Our recommendations for how to scale up clean energy tools and techniques to get America's economy back on track were greeted enthusiastically everywhere we went.

In Detroit, Senator Debbie Stabenow captured the sentiments of nearly all the speakers who participated in the roll out events. "The New Apollo Program is the kind of bold program we need. We have to be bolder than we've been," she said during a program that included our President Jerome Ringo, and representatives of the governor's office, the state Legislature, union leaders, and business and environmental leaders. "The next Congress will take up proposals to curb global warming, to seek a system of cap and trade, to invest in biofuels and alternative energy."

"The $50 billion a year that The New Apollo Program proposes to invest just doesn't seem like that much money," Stabenow continued. "It's not a lot of money to spend on our future, especially when you consider the $700 billion that we just spent to bail out our banking system."

In Columbus, Ohio Governor Ted called The New Apollo Program a "win, win, win, win, win strategy." Representative Jay Inslee declared in Seattle, "To those who say over the next few months we should be passive, they're wrong. The antidote is action. The antidote is The New Apollo Program. That's how we solve economic doldrums in this country."

Senator Barbara Boxer joined Apollo Alliance Chairman Phil Angelides at the first event in San Leandro, California, where he memorably declared: "We are closing a chapter on policies that didn't work and opening a new chapter of those that do."

The solution is a dramatic change in how the United States and the world develop and use clean energy. While America's credit and stock market crisis has drained value out of industrial stocks, including shares of clean energy companies, it's temporary.

Policy responses reflect that. New Jersey this week completed a clean energy master plan designed to accelerate the development of a new way to power the Garden State. Hawaii this week approved a new energy policy designed to produce 70 percent of the state's power from clean sources by 2030, the most ambitious program of its type in the country. California's energy-efficiency policies created nearly 1.5 million jobs from 1977 to 2007.

The missing piece is a federal commitment to investment in clean energy equivalent in scale and urgency to the original Apollo program to land a man on the moon.

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: [votespisak.org]

Green Collar Jobs Can Rebuild the 6th District

October 28, 2008


Green-Collar Jobs Campaign is making huge strides in Oakland and throughout California.

As you may have heard, the launch of Oakland's first-ever Green Jobs Corps happened last week. The inaugural class of 40 young people will get comprehensive, job-linked training in green careers with solid, long-term potential.

With proper leadership, we're turning our vision of a green economy that's strong enough to lift people out of poverty into reality. But there's still more work to do.

Ella Baker Center has become a local, statewide, and national example of how solutions to the climate crisis benefit our communities, the sagging economy, AND our planet. Our Green-Collar Jobs Campaign has had the opportunity :

Help other cities in the Bay Area launch green career training programs.

Expand the statewide coalition of community organizations, environmentalists, labor unions, green business leaders and others who are calling for green jobs and green economic growth.

Advocate for green job training and employment opportunities in the state capitol and across California.

Earlier this year -- California's biggest green jobs bill almost all the way through the state legislature. Now they are putting together an improved version for 2009, which will invest over $2 billion in green career education and training throughout California.

By electing Green Party Candidates we will help the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign extend our reach and strengthen our role as a valued partner in building green jobs throughout Ohio as well. Your support will also help us boost the success of programs that will prepare thousands of people for clean-energy careers.

Now is the time to invest in solutions that protect our planet's natural resources and benefit our communities' "natural resources" -- its people.

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: [votespisak.org]

Time to Rebuild America and not re-elect Charlie Wilson


October 27, 2008

Conventional wisdom holds that America has to get the federal budget deficit under control. John McCain and many conservatives have vowed to impose a government-wide spending freeze (excluding spending on the military, veterans, and entitlements). But cutting federal spending during a recession is a recipe for depression. To climb out of the hole that conservative economic ideology and policy has thrown us into, we need federal spending to reinvigorate economic growth. We should use this moment to make investments that will improve our future. It is time to rebuild America.

* We are looking at a deep and potentially long recession. America has lost nearly a million private-sector jobs since the beginning of the year. Home values are declining at record rates. Exports, which have been rising recently, will begin to sink as the economic downturn spreads across the globe. State and local government employment, which has also been rising, will certainly decline as layoffs are made to compensate for rising state-budget deficits. The manufacturing sector never recovered from the last recession. Consumer confidence recently plunged at the fastest rate ever. Sources

* To avoid a deeper downturn, we have to kick start our economy. The consensus among economists, even “deficit hawks” like former Clinton Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, is that we need another fiscal stimulus to jumpstart economic growth. To be effective, a growth package will have to have a value of about 2-3 percent of our gross domestic product, or at least $300 billion. Congressional Democrats are looking to enact part of that—a $150 billion stimulus—before the end of 2008. Sources

* The most effective stimulus would focus on making the investments we need to generate jobs. The stimulus payments distributed this summer didn’t help get the economy growing. Americans spent some of that money to pay down debt and some on goods made abroad, yielding little bang for the buck. To be more efficient, a stimulus plan should focus on making or sustaining public investments. First, it should provide aid to state and local governments to forestall deep layoffs. Second, it should extend unemployment payments and raise food stamp benefits, providing help to those who will spend the extra money. Most importantly, it should include investments that are vital to improving our future: modernizing infrastructure, promoting green buildings, and developing clean-energy technology. These investments would create jobs here in America. Economists say that such a stimulus package will yield the greatest return on the investment. In contrast, stimulus plans centered on tax cuts for the wealthy—like those proposed by Bush and McCain—tend to pull money out of circulation, generating the opposite of a stimulus effect. Sources

The conservative economic strategy risks another depression. The conservative response to our current recession is denial. John McCain said, “The only action I would take [to respond to the recession] is to correct what’s got us into it. What’s got us into it? Out of control spending.” That’s virtually the same prescription President Herbert Hoover gave as he led America deeper into the Great Depression. Like McCain, he said, “We must have insistent and determined reduction in government expenses.” History emphatically shows that a short-sighted and narrow focus on deficit reduction leads to economic disaster. Sources

Progressive Solution

This is an emergency, so we have to do whatever it takes to fight our way out of recession. Conservatives balk at the short-term costs of a national growth program. But the costs of a severe recession—both short- and long-term—would be far greater.

A stimulus should be sufficient, strategic and sustained. An economic stimulus has to be of sufficient size to make a positive impact on our $15 trillion economy. It must also be strategic, making investments that are vital to our long term future. And it must be sustained, consisting not only of one-time rebates, but of years of investments that put people to work. By fostering economic growth, such a stimulus program will generate tax revenue that will help bring the budget into balance (though we’ll still have to deal with Bush’s top-end tax breaks, which generated record deficits even while the economy was growing).

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: [votespisak.org]
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Charlie Wilson offers no new solutions

October 26, 2008

In a recent article regarding the race for the 6th Congressional District, Incumbent Charlie Wilson continues to offer no new solutions to issues facing the district.
Is this the type of leadership we want and need in Washington? Read the article and tell me what solutions Charlie Wilson will bring to the 6th District? Then ask yourself what solutions Dennis Spisak will bring to the district? Charlie Wilson is not worthy of re-election to Congress this year. Dennis Spisak is worthy of representing the 6th district in 2009.



Wilson challenged by Spisak, Stobbs
By PAUL GIANNAMORE, Business editor- Steubenville Herald Star
Voters will choose among three candidates for the 6th House District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 4. Incumbent Democrat Charlie Wilson of St. Clairsville faces a challenge from Republican Richard "Dick" Stobbs of Dillonvale and Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak of Struthers.
The candidates responded to an e-mail questionnaire.

Experience

Wilson, 65, was elected to his first term in Congress in 2006. Prior to that, he was a state senator from 2004-06 and a state representative from 1996 to 2004, serving as minority whip in 1998 to 2000 and assistant minority leader from 2000-02. He was president of Wilson Funeral and Furniture Co. Inc. from 1966 to 2006 and served as a welder, painter and assembly line worker from 1961-65.

Stobbs, 62, is a past Belmont County sheriff and served 13 years in federal government, including three years with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington as a criminal justice specialist. He also cited a lifetime of public service including service as a volunteer firefighter and member of emergency squads, and various civic and community activities. He earned the Bronze Star for service with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam.

Spisak, 49, was one of the first Green Party members elected in Ohio to the Struthers board of education in 2005. He has served as principal of Southern Local High School in Columbiana County among his 23 years of experience as an educator.

Why cast a vote
for you?

Spisak: "I am not afraid to call for health care for all Ohioans, economic justice and nothing less than a renewal of America's sense of community and promise of equal opportunity for all citizens."
Spisak said the area's representative must address "the issues facing regular citizens, not lobbyists or corporation PACs."

Stobbs: "I believe my record of service and honesty, along with my desire to 'change business as usual in Washington' makes me the best suited to represent the 6th Congressional District."

Wilson: "My goal is to always do whatever I can to stand up for working families. To that end, the focus of my first term in Congress has been the economy, energy and health care."
Wilson pointed to his vote in favor of the first minimum wage increase in more than a decade, as well as hard work to be sure the nation's energy plan includes "our area's most vital resource - coal."
Wilson said he will continue to fight for common sense health care policies including support for children's insurance, despite two vetoes by President Bush.

What is the most pressing need for the district, and what can you do to see that this need is met?

Stobbs: "I propose initiating a Jobs Action Team, composed of members from chambers of commerce, industry, agriculture, labor organizations, clergy, local government officials and interest citizens. As U.S. representative, I would seek out CEOs and corporate executives to visit the district, meet with the Jobs Action Team, encouraging them to locate in the 6th District."

Wilson: "The best service I can provide as a member of Congress is to help foster an economic environment that will lead to business expansion and job creation. Our current economic crisis has come home to roost on Main streets all across the Ohio Valley, and I am proud that I stood up to do something about it."

Spisak: "Democrats and Republicans legislate for corporations. I would legislate for the American citizen. The Democrats and Republicans got $120 million from CEOs and corporations last year. Incumbent Congressman Charlie Wilson got over $450,000 from lobbyists and corporate PACs last year. Who does Charlie Wilson truly represent in Washington? The time has come for a candidate that cares less about corporations and more about you. I am that candidate that is concerned about regular Americans and will make this country a better legacy for our children."
Spisak said he will not accept lobbyist or corporate PAC money if elected.

Wilson has spoken often about making the Ohio Valley the new energy corridor for future employment and to serve the nation. The three men presented their responses to that concept.

Wilson: "Alternative energy is not only a challenge, it's an incredible opportunity for our region. I work every day to make sure that the rest of the country understands that we have two resources in abundance: A dedicated work force and coal that can be cleanly used. I firmly believe these resources are key to creating an energy corridor along the Ohio River."
Wilson said an energy corridor would not only provide jobs and boost the local economy but also would provide "domestically produced energy to a country eager to wean itself off foreign energy."

Stobbs: "I do not agree with the 'energy corridor' concept, that is just a 'political buzz word' to distract voters from the incumbent's non-action as a legislator for the past 12 years. That approach is too narrow-focused and seems designed to take credit for the two significant energy projects currently under development in the southern part of the district."
Stobbs said steel and transportation, as well as agriculture, all present potential for the district.
"The future depends on the leadership of community and government leaders marketing the skills and resources of the district to bring in new business and industry to revitalize the district," he said.

Spisak: "I believe our area can become an energy corridor except I disagree with the way Mr. Wilson wants to do it."
Spisak accused Wilson of being paid $18,000 by the coal industry to support the plant.
"Burning coal-to-liquid fuel is arguably the dirtiest, most expensive energy gamble we could take. The truth is that liquid coal is plagued with economic and environmental downsides from the time the coal is mined until long after the liquid is removed from the coal," he said.
Spisak said nearly twice the global warming emissions are emitted by liquid coal than by gasoline and huge inputs of energy are required to make coal into a synthetic fuel.
He also said replacing just 10 percent of the nation's transportation fuels with liquid coal would require a 40 percent increase in coal mining, which would jeopardize long-term prospects for coal including its use as a major electricity source.
"I believe in building an energy corridor based upon renewable energy companies and manufacturers who will build and produce green jobs such as solar and wind component plants. Blue-collar jobs - to put our people back to work," he said.
Spisak described the New Apollo program (put together by the Apollo Alliance, a group of business, labor, environmental and community groups) which calls for a $500 billion over 10 years with the potential to create more than 5 million green energy jobs.
"It will accelerate the development of the nation's vast clean energy resources and move us toward energy security, climate stability and economic prosperity," Spisak said. "And it will transform America into the global leader of the new green economy."
(Giannamore can be contacted at pgiannamore@heraldstaronline.com.)

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: [votespisak.org]
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UPSET THE SETUP!
Elect Green Party candidate Dennis Spisak to U.S. Congress- District 6th!

The democrats and republicans just handed Wall Street a $700 BILLION BAIL OUT but they want us to believe that UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE is a bad investment.

Dennis Spisak believes that Americans should no longer have to worry about losing coverage if they lose or change their job. Employers should no longer have to worry about the ever-increasing costs of health care.

The democrats and republicans are willing to spend $700 Billion to clean up the mess that their greedy campaign contributors on Wall Street created but they drag their feet on cleaning up the environment. Both major party presidential candidates support nuclear power and off shore drilling.

Dennis Spisak believes that we must depend less on fossil fuels in the future and more on renewable energies sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. He supports efforts “green economic efforts such as the New Apollo Program which is a comprehensive economic investment strategy to build America's 21st century clean energy economy.

Vote GREEN! ~www.votespisak.org~Vote GREEN!~www.votespisak.org Qualifications and Experience:A former High School Principal Dennis Spisak is a member of the Struthers Board of Education.He has served on the OASSA Athletic Committee on the OASSA Legislative Committee, and on the committees to design, create, and develop the constitution and by-laws for the Inter-Tri County League.Dennis Spisak has experience and knowledge in the areas of budget development and management, school/community relations, human resource development and evaluation, negotiations, construction, levy and bond issue passage.

Democrats and Republicans legislate for corporations. I would legislate for the American people. The Democrats and Republicans got $120 million dollars from CEOs and corporations last year. Incumbent Congressman Charlie Wilson got over $450,000 from lobbyists and corporate PACs last year. Who does Charlie Wilson truly represent in Washington? I will not accept any Lobbyist or Corporate PAC money if elected to Congress.Vote GREEN! www.votespisak.orgVote GREEN! www.votespisak.org Vote GREEN!
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US’s First Feed-In-Tariff For Solar Power Could Be Adopted by Gainesville, Florida, Why not Ohio?

October 21, 2008

reported by Matthew McDermott, Brooklyn, NY on 10.17.08

Now that the legislative dust seems to have settled and the issue of renewable energy tax incentives resolved, at least for the time being, in the United States it might be tempting to overlook the following announcement coming out of Gainesville, Florida, but you shouldn’t.
In a plan outlined on Monday, Gainesville has indicated that it is considering adopting feed-in-tariffs for renewable energy along the lines of the program which has enabled Germany to become a world leader in the industry.
If adopted, the plan would be the first of its kind in the nation:
Utility Guarantees Price for 20 Years
Under the program Gainesville Regional Utilities will buy all of the electricity produced by solar PV systems at a guaranteed rate per kilowatt-hour for the next 20 years. Current net metering and renewable energy rebate programs will be replaced with this feed-in-tariff.
In touting the program, assistant general manager for GRU strategic planning Ed Regan said “People are putting their pension funds into solar panels, holding companies are investing in renewable energy. These are great investments because there’s a guaranteed price backed by German credit; in this case GRU’s credit is probably just as good.”
The Feed-in-Tariff Advantage
While it may seem to be splitting policy hairs, there really is a substantial difference both in theory and practice between feed-in-tariffs and the more common net metering.
Under a feed-in-tariff the cost of spurring innovation by guaranteeing a certain rate for renewable energy is spread across all utility customers, with all of the electricity produced being feed into the electric grid. In Germany, the cost of the feed-in-tariff program amounts to about a 2% increase to an average families monthly electricity costs.
Cheaper to Run, Symbolically Important
Ultimately this results in the program being able to operate independent of the tax system, cost less to administer than other renewable energy promotion programs, and provide a more stable investment environment. It also important symbolically, as it represents a more significant communal commitment to renewable energy than other promotion programs, which focus on the advantage to the individual first.
A Sign of Things to Come?
Anecdotally it’s worth noting that the German program, which extends back into the 1990s, but has really come into its own in the past five years or so, began at the municipal level and was only later adopted nationally. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come in the United States.
ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com
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Help Keep the Economy Rolling

October 20, 2008

First, I would like to thank all the voters and supporters we met down in Athens, Ohio while campaigning down there this past weekend.....

The $700 billion economic rescue plan may have kept us from going over the edge, but we must look beyond the bailout to bring back jobs, reduce our energy bills, or revive our crumbling factories.
For that, America needs a long-term plan to turn our economy around. We need a plan that features practical solutions to end our addiction to oil, reduce energy costs, and create millions of green jobs. The Apollo Alliance has that plan – but you still haven't given it your support,
Sign on to the New Apollo Program – get America's economy back on track!
It's easy to throw up our hands and think we can't do anything about the economy, but we can. And right now, with the nation searching desperately for answers, we've got a window of opportunity.
Thousands of people like you have signed on to the plan already, and we're setting out to double our total by Election Day – so we need you to take action and tell your friends.
Here's how the plan works:
1.   Rebuild America clean and green, with energy efficient buildings and factories, mass transit, and renewable power sources.
2.   Make it in America – rebuild the U.S. auto industry to produce efficient cars and trucks, and create new green jobs in clean energy manufacturing.
3.   Help America compete, by investing in American-made clean energy technologies – instead of falling behind countries in Asia and Europe.
4.   In the process, we create 5 million green-collar jobs – and train and educate people from across the economic spectrum to fill them.
This is possible, all of it. In fact it's already happening, from shuttered factories now producing energy efficient cars to Midwest cities revitalized by wind energy.
We've crunched the numbers. We've figured out how a "cap and invest" system can fund the plan. And we've built an unprecedented coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community leaders who believe this is what our country needs.
Together we can make the green economy a reality.

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com
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We need more SolSil Plants in the Ohio  Valley

October14, 2008

From the Marietta, Ohio Times
The proposed location of a new 150,000-square-foot, high-purity silicon production facility in Waterford Township by Solsil Inc. is great news for Janee Pugh of Waterford.
"It sounds fabulous to me; we're losing jobs faster than we can bring new ones in. We need good-paying jobs," she said.
"I also have two sons in their early 20s. One is in college, and the other works for a printing company, but they both could use a good job," Pugh added.
Solsil, a subsidiary of Globe Specialty Metals, Inc., produces silicon that is used in photovoltaic solar cells.
In August it was learned that the company is considering a 47-acre site along Wells Road in Waterford Township to build the $56 million project that would provide 350 jobs within its first three years of operation.
Since then, state and local officials have been working to make the proposed facility a reality for Ohio. On Sept. 29, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher announced approval of a $10 million low-interest loan package by the state Development Financing Advisory Council.
"It's looking good, and the project's still not finalized, but we're getting closer," said Mike Jacoby, executive director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority.
"Our next step is for the state Controlling Board to sign off on the deal, but that's more of a formality," he said. "If we've made it to this stage, I don't expect any difficulties.
"After the board approval, we have to close on the deal, but it's my belief that (Solsil) has every intention of doing this project," Jacoby added.
A local tax incentive financing package is also being assembled, but has not been completed yet.
"But that process is not as time-sensitive as the state financing," Jacoby said.
He said Solsil is negotiating a 20-year lease with the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority for the manufacturing, warehouse, office and laboratory complex.
Jacoby noted that Globe Specialty Metals, headquartered in New York, is also planning to reopen a similar Solsil production facility in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Solsil supplies silicon to manufacturers of silicon ingots, wafers and solar photovoltaic cells that are used to generate electricity from sunlight.
Globe Specialty Metals acquired 81 percent of Solsil in January. Globe is among the world's largest producers of metallurgical and chemical-grade silicon, with more than 40 years experience in silicon manufacturing.
In 2006, the company bought Globe Metallurgical Inc., headquartered in Beverly. Globe Metallurgical is the largest silicon metal manufacturer in North America and the largest specialty ferroalloy manufacturer in the U.S.
Solsil Inc. currently has its main offices and operations in a portion of the Globe Metallurgical facility in Beverly.
ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

For now, for future, lead energy crusade

 

October 16, 2008

 

 

In Monday’s Editorial, The Des Moines Register wrote “For today's America, continued reliance on oil, some of it imported from unstable regimes, increases the risk of economic disruption, terrorism and war. For generations unborn, continued reliance on oil and its sister fossil fuels threatens the cataclysmic consequences of an altered climate, triggering flooding, drought and hunger.

Yet from this peril emerges great promise: The nation that develops the successors to fossil fuels will become the economic leader of the 21st century and could usher in the possibility of a more prosperous, peaceful world…

Commit to increasing energy efficiency, developing affordable plug-in hybrid or electric cars, tapping wind and solar energy to produce electricity cleanly and setting up a system that will cap greenhouse-gas pollutants and create a market for trading emission rights…

Increase national security today by lessening oil dependence and will begin confronting the greatest scientific and technical challenge in the history of mankind.”

That is what this race for 6th District Congress comes down to. Incumbent Charlie Wilson wants to continue using fossil fuels like coal to keep America behind with 19th century technology.

Green Candidate Dennis Spisak wants renewable energy manufacturing plants and companies to help create new jobs for the poor, working, and middle class. He wants to end our dependence on fossil fuels.

The question to be answered on November 4th is what path you want the 6th district to take for the future?

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apollo Energy Program Rolls Into Ohio, Where was Charlie Wilson?

October 15, 2008


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Phil Angelides, the chairman of the Apollo Alliance, pulled into Ohio’s capital early last week to “raise the banner of The New Apollo Program,” and called the organization’s 10-year, $500 billion plan a “sweeping investment program to put Americans back to work.”
Moments later Ohio’s Democratic Governor Ted Strickland declared his unqualified support for the plan. “If we do what The New Apollo Program encourages the next president and Congress to do we will see a renaissance in America’s and Ohio’s economy. I am happy to do what we can as Buckeyes to facilitate this effort.”
Representative Jay Inslee, a Democrat of Washington State, who is helping us roll out The New Apollo Program in Seattle on Friday, also attended the event here. His view: Ohio is a logical place for clean energy investment. The state uses more energy than all but five other states. It just approved a renewable energy standard for state utilities, and enjoys robust capacity in its agricultural, research, industrial, and manufacturing sectors. Those are the building blocks of a clean energy sector. Ohio also has history, reflected in the inventiveness of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers, who were born and raised in Ohio, and characterized by the courage of John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, two more native Ohioans.
“This is the place for The New Apollo Program, and the time for Apollo,” said Inslee. “Some may not think this is the time for bold ideas. But this is exactly the time. These are the moments that see the United States rally around optimism and confidence. The New Apollo Program is the perfect challenge because it attacks the thing that challenges us right now, our fear and our confidence.”
The nation’s economy and the federal credit bailout were very much on the minds of journalists and union members who attended the event, which was held at the IBEW Training Center on Goodale Boulevard. Angelides addressed the point directly. “If we can afford $85 billion to rescue AIG,” he said, “we can afford $50 billion a year to put our own people back to work.”
Phil added: “There is every reason to believe that Ohio can be at the forefront of these investment dollars. We think if we do this right, Ohio can create 400,000 green collar jobs.”
Indeed, unemployment is rising in Ohio, and currently sits at 7.4 percent, a 1.7 percent increase since 2007 and the highest it has been in the last decade.  That means that over 444,000 Ohio workers are currently without jobs.  Ohio lost almost 7,000 jobs just in the month of August, and a total of 90,000 jobs have been lost since last year.  Manufacturing has been hit the hardest - Ohio lost over 15,000 manufacturing jobs in the last 12 months.  Additionally, over 5,900 construction jobs were lost over the past year.
Still, there are bright spots. The U.S. Conference of Mayors estimates that there are currently 16,884 green jobs in Ohio. These jobs are focused on renewable energy, biofuels, and energy efficiency. They include jobs in the renewable power, agriculture, engineering, research, manufacturing, construction, and government sectors.
   A $500 billion federal investment in clean energy would generate an additional $233 billion in ongoing economic stimulus (GDP, personal income, and retail sales).
   Of the $500 billion federal investment, $22 billion would go to Ohio.
   A  $22 billion federal investment in Ohio would create 155,899 direct, permanent jobs over 10 years, including:
o   42,855 on-site manufacturing jobs
o   17,756 on-site construction jobs
o   4,265 transportation jobs
A broader calculation takes into account not only direct jobs, but also indirect and induced jobs created.  These include jobs such as materials transportation, retail sales, business services, accounting, and other support services.
Calculating the broader employment impacts, based on data from the Center for American Progress:
   Start with a proposal to invest $100 billion over 2 years, with a $3.66 billion federal investment in Ohio.  Scaled up to meet our proposal of a $500 billion federal investment over 10 years, this would mean a federal investment of $18.3 billion in Ohio.
   This $18.3 billion federal investment would result in a total of 401,800 direct, indirect, and induced jobs in Ohio over 10 years.
Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2008

Where was Charlie Wilson? Oh, Because Coal and Fossil Fuels were not mentioned, Charlie’s coal lobbyists probably told him to stay home or in Florida.
ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Charlie Wilson does not deserve Re-election to Congress

 

 

October 14, 2008

 

When asked by the Athens News Are you satisfied that the federal bailout of the financial industry contains enough protections for the working people, taxpayers and homeowners? If not, what change would you like to see to the package? Charlie Wilson answered:

Wilson: “Doing nothing was not an option, but we did not rubber-stamp the Administration’s three-page proposal.” Congress worked to protect the taxpayers so that every dollar loaned to the financial sector would be recovered, Wilson said. “I’m proud I took a tough vote to help stabilize our economy. I believe that Congress’ action will eventually help free up credit and ensure small business viability.” The bill also included tax incentives for alternative energies that should create jobs.

What Charlie Wilson failed to mention is that because the bailout includes billions of dollars in tax breaks for old-fashioned fossil-fuel processes such as liquefying coal and squeezing petroleum out of sand and rock his vote placed these add-ons that will cost taxpayers more than $100 billion. “Thank Charlie Wilson for costing the taxpayers more money for this bailout.”

Incumbent Congressman Charlie Wilson is partly responsible for this current economic depression/crisis/and bailout that has ruined our country. He does not deserve re-election to Congress.

 

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio

 

Area Residents want a cleaner, brighter energy future

 

October 13, 2008

 

 

This is a letter I received last week from an area voter who wants to see a cleaner, brighter energy future:

 

October 9, 2008
 
Dennis Spisak
548 Poland
                                    Avenue
Struthers, OH 44471
 
 
Dear
                                    Mr. Spisak:
 
I am writing to ask your support for an energy policy that will provide
                                    a 
cleaner, greener, and more competitive
                                    economy for our children's future.  
Climate change is a serious concern for me and I urge you to support an 
energy policy that will:
 
INVEST IN CLEAN ENERGY.  Critical to any serious energy policy, wind and
                                    
solar energy represent homegrown
                                    sources of electricity that can do the 
job now.  We need to extend tax credits for wind and solar project for
                                    ten 
years and build the infrastructure
                                    to get power from where it is produced 
to our population centers.
 
MAKE CARS CLEANER.  We
                                    need to increase the corporate average fuel economy 
to 60 MPG and create strong incentives for consumers to buy plug-in 
hybrids.  
 
BUILD EFFICIENT BUILDINGS.  Invest in making existing buildings
                                    use half 
of the energy they use
                                    now and move to zero-emissions for new buildings. A 
2007 report by the US Department of Energy found that energy efficiency 
measures can reduce our nation's energy demand growth by 50 percent
                                    by 
2025.  More ambitious studies by the Rocky Mountain Institute report we 
can achieve 75 percent by 2020.
 
CREATE GREEN JOBS.  Implementing these recommendations will create 
thousands of good jobs in the United States which cannot be outsourced.  
Buildings can't be made efficient by workers overseas, solar energy can't 
be outsourced, and all Americans benefit when a clean energy policy 
delivers jobs, energy security, and a clean environment all at once.
 
LEAD LARGE-SCALE, RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY.  States,
                                    
businesses and homeowners need
                                    a rapid expansion of renewable energy and 
energy efficiency projects.   This will not be possible unless the
                                    federal 
government leads the way,
                                    providing infrastructure and investment 
opportunities commensurate with the scale needed to stop the climate 
crises.
 
STOP DRILLING OFF
                                    THE COAST.  America's coastlines and protected areas 
should remain pristine and accessible to all.  Subsidies should be 
transitioned from the oil and gas industry to renewable energy and the 
green jobs it brings.
 
NO NEW
                                    COAL PLANTS.  From carbon dioxide to mercury emissions, coal is the 
number one polluter in this country. 
                                    It is time to confront the climate 
crises, scrap our plans for new coal plants, and instead invest in energy 
efficiency and renewable energy.
 
NO LOAN GUARANTEES FOR NUCLEAR PLANTS.  Nuclear power has not proven 
itself to be a sound investment without government-backed loan guarantees.
                                    
 Now
                                    is not the time a new generation of risky nuclear power plants.  We 
can get our energy from cleaner sources which do not produce radioactive
                                    
waste and threaten our communities.
 
Now is the time to support energy legislation that will solve the climate 
crises, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, revitalize our economy,
                                    and 
create good jobs in America.  I hope I can count on your support.
 
 
As Green Party Candidate
                                    for Congress, you can count on my support.
 
 
Dennis Spisak
 

 

Dear Charlie Wilson: 5 Dirty Aspects of “Clean Coal”
October 12, 2008


 Clean coal has been getting a lot of attention lately. Congressman Wilson considers it to be an important piece in his energy plans. Even the recent $900 billion bailout package included $1.5 billion for clean coal. Because coal is so plentiful and relatively cheap in the US, the notion of clean coal is particularly appealing. Unfortunately, clean coal is a myth.
Here’s why clean coal is so dirty:
1. Clean Coal Requires More Coal
30% more energy is required to pump carbon underground for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The captured carbon dioxide has to be compressed to 100 times the atmospheric pressure, transferred to an underground storage reservoir and then pumped in the ground. All of this requires large amounts of energy, thus the coal plant must burn an additional 30% more coal to generate the same amount of usable electricity.

2. High Expenses Make It Unfeasible
$5.2 billion in taxpayer money has been spent to foster this technology in the US, yet the results are dismal. A recent government report found that of the 13 projects examined, eight had extended delays or financial problems, six were years behind schedule, and two had gone bankrupt.
3. Commercial Carbon Capture Unlikely by 2020-Sorry Wellsville Plant
A study from Australian energy consultancy ACIL Talisman states that CCS will not be available in the short-term to generate electricity with low carbon emissions and that technology breakthroughs are still needed to make this technology feasible. The study does however find that concentrated solar, geothermal, and wind energy already are or will be in commercial use by 2020.
4. Unproven Technology
No commercial scale examples exist. The FutureGen plant in Illinois was to be the showcase for clean coal technology. A total of $50 million was spent, $40 million of which was federal funded. The price tag for the $1.8 billion plant had nearly doubled. The government pulled support for the project due to concern that costs would continue to climb.
5. Coal Mining is Very Harmful
The US averages 30 coal mining deaths annually, while China averages a staggering 8,000. Mountaintop removal mining, a method that is common in Appalachia, destroys ecosystems and has permanently buried over 1,200 miles of streams. Coal mining causes water pollution and lowers the quality of drinking water in neighboring communities. Unfortunately, clean coal technology does not address the many negative impacts of coal mining and could even require large amounts of coal to be mined because of the additional energy needed to sequester carbon emissions.

Sorry, Charlie. Clean coal is a myth. That’s why we need a congressman in Washington who believes in real renewable energy resources for the 21st Century. This is why Charlie Wilson should not be re-elected on November 4th.
 ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

When a Liberal Voting Bill hits the hill, Charlie Wilson hides by “Not Voting”

October 11, 2008


When a liberal, progressive house bill comes to the floor of Congress, Charlie Wilson shows his true Conservative George Bush colors by being absent for the vote. Here are the following progressive house votes Charlie Wislon has skipped since coming to Congress: NV= NOT VOTING

06/26/2008 Public Transportation and Alternative Fuel GrantsHR 6052 NV Bill Passed - House

01/23/2008 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)HR 3963 NV Veto Override Failed - House(260 - 152)
11/01/2007 Hardrock Mining and Reclamation ActHR 2262 NV Bill Passed - House(244 - 166)
10/25/2007 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CHIP)HR 3963 NV Bill Passed - House(265 - 142)
10/10/2007 National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act of 2007HR 2895 NV Bill Passed - House(264 - 148)
10/10/2007 Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007HR 3056 NV Bill Passed - House
10/31/2007 Trade and Globalization Act of 2007HR 3920 NV Bill Passed - House(264 - 157)
10/16/2007 Reporter's Source Confidentiality GuidelinesHR 2102 NV Bill Passed - House(398 - 21)
10/16/2007 Sense of the House on Classification of Information on Corruption in IraqH Res 734 NV Resolution Passed - House(395 - 21)


Better public transportation and alternative fuel grants, Children’s insurance programs,
Better housing for the poor, better trade and jobs for more workers, corruption in Iraq, Chartlie Wilson fails to show up and tell the people who he is supposed to represent exactly where he stands on progressive, liberal positions. Charlie Wilson continues to hid the fact from his citizens that he is a closet Republican.

If we want progressive issues passed, it’s time to vote for a progressive candidate into Congress.

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

Campaign site: [votespisak.org]

Green Economy Will Rebound Faster From Financial Turmoil

 

October 9, 2008

Written by Reenita Malhotra

The green economy shows signs of rebounding faster than others shaken by the global financial turmoil. There are several indicators pointing to the fact.

Government Guaranteed Revenues for Large Renewable Energy Players

Unlike other industries, renewable energy has government-guaranteed revenues. However it is likely that as the credit crunch plays out, the re-bounders will be big utilities who are not reliant on banks for short term loans rather than start-ups who do.

“Even if utilities do have to borrow, they can do so cheaply as government-regulated businesses with guaranteed rates of return which can pass on costs to consumers”, said analyst Pavel Mulchanov at Raymond James & Associates in Houston who hints that the larger wind and solar companies might be recession proof even though their stocks have been yo-yo-ing.

Tax Credits For Wind and Solar Energy Industries

The highly contentious $700 billion bailout was finally signed into law on October 3rd after a series of revisions. Known officially as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, it includes production and investment tax credits for the wind and solar energy industries. About 60,000 Americans are already employed by the solar energy industry, the extension of tax credits will further help to create thousands of jobs while providing clean, affordable, carbon-free energy to citizens. Clearly a win-win situation.

4.2 Million Green Jobs by 2038

According to a study released last week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the U.S. economy now has about 750,000 green jobs that include renewable energy or green engineering, legal or research support. As the economy recovers and focuses on developing energy efficiency and alternative fuels, it can generate 4.2 million new “green” jobs in the next 30 years.

Non Green Companies Weigh In: Google Unveils a Plan For Cleaner Energy

Google Inc. has decided to fund green technology and leverage its brand power to lobby for policy change. The world famous web search company plans to wean the United States off burning coal and oil for power by 2030, and cut oil use for cars by 40 percent. That will cost trillions of dollars, but Google believes it should ultimately save money.

What will the U.S. Economy look like in the foreseeable future? Are we entering a green revolution? Did we actually manage to achieve more than a $700 billion bailout for the environment over the long term?

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Clean Energy can power economy and jobs

 

October 8, 2008

 

As the Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th District, again I ask, why can’t this type of green energy production be used to return the 6th district to economic prosperity?

 

Is it because current Congressman Charlie Wilson is being held back by the coal lobbyists who gave him $18,000 over the past two years?

 

 

New Study Finds That Clean-Energy Industry Can Power Northwest Economy, Job Creation, and Carbon Reduction

 
Report Finds Potential for 63,000 New Jobs in Oregon and Washington
Clean Edge and Climate Solutions’ Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025

Portland, Ore./ Seattle, Wash. — October 6, 2008 — A new study concludes that five emerging clean-tech industry sectors offer the Pacific Northwest one of the best opportunities for sustained economic vitality and job growth. It also charts the course for private and public investment and leadership to capitalize on the opportunity. 

Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025 is produced by two leading clean-tech organizations — research and publishing firm Clean Edge and research and advocacy organization Climate Solutions. The study provides a comprehensive look at emerging green industries that are projected to provide high-paying jobs and a vital new economic base for the region. It provides a grounded and realistic view of the region’s potential role in an increasingly competitive global clean-tech industry. The report can be downloaded at www.cleanedge.com and www.climatesolutions.org.
 
The study focuses on five clean-energy sectors that provide the best opportunities for Oregon and Washington to build a leadership position in intellectual capital and job creation. They are:

     • Solar PV Manufacturing, which is projected to provide up to 22,560 new jobs in the region by 2025;
     • Wind Power Development, expected to reach up to 6,000 new jobs;
     • Green Building Design Services, creator of up to 16,834 new jobs;
     • Sustainable Bioenergy, which could account for 10,419 new jobs; and
     • Smart-Grid Technologies, an industry that could create up to 7,000 new jobs.

In all, the study find these industries have the potential to create more than 63,000 new jobs in the Pacific Northwest by 2025 — a figure that matches the employment in Silicon Forest during its height as a chip manufacturing center. The growth of these clean-tech sectors would position the region as a leader in the dramatic global shift toward cleaner and more efficient forms of energy, transportation, and building systems that reduce pollution and reliance on volatile imported fossil fuels.

The report provides an objective accounting of the region’s assets and challenges, and provides a 10-point action plan for Oregon and Washington that includes:

     •  Limiting and reducing global warming pollution by putting a price on carbon;
     •  Ramping up public investment in clean technology funds;
     •  Passing leading edge green building codes;
     •  Deploying clean energy workforce development strategies;
     •  Providing effective clean energy tax credits;
     •  Building a 21st century smart grid

“Clean energy is increasingly identified as the sector with the largest growth potential in the U.S. economy, and offers the best promise of meeting the twin challenges of economic and environmental decline,” said Ron Pernick, Clean Edge cofounder and managing director and report coauthor. “This report is a case study for how the Pacific Northwest region can seize a leadership role in the clean-tech economy.”

Carbon-Free Prosperity 2025 lauds the Pacific Northwest for its green lifestyle, proactive policies, strong natural resource base, and abundant cheap electricity as attributes that give the region a head start in the quest for a strong clean-energy economy. But the report also urges action on cultivating more venture capital in the region, updating energy grid infrastructure, grooming managerial talent for growing clean-tech companies, and developing a comprehensive economic-development strategy for the region.

“To spark a real economic recovery, we need to repower America, and this region should be at the forefront,” said Rhys Roth, Climate Solutions’ Director of Strategic Innovation. “This report is a blueprint for how the region can become a global leader in clean technology – creating family-supporting jobs, regaining control of our energy future, and delivering real climate solutions.”

The study is based on interviews with more than 50 industry, financial, and policy experts in the Northwest, and leverages proprietary Clean Edge data on market sizing, employment figures, and other key market factors.

About Clean Edge
Clean Edge, Inc., with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, is a leading research and publishing firm that helps companies, investors, and policymakers understand and profit from clean technologies. Founded in 2000, Clean Edge and its network of partners and affiliates offer unparalleled intelligence and insight into the clean-tech sector. Among its many activities, the company publishes the annual Clean Energy Trends report, produces the annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit (along with IBF), and maintains a number of clean-energy stock indexes. To keep abreast of the latest clean-tech news, access industry reports, learn more about the company’s annual summit, or sign up for Clean Edge’s free e-newsletter, visit
www.cleanedge.com.

About Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides in the Pacific Northwest. Since its inception in 1998, Climate Solutions has been the foremost champion of Northwest climate and clean energy leadership that generates economic opportunities for Northwest businesses and workers. Working with a broad array of partners from business, rural, government, and the public-interest community, Climate Solutions helps to advance a new sustainable prosperity in the Northwest that accelerates the technologies, policies, and enterprises that can deliver climate solutions to the world. Climate Solutions has offices in Seattle, Olympia, Portland and Missoula. To learn more, visit www.climatesolutions.org.

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Tax Incentives for Renewables Restored in Bailout Bill.

 

October 7, 2008

 

 By Jim Abrams, AP, October 4, 2008. "Millions of taxpayers, thousands of businesses and groups as diverse as solar power developers and natural disaster victims will see tax relief with the House vote Friday to approve and send to the president a $700 billion financial rescue plan. The tax relief package attached to the rescue bill promotes renewable energy development and extends dozens of tax breaks from the critical research and development tax credit to breaks for such narrowly focused groups as motor sports racetrack owners, film producers and bicycle commuters... The renewable energy incentives include an eight-year extension of investment credits for solar energy, as well as breaks for wind, geothermal and other alternative sources. The solar industry says extension of the credits through 2016 would produce an extra 440,000 jobs and more than $230 billion in investments."

 

As the Green Party Candidate for Congress, this is the type of Green Bailout we need to get this county moving again in providing jobs for the poor, working and middle class in renewable alternative energy programs.

 

However, the bailout include billions of dollars in breaks for old-fashioned fossil-fuel processes such as liquefying coal and squeezing petroleum out of sand and rock, dirty coal processes our current Congressman Charlie Wilson has been paid over $18,000 by coal lobbyists since 2007 to support. Although House members were adamant that the overall tax provisions remain revenue-neutral, the add-ons will cost taxpayers more than $100 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Thank Charlie Wilson for costing the taxpayers more money for this bailout.

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

California adopts the goals of the Apollo Energy Program. Why Not Ohio?


October 6, 2008

 

California turned policy into law consistent with the goals of The New Apollo Program.  The state enacted a new statute, AB2855, that establishes green-collar job training academies to prepare high school students for careers in building the clean energy, good jobs economy. Among the technologies that will be taught in the new academies: energy audits, retrofitting and weatherization, energy efficiency, installation of energy conservation equipment, renewable energy design and installation, next generation vehicle maintenance, and pollution prevention. The California Apollo Alliance and the State Building Trades Council of California co-sponsored the legislation and helped secure its passage and enactment.

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

 

 

 

How can Charlie Wilson Know So Little About Renewable Energies?

 

October 5, 20008

 

 

Charlie Wilson is a member of the Science and Technology Committee and there serves on the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.
 
As a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congressman Wilson has been tapped to be a part of the Blue Dog Innovation, Capital Markets, and Financial Services Task Force. The task force will focus on developing policies that encourage capital formation and investment in America's next generation technologies and the industries.

 

Then why does Charlie Wilson fail to mention any renewable energy technologies for the future of America except for turning Coal into Liquid Fuel?

 

Why is Charlie Wilson not on the forefront of solar power, wind turbines, and geothermal renewable energy if he sits on two Technology and Innovation Committees?

 

Could it be Charlie Wilson is in the back pockets of Electric Company and Coal Company lobbyists and PACs? The Coal Industry has given Charlie over $18,000 since he got to Washington in 2007.

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Does Charlie Wilson really fight for you and me?

 

October 4, 2008

 

 

During the 2006 campaign, Charlie Wilson’s little country jungle ended by saying “Charlie fights for you and me.”  But does Charlie really fight?

 

In two years, Charlie has passed only ONE BILL Through Congress:

 

. H.RES.892 : Expressing support for designation of a "National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day".
Sponsor:
Rep Wilson, Charles A. [OH-6] (introduced 12/18/2007)      Cosponsors (74)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2008 Passed/agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

 

That’s right, Charlie passed a bill to pat himself on the back for being a Funeral Director.

 

Charlie Wilson has taken over $460,000 from lobbyists and corporate PACs last year.

 

Charlie Wilson legislates for corporations, he doesn’t fight for you and me.

 

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Green Collar Economy

October 3, 2008

In The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. The economy is built on and powered almost exclusively by oil, natural gas, and coal, all fast-diminishing nonrenewable resources. As supplies disappear, the price of energy climbs and nearly everything becomes more expensive. With costs and unemployment soaring, the economy stalls. Not only that, when we burn these fuels, the greenhouse gases they create overheat the atmosphere. As the headlines make clear, total climate chaos looms over us. The bottom line: we cannot continue with business as usual. We cannot drill and burn our way out of these dual dilemmas.

 

Instead, Van Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy. Built by a broad coalition deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people, this path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral.

 

It’s time to send a Green Party Candidate to Washington to help begin work on

Van Jones’ Green Collar Economy. It’s time to send Dennis Spisak to Congress.

 

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Green the Bailout

October 2, 2008

As the Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th District, I agree with New York Times editor Thomas Friedman who wrote last weekend that we need Green jobs to help bailout America from it’s current economic problems:

Many things make me weep about the current economic crisis, but none more than this brief economic history: In the 19th century, America had a railroad boom, bubble and bust. Some people made money; many lost money. But even when that bubble burst, it left America with an infrastructure of railroads that made transcontinental travel and shipping dramatically easier and cheaper.
 The late 20th century saw an Internet boom, bubble and bust. Some people made money; many people lost money, but that dot-com bubble left us with an Internet highway system that helped Microsoft, I.B.M. and Google to spearhead the I.T. revolution.
The early 21st century saw a boom, bubble and now a bust around financial services. But I fear all it will leave behind are a bunch of empty Florida condos that never should have been built, used private jets that the wealthy can no longer afford and dead derivative contracts that no one can understand.
Worse, we borrowed the money for this bubble from China, and now we have to pay it back — with interest and without any lasting benefit.
Yes, this bailout is necessary. This is a credit crisis, and credit crises involve a breakdown in confidence that leads to no one lending to anyone. You don’t fool around with a credit crisis. You have to overwhelm it with capital. Unfortunately, some people who don’t deserve it will be rescued. But, more importantly, those who had nothing to do with it will be spared devastation. You have to save the system.
But that is not the point of this column. The point is, we don’t just need a bailout. We need a buildup. We need to get back to making stuff, based on real engineering not just financial engineering. We need to get back to a world where people are able to realize the American Dream — a house with a yard — because they have built something with their hands, not because they got a “liar loan” from an underregulated bank with no money down and nothing to pay for two years. The American Dream is an aspiration, not an entitlement.
When I need reminding of the real foundations of the American Dream, I talk to my Indian-American immigrant friends who have come here to start new companies — friends like K.R. Sridhar, the founder of Bloom Energy. He e-mailed me a pep talk in the midst of this financial crisis — a note about the difference between surviving and thriving.
“Infants and the elderly who are disabled obsess about survival,” said Sridhar. “As a nation, if we just focus on survival, the demise of our leadership is imminent. We are thrivers. Thrivers are constantly looking for new opportunities to seize and lead and be No. 1.” That is what America is about.
But we have lost focus on that. Our economy is like a car, added Sridhar, and the financial institutions are the transmission system that keeps the wheels turning and the car moving forward. Real production of goods that create absolute value and jobs, though, are the engine.
“I cannot help but ponder about how quickly we are ready to act on fixing the transmission, by pumping in almost one trillion dollars in a fortnight,” said Sridhar. “On the other hand, the engine, which is slowly dying, is not even getting an oil change or a tune-up with the same urgency, let alone a trillion dollars to get ourselves a new engine. Just imagine what a trillion-dollar investment would return to the economy, including the ‘transmission,’ if we committed at that level to green jobs and technologies.”
Indeed, when this bailout is over, we need the next president — this one is wasted — to launch an E.T., energy technology, revolution with the same urgency as this bailout. Otherwise, all we will have done is bought ourselves a respite, but not a future. The exciting thing about the energy technology revolution is that it spans the whole economy — from green-collar construction jobs to high-tech solar panel designing jobs. It could lift so many boats.
In a green economy, we would rely less on credit from foreigners “and more on creativity from Americans,” argued Van Jones, president of Green for All, and author of the forthcoming “The Green Collar Economy.” “It’s time to stop borrowing and start building. America’s No. 1 resource is not oil or mortgages. Our No. 1 resource is our people. Let’s put people back to work — retrofitting and repowering America. ... You can’t base a national economy on credit cards. But you can base it on solar panels, wind turbines, smart biofuels and a massive program to weatherize every building and home in America.”
The Bush team says that if this bailout is done right, it should make the government money. Great. Let’s hope so, and let’s commit right now that any bailout profits will be invested in infrastructure — smart transmission grids or mass transit — for a green revolution. Let’s “green the bailout,” as Jones says, and help ensure that the American Dream doesn’t ever shrink back to just that — a dream.
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Green Jobs Programs work across the country, Why not Ohio?

 

As Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th district, I have read reports of Green Job programs springing up all over the country. Why not Ohio? Why not the 6th District?

Is it because Charlie Wilson is told what to do by the coal lobbyists?

 

What is the rest of America doing?

 

Last year another group founded by Jones, the Oakland Apollo Alliance, along with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, secured $250,000 from the city of Oakland for a program that trains youth in jobs including installing solar panels and weatherizing buildings.

Los Angeles established a Green Career Ladder Training Program to link low-income people with jobs from green investment by the city.

In Milwaukee, a private program known as Milwaukee Energy Efficiency, or Me2, aims to funnel up to $500 million of private capital into residential and commercial building retrofits. The funds will be paid back over 10 years in energy savings, split between lenders and program participants (i.e., building owners).

In Chicago, a Greencorps program trains participants, including ex-offenders, in four tracks: landscaping and urban gardening, computer refurbishing and recycling, household hazardous waste handling and home weatherization. The city has promised to hire 5,000 to 10,000 people in positions constructing, designing and auditing green buildings. And with two megawatts of solar power generation, city officials say they have the most municipal solar power outside the Southwest. With "green-washing" rampant among corporations and politicians in this day and age, it is worth reserving some skepticism until these programs actually show significant results.

At this point most of the green jobs training programs are still in the early stages, and it remains to be seen to what extent permanent jobs are created and how much savings are actually generated and how those savings are used. Some skeptics say such programs and promises, especially without revised building codes or binding local ordinances to back them up, are a low-cost way for cities to bolster their green credentials while much more challenging environmental issues are slow to be addressed.

That's where federal policy comes in.

"There are a lot of reasons green jobs will continue to grow," said Hays, noting that private investment in the green sector is "vertical" -- escalating rapidly. "However, the growth probably won't happen fast enough on its own to save us from baking the planet -- so we need a smart carbon reduction policy."

Green For All and other advocates are pushing for a "cap, collect and invest" strategy.

"That would not only create a market for clean energy technology, it could also create a huge revenue stream that could finance and support the growth of these things," said Hays. "You make polluters pay for the right to emit under the cap, and take that money and invest it into supporting both the technology and enterprises as well as training programs."

Meanwhile, one of the silver linings to sky-high fuel prices is that they do create a free market incentive for renewable and alternative energy sources and hence a green job market. For example Flint, Mich., is among several U.S. cities following Sweden's example in fueling vehicles with clean-burning biogas. With gas prices more than double those in the United States, Sweden has pioneered technology to make biogas from decomposing household waste, slaughtered cow carcasses and even human sewage. A project under way in Flint, funded by the company Swedish Biogas, will use biogas from waste from the city's municipal wastewater treatment agency to fuel city buses and other vehicles.

"The Swedish technique has been advanced because we have been forced to come up with alternative sources," said Stig Berglind, press counselor at the Swedish Embassy. "In Flint, they're trying to find alternative energy sources, which could take care of some of the thousands of jobs lost in the auto economy. You get away from foreign energy dependence, you can produce energy with your own waste -- isn't that a marvelous thing!"

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Why we need to invest in Green Jobs

 

September 30, 2008

 

Green-collar enthusiasts are also calling on the federal government to help ignite change. Investing $100 billion in green technologies and industries "would create four times more jobs than spending the same amount of money within the oil industry, and would reduce the unemployment rate to 4.4 percent over two years," according to a study released in September by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst under commission by the Center for American Progress.

The report calls for $50 billion in tax breaks, $46 billion in direct government investment and $4 billion in federal loan guarantees for private funders of green projects.

At least half the nation's states have laws requiring that a certain percent of energy be produced from renewable sources. And if or when the United States institutes federal greenhouse gas limits likely including a carbon cap and trade system, industry and municipalities will be forced to turn more to renewable energy.

"It's something that's been building for a while. Folks have been talking about the need to transition to a more stable economy," said Adi Nochur, an organizer with 1Sky, a national campaign to push for federal action on climate and green investment. "With the energy crisis it's not a matter of if we transition to a green economy; it's a matter of when."

The Renewable Energy Policy Project breaks down roughly how many jobs could be created per megawatt of different types of renewable energy. Solar could provide the most at 22 jobs per megawatt; manufacturing could provide 15; geothermal could provide 15 as well. Construction and installation of solar panels would be next at seven, followed by wind at six. A large wind turbine produces one to three megawatts, for example, so a large wind farm of such turbines could produce up to several hundred megawatts. Nationwide, the United States has about 4,000 megawatts of geothermal in development.

"There's definitely a lot of really great local initiatives happening around the country, but we need to see some accelerated attention from the federal government," said Nochur. "Until recently there hasn't really been a constituency that has been pushing for this in an organized way. Now there is really a lot of scope to take this issue forward and start connecting the dots."

The 1Sky campaign was launched in spring 2007 to bring together existing environmental, business, labor and policy groups along with scientists and community leaders to force the federal government to take "bold action by 2010," including: a moratorium on coal-fired power plants, freezing and then ratcheting down greenhouse gas emissions levels, and creating 5 million green jobs.

These groups were instrumental in pushing for the federal Green Jobs Act as part of the 2007 Energy Bill. The act authorized Congress to allocate $125 million to train 35,000 young people a year in green jobs, though it is still in the appropriations process and funding has not been allocated yet. Green For All's ultimate goal is $1 billion in federal funding by 2012 for "green-collar" programs.

The American Solar Energy Society estimates that renewable energy and energy efficiency were responsible for $970 billion in industry revenues and 8.5 million jobs in 2006. But a 2006 report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, identified multiple "nontechnical barriers to solar energy use," which could be addressed by governmental attention and investment. These included inadequate workforce skills and training; lack of government policy supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency; lack of consumer awareness about renewable energy; and inadequate financing of renewable energy projects.

Federal, state and municipal programs and policies could help remedy all of these issues. Proponents say results in the private sector and in individual cities show the promise and possibility of such efforts on a federal level. Multnomah County, Ore., and the cities of Washington, D.C., Oakland, Chicago, Richmond, Calif., and Los Angeles, among others, have already created what the report refers to as "green pathways out of poverty" in the form of job training and opportunities for low-income residents.

 

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The Economy Needs Green Jobs

September 29, 2008

As the Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th District- I Agree with Kari Lydersen’s report on Good, Green jobs can help today’s economy.

Kari reports that if a coalition of clean energy and social justice groups has its way, renewable energy will be something of a modern day gold rush, providing both clean energy and scores of stable living-wage jobs for urban and rural Americans. Climate change and declining fossil fuel deposits are igniting interest in renewable energy, and many see the possibility of an economic boom in the building and installation of wind turbines, solar panels and geothermal energy systems along with a blossoming industry in green buildings and retrofits.
"Green jobs" are typically defined as "well paid career track jobs that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality," as Green For All's Web site says. "Like traditional blue-collar jobs, green-collar jobs range from low-skill, entry-level positions to high-skill, higher-paid jobs, and include opportunities for advancement in both skills and wages."
Movement leaders have great reason to be optimistic. One of the best things about green jobs is that they're domestic: Green jobs like installing solar panels, assembling wind turbines, cleaning up brownfields and weatherizing buildings can't be outsourced overseas or to Latin America. And rising fuel prices could make the manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy technology even more attractive in the United States.
"Right now we are importing wind turbines, which doesn't make sense," said Jeremy Hays, field director of the group Green For All, one of the organizers of the day of action. "They'd be cheaper and higher-quality if they were made in the U.S. With concentrated solar facilities, where you have lots of concrete and steel mirrors out in the desert, the cost-efficient strategy is actually building the manufacturing facility right next to where the plant will be because of the difficulty of transporting these huge half-pipe mirrors."
Hays noted that advocates lobby for labor provisions to be included in renewable energy and other "green" legislation on state and federal levels. In this way, green jobs could potentially strengthen the United States' ailing organized labor movement and bring together union laborers and environmentalists -- historically often at odds in debates about logging, mining, power plants, heavy industry and the like.
This movement also provides an avenue for environmental justice tied with job creation in the nation's poorest and often most environmentally beleaguered communities. Green For All was co-founded in 2007 by Majora Carter of Sustainable South Bronx and celebrated Oakland activist and author Van Jones for just this purpose. The national group aims to replicate state-level efforts for green job training programs on the federal level, focusing on youth in minority and low-income communities. For example, in a Pittsburgh program run by the company Green Tech, low-income youth work clearing and cleaning brownfields and planting them with sunflowers, which are then harvested for biodiesel production.
Brownfield cleanup has also created many green jobs in Wisconsin, where an innovative nationally recognized initiative under the state Department of Natural Resources helps communities identify, test and clean up brownfields, in many cases building environmentally friendly structures, soccer fields, trails or community centers on the sites. About 13,000 sites have been cleaned up.
"These communities are doing infill; instead of going to the outskirts of suburbs and tearing up new land, this is re-using and cleaning up (already developed) land," said Andrew Savagian, outreach specialist for the department's remediation and redevelopment program. "They consider that part of their green effort. And more and more communities are looking at LEED certification, and trying to recycle materials, and trying to incorporate greener methods of cleanup -- like solar power to run instruments."


 
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What is the most pressing need for the 6th district, and what can you see that need is met?

 

September 28, 2008

 

 

Democrats and Republicans legislate for corporations. I would legislate for the American citizen. The Democrats and Republicans got $120 million dollars from CEOs and corporations last year. Incumbent Congressman Charlie Wilson got over $450,000 from lobbyists and corporate PACs last year. Who does Charlie Wilson truly represent in Washington? The average family or corporations? The time has come for a candidate that cares less about corporations and more about you. I am that candidate that is concerned about regular Americans and will make this country a better legacy for our children. I will not accept any Lobbyist or Corporate PAC money if elected to Congress.

 

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Re-electing Charlie Wilson is like voting for George Bush Again
September 28, 2008

Charlie Wilson belongs to the Blue Dog Democrats coalition....who's mission is "to set into law policies reflecting conservative compassion."

Haven't we had enough consevative compassion from George Bush these past 8 years?

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Energy Independence

 

September 26,2008

 

 

Renewal of the production tax credit is a vital piece of a long-term energy policy.

An editorial from last week’s Washington Post:

CHANTS OF "drill, baby, drill" aside, the true path to energy independence, as we've argued before, is in making sure that the price of oil stays high, and predictably so. That is what motivates people to change their behavior and investors to develop alternative energy sources. These goals could be achieved without socking it to ordinary Americans by taxing oil and gas and returning the revenue to taxpayers.

But Congress isn't about to raise the gasoline tax, so the question becomes what is second-best. One answer is in a Senate bill that extends tax credits and incentives that will bring certainty to renewable-energy producers and encourage conservation. After coming to an agreement with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who is fighting for money for his state after it was ravaged by Hurricane Ike, the measure is scheduled for a Tuesday vote. We urge its passage.

The impact of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 would be immediate. The production tax credit would be extended through 2009 for wind and refined-coal companies. For renewable-energy businesses that generate electricity from biomass, waves, tides and other sources, the credit would run though 2010. This would bring predictability to the wind and solar energy industries, which have lurched from solvency to insolvency each time the tax credits have expired in the past.

The legislation would also encourage conservation, which is needed to cure the nation's addiction to imported oil. It would do so through a kind of picking and choosing among technologies that Congress is not well equipped to do, and that is invariably subject to lobbying and political decision making. But conservation and a greater reliance on renewable energy sources are components of a long-term energy policy that the United States desperately needs, and most of the tax credits in this bill will do more good than harm.

 

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Today’s Banking Crisis-10 Steps to Bail America Out
September 25, 2008

As Green Party Candidate for U.S. Congress for the 6th District, I am supporting the following ten step program to help America during our recent Banking Crisis:

1.Enactment of a foreclosure moratorium now before the next phase of ARM interest rate increases take effect;

2.Elimination of all ARM mortgages and their renegotiation into 30- or 40-year loans;

3.Establishment of new mortgage lending practices to end predatory and discriminatory practices;

4.Establishment of criteria and construction goals for affordable housing;

5.Redefinition of credit and regulation of the credit industry so that discriminatory practices are completely eliminated;

6.Full funding for initiatives that eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in home ownership;

7. Recognition of shelter as a right according to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to which the U.S. is a signatory so that no one sleeps on U.S.streets.

8.Full funding of a fund designed to cushion the job loss and provide for retraining of those at the bottom of the income scale as the economy transitions;

9.Close all tax loopholes and repeal of the Bush tax cuts for the top 1% of income earners;

10. Fairly tax corporations, denying federal subsidies to those who relocate jobs overseas, and repeal NAFTA.

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Berkeley Approves City-Backed Loans for Solar Panels

September 24, 2008

 

By FELICITY BARRINGER

Published: September 17, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — The Berkeley City Council moved late Tuesday to eliminate one of the biggest obstacles to making homes more energy-efficient: the upfront cost.

In a move being watched by other cities around the country, the Council unanimously approved a program to give city-backed loans to property owners who install rooftop solar-power systems. The loans, which are likely to total up to $22,000 apiece, would be paid off over 20 years as part of the owners’ property-tax bills.

While the more conventional approach of government rebates and tax breaks is being tried by the State of California and many other jurisdictions, this is the first time that a special property tax district has been created expressly to help retrofit homes and businesses to reduce electrical use. In Berkeley, these districts have previously been used to pay for neighborhood improvements, like burying electrical wiring.

Property owners can opt to join the new district, which was established by the council vote. The final piece of the puzzle, however, is still missing: a deal with a lender whose capital the city would use to finance the program.

At first, Berkeley seeks to raise $1.5 million for a pilot program for about 50 homes. If its program is successful, the kitty could eventually contain tens of millions of dollars, and hundreds of property owners could be eligible.

If the early phase of the program lives up to the high expectations of its backers, the city government is likely to expand the field of projects it will finance, supporting energy-efficiency initiatives like putting in double-glazed windows or adding insulation.

The city’s mayor, Tom Bates, said in an interview shortly before the vote, “I think this is probably the most important contribution Berkeley can make toward taking on global warming” and reducing greenhouse gases.

He added, “I think the idea is going to go like wildfire” through other city governments. He said nearly two dozen cities, from San Francisco to Annapolis, Md., and Seattle to Cambridge, Mass., had called, indicating they wanted to follow suit.

The program, said Daniel M. Kammen, a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of its Institute of the Environment, is intended to entice people who might be scared away by the high initial cost of retrofitting homes to incorporate solar power or become more energy-efficient.

Participating homeowners would pay roughly $180 more per month on their property tax bills, though the hope is that much of that cost would be recouped in savings on electric bills.

“We have about 100 names of people who have expressed interest in the program,” said G. Craig Hill, a representative of the firm Northcross, Hill & Ach, which is advising the City Council on the financial details. Mr. Hill said he was negotiating with two private groups willing to try to resell the new city-backed debt obligations in a skittish marketplace.

Christine Daniel, a deputy city manager working with Mr. Hill, said, “I would argue that this is very, very secure debt,” since it is backed by the property tax revenues in a city that collects 98 percent of the money it is owed each year. She added, “We’ve certainly gotten a lot of calls from cities that are interested, but most cities are saying, ‘Let’s wait and see how Berkeley does.’ ”

Professor Kammen said he was not worried, pointing out that venture capitalists have been pouring billions of dollars into the development of alternative-energy technologies.

“There’s so much more money there than ideas,” he said.

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As the Green Party Candidate for US Congress in the 6th district, I applaud Berkeley’s efforts as a model for all cities in the 6th district to follow.

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Amish turn to solar power for electricity, Why not us?


September 23, 2008

They draw a line in how they use it for work and in the home.

On the porch of a white Lancaster County farmhouse set between corn and soy bean fields, an Amish woman makes apple sauce the old-fashioned way: She crushes fruit in a manual press. Chickens run across the yard. A long line of laundry dries in the sun.

But at her husband's dairy-equipment shop next door, the scene is quite different. Energy-saving fluorescent bulbs light the basement. And wiring has just been installed to run heavy machinery off the sun.

Despite their reclusion from the modern world, the plain-living Amish are leading the way when it comes to embracing solar energy.

On rural back roads where plain-clothed Amish still drive their horse-drawn buggies, small black-and-purple panels have sprung up on barns and houses. They twinkle in the sun, charging batteries that once got their power from diesel generators or gas-powered machines.

The Amish shun connections to the outside, including the power grid, to run their buggy batteries, electric fences, refrigerators and sewing machines. But within their religious framework, using the sun to charge their batteries is acceptable, at least for some purposes, says Donald Kraybill, an expert on the Amish at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College.

"It's like tapping into God's grid instead," he said.                

Ben Zook, 25, saw the light seven years ago, when he decided to sell solar panels instead of making cabinets.

"I believed that I could make a living out of electricity," said Zook, who was raised Amish. "But what I didn't imagine was that solar would become almost a mainstream thing the world talks about.

"My total business doubled last year, mostly because of the Amish," said Zook, who owns Belmont Solar in Gordonville, Lancaster County. "It's a pretty rapid growth rate."

Elam Beiler has been selling solar products for 15 years, but said he saw business jump by 30 percent in the last two.

"It becomes more popular with the way the fuel prices go," said Beiler, owner of Advanced Solar Industries in Ronks.

Fed up with gas prices, non-Amish customers are also hungry for solar. Last year, his business was 20 percent non-Amish. This year, it grew to 40 percent and he expects it will be 60 percent next year.

Another reason for the shift is that the Amish generally buy small systems, costing $3,000 to 4,000, while a large package for non-Amish could cost up to $500,000, he said.

Among those who are enthusiastically, though cautiously, turning to solar is a Ronks hardware store owner who along with muckrakes, clotheslines, gas lamps, push mowers and Kick Horse Feed Additive now sells solar-powered garden lights and fence chargers.

"Some years ago, people frowned" at solar power. "But now they see it as a necessity," said Esh, who asked that his first name not be used.

Esh for 15 years has used solar power to run his cash register and key-cutting machine. This summer, he upgraded from four smaller to six larger panels. His new paint-mixing machine, for one, needed a lot of energy.

"It would be very expensive to run the diesel [generator] all day long. And electricity prices are going to go through the roof in the next two years," he explained.

At his home among the bucolic green hills of Ronks, Esh's two buggy horses, Prince and Razor, grazed by a neat barn whose roof is adorned with solar cells connected to an energy converter in his garage.

A cord from the converter runs to a battery beneath the black buggy parked there. Running off the battery are the carriage lights - bright LED bulbs - charged enough for a night trip.

Esh's two daughters, schoolteachers, use solar power for copy machines at home, he said.

"Where it has really changed is that homeowners have it now, too," he said.

While the Amish are more liberal about using electric power for work than in their homes, the shift is causing gray areas to emerge.

"The Amish decide on whether to adapt to a new technology based on two implications: their separation from the world and the impact on the community," Kraybill said.

To protect their community from the influence of the outside world, the Amish sometimes wait for a bishop-council meeting before installing special solar equipment.

The Amish fear becoming too materialistic and worldly, which is why they do not use solar to power batteries for iPods, TVs, laptops but do use them for water pumps, washing machines, and battery-powered floor lamps.

"I could run a Game Boy on the same power I run the refrigerator," solar vendor Beiler explained. "But it's hard to maintain your culture if you have a TV. Then your kids are worshipping the latest rock star. Eventually, it would erode our culture and ultimately destroy it."

Instead, his children - three girls and three boys - play hide-and-seek in the garden or throw a ball around.

And as he stood in front of his buggy, with its LED lights, he said he had no intention of getting a solar car someday.

"If we would introduce cars to our society, we would not have a community for very long," he said. "It would rip our family apart."

Beiler recalls that once or twice, people in the community cautioned him about the direction of his solar business. But so far the church has not interfered. Beiler knows the line he is not willing to cross - installing electricity in his house. That could lead to excommunication, he said.

"That's definitively not something I would want," he said. "I am a firm believer in our lifestyle. It's an idea that has worked for centuries, and I don't see a reason to change that."

If the Amish can use solar power, why can’t us? Is it because our leaders like Charlie Wilson are paid big bucks by the electric and coal lobbyists and Corporate PACs to keep tied into 19th century fossil fuel usage?

As the Green Party Candidate for Congress, I believe we must make the jump into the 21st century and make renewable energy manufacturing and power delivery a priority beginning in 2009 to bring economic prosperity to the poor, working, and middle class of our valley.

 

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

[b]5 ways to rebuild America
 
September 22, 2008[/b]
 
The New Apollo Program is a comprehensive economic investment strategy to build America’s 21st century clean energy economy and dramatically cut energy bills for families and businesses. It will generate and invest $500 billion over the next ten years and create more than five million high quality green-collar jobs. It will accelerate the development of the nation’s vast clean energy resources and move us toward energy security, climate stability, and economic prosperity. And it will transform America into the global leader of the new green economy.
As the Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th District, I support the New Apollo
Plans to help rebuild our area for the future:
 
1/Rebuild America Clean and Green
Establish a national energy efficiency commitment to reduce energy use in new and existing buildings at least 30 percent by 2025.
Provide the support necessary to produce 25 percent of the nation’s power from renewable and recycled energy resources by 2025.
Bring the power grid into the 21st century.
Improve efficiency by 20 percent in existing power plants and industries by 2025.
Connect America’s 21st century neighborhoods and cities with world-class transit systems.
Strengthen and improve America’s transportation infrastructure by “fixing it first.”
 
2/Make It in America
Rebuild the U.S. auto industry by investing in high-efficiency vehicles.
Invest in a national low-carbon fuel infrastructure and next generation alternative fuels.
Restore America’s manufacturing leadership to meet the demands of the clean energy future.
 
3/Restore America’s Technological Leadership
Double national investment in clean energy research and development.
Establish a National Energy Innovation Fund to invest in the most promising new clean energy technologies emerging from our nation’s laboratories.
 
4/Tap the Productivity of the American People
Train America’s workers for the new clean energy economy.
Ensure the transition to America’s clean energy economy creates widely shared economic opportunities.
 
5/Reinvest in America
Establish a federal “cap and invest” program to generate and strategically reinvest the resources necessary to build the new clean energy economy.
ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!
Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy
Send Campaign Contributions to:
Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471
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The New Apollo Program

Utility Going Green

September 22, 2008

BOSTON— National Grid, which supplies about half the state’s electricity, plans to dramatically boost spending on energy conservation programs in the state, with a 30 percent increase next year and a doubling of the current spending to more than $125 million annually over the next three years, according to company officials.
The increase in conservation investments, aimed at cutting reliance on fossil fuels, monthly electric bills and the need to buy more power to meet growing demand, is one of the first tangible effects of sweeping energy legislation adopted by the state this summer.
Thomas King, president of the international utility company’s U.S. operations, said the initiatives, which put Massachusetts far ahead of most states in the battle to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, initially aim to curb major increases in demand for electricity.
National Grid is spending $63 million on conservation efforts this year and will increase that to $83 million in 2009, ramping up to about $125 million by 2011 under the plan, which will soon be submitted to state regulators, company officials said.
Industry forecasts, Mr. King said, project demand for power to grow 30 percent over the next 20 years, at about 1 percent or more each year.
Aggressive increases in conservation programs and deeper penetration in the marketplace of energy efficiency technologies, he said, will aim to reduce that annual growth rate to one-half a percent in Massachusetts.
While that may seem a small increment, fractional gains in reducing demand, he said, hold multiple economic benefits, limiting the need for new power plants and reducing the need to buy higher-priced peak power supplies.
Combined with reductions in electricity usage by businesses and consumers because of higher prices, Mr. King said, the high-profile conservation programs and new incentives for expanded clean energy sources here should produce long-term benefits.
The conservation investments, which will be paid for with rate-payer revenues that might otherwise be spent on additional power, will include a combination of energy-efficiency programs and require development of an expanded energy conservation work force.
“We expect literally thousands of jobs will be created across the state” as part of the effort, Mr. King said.

This is the type of leadership we need in Congress and in Ohio to help our citizens cope with rising electric bills and help them get ready to begin supplying Green Energy Resources in the Future.
ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

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New Apollo Energy Program

September 20, 2008

Recently, The New Apollo Program  has produced a plan for Green Jobs for America. As Green Party Candidate for the 6th District, I support this 10-point plan to help the Ohio Valley grow and prosper in the future.

Dennis Spisak-Green Party Candidate for Congress-6th District

The Ten-Point Plan for Good Jobs and Energy Independence
1. Promote Advanced Technology & Hybrid Cars: Begin today to provide incentives for converting domestic assembly lines to manufacture highly efficient cars, transitioning the fleet to American made advanced technology vehicles, increasing consumer choice and strengthening the US auto industry.
2. Invest In More Efficient Factories: Make innovative use of the tax code and economic development systems to promote more efficient and profitable manufacturing while saving energy through environmental retrofits, improved boiler operations, and industrial cogeneration of electricity, retaining jobs by investing in plants and workers.
3. Encourage High Performance Building: Increase investment in construction of “green buildings” and energy efficient homes and offices through innovative financing and incentives, improved building operations, and updated codes and standards, helping working families, businesses, and government realize substantial cost savings.
4. Increase Use of Energy Efficient Appliances: Drive a new generation of highly efficient manufactured goods into widespread use, without driving jobs overseas, by linking higher energy standards to consumer and manufacturing incentives that increase demand for new durable goods and increase investment in US factories.
5. Modernize Electrical Infrastructure: Deploy the best available technology like scrubbers to existing plants, protecting jobs and the environment; research new technology to capture and sequester carbon and improve transmission for distributed renewable generation.
6. Expand Renewable Energy Development: Diversify energy sources by promoting existing technologies in solar, biomass and wind while setting ambitious but achievable goals for increasing renewable generation, and promoting state and local policy innovations that link clean energy and jobs.
7. Improve Transportation Options: Increase mobility, job access, and transportation choice by investing in effective multimodal networks including bicycle, local bus and rail transit, regional high-speed rail and magnetic levitation rail projects.
8. Reinvest In Smart Urban Growth: Revitalize urban centers to promote strong cities and good jobs, by rebuilding and upgrading local infrastructure including road maintenance, bridge repair, and water and waste water systems, and by expanding redevelopment of idled urban “brownfield” lands, and by improving metropolitan planning and governance.
9. Plan For A Hydrogen Future: Invest in long term research & development of hydrogen fuel cell technology, and deploy the infrastructure to support hydrogen powered cars and distributed electricity generation using stationary fuel cells, to create jobs in the industries of the future.
10. Preserve Regulatory Protections: Encourage balanced growth and investment through regulation that ensures energy diversity and system reliability, that protects workers and the environment, that rewards consumers, and that establishes a fair framework for emerging technologies.

ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

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Solar Programs To Help Low In-Come Residents

September 19,2008

As you know, a true eco-equity movement is taking root in the Bay Area, throughout California, and across the US.  And because this movement to create green pathways out of poverty requires hard work from a broad coalition of folks, we decided it was high time you got to know some of our allies a little bit better.  We're happy to introduce a new series of Partner Profiles, beginning with our friends at Solar Richmond.
Solar Richmond, a close regional ally of the Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, is doing amazing work in Richmond -- connecting the people who most need work to the work that most needs to be done, all while helping low-income homeowners keep their energy bills low through no-cost solar installation.
The innovative and inspiring work of Solar Richmond is moving low-income residents and youth of color into the green economy.  As the green-collar jobs idea builds momentum throughout the nation, this program is among the first to "walk the talk" by providing low cost and free solar system installation to low-income homeowners, while training low-income residents from the community to do the work.
The Richmond program is comprised of three key partners:
   Solar Richmond: a community based non-profit organization that forged the partnership for this program.  Solar Richmond is also increasingly working with solar installation companies.
   Richmond BUILD Program: the City of Richmond's low-income residential assistance and construction training program that is funded through federal, state and foundation grants.
   GRID Alternatives: a non-profit that installs solar systems for low-income homeowners and provides solar training.
In 2007, a total of 32 Richmond residents completed the special training program: Richmond BUILD's existing eight-week construction skills training program with an additional two-week solar skills module added by Solar Richmond. All trainees interviewed with potential employers within weeks of graduation. As of December 2007, all but five program graduates had been hired by local solar and construction firms. Solar Richmond continues to coordinate regular trainings and facilitate job placement for graduates. In the coming years, Solar Richmond plans to expand its program. Next year, with increased funding, green building techniques will be incorporated throughout the nine week program.
Right now Solar Richmond has a golden opportunity -- the City of Richmond has agreed to fund half the cost of 10 internships for Solar Richmond graduates at local solar companies. Several of these internships are already under way!
Through this Challenge Grant, the city will match -- dollar for dollar -- what Solar Richmond raises to fund internship wages.
As the Green Party Candidate for Congress to the 6th district, I believe we should have programs such as Solar Richmond in place in the Ohio Valley, where our low-income residents can train to learn the skills to produce a living wage for themselves and their families.
ELECT!!!!
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

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Reimagining Energy
September 18, 2008

Susan Hockfield is president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She testified on this subject last week before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
Almost 70 years ago, as Germany invaded France, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received an urgent visit from Vannevar Bush, then chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics and formerly vice president and dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bush's message was simple: For America to win the war that was to come, it had no choice but to make aggressive, focused investments in basic science. The case was so compelling that Roosevelt approved it in 10 minutes. From radar to the Manhattan Project, the innovations that decision unleashed produced the military tools that won the war.
That same presidential decision launched the enduring partnership between the federal government and research universities, a partnership that has vastly enhanced America's military capabilities and security, initiated many important industries, produced countless medical advances and spawned virtually all of the technologies that account for our modern quality of life.
Today, the United States is tangled in a triple knot: a shaky economy, battered by volatile energy prices; world politics weighed down by issues of energy consumption and security; and mounting evidence of global climate change.
Building on the wisdom of Vannevar Bush, I believe we can address all three problems at once with dramatic new federal investment in energy research and development. If one advance could transform America's prospects, it would be ready access, at scale, to a range of affordable, renewable, low-carbon energy technologies -- from large-scale solar and wind energy to safe nuclear power. Only one path will lead to such transformative technologies: research. Yet federal funding for energy research has dwindled to irrelevance. In 1980, 10 percent of federal research dollars went to energy. Today, the share is 2 percent.
Research investment by U.S. energy companies has mirrored this drop. In 2004, it stood at $1.2 billion in today's dollars. This might suit a cost-efficient, technologically mature, fossil-fuel-based energy sector, but it is insufficient for any industry that depends on innovation. Pharmaceutical companies invest 18 percent of revenue in R&D. Semiconductor firms invest 16 percent. Energy companies invest less than one-quarter of 1 percent. With this pattern of investment, we cannot expect an energy technology revolution.
While industry must support technology development, only government can prime the research pump. Congress must lead.
The potential gains -- from the economy to global security to the climate -- are boundless. Other nations are also chasing these technologies. We must be first to market with the most innovative solutions. We must make sure that in the energy technology markets of the future, we have the power to invent, produce and sell -- not the obligation to buy.
How much should we invest? In 2006 the government spent between $2.4 billion and $3.4 billion (less than half of the annual R&D budget of our largest pharmaceutical company). Many experts, including the Council on Competitiveness, recommend that federal energy research spending climb to twice or even 10 times current levels. In my view, the nation should move promptly to triple current rates, then increase funding further as the Energy Department builds its capacity to convert basic research into marketable technologies.
Vannevar Bush's insight was his appreciation of the value of basic research in powering innovation. I believe that we stand on the verge of a global energy technology revolution. Will America lead it and reap the rewards? Or will we surrender that advantage to other countries with clearer vision? I believe we can chart a profoundly hopeful, practical path to America's future -- through rapid, sustained, broad-based and intensive investment in basic energy research.
As the Green Party Candidate for Congress-6th District, I agree we must begin to invest in the research to bring better renewable power and jobs to the Mahoning and Ohio River Valleys.
ELECT
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

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Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

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Green Jobs Now

September 16, 2008

We Need Green Jobs Now for the Mahoning and Ohio River Valley!

http://www.greenjobsnow.com/


WRITE-IN
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District
The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE
Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

Send Campaign Contributions to:

Spisak for Congress
548 Poland Ave
Struthers, Ohio 44471

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Support Single Payer Health Network

 

September 13, 2008

 

From: "Bill Salganik, CWA Local 32035" <action_alert@cwa-union.org>
Sent: Wednesday,
                                    September 10, 2008 5:24 PM
Subject: What I Didn't Know About Health Care
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
I thought I knew plenty about the American health care system
and its problems, but working with the CWA Health Care Campaign
has quickly
                                    caused me to see things in a new way.
 
I was a
                                    journalist for 39 years; for the last 12 of those, I
covered health for the business
                                    section of the Baltimore Sun. I
wrote about Medicare private prescription drug and
                                    HMO plans
that were confusing and overwhelming (and sometimes deceptive)
for seniors. I wrote about a non-profit Blue Cross plan that
wanted to convert to for-profit
                                    operation -- in the process,
triggering up to $39 million in bonus payments for
                                    its CEO. I
wrote about obstetricians who stopped delivering babies when
their malpractice premiums jumped to more than $100,000 a year.
I wrote
                                    about people who were sick and poor, but their small
disability checks made them
                                    ineligible for Medicaid insurance;
one man with $900 a month in disability payments
                                    told me, "I'm
too rich to be poor."
 
Some of these problems were solved, or at least mitigated.
Maryland has raised the
                                    income cutoff for Medicaid. Insurance
regulators blocked the Blue Cross for-profit
                                    scheme and cut the
CEO's bonus payments. The state set up a fund to help doctors
pay for liability coverage, and malpractice premiums have
actually declined.
 
But by focusing on one problem and one story at a time, you get
a false impression. You get a sense that the health system can
be fixed
                                    (maybe even that it is being fixed) by defining and
solving problems, one by one.
 
After taking an early-retirement buyout from The Sun, I began
                                    to
do some writing and research for CWA's Health Care Campaign. And
looking at the health system as a system, rather than looking at
one problem
                                    or issue at a time, I was overwhelmed by evidence of
a seriously broken system.
 
I was asked to identify news stories and research reports that
would be relevant for the campaign's Web site. Here are some of
the headlines
                                    from my first week or so: Study finds 25 million
underinsured, in addition to 47 million uninsured;
                                    Despite
spending twice as much as other developed countries, U.S. has
worse health outcomes; California fines insurers for canceling
coverage
                                    for sick people; Study shows money spent on prevention
can generate big savings.
 
In summary: high costs, poor coverage, lagging quality,
underfunded preventive care, and insurers who fatten their
bottom lines by canceling
                                    the policies of sick people.
 
I hope
                                    you will take a look at what I've found.
 
http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/jpLRziY1OPGM/healthcare
 
This isn't a house that can be maintained by some fresh paint
this year and roof patches next year. This is a house in need of
serious
                                    renovation.
 
The system is broken, and
                                    the time to fix it is now. Now when we
have a chance to elect people committed to
                                    reform. Now when
there's enough political momentum to get something done. But
what we need isn't a series of small fixes; we need true reform
to create
                                    a system that covers everyone, holds costs in check,
improves quality, allows
                                    the government to act as a referee to
keep insurers and drug companies focused on
                                    care, not profits,
and ensures that all employers pay their fair share so that
CWA's employers who provide good health care to their workers
are not
                                    put at a competitive disadvantage.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Bill Salganik
TNG-CWA
                                    Local 32035
Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild
 
 
As the Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th
                                    district, this is why I support single payer health coverage.
 
With single payer health coverage you will only hear “FOUR NOS”:
 
No Co-payments
 
No Deductibles
 
No Premiums
 
No One Excluded
 
 

WRITE-IN

DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Solar Power/Wind Power/Geothermal Energy

 

Send Campaign Contributions to:

 

Spisak for Congress

548 Poland Ave

Struthers, Ohio 44471

 

Campaign donations are not tax-deductible.

 

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Grey To Green Festival




The Grey to Green Festival is this Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Wick Park will be transformed into a "Green World" for the first ever "Grey to Green" Festival on Youngstown's North Side. Many environmentally oriented businesses, community organizations, and local, regional, and state agencies will participate in the inaugural event which strives to increase awareness of environmental issues, highlighting the grey-to-green concept in the Youngstown 2010 Plan as well as the Wick Park Revitalization effort that is currently underway.

The Grey to Green Festival organizing coalition's shared belief and vision is that a collaboration of citizens, agencies, organizations, and government can mobilize communities to address important issues and solve problems in new ways by moving from problem-driven solutions to vision-driven solutions in a post-industrial era of transition where many areas such as Youngstown Struggle to cope with such change.

The Grey to Green Festival organizing committee includes the office of the U.S.Congressman Tim Ryan, the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the Green Team,Youngstown Litter Control and Recycling, Defend Youngstown, CityScape, ReCreate, Treez Please, Grow Youngstown, First Book Mahoning Valley, the Oakland Center for the Arts, Art Youngstown, the Wick Park Revitalization Committee, the City of Youngstown, Youngstown State University,Defend Youngstown,YESS, and the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, and many great citizens of the area.

Our wonderful sponsors include: The Raymond John Wean Foundation, Youngstown State University, The City of Youngstown, Treez Please, Grow Youngstown, Home Depot, Common Wealth Inc., The Energy Detectives, Superior Chemicals,McCauley Funeral Home, Time Bank of the Mahoning Valley, Sherman Creative, Lien Forward Ohio, Susie and Ray Beiersdorfer, Richard Moore, Sister Barbara O'Donnell,and Frank Bishop and Attorney Debra Weaver.

Special thanks to the Youngstown Business Incubator, Kontinuous Jam, the Unitarian Church and all of our wonderful performers and volunteers.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers we have a day full of fun activities and entertainment, food and "green" merchandise vendors. The central theme of the festival will emphasize sustainable practices- minimal energy and resource consumption with maximum recycling and waste reduction.

Schedule of Events

Main Stage
11:00 Welcome
11:30 –Market Street Muppet Show
12:30 The Youngstown Connection
1:15 Jim Scott (song writer and performer of environmental songs)
2:30 – 4:30 Chaibababa with Machete (alternative world music)
5:00 Brady’s Leap (Celtic Rock)

Children's Activities
Dora the Explorer and activities
11:30 1:00 2:00 4:30
Trash and Treasure k- 4th grade 12:00 -12:30
Trash and Treasure 5th – 12th graders
12:35 – 1:00
Bird Craft and Walk
12:00 1:30 2:30 5:00

Yoga/ Tai Chi
Jack Wolp Tai chi - 12:00
Deb Wilson - Yoga - 1:00
Marie Lew Tai Chi Step One - 3:00

Other Events and Happenings
Drop and Shop 11:00 -3:00
Leaf Bag Distribution- throughout the day
Farmers Market 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Art Youngstown 11:00 – 6:00 PM
The Nasa Aero Bus
The EPA traveling Exhibit
Patty Evans drumming throughout the day in various locations
Belly Dance Class/ Demonstration
Bring your empty/clean spray bottles to the Shaklee Vending area and receive a free sample of their cleaning products.

Please note that one of the major goals of the festival is to generate as little waste as possible. We ask that you avoid the use of plastic bags, and that if possible bring your own reusable bag or purchase a beautiful new one from one of our vendors. We also ask that you leave the park clean. Recycling bins will be available throughout the park.

We will be providing programs to visitors with the list of activities, vendors, and events. We encourage you to recycle them if you chose not to keep them. Please note that inside the programs will be a small form to be completed with your name and address so that we can establish a contact list and so that you may win one of our wonderful gifts. Please complete the form and drop them into the box at the Pavilion or in the food area.

The Farmers Market will sell food across Elm Street in the area of the Unitarian Church from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Please note that all utensils being used at the church are compostable as are napkins and cups., There will be a composter available specifically for this purpose. Also, please feel free to bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs, and blankets.

Please note that the Drop and Shop will operate from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Drop & Shop for Freeat the Grey to Green Festival
Get rid of UNWANTED but USABLE household items!
Take stuff you need for FREE!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
11:00am—3:00pm
Wick Park, 260 Park Ave. Youngstown, OH 44504

Bring unwanted but usable/working household items! Take items you need! It’s a
fast, easy, free way to get rid of stuff or get stuff you need. Plus, you’ll help your environment by saving landfill space and natural resources.
Questions? Call YSU re:CREATE at (330) 941-2238.
Sponsors YSU re:CREATE, Green Team, Grey to Green Festival Committee
Drop It & Shop for FREE!
Example of Items to Bring:
Any usable/working, non hazardous household items
Baby Items
Beds, Bedding, & Bed Frames w/o stains, odors, or rips
Canned Goods
Carpet w/o stains, odors, or rips
Clothing, Shoes, & Accessories
Construction Supplies
Curtains
First Aid Items
Furniture w/o stains, odors, or rips
Kids Toys, Clothes, & Shoes
Knick Knacks
Kitchen items
Luggage
Paper & Plastic Products
Remodeling Supplies
Tableware: Plates/Dishes & Silverware & Glasses
Toiletries-unused/new – any size
Tupperware
DON'T BRINGAuto Parts
Bathtubs
Chemicals
Computers Electronics
Gas Cans
Hazardous Items
Hospital, water, or sofa beds
Hot water tanks
Paint
Pianos/Organs
Scrap Metal
Solvents
Tires
Trash/Junk
For info on donation/safe
disposal call re:CREATE
(330) 941-2238
Printed on Recycled Content Paper
Don’t Trash It !

The Mahoning Valley Green Party will have a display there! Come out and meet Dennis Spisak-Green Party Candidate for Congress-6th District!

Your Roof a Solar Power Plant?

September 11, 2008





Will Your Roof Soon Be Part of a Solar Power Plant?
 Written by Levi Novey
Published on September 7th, 2008

 On Thursday, Charlotte based utility company Duke Energy unveiled plans for a pilot program that will test whether or not 850 North Carolina homes can collectively produce the energy of a small solar power plant. While the panels will only be placed on 850 roofs, it is estimated that they will actually produce 16 megawatts of electricity, enough energy to power 2600 homes.
 
Duke Energy has a few small obstacles to get past before it can move forward with its plan. The company is offering 100 million dollars to any company that can supply the necessary materials, panels, and labor for the project. They hope to get started in early 2009. In addition to finding a supplier, they must also gain the approval of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. It seems likely though that they will obtain approval in the next few months, given the considerable amount of public interest in clean energy projects.
While $100 million is expensive, Duke Energy hopes that this pilot program will demonstrate that a grid of homes generating solar power might be a cheaper long-term strategy for providing energy than would be buying land and constructing new coal-based power plants. In addition to this project, Duke Energy has been actively seeking other ways to enter the renewable energy market. The company recently purchased several large wind power companies and also bought 100 wind turbines from General Electric.
One of the more interesting aspects of the program is that the houses that place solar panels on their roofs will not be using the energy generated by their systems. Instead, Duke Energy will pay the homeowners a rental fee for the roof space, and distribute the energy from a centralized system as they see fit. A California company has also come up with a similar scheme to that of Duke Energy, but will instead use the roofs of commercial buildings for installation of solar panels rather than residential homes. They will also sell the energy that is produced to the businesses who agree to put up the panels. The plan and company have the support of a heavy hitter, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The only potential problem that I can think of with Duke Energy’s strategy is that perhaps people who rent their roofs will be dissatisfied by the fact that they aren’t getting to use the solar energy themselves. The pride that comes from producing and using solar energy might be part of alternative energy’s appeal. On the other hand, whenever people get paid for something that they don’t use much anyway (a roof), they typically are pretty happy.
So will your roof soon be part of a solar power plant? If its profitable and efficient, then probably so.

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Elections Issues-A Green Collar Job Bill For America

 

September 10,2008

 

 

Speaking of laying the groundwork: An important bill just passed the California Legislature and is now waiting to be signed by Governor Schwarzenegger! AB 3018 (Nez) creates a special "Green-Collar Jobs Council" in the California Workforce Investment Board. This Council will drive planning, research, and funding to meet California's growing green workforce needs. If signed, this bill will ensure that green-collar jobs are a permanent part of California's workforce strategy.
You can read the bill language here.

 

 

 

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Election Issues-Jobs Creation

September 9, 2008

 

The Green Party proposes a third alternative to a job or no job dichotomy: that is to provide everyone a sustainable livelihood. The need of our times is for security, not necessarily jobs. We need security in the knowledge that, while markets may fluctuate and jobs may come and go, we are still able to lead a life rooted in dignity and well-being.

The concept of a "job" is only a few hundred years old; and the artificial dichotomy between "employment" and "unemployment" has become a tool of social leverage for corporate exploiters. This produces a dysfunctional society in various ways: (1) It is used to justify bringing harmful industries to rural communities, such as extensive prison construction and clear cutting of pristine forests. (2) It has been used to pit workers (people needing jobs) against the interests of their own communities. (3) It has created a self-esteem crisis in a large segment of the adult population who have been forced into doing work that is irrelevant, socially harmful, or environmentally unsound.

We will also promote policies that have job-increasing effects. Many people will still need jobs for their security. We need to counterbalance the decline in jobs caused either by new technology, corporate flight to cheaper labor markets outside our borders, or the disappearance of socially wasteful jobs that will inevitably occur as more and more people embrace a green culture.

To begin a transition to a system providing sustainable livelihood, I support:

1. creating alternative, low-consumption communities and living arrangements, including a reinvigorated sustainable homesteading movement in rural areas and voluntary shared housing in urban areas.

2. Universal health care requiring coverage for all.

3. The creating and spreading local currencies and barter systems.

4. Subsidizing technological development of consumer items that would contribute toward economic autonomy, such as renewable energy devices.

5. Establishing local non-profit development corporations.

6. Providing people with information about alternatives to jobs.

Creating Jobs

For creating jobs I propose:

7. Reducing taxes on labor. This will make labor more competitive with energy and capital investment.

8. Solidarity with unions and workers fighting the practice of contracting out tasks to part-time workers in order to avoid paying benefits and to break up unions.

9. Adopting a reduced-hour (30-35 hours) work week as a standard. This could translate into as many as 26 million new jobs.

10. Subsidizing renewable energy sources, which directly employ 2 to 5 times as many people for every unit of electricity generated as fossil or nuclear sources yet are cost competitive. Also, retrofit existing buildings for energy conservation and build non-polluting, low impact transportation systems.

11. Supporting small business by reducing tax, fee and bureaucratic burdens. The majority of new jobs today are created by small businesses. This would cut their failure rate and help them create more jobs.

12. Opposing the trend toward "bundling" of contracts that minimizes opportunity for small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses.

13. Reducing consumption to minimize outsourcing - the exportation of jobs to other countries - thus reducing the relative price of using U.S. workers.

 

 

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Election Issues-The National Infrastructure
September 8, 2008

The Politics

Over a year ago Minneapolis’ I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River collapsed during rush hour, killing thirteen people. This tragedy is an illustration of a much larger problem—the deterioration of our nation’s infrastructure. Progressives should not be afraid to talk about spending priorities during this election. A new poll by Time magazine and the Rockefeller Foundation found that 83 percent of the public supports “increasing government spending on things like public-works projects to help create jobs.” Support is at 83 percent among the baby boom generation who built the Interstates, and a surprising 90 percent among the young generation Y who are watching them fall apart. [Rockefeller Foundation]-Source
The Facts

America’s bridges and roads need much repair. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that nearly 25 percent of bridges in the U.S.—over 152,000 bridges—are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.” [Federal Highway Administration] Heavier vehicles, like school buses and delivery trucks, are forced to take lengthy detours for safer bridges. Nearly one in four miles of urban interstate is in only “poor” or “mediocre” condition. [Bureau of Transportation Statistics]
America’s levees and waterways have become unreliable. Earlier this year, thousands of homes and millions of acres of crops were destroyed after heavy rains overwhelmed obsolete levees along the Mississippi River. In 2007, the American Society of Civil Engineers found more than 150 levees to be at high risk of failing due to poor maintenance; the Army Corps of Engineers cannot confirm or deny this because they have not even made a comprehensive levee inventory. [American Society of Civil Engineers, Associated Press] Over a quarter of the dams overseen by the Corps of Engineers have exceeded the lifespan for which they were designed and need major repairs to ensure their safety. [Army Corps of Engineers]
America’s schools are falling apart. Although public school enrollment has grown in recent years, investment in school construction and modernization has decreased by about 30 percent since 2003 and 2004. In fact, school construction spending was lower in 2007 than in any year since 1999. [American School and University Construction Report] About 17 percent of public schools are considered in “unsatisfactory” physical condition, and in roughly one-third of all schools, deficiencies in the school facilities interfere with the ability to teach. [National Center for Education Statistics]
America’s neglected infrastructure puts us at risk for disaster. A steam pipe explosion in Manhattan last year launched a tow truck 12 feet in the air, killing one and injuring dozens. The blast opened a 40 foot diameter crater and spread toxic asbestos, closing off 40 square blocks for five days. [New York Times] This is just a small illustration of the deadly danger of letting our infrastructure go unmaintained. America’s electric power grid, dams, water treatment plants, airports, and railways are all in dire need of repairs and improvements. [American Society of Civil Engineers]
The Argument

Government spending should reflect American values and goals. In a recession, we can’t afford to waste hundreds of billions of dollars on a civil war in Iraq. We need to realign our national priorities, focusing our spending on programs and structures that make our nation stronger—like better roads, safer bridges, stronger levees, and modernized schools.
Investments in education and transportation will stimulate our sluggish economy. Well-trained workers and top-notch facilities have always driven the American economy, but struggling schools and crumbling bridges threaten our ability to compete in the global market. Investments such as the G.I. Bill and the Interstate Highway System laid the groundwork for decades of economic expansion. We need similar investments now to turn our economy around.
It’s time for change. For the past 7 years, the Bush Administration and its allies in Congress have spent our money badly. It’s time to stop spending on corporate giveaways, tax cuts for the rich, and unnecessary wars. It’s time for Washington to change directions. It’s time to repair what’s broken in America.
Progressive Solutions

Rebuild our failing infrastructure. We should repair American bridges, roads, and schools—creating jobs that can’t be sent offshore. Investing in American construction projects will also make our country safer and more efficient.
Create a National Infrastructure and Reinvestment Bank. We need Independent Green Party Congressmen and a bipartisan coalition of legistlators to support the creation of a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank that will invest $60 billion over ten years, generating nearly two million new jobs.

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Spisak Speaks out against Charlie Wilson's Toxic Coal Plant

 

Environmentalists voice concerns

Panel discusses proposed fuel facility’s possible impact on air and water quality

By CASEY BARTO/Journal Staff Writer
POSTED: September 7, 2008

LISBON - Urging county residents to consider the environmental impact of a proposed coal to liquid fuel plant, environmentalists from the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) appealed to residents to ask questions to government officials about the proposed project during a town hall meeting, Saturday.

The meeting was held to discuss the proposed $5 billion coal to liquid fuel plant to be operated by Baard Energy just outside of Wellsville.

Officials from Baard declined an invitation to attend yesterday's meeting, due in part to the public hearing scheduled for Wednesday on an air permit for the facility. The air permit is one of several Baard needs to operate the plant.

The emissions from the proposed plant are one thing environmentalists are concerned about. Shannon Fisk, attorney for the NRDC, said the emission of carbon dioxide as well as other harmful chemicals which would be released into the environment would affect the air quality, natural resources and climate of the area.

"The pollution isn't going to stop at the county border line," Fisk said of the plant, which will be situated in Columbiana and Jefferson Counties.

Also a concern for environmentalists is that the plant would require the mining of 9.3 million tons of coal per year, contribute to elevated levels of fine particulate matter, emit unnecessary levels of sulfur dioxide, and would be located in an area overburdened with air pollution.

Baard has proposed a solution to the carbon dioxide concern, which would include the injection of the gas into the ground.

However, Roxanne Burns, an associate professor of biology at Kent State in East Liverpool, who was a panelist at yesterday's event, said she is aware that the technology needed for such a proposal doesn't exist yet.

Dennis Spisak, who attended the meeting, agreed with Burns, saying the method was going to be tested in Germany within the next three years.

"Their proposal for air emissions hasn't even been tested," Spisak said. "This is a toxic poison plant. We need renewable energy jobs for the community."

Citizens in the area where the proposed plant will operate think it will benefit the community by creating jobs, local blogger and former area journalist Matt Stewart said. Stewart was asked to provide a community prospective on the matter.

"Poll the people in Wellsville and most think it's a bad idea but we need jobs," said a Wellsville woman. "Even if we don't want it, what can we do about it?"

Stewart and Fisk encouraged the woman to encourage others to voice their dissenting opinions to Baard and local officials.

Fisk noted that the NRDC has stopped the construction of 69 proposed coal to liquid fuel plants around the country organizing groups and speaking out about them.

"Don't give up," he said. "Organize your friends, your neighbors and push the local and state government to provide you with something better."

A concern about school children breathing in the emissions from the plant was expressed by a Wellsville man, who said the community should be worried about protecting its children, not about jobs.

Nachy Kanfer, a spokesman for the Sierra Club National Coal Campaign, said the plant would be located less than half a mile from the high school football field and less than a mile from Garfield Elementary.

A woman in attendance was worried about the effects of acid rain on the area and surrounding states.

"This is a very poorly designed project with far reaching implications," she said.

Another man was frustrated over the lack of government help from polluting companies.

"Nobody's helping us," he said. "We've got that landfill up the road, and this plant. The river keeps going, and that pollution's going to spread."

Burns added that similar plants are being planned along the Ohio River and that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has approved Baard to release cyanide, zinc and other harmful toxins into the river.

Another resident's concern was for the additional carbon emissions that would be released into the air while the coal was transported to the plant.

Environmentalists encouraged those present to speak with their local and state officials about the benefits of creating green jobs.

"A green economy is the way to go," said Fisk, adding that several jobs would be created by the need to retrofit buildings to improve energy efficiency.

The public hearing on the air emissions permit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wellsville High School.

cbarto@mojonews.com

Our relations with Mexico and Border Security
September 6, 2008

While it would be ideal to erase borders between countries, that would be impractical without reciprocity between nations. We seek that reciprocity as a practical goal. While we recognize that there must be some controls on immigration, if only for the sake of national security, the Green Party would endorse a friendlier (less intimidating) attitude towards immigration in all nations within certain guidelines.
The Green Party must consider immigration issues from an international standpoint, taking into account international labor and environmental standards, and human rights.
 
1. Preferential quotas based on race, class, and ideology should be abandoned for immigration policies that promote fairness, non-discrimination and family reunification.
 
2. I support policies that reflect our constitutional guarantees of freedoms of speech, association, and travel.
 
3. Particular attention should be given to those minorities who are political exiles and refugees.
 
4. Our relationship with our neighbor to the south, Mexico, needs to be given added attention due to the special historical and cultural relation it has with the southwest portion of the United States. Our border relations and reciprocal economic opportunities should be a central concern of a government that is looking to improved economic, environmental, and social conditions for both peoples.
 
5. The Green Party calls for permanent border passes to all citizens of Mexico and Canada whose identity can be traced and verified. Work permits for citizens of Mexico and Canada must be easily obtainable, thereby decriminalizing the act of gainful employment. This action would help eliminate exploitation of undocumented persons by criminals engaged in human contraband (coyotes) and unethical employers. It would also help ensure that taxes will be paid in each corresponding nation per its laws. These measures will also help temporary residents from Mexico and Canada to secure driving privileges and liability insurance.
 
6. Labor laws must be adjusted to take into account seasonal foreign workers. Employers must provide full rights to wages and health benefits to immigrant workers who make voluntary contributions to pension plans and pay Social Security taxes.
 
7. I advocate an end to employer sanctions, which have been shown to hurt not only undocumented workers but also U.S.-born workers (especially those of color). A fair and equitable legalization program will provide equal access to working people of all nationalities, not tied to a specific employer or guest worker program. Programs involving temporary worker status must include the option of permanent residency for immigrants already in the U.S. and protection of migrant worker savings.
 
8. Greens oppose "English-only" legislation. I would advocate legislation to ensure that federal funds marked for communities to provide ESL (english as second language) training, and health and social support services to immigrants actually go to them. When funds are spent in other areas, immigrants are being deprived of benefits that they earn as productive workers in their communities.
 
9. I oppose the use of racial profiling. I am concerned about reports of illegal raids and traffic stops based on ethnic appearance and not probable cause of a traffic violation. I would further advocate funding or education programs designed to reduce racism and bias against ethnic minorities.
 
10. I advocate adoption of certification standards for translators.
 
11. I oppose those who seek to divide us for political gain by raising ethnic and racial hatreds, and by blaming immigrants for social and economic problems.

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Stop Charlie Wilson from poisoning the Sixth District !
   

September 5, 2008



Incumbent Congressman Charlie Wilson wants to build a poisonous coal to liquid 
fuel power plant in our backyard here in the sixth district of Ohio. He considers this his “Green Energy” plan for the future of Ohio.   
Even though Ohio needs to move away from dirty fossil fuels, Baard Energy wants to build a new plant in Wellsville that would turn coal into diesel fuel. This expensive process generates significant air pollution and can produce twice the global warming emissions of conventional fossil fuels.
The draft permit that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is considering for the Baard facility lacks strong protections against air and global warming pollution. Burning at least seven million tons of coal per year, the plant would be a major new source of air and water pollution in an area that is already overburdened with pollution. The facility would be located less than 10 miles from the largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio and one of the largest hazardous waste incinerators in the world.
The Ohio EPA is accepting public comments on its draft permit for the Baard plant through September 15th.

Send a message, before the September 15th comment deadline, telling the Ohio EPA that you don't want a new liquid coal plant that would increase local air pollution, worsen global warming and deepen Ohio's addiction to coal.

If you live in the Wellsville area...
and would like to speak out in person about the proposed plant, the Ohio EPA will be holding a public hearing on September 10th at 6:30pm at Wellsville High School, 1 Bengal Way. For more information about the hearing, you can contact the Ohio EPA's Northeast District Office at 330-425-9171.


Baard Energy has proposed a $6 billion liquid coal plant on 650 acres near Wellsville, OH, about 50 miles south of Youngstown. The idea is to take 20,000 tons of coal every day and turn it into 50,000 barrels of liquid fuel, like diesel. The plant is so large that if they used only Ohio coal, then coal mining in Ohio would have to increase by 39%.

Unfortunately, every gallon of diesel fuel that Baard makes from coal will emit about twice as much carbon dioxide as a gallon of normal diesel fuel made from oil. At the very time we need to scale back our carbon emissions to prevent the worst of global warming, Baard is proposing a $6 billion way to double the problem.

As the Green Party Write-In Candidate to Congress for the sixth District, I oppose this plan and Charlie Wilson’s attempt to poison the sixth district.

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To Charlie Wilson: Dump the Coal Plant and Build a Wind Farm like in West Virginia

 

September 4th

 

Congressman Charlie Wilson has the opportunity to either build a coal to liquid fuel plant in Wellsville, Ohio that will emit enormous quantities of mercury in the air, the very same chemical known to cause mental retardation and autism in children and babies or propose the development of a 440 megawatt wind farm like the one on Coal River Mountain in West Virginia as an economically viable alternative to a planned mountaintop removal coal-mining project.  The wind farm brings green jobs to their community and provides clean, renewable energy – without the environmental and community devastation of coal.

 

http://www.coalriverwind.org/

 

If Charlie Wilson is really a conservative, he would save lives and save the environment.

 

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To: Charlie Wilson: Another Coal Plant Violates Clean Air Act

September 3, 2008

 

 

On Aug. 7, 2008, DP&L announced a consent decree had been filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio settling environmental organization, Sierra Club claims alleging violations of the Clean Air Act against the power producer.

Stuart Station, located along the Ohio River in Manchester Township, near Aberdeen, Ohio is the 2,400-megawatt coal-fired plant at the center of the court action.

It is co-owned by DP&L, Duke Energy and American Electric Power, with DP&L having operational control of the facility, officials said.

Under the terms of the settlement, the co-owners agree to target certain emissions related to the operation of the plant including nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter emissions, officials said.

“This settlement is good for the environment, our customers and our shareholders. It establishes meaningful and realistic emission targets, allows us to continue to provide our customers with cost-competitive (power) generation, and avoids the expense of further litigation,” said Paul Barbas, DP&L president and CEO.

Congressman Charlie Wilson wants to build a “Green Energy” Coal to Liquid Fuel Plant in Wellsville that will emit not only the above toxic emissions but emit enormous quantities of mercury, the very chemical known to cause mental retardation and autism in children and babies.

Can we afford to keep Charlie Wilson as our “Green” conservative Congressman for 2 more years?

That is why I am the only congressional candidate in the 65th district pushing for solar energy like the lead story in today’s Vindicator. Farmer Jim Kilpatrick uses solar panels to run his farm and receives 65% of his energy through solar panels. If he can do it, why can’t the rest of us?

 

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Charlie Wilson’s Coal to Liquid Coal Plant: Bad for Wellsville, Ohio and Bad for You and your Children

 

September 2, 2008

 

On May 21, 2008, Charlie Wilson Issued the following press statement:

“I have been working hard to help bring a new coal-to-liquid plant to Wellsville,” Wilson said. The Ohio River Clean Fuel’s (ORCF) coal to liquid plant, managed by ORCF’s parent company Baard Energy, will be a state of the art facility for Columbiana County which would turn coal into liquid diesel fuels and store carbon emissions which are harmful to the earth.”

What Charlie Wilson failed to tell the public are the 10 bad things about this and the Baard Liquid Coal Plant:

1.      The cost of coal doubled since 2007. It is not cheap anymore.

2.      Last year, Congress prohibited the federal government from buying fuel that emits more CO2 than petroleum. It will be illegal for the Defense Department to Buy Baard’s liquid coal, as the company has planned.

3.      Banks are refusing to invest in coal projects across the country. Over the past two years, several coal proposals have collapsed to due a lack of financing.

4.      Charlie Wilson’s plant will emit enormous quantities of mercury, the very chemical known to cause metal retardation and autism in children.

5.      The plant will capture none of the carbon emissions it produces.

6.      Charlie Wilson’s plant will draw coal and employ destructive mountaintop removal mining. The mountain tops that are dynamited will dumps waste rock into streams, contaminating drinking water.

7.      Replacing just 10% of our oil needs with liquid coal would require 43% increase in destructive coal mining.

8.      Emissions from Charlie Wilson’s plant are doubled the co2 produced in our current crude oil system.

9.      The next Congress will almost pass legislation restricting carbon dioxide pollution, making this plant more expensive and less competitive with clean fuels.

10.  The air in Jefferson County is classified as highly polluted, so Charlie Wilson’s plant will place it pollution sources a few meters into Columbiana County instead.

 

This is Charlie Wilson’s Green Energy Program for our future. It won’t hurt Charlie’s family, he’s a millionaire and lives in Washington. It will hurt your family in the sixth district.

           

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The Green Party and Economic Justice

August 30,2008

 

We have a special responsibility to the health and well-being of the young. Yet we see the federal safety net being removed and replaced with limited and potentially harsh state welfare programs. How will social services be adequately provided if local resources are already stretched thin?

We believe our community priorities must first protect the young and helpless. Yet how will state legislatures and agencies, under pressure from more powerful interests, react? We believe local decision-making is important, but we realize, as we learned during the civil rights era, that strict federal standards must guide state actions in providing basic protections. As the richest nation in history, we should not condemn millions of children to a life of poverty, while corporate welfare is increased to historic highs.

The Green Party opposes the privatization of Social Security. It is critical that the public protections of Social Security are not privatized and subjected to increased risk. The bottom 20% of American senior citizens get roughly 80% of their income from Social Security, and without Social Security, nearly 70% of black elderly and 60% of Latino elderly households would be in poverty.

Welfare

 

It is time for a radical shift in our attitude toward support for families, children, the poor and the disabled. Such support must not be given grudgingly; it is the right of those presently in need and an investment in our future. We must take an uncompromising position that the care and nurture of children, elders and the disabled are essential to a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable society. We should recognize that the work of their caregivers is of social and economic value, and reward it accordingly. Ensuring that children and their caregivers have access to an adequate, secure standard of living should form the cornerstone of our economic priorities. Only then can we hope to build our future on a foundation of healthy, educated children who are raised in an atmosphere of love and security.

1. All people have a right to food, housing, medical care, jobs that pay a living wage, education, and support in times of hardship.

2. Work performed outside the monetary system has inherent social and economic value, and is essential to a healthy, sustainable economy and peaceful communities. Such work includes: child and elder care; homemaking; voluntary community service; continuing education; participating in government; and the arts.

3. We call for restoration of a federally funded entitlement program to support children, families, the unemployed, elderly and disabled, with no time limit on benefits. This program should be funded through the existing welfare budget, reductions in military spending and corporate subsidies, and a fair, progressive income tax.

4. We call for a graduated supplemental income, or negative income tax, that would maintain all individual adult incomes above the poverty level, regardless of employment or marital status.

5. We advocate reinvesting a significant portion of the military budget into family support, living-wage job development, and work training programs. Publicly funded work training and education programs should have a goal of increasing employment options at finding living-wage jobs.

6. We support public funding for the development of living-wage jobs in community and environmental service. For example, environmental clean-up, recycling, sustainable agriculture and food production, sustainable forest management, repair and maintenance of public facilities, neighborhood-based public safety, aides in schools, libraries and childcare centers, and construction and renovation of energy-efficient housing. We oppose enterprise zone give-aways that benefit corporations more than inner-city communities

7. The accumulation of individual wealth in the U.S. has reached grossly unbalanced proportions. It is clear that we cannot rely on the rich to regulate their profit-making excesses for the good of society through "trickle-down economics." We must take aggressive steps to restore a fair distribution of income. We support tax incentives for businesses that apply fair employee wage distribution standards, and income tax policies that restrict the accumulation of excessive individual wealth.

8. Forcing welfare recipients to accept jobs that pay wages below a living wage drives wages down and exploits workers for private profit at public expense. We reject workfare as being a form of indentured servitude.

9. Corporations receiving public subsidies must provide jobs that pay a living wage, observe basic workers' rights, and agree to affirmative action policies.

 

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Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

 

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The Green Party And Democracy

August 29,2008

Our nation was born as the first great experiment in modern democracy. We seek to rescue that heritage from the erosion of citizen participation. Moreover, we seek to dissolve the grip of the ideology, intoned by big-money interests for more than twenty years, that government is intrinsically undesirable and destructive of liberty and that elected officials should rightly "starve the beast" by slashing all spending on social program, in the name of freedom. We challenge that tactic by calling on all Americans to think deeply about the meaning of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. In a democracy, individuals come together to form structures of governance that protect and advance the common good. We the citizens are the government, and we the citizens can direct it to fulfill its finest goals and purposes. Our citizens must not permit usurpation of their authority by acts of individuals and government agencies that isolate or insulate government from their oversight and control. We, the People, have a responsibility to participate in self-government through all the means that our Constitution provides.
Citizens of a democracy must have the information and ability to determine the actions of their government. Vast concentrations of wealth and power that have occurred in recent years are inherently undemocratic. The deregulation of corporate activity and the decentralization and underfunding of the regulatory structures that remain - accompanied by the centralizing of big money - has been a disaster for our country. The true owners of the public lands, pension funds, and the public airwaves are the American people, who today have little or no control over their pooled assets or their commonwealth.
The power of civic action is an antidote to the corporate control of so much of our law-making and regulating. The pervasive abuse imposed by corporate power increasingly undermines our democracy, but the Green Party seeks to rekindle the democratic flame. As voting citizens, taxpayers, workers, consumers, and stakeholders, we unite to exercise our rights and, as Thomas Jefferson urged, to counteract the "excesses of the monied interests." Toward this end, we consider serious reform of campaign funding to be essential, as well as curbs on the influence of corporations on lawmakers and regulatory agencies.
The Green Party considers American democracy to be an ongoing, unfolding project that is dynamic and creative in nature. We are committed to the strengthening of our civil society, including the many mediating institutions at the community level that have always characterized our democracy. We seek to heal the alienation and apathy that has been cultivated in the citizenry by the power-brokers of the status quo. Righteous anger about the crippling of our democracy is rising in the land, and the Greens offer constructive alternatives. In addition, we seek to repair the plummeting opinion of the United States in the international community resulting from our arrogant, narcissistic foreign policy of recent years. A growing and grave imbalance between the citizens of this country and the interests which extract power from the citizens is an imminent danger to our security and national and global social stability. We strongly feel that our country should view itself as a member of the community of nations... not above it. The United States could well play a leadership role in that community but only if we become committed to an eco-social vision of peace, national self-determination, and international cooperation.
Our goal is to become an important political force in this country, and to present candidates for election at every level of government.

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The Green Party and Community

August 28, 2009


Social diversity is the well-spring of community life where old and young, rich and poor, and people of all races and beliefs can interact individually and learn to care for each other, and to understand and cooperate. We emphasize a return to local, face-to-face relationships that humans can understand and care about.
Among Greens, our guiding principle is to think globally and act locally. Community needs recognize a diversity of issues, and local control recognizes a variety of approaches to solving problems, ones that tend to be bottom-up not top-down. Green politics does not place its faith in paternalistic big government. Instead, Greens believe face-to-face interactions are essential to productive and meaningful lives for all citizens.
The Green vision includes building communities that nurture families, generate good jobs and housing, and provide public services; creating cities and towns that educate children, encourage recreation, and preserve natural and cultural resources; building local governments that protect people from environmental hazards and crime; and motivating citizens to participate in making decisions.
The Green vision calls for a global community of communities that recognize our immense diversity, respect our personal worth, and share a global perspective. We call for an approach to politics that acknowledges our endangered planet and habitat. Our politics responds to global crises with a new way of seeing our shared international security.
We will conceive a new era of international cooperation and communication that nurtures cultural diversity, recognizes the interconnectedness between communities, and promotes opportunities for cultural exchange and assistance.
 
1. We call for increased public transportation, convenient playgrounds and parks for all sections of cities and small towns, and funding to encourage diverse neighborhoods.
 
2. We support a rich milieu of art, culture, and significant (yet modestly funded) programs such as the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Families and Children
 
3. We call for social policies to focus on protecting families. The young - our citizens of tomorrow - are increasingly at risk. Programs must ensure that children, who are among the most vulnerable members of society, receive basic nutritional, educational, and medical necessities. The Green Party supports and seeks to expand Head Start and Pre- and neo-natal programs. A Children's Agenda should be put in place to focus attention and concerted action on the future that is our children.
 
4. A universal, federally funded childcare program for pre-school and young schoolchildren should be developed.
 
5. Family assistance such as the earned income tax credit, available to working poor families in which the parent supports and lives with the children, should be maintained and increased to offset regressive payroll taxes and growing inequalities in American society.
 
6. A living family wage is vital to the social health of communities.
 
7. The actuarial protection of social security is essential to the well-being of our seniors, and maintenance of the system's integrity is an essential part of a healthy community. We oppose privatization of social security, call for the program to remain under the aegis of the Federal Government, and seek to expand its effectiveness.
 
8. We support the leading-edge work of non-profit public interest groups and those individuals breaking out of "careerism" to pursue non-traditional careers in public service.
Alternative Community Service
 
9. We must create new opportunities for citizens to serve their communities through non-military community service. Alternative community service to the military should be encouraged.
 
10. We advocate the formation of a Civilian Conservation Corps, with national leadership and state and local affiliates, to spearhead efforts to work on the tasks of environmental education, restoration of damaged habitats, reforestation, and cleaning up polluted waterways. Providing land and resource management skills will challenge young people while encouraging social responsibility.
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Crippling Medical Bills--Coming to a Person Near You
The New Republic Blog by Jonathan Cohn
Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 9:51 PM

http://blogs.tnr.com/tnr/blogs/the_plank/archive/2008/08/20/remember-health-care.aspx

One reason this country has never mustered the will to enact universal health care is that most Americans have felt their own insurance arrangements were adequate. They sympathized with the plight of people who couldn't pay their medical bills, but couldn't imagine themselves in that situation.

A new report released Wednesday suggests that may be changing. The report, called "Losing Ground," comes from the Commonwealth Fund (which has underwritten some of my own research) and is based upon survey data the Fund has collected over the last few years. Its conclusion: More and more Americans are having trouble paying for health care. That's true of people without insurance and, increasingly, it's true of people with insurance, as well.Among the specific findings:

Forty-one percent of working-age adults, or 72 million people, reported a problem paying their medical bills or had accrued medical debt, up from 34 percent, or 58 million, in 2005.

The share of U.S. adults reporting that the costs of health care prevented them from getting needed care increased from 29 percent in 2001 to 45 percent in 2007. Reports of cost-related access problems rose across all income groups and among both insured and uninsured adults.

All told, in 2007 nearly two-thirds of adults, or 116 million people, were either uninsured for a time during the year, were underinsured, reported a problem paying medical bills, and/or said they did not get needed health care because of cost.

The essential caveat here is that this type of survey information is notoriously imprecise: People have fuzzy memories, they interpret questions differently, and so on. But given the rising costs of medical care, it makes sense that more people would be struggling with their bills, even if the survey results overstate the problem. In other words, there are an awful lot of people out there for whom the price of heatlh care is a major problem.

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Election Issues: Foreign Policy

August 27, 2008


I have been asked if elected to Congress, what my position would be on the issue of foreign policy:

1. As one of the initiators and primary authors of the United Nations Charter, the United States is obligated to conform to the stipulations of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies all such agreements as treaties that hold the authority of U.S. law. The U.S. government is pledged to abide by its principles and guidelines in the conduct of foreign relations and affairs.
 
2. I recognize our government's obligation to take disputes with other nations or foreign bodies to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly forum for negotiation and resolution. The U.N. and international laws, treaties and conventions that the U.S. has signed are the framework that controls U.S. military actions abroad.
 
3. The U.S. must recognize the sovereignty of nation-states and their right of self-determination.
 
4. I recognize and support the right of the U.N. to intervene in a nation-state engaged in genocidal acts or in its persistent violation and denial of the human rights of an ethnic or religious group within its boundaries, and the right to protect the victims of such acts.
 
5. The U.S. is obligated to render military assistance or service under U.N. command to enforce a U.N. Security Council resolutions.
 
6. The U.S. must recognize and abide by the authority of the U.N. General Assembly to act in a crisis situation by passing a resolution under the Uniting for Peace Procedure when the U.N. Security Council is stalemated by vetoes.
 
7.  I would seek the permanent repeal of the veto power enjoyed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
 
8. I urge our government to sign the International Criminal Court agreement and respect the authority of that institution.
 
9. Our government does not have the right to justify pre-emptive invasion of another country on the grounds that the other country harbors, trains, equips and funds a terrorist cell.
 
10. Our government should establish a policy to abolish nuclear weapons. It should set the conditions and schedule for fulfilling that goal by taking the following steps:
 
Declare a no-first-strike policy.
 
Declare a no-pre-emptive strike policy.
 
Declare that the U.S. will never threaten or use a nuclear weapon, regardless of size, on a non-nuclear nation.
 
Sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Our pledge to end testing will open the way for non-nuclear states to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which has been held up by our refusal to sign the CTBT. Honor the conditions set in the NPT for nuclear nations.
 

 
11. I urge our government to end all stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons and all research, use, and sale of such weapons; and sign the convention that will establish the decrease and inspection of all nations' stockpiles of such weapons, which the U.S. abandoned.
 
12.The U.S. must allow foreign teams to visit the U.S. for verification purposes at least annually.
 
13. Our defense budget has increased out of all proportion to any military threat to the United States, and to our domestic social, economic and environmental needs. The United States government must reduce our defense budget to half of its current size. The 2005 defense budget is estimated at around $425 billion, and that does not take into account military expenditures not placed under the defense budget.
 
14. The U.S. has over 700 foreign military bases. I urge our government to phase out all bases not specifically functioning under a U.N. resolution to keep peace and bring home our troops stationed abroad, except for the military assigned to protect a U.S. embassy. Many of these bases are small and can be closed immediately. I advocate further reductions in U.S. foreign military bases at a rate of closure of 1/4 to 1/5 of their numbers every year.
     
15.The U.S. must prohibit all covert actions used to influence, de-stabilize or usurp the governments of other nations, and likewise prohibit the assassination of, or assistance in any form for the assassination of, foreign government officials.
  16. We must build on the Earth Charter that came out of the 1992 U.N. environmental Earth Summit. New definitions of what constitutes real security between nations must be debated and adopted by the foreign policy community.




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Election Issues: Our Veterans
   
August 26, 2008

I have been asked what my position would be on Veterans Affairs if elected to Congress.

If Elected to Congress support for men and women in the armed forces must go far beyond the rhetoric used to discredit the peace movement in the U.S. today. I believe that the ill-advised and illegal actions of the U.S. administration have unnecessarily put our troops in harm's way. I further believe that the dangerous burden of fighting the unnecessary war in Iraq, and the wars that may follow, due to the administration's overly narrow and militaristic response to terrorism is disproportionately borne by families of lesser means. Those who are required to carry out militaristic policies, often with great hardship to themselves, their families, and even the risk of their lives, deserve our respect and our commitment to adequate compensation and benefits.
I recommend the following actions:
 
a. Increase the current pay levels, monthly imminent danger pay, and family separation allowances for those risking their lives in combat zones.
 
b. Ensure that all pre-deployment physicals are completed and carried out within the standard allotted time period and that medical follow-ups are routinely done on all soldiers.
 
c. Establish a panel of independent medical doctors to examine and oversee the policies of the military regarding forced vaccinations and shots, often with experimental drugs.
 
d. Honor all laws concerning time limits on deployments.
 
e. Provide better care for the wounded, sick, and injured soldiers returning home. The Pentagon must take all steps necessary to fully diagnose and treat both physical and mental health conditions resulting from service in all combat zones.
 
f. Ensure a smooth transition from active military service to civilian life by providing counseling, housing, emergency management, job protection, and other support systems.
 
g. Restore full funding for veterans' health programs.
 
h. Request Congress to enact a new GI Bill, similar to the one that began after World War II and ended in 1981, to provide the following benefits:
 
Tuition grants for four years of college or other educational opportunities.
 
Low interest loans for housing or business start-ups.
 
Free medical care for military personnel and their families for ten years following separation from the armed forces - until universal health care becomes a reality.
 
I.  Support and respect Conscientious Objector status during all phases of the process. We fully support the right of individuals in the military service to modify or completely separate from military involvement because of conscientious objection. We call upon all military entities and officers to support a transparent and democratic conscientious objection process free of harassment, imprisonment, or deployment to war zones for those pursuing the conscientious objection process.
 
j. Recognized, independent veteran organizations must have access to military personnel to ensure they are being informed of their rights. This is especially true for those who are hospitalized due to service related injuries or illnesses.


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Election Issues-Food Safety/ Toy Safety

August 25, 2008

I have been asked if elected to Congress what my stand would be on food and toy safety:

I support family-scale farms, diversified, sustainable agriculture that emphasizes organic growing methods.

As far as toy safety goes, I sent letters to Congress urging them to get the lead out of toys and strengthen the frayed product safety net. I signed onto petitions. I e-mailed the toy companies. I gave us the resources we needed to run ads in major newspapers urging action for safer toys.

All of my actions add up to the biggest overhaul of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) since it was established in 1973. In addition to its massive increase in CPSC resources and funding, and its increase in civil penalty and recall authorities, the new law will:

-Make toy regulations mandatory, which means that magnets and many other hazards will be subject to the new law's centerpiece third-party testing requirement;
-Ban six toxic phthalates in children's products. Three are banned permanently. Three would then be subject to a CPSC scientific review, but are banned until it is completed.
-Grant private-sector employees protection as whistleblowers.
-Establish a public database of potential hazards.
-Require that choking hazards be disclosed in Internet advertising.


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From Green Options:

Thin Film Solar Tech.......

Why can't we manufacture this in the Ohio Valley?

Dennis Spisak-Write-in Green Party Candidate for Congress-6th District
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Thin film solar technology has attracted interest from venture capitalists because of its higher efficiency, lower use of limited silicon, and more easily automated production processes. Now, established Japanese players in the solar arena are getting in the thin film game, followed by companies in China and India, as reported in Renewable Energy World.

Mitsubishi Chemical already produces materials for the solar industry but sees opportunity to produce the cells themselves
Sanyo is an established producer of crystalline solar cells, but has opened an Advanced PV Development Center in Gifu, Japan to concentrate on developing thin film technology.
This is good news for solar energy advocates, as these companies have the capital and the knowledge base to ramp up production more rapidly than startups, while increasing efficiency and cost savings. According to Sanyo’s Makoto Tanaka:

“‘Our target date for volume production was 2012, but in order to move that up, we’ve decided to invest an additional US $14 million,’ said Tanaka, bringing total investment … to some US $70M through 2010. He noted that the production ramp should be eased because part of the new process is very similar to that already used in Sanyo’s mainstay heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer (HIT) cells, which sandwich a single-crystal silicon substrate between layers of amorphous silicon thin films.”

Sadly, the United States is not one of the countries competing on this scale with Sanyo and Mitsubishi, who see their main competition coming from China and India. Though the U.S. company Nanosolar has been a leading innovator in thin film, and Open Energy is making big inroads in the production of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) modules using thin film tech, they are still comparatively small players in the space, along with FirstSolar. Let’s hope that the U.S. steps up to provide the kind of legislative support that U.S. companies need to move forward at a faster pace in developing new solar technologies.

Election Issues- The Budget

August 24, 2008


I have been asked in elected to Congress my thoughts on how to handle the national budget:

I support and demand a livable wage (minimum pay that people can live on, approx $10/hr in most communities), democratic workplaces, strong unions, and repeal of Taft-Hartley restrictions. Note: Between 1965-1975 the US Federal Minimum Wage was approximately $8.00/hr (in 2005 dollars).

Republicans oppose raising the minimum wage and Democrats support insignificant incremental minimum wage increases.

I also oppose Global Corporate Power Trade agreements and institutions ( NAFTA, FTAA, CAFTA, and WTO) and oppose trade pacts because of their anti-democratic power to overturn labor, environmental, and human rights protections.

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Defense Spending

 

August 23, 208

 

I have been asked if elected to Congress how I would deal with military spending.

 

I would call for reductions in military spending, with funds redirected into social and renewable energy needs. I oppose many useless cold-war era weapons system as boondoggles for defense fat-cats.

 

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PV Solar: A Local Perspective
Tuesday, August 26th from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Kent State University, Trumbull Campus
Technology Building, Room 117

4314 Mahoning Avenue, NW, Warren

Join Green Energy Ohio for the August Clean Energy Network meeting in Trumbull County.  Featured speaker is Jim Kilpatrick, area resident who has installed a 6.7 kW system at his home.  Kilpatrick will discuss issues related to planning the system, installation experience, bottom line on the electric bill and Q&A.  The event is Free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dave Ambrose by email at ambrose@infohio.org or 330-647-3666.

Election Issues-The War

 

August 22, 2008

 

I have been asked what my position would be if elected to Congress regarding the war:

 

I opposed the invasion of Iraq and oppose the continued occupation of the country. Greens favor an immediate withdrawal of US troops and US influence over Iraq as an occupying power.

I favor giving the UN and a regional coalition a major role in dealing with security issues during Iraq's transition to a new government. I also favor to continue the hunt for Bin Laden with U. N. Aid.

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Election Issues- The Banking Crisis 

August 21, 2008

 

I have been asked my position on the banking crisis if elected to Congress:

 

I am opposed to bank deregulation. I advocate democratic reforms, which would allow and include creating publicly-funded “community investment banks” and mandating low-interest loans for low-income persons and first time small business entrepreneurs.

 

1. The government should ensure that low- and moderate-income persons and communities, as well as small businesses, have access to banking services, affordable loans, and small-business supporting capital. Loans should be made available to small business at rates competitive to those offered big business. I support disclosure laws, anti-redlining laws, and a general openness on the part of the private sector regarding criteria used in making lending decisions. I oppose arbitrary or discriminatory practices that deny small business access to credit.

2. I oppose disinvestment practices, in which lending and financial institutions move money deposited in local communities out of those same communities, damaging the best interests of their customers and community. I support the extension of the Community Reinvestment Act and its key performance data provisions to provide public and timely information on the extent of housing loans, small business loans to minority-owned enterprises, investments in community development projects, and affordable housing.

3. I believe Congress should act to charter community development banks, which would be capitalized with public funds and work to meet the credit needs of local communities.

4. Insurance industry regulation is essential to reduce the cost of insurance by reducing special-interest protections; collusion and over-pricing, and; excessive industry-wide practices that too often injure the interests of the insured when they are most vulnerable. We must prohibit bad-faith insurance practices, such as avoidance of obligations and price fixing.

  5. I support federal laws that act to make policies transportable from job to job and seek to prevent insurance companies' rejecting applicants because of prior conditions. This is a move in the right direction but in no way addresses the scope of the problem, whether in health insurance, life insurance, business, liability, auto, or crop insurance.

 6. I support initiatives in secondary insurance markets that work to expand credit for economic development in inner cities; affordable housing and home ownership among the poor; transitional farming to sustainable agriculture, and; for rural development maintaining family farms.

 7. I oppose insurance laws that permit a company to own insurance on its employees.

The Democrats and Republicans both support bank deregulation.

 

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Election 2008- The Issues-The Fairness Doctrine
August 20, 2008


I have been asked if elected to Congress, What would be my position on the Fairness Doctrine.

Answer: Having worked in commercial radio some 25 years ago, I supported the Fairness Doctrine then and would like it brought back to it’s original concept.

I support the re-creation of substantial public space for non-profit use of the airwaves. Today’s private broadcasters totally control what the public used to own.

The Democrats and Republicans today both support the giveaway of public airwaves to private companies.

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No Money Down Solar Lease Program

August 19,2008
 
Treehugger.com is reporting today kitting out your home with a solar power system just got a bit easier in the state of Connecticut. Under the Connecticut Solar Lease Program, qualifying low and moderate-income homeowners—those people whose household incomes is less than or equal to 150% of the median income for their area and with good credit—will be able to obtain state assistance to install solar PV systems.

Qualifying Income Level Varies Widely
In the state capitol, Hartford, for example if your household income for a family of four is less than $121,650 you would be able to install a complete solar PV system with no money down. At either end of the spectrum, a family of four in Stamford or Norwalk would be eligible if their income is under $176,700, while in Waterbury the cutoff point is $95,550. The monthly payment for a typical system is expected to be less than $120 per month.


There are other qualifications regarding eligible equipment, who installs it, and reporting data to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund for the first two years after installation. More information, including an online application form is available at the Connecticut Solar Lease website.

According to CCEF, a total of $38.6 million will be invested and it is hoped that 1,000 homeowners will be taking advantage of the program over the next three years.

:: Connecticut Solar Lease Program and :: Renewable Energy World

As the write-in Green Party candidate for the 6th Congressional District that questions remains why can't ohio and federal law makers come up with a similiar plan?  Do the oil and coal lobbysits contain that much control over our current legislators?
 
 

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Solar Roads Take Me Home…

August 19, 2008



Anyone who has walked barefoot across a parking lot on a hot summer day knows that blacktop is exceptionally good at soaking up the sun’s warmth. Now, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has found a way to use that heat-soaking property for an alternative energy source.
Through asphalt, the researchers are developing a solar collector that could turn roads and parking lots into ubiquitous—and inexpensive—sources of electricity and hot water.
The research project, which was undertaken at the request of Michael Hulen, president of Novotech Inc. in Acton, Mass, which holds a patent on the concept of using the heat absorbed by pavements, is being directed by Rajib Mallick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
On Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, team member Bao-Liang Chen, a PhD candidate at WPI, will present the results of research aimed at evaluating the potential for transforming stretches of asphalt into a cost-effective energy source at the annual symposium of the International Society for Asphalt Pavements in Zurich, Switzerland. The study looks not only at how well asphalt can collect solar energy, but at the best way to construct roads and parking lots to maximize their heat-absorbing qualities.
“Asphalt has a lot of advantages as a solar collector,” Mallick says. “For one, blacktop stays hot and could continue to generate energy after the sun goes down, unlike traditional solar-electric cells. In addition, there is already a massive acreage of installed roads and parking lots that could be retrofitted for energy generation, so there is no need to find additional land for solar farms. Roads and lots are typically resurfaced every 10 to 12 years and the retrofit could be built into that cycle. Extracting heat from asphalt could cool it, reducing the urban ”˜heat island’ effect. Finally, unlike roof-top solar arrays, which some find unattractive, the solar collectors in roads and parking lots would be invisible.”
Mallick and his research team, which also includes Sankha Bhowmick of UMass, Dartmouth, studied the energy-generating potential of asphalt using computer models and by conducting small- and large-scale tests. The tests were conducted on slabs of asphalt in which were imbedded thermocouples, to measure heat penetration, and copper pipes, to gauge how well that heat could be transferred to flowing water. Hot water flowing from an asphalt energy system could be used “as is” for heating buildings or in industrial processes, or could be passed through a thermoelectric generator to produce electricity.
In the lab, small slabs were exposed to halogen lamps, simulating sunlight. Larger slabs were set up outdoors and exposed to more realistic environmental conditions, including direct sunlight and wind. The tests showed that asphalt absorbs a considerable amount of heat and that the highest temperatures are found a few centimeters below the surface. This is where a heat exchanger would be located to extract the maximum amount of energy. Experimenting with various asphalt compositions, they found that the addition of highly conductive aggregates, like quartzite, can significantly increase heat absorption, as can the application of a special paint that reduces reflection.
Finally, Mallick says the team concluded that the key to successfully turning asphalt into an effective energy generator will replacing the copper pipes used in the tests with a specially designed, highly efficient heat exchanger that soaks up the maximum amount of the heat absorbed by asphalt. “Our preliminary results provide a promising proof of concept for what could be a very important future source of renewable, pollution-free energy for our nation. And it has been there all along, right under our feet.”
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Maryland Joins Renewable Powers Race, Why not Ohio?
 
 
By Lisa Rein,
WashPost, August 17, 2008. "[Maryland's Democratic] Gov. Martin
O'Malley announced Saturday that Maryland will join Montgomery
County, the University of Maryland and other local governments in a
long-term commitment to buy wind power and other renewable energy...
O'Malley said the boost to alternative power sources, the first deal
of its kind in the nation, will be critical in preventing rolling
blackouts Maryland could face as soon as 2011 if the state's thirst
for power continues to outpace supply. But he put on notice the
energy companies whose profits have soared as electricity bills
increased under deregulation: Unless Maryland's still-regulated
utilities add new supplies of power, his administration will order
them to build new plants. 'We cannot stand idly by and wait for
market forces or the electricity good fairy to solve this problem
for us,' [O'Malley said]... By using its market clout to buy
electricity from the fledgling wind-power industry -- much the way
the state-federal Medicaid system secures lower prices for
prescription drugs -- the coalition of state and local governments
and the university will be able to meet up to 20% of their energy
needs, the governor's energy advisers said. The contracts to
supply 'clean,' carbon-free power could be locked in for as long as
15 years, speeding up plans for a large wind farm off the Delaware
coast that is seeking a guaranteed market to satisfy investors... A
Minnesota company eyeing an Eastern Shore site for a plant that
would turn poultry litter into energy also could bid on the
contract."
 
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Wisconsin Sees The Light, Why not Ohio?

August 18, 2008

In last week’s McClatchy-Tribune Regional News Editorial the editorial department came to a logical conclusion: “The focus should be on what is known: The world's supply of fossil fuels is limited. Demand is increasing, even as pollution worries mount.As a result, prices are higher and are likely to remain so. That's a costly consequence for Wisconsin, which has no oil, natural gas or coal supplies of its own. What is also known is that as the United States turns more and more to renewable energy sources, opportunities are opening for Wisconsin to prosper.”

The editorial went on to say that “But Wisconsin can and should meet the challenge posed by its dependence on fossil fuels -- and take advantage of opportunities to prosper from greener energy sources produced within its own borders.”

As the Green Party Write-In Candidate for the 6th District of Congress, It has been my mission to inform the public that we can no longer rely on fossil fuels, off-coast drilling, and drilling in the ANWAR to save of from fossil fuel collapse.

We must rely on renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power. How can Ohio generate more sunlight than Germany yet Germany produces 1,000 times more solar energy than Ohio?

The answer lies in Congress. You have current Congressman Charlie Wilson taking over $450,000 from big oil and mining to keep his seat and sell Ohio short down the road in the energy war. It’s time we send a Congressman to Washington who will bring renewable energy manufacturing jobs and businesses to the Ohio River Valley like myself.

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This Ecomomy Doesn’t Work for the Working People

 

August 17, 2008

 

 

This economy doesn't work for working people. We have not been creating good jobs here at home to compete in the global economy. Instead, we've given free rein to corporations, cut taxes on the wealthy and reduced protections for workers.

Americans are working harder and getting less for it. Wages are stagnant. Costs for housing, health care and home heating oil have skyrocketed. Millions of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck—only a serious illness or personal crisis away from poverty. While CEOs pocket tax cuts, bonuses and stock options, working Americans worry about credit card payments and the price of a tank of gas.

We need to change course, with policies that put people first. We all do better when the benefits of prosperity are widely shared.

We need to make sure work pays a living wage and that children aren't forgotten when both parents are out of the house. We need to invest in areas vital to the future and reclaim the manufacturing prowess that made us the strongest economy in the world. Workers need real enforcement of labor laws so they can organize on the job and get a fair share of the profits they help generate. In an economy of unceasing change, we must ensure that health care and retirement plans are secure and cannot be lost because of a change in jobs. And we have to develop a trade strategy that works for the entire nation, not just for multinational companies.

We must come together to create the rules and policies needed to empower working people. A new economic strategy is necessary to ensure the existence of the middle class glue that holds America together.

 

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We Can Choose A New Energy Economy

August 16, 2008

 

We can choose a new energy economy, creating millions of jobs, generating clean American energy and freeing us from the tyranny of oil.

Most jobs producing renewable energy are not easily outsourced, helping reverse the recent loss of 3 million manufacturing jobs.

Investing $30 billion a year for clean energy is a fraction of the $237 billion we spent on foreign oil last year and the $500 billion we've blown in Iraq to date.

Addressing climate change now will be much cheaper than dealing with the consequences.

 

 

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US Dept. Of Energy on Solar Breakthrough

August 15, 2008



Traditional solar cells only use up to 20% of the visible light they collect, and more efficient solar cells are too expensive for mass production. Now researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Idaho Laboratory have figured out a way to capture solar energy on the cheap: plastic sheets filled with billions of nanoantennas.
The nanoantennas are made up of small gold squares or spirals set in polyethylene. Researchers believe that under the right conditions, the simulated nanoantennas could harvest up to 92% of energy at infrared wavelengths.

While traditional solar cells only use visible light, the nanoantennas use mid-infrared rays. This means that they can still collect energy after dark.
Eventually, researchers hope that the plastic sheets of nanoantennas will power everything from hybrid cars to iPods.
Of course, there is still plenty of research that needs to be done before nanoantennas can go into production—in fact, scientists still don’t know how to convert energy from the devices into electricity. But the nanoantenna research is an interesting preview to a more affordable solar future. For now, though, we’ll have to make do with traditional devices.
This is the type of research and development that is needed in America to turn the Ohio River Valley into a new manufacturing giant in renewable solar energy jobs, factories, and companies for the poor, idle, and working class of our valley.
This is why as the write-in Green Party Candidate for Congress to the 6th District I support real Green Job programs, not the pollution-filled coal to gas plants that incumbent Democrat Charlie Wilson endorses.
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Americans want an Improved Economy, not Robin Hood

August 14, 2008

When given a choice about how government should address the numerous economic difficulties facing today's consumer, Americans overwhelmingly By 84% to 13% prefer that the government focus on improving overall economic conditions and the jobs situation in the United States as opposed to taking steps to distribute wealth more evenly among Americans. ... Free-market advocates can take considerable solace in Americans' overwhelming belief that the government should not focus on redistributing income and wealth, but on improving the overall economy.

Conservatives often focus on the wrong questions, and this poll, which plays into the caricature of "tax-and-spend" liberalism and the specter of government taking money from hard — working people and giving it to people who are less deserving, is a prime example. Ask people about the direction that progressives actually embrace as opposed to the stereotype presented by conservatives, and they will side with progressives. For example, a February 2008 Associated Press/Ipsos poll found that 70 percent of respondents thought that "increasing spending on domestic programs like health care, education, and housing" would help fix the country's economic problems. A January 2008 Fortune Magazine poll found that 67 percent would support "increasing government spending on things like public-works projects to help create jobs." Bush administration economic policies, if anything, have fostered a redistribution of wealth upward, creating an unprecedented economic gap between the very wealthy and the rest of the country. Progressives believe this is wrong, and most of the country agrees.

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Green Collar Jobs can Save the Ohio River Valley

 

August 13, 2008

 

 

Green jobs are the jobs of the future, jobs that make our country more

prosperous, sustainable, and secure. Many American cities and rural areas are already putting people to work in these jobs, investing in new transit systems, energy

efficient buildings, and other projects that improve the quality of life for local

residents and make our cities cleaner, greener, and more livable.

To ensure that these jobs are green-collar jobs—family-supporting, career-track

jobs in green industries—cities and counties need to build on local and regional

priorities and strengths, identify and support strategies to spur new green

job growth, and develop training programs that include both traditional

training partnerships and well-defined pathways out of poverty. This work

is exciting. Don’t be surprised if your green collar job program becomes

the high-profile centerpiece of your city’s and counties environmental and economic

development agenda. Why? Because every dollar you invest in the program

both strengthens your city’s middle class and reduces carbon pollution—an

enviable return on investment.

 

As the write-in Green Party Candidate for the 6th Congressional District it’s time we discover an unprecedented opportunity to move our Ohio River Valley forward to a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future.

 

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New Solar Farms in Pa, Why Not Ohio, Again?

August 12, 2008

The Republican Herald reported a story last week written by Mia Light that the largest solar energy farm east of Nevada is slated for construction in the Carbon County community of Nesquehoning, Pa.

Standing on an undeveloped 100-acre tract of land adjacent to the Green Acres Industrial Park on the west side of Nesquehoning Borough near Lake Hauto, state Rep. Keith McCall, D-122, on Thursday joined landowner John J. “Sonny” Kovatch Jr., Nesquehoning, and John Francis Curtis III, founder and “chief green executive” of Green Energy Capital Partners of Conshohocken, to announce that a 10.6-megawatt-ground-mounted-solar energy generating plant would be built on the site.

The facility will be the largest solar energy plant in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the nation.

Dubbed “Pennsylvania Solar Park,” the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power 1,450 homes and eliminate more than 320,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 25,000 acres of trees, within 30 years of operation.
“Carbon County has always been at the center of America’s energy generation. What we did for the Industrial Revolution with anthracite coal is unsurpassed. Now, we are going to be on the cutting edge of alternative energy,” McCall said.

Plans for the facility include installation of more than 900 solar trackers with 48 solar panels on each tracker. Unlike stationary solar panels, the tracking panels will pivot from east to west, following the track of the sun across the sky.

“It’s going to be beautiful to watch over the course of the day with the moving panels,” Curtis said, adding that Web cams will be installed on-site to make it easy for the public to watch the movement of the panels on the Internet.

A state-of-the-art command and control center will also be constructed on site, offering opportunities for training and education in solar energy to the public as well as future solar energy plant employees.

The $65 million project is being financed through a combination of private investors, federal and state incentives and tax credits.

According to Curtis, the majority of the project’s financing comes from private investors, whom he declined to identify due to ongoing negotiations.

Kovatch Enterprises, which will retain ownership of the 100-acre parcel, has entered into a 30-year lease with two 10-year renewal options — for a potential total duration of 50 years — with Green Energy Capital Partners.

Kovatch said the parcel is open space with no history of past use.

“Just weeds and trees, which are green, but this energy project will be green, too,” Kovatch said of the land and the project. “Once it’s up and running, the solar farm will be 100 percent pollution-free and help to reduce our country’s appetite for foreign oil.”

Although precise plans for distribution of electricity generated by the facility have yet to be finalized, Pennsylvania Act 213 requires local electric utility providers to purchase a percentage of the facility’s solar-generated electricity.

Act 213, which was signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell in November 2004, requires that electric distribution companies and electric generation suppliers include a specific percentage of electricity from alternative resources in the generation that they sell to Pennsylvania customers. While Act 213 does not mandate exactly which resources must be utilized and in what quantities, certain minimum thresholds must be met for the use of solar photo voltaic resources.

Developers hope to break ground for construction by March 2009 and have the facility fully operational approximately four months after ground-breaking.

“No one loses in this type of project. Everyone wins,” Curtis said.

According to McCall, the county that was a leader in coal energy will now be a leader in alternative energy.

“I will do everything I can in Harrisburg to support projects like the solar farm to make sure we all have a cleaner, greener, more affordable energy future,” McCall said.
As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress to the sixth district, Again I ask why can’t we turn the Mahoning and Ohio River Valley’s into the Renewable Energy Manufacturing Giants of America. We were once the steel leaders of the world, Why can’t we declare war on foreign oil and become a leader once again in renewable energy?
From this article it sounds to me we don’t have the right people in government working with renewable energy people. It’s time we send someone like myself to Washington to work with renewable energy companies instead on conservative Charlie Wilson who is still too busy taking lobbyist dollars from old- fashion fossil fuel industries like coal.
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Proof We Can Go Green. Now.

August 11, 20008

Bill Scher reported from the Wall Street Journal Blog last week that
The Dell computer company just announced a milestone. It is now a carbon-neutral business. And by powering itself with clean energy, Dell is saving money.

The Wall Street Journal blog Environmental Capital reports:
Dell’s reliance on greater energy efficiency and renewable energy is now saving the company $3 million a year. Okay, a drop in the bucket. [Dell makes a profit of $11.7 billion.] But more importantly for other companies of all sizes, Dell executives say the internal returns on the efficiency drive are stellar: Most of the new projects pay for themselves in less than two years, and almost all the projects pay back in less than three.

“Since we figure we’ll still be in business in three years, it just makes sense,” said Dane Parker, Dell’s global director of environment, health and safety.

Dell’s Round Rock, Texas, headquarters are already famously 100 percent powered by clean energy. But since 2004, the rest of the company has increased renewable-energy purchases ten-fold. Conventional wisdom says buying things like wind power is an expensive luxury, since wind and other alternative energies are more expensive than traditional power sources.

Not anymore—wildly volatile electricity prices thanks to higher coal and natural gas prices mean Dell’s actually saving money by going green, just like the city of Houston. Getting clean energy on long-term agreements locks in rates that can suddenly look cheap as other power bills soar. “It gives you price certainty compared with the volatility of traditional sources, so it’s a money-saver,” said Mr. Parker.

Conservatives will likely look at this milestone and argue that the market is taking care of everything itself. That is utterly detached from reality. Dell is on the leading edge, but without a change in energy policy, it will be the exception and not the rule.

Fact is, there is nothing "free" about the global energy market. In the U.S., oil and coal are nuclear are propped up by government policies. And we buy plenty of foreign oil from nationalized companies in the OPEC cartel.

There could be many more Dells. But today, our energy policy primarily supports clean energy instead of fossil fuels. It doesn't have to be that way.

The argument that investing the clean energy is too pie-in-the-sky and economically dangerous is now debunked. Much of the technology is already here, and Dell is successfully using it without hurting its bottom line.

The main obstacle for getting available clean energy technology on line is the initial cost. As Dell shows, it pays for itself over time, but many businesses and families can't front the initial costs.

And of course, there are community infrastructure needs -- wind farms, smart electric grids -- that only our federal, state and local governments can take the lead on. (Such as the town of Rock Port, Mo., which is now 100 percent powered by wind.)

That's where government policy is crucial, making the financial investments and incentives so all households and companies have real energy choices, and can make decisions that make America more energy secure and economically vibrant.

So if you're sick and tired of volatile energy costs, and want stable affordable prices from clean energy, know that we can make it happen.

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What the Conservative Congress did to help the Energy Crisis

August 10, 2008

According to the Campaign for America’s Future, they reported last week that the Conservatives in Congress went on a five-week vacation in August after having blocked solutions that would have addressed high gas prices.

A number of progressive solutions were offered in Congress that would have made more meaningful contributions to solving our energy crisis than the "drill here, drill now" sloganeering from the right. But it's been the conservatives in Congress who have been blocking consideration of common-sense solutions that would have brought immediate as well as long-term relief to consumers. For example, conservatives in Congress have blocked:
• Tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which now holds over 700 million barrels of oil. Releasing a small fraction of the Reserve — which was done in 1991, 2000, and 2005 — would immediately lower gas prices as it has in the past. But conservatives in Congress have voted against this modest measure.
• A ban on gasoline price-gouging, which would make it unlawful to artificially inflate gas prices to take excessive profits. Conservatives in Congress voted against an anti-price gouging bill.
• A crackdown on oil price speculators, the hedge funds and investment bankers who have used loopholes in commodities law to manipulate the futures market and drive the price of crude oil to record levels. Conservatives oppose legislation to stop excessive speculation.
• Helping hard-pressed Americans with a tax break paid for by a windfall-profits tax on Big Oil. The big oil companies are reaping undeserved profits that should be taxed and rebated to American families, but conservatives in the Senate blocked a windfall profits tax in June. Conservatives are good at grandstanding, but they can't escape blame for the lack of real progress on energy.

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Oil Drilling Lies

 

August 9, 2008

 

Americans Want Action on Energy Now
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As in 2000, 2004, and now in 2008, the Campaign For America’s Future reports that while Seventy-five percent of Americans say that increased gasoline prices have caused a financial hardship for their families. They want Congress to do something, now. Conservatives have tried to capitalize on Americans’ anger over gas prices with their “drill here, drill now” campaign. It’s time Progressive candidates like myself help Progressives counter the conservative oil drilling lies with proactive short- and long-term solutions, and show that it’s Bush, McCain, and other conservatives who are blocking the way.

* New offshore drilling wouldn’t help for almost 20 years. The Bush Administration admits that new offshore drilling “would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices” for almost 20 years.

* There are real short-term solutions to the energy crisis, but Bush and congressional conservatives have blocked them all. Short term solutions include: tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, banning gasoline price-gouging, cracking down on oil price speculators, and helping hard-pressed Americans with a tax break paid for by a windfall profits tax on Big Oil.

* The real solution to the energy crisis is to end America’s dependence on foreign oil. We can’t drill our way to energy independence. It will take conservation, energy efficiency, and clean power. Yet Bush and conservatives in Congress have blocked progress. Long-term solutions include: investing in conservation, energy efficiency, and clean power; investing in renewable energy; and increasing auto fuel efficiency.

Progressive solutions:

In the short term, tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, ban price gouging, crack down on speculators, and implement a windfall profits tax. In the long term, increase the percentage of power generated by renewable energy sources, increase fuel efficiency standards, and enact the Apollo Alliance plan for investing in conservation, energy efficiency and clean power—and create more than 3 million new jobs.

As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress to the 6th District, it’s time to debunk the lie about oil drilling and focus on making the Ohio River Valley a MANUFACTURING GIANT TODAY of solar, wind, and geo-thermal factories and companies to give jobs to our poor, working, and middle class.

 

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Obama, Wilson, Wrong on Health Care

August 8, 2008

 

Last week the Democratic Party Platform Committee met to discuss the 2008 Platform at the Democratic Convention.

During the proceedings, the following occurred:

* Number of times the Barack Obama plan mentions private “insurance” as central to the future of health care in the United States: 6

* Number of times the Guaranteed Health Care for All statement mentions private “insurance” as central to the future of health care in the United States: 0

And Incumbent Charlie Wilson went ahead and endorsed Mr. Obama on his web site by stating the following:

"It's an honor to pledge my full support to Senator Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

I am pleased our party has such an inspirational nominee and I promise to work for Senator Obama as he leads this country in a bold new direction."

 

As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th district, I do not find Mr. Obama’s health care plan to be bold new direction.

 

As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress to the 6th District of Ohio that is why I back a Single-Payer Health Care Program. A program where care is publicly financed by privately delivered. Such programs have a proven track record of delivering better quality and comprehensive health care to everyone at a lower cost.

 

Sorry Charlie, you and Obama are wrong on Health Care.

 

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Millions of Chronically Ill, Lacking Insurance, Can't Get Needed Care


August 7, 2008

Over 11 million Americans with chronic physical illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and asthma are not getting the medical care they need because they don't have health insurance, a new study shows. The study provides the first national estimate of the number of uninsured adults with these potentially serious but treatable conditions.

According to an article published in the Aug. 5 edition of Annals of Internal Medicine, a leading medical journal, working-age adults with one or more chronic illnesses who reported they were uninsured were nearly four times more likely than their insured counterparts to have not seen a health professional within the past year (22.6 percent versus 6.2 percent). They were also six times more likely to identify a hospital emergency room as their standard site for care when sick (7.1 percent versus 1.1 percent).

"We have made dramatic advances in treatment of chronic illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure," said Dr. Andrew Wilper, the study's lead author. "But many Americans are locked out of the system because they are uninsured and cannot afford this life-saving care.

"Many of these individuals end up with preventable emergency room visits, hospitalizations, amputations, kidney failure or worse because their chronic condition has gotten out of control," he said.

Wilper's team analyzed data from surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics. The team found that there are 11.4 million nonelderly adults with one or more chronic conditions who lack health insurance, including 1.3 million who survived a heart attack or stroke, 5.9 million with high blood pressure, 1.4 million with diabetes and 3.5 million with asthma or emphysema. Individuals with at least one of these conditions, or with high cholesterol or prior cancer (excluding minor skin cancers), were considered to have a chronic illness.

The 11.4 million figure represents about one-third of the total number of uninsured people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 64. Altogether, about 47 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The authors say they may have underestimated the number of chronically ill persons who lack insurance because the survey did not query participants about depression or other chronic mental illnesses, and because undiagnosed physical diseases among the uninsured may be common.

Uninsured people with chronic illnesses face serious obstacles to getting needed care, Wilper said. But he also observed that people who are enrolled in high-deductible health plans often face similar barriers to getting regular medical attention.

"Some plans, for example, require people to pay medical bills of $5,000 out-of-pocket before their insurance kicks in," he said. "These plans put people in the precarious state of being underinsured, which is not that much better than lacking health insurance altogether."

Wilper, who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, was a fellow at Harvard University and the Cambridge Health Alliance when the study was carried out.

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a co-author of the study, is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard and a primary care physician in Cambridge, Mass. Woolhandler noted: "Some claim that uninsured Americans can get the care they need in emergency rooms. But emergency rooms may provide too little, too late for the millions of uninsured with chronic conditions. They need regular medical monitoring, and a steady supply of medications to control their illnesses, and a whole array of services that are out of reach for the uninsured.

"Only national health insurance can fix this broken system and save thousands of lives each year," she said.

As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress to the 6th District of Ohio that is why I back a Single-Payer Health Care Program. A program where care is publicly financed by privately delivered. Such programs have a proven track record of delivering better quality and comprehensive health care to everyone at a lower cost.

 

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Green Stimulus Bill Needed for Ohio And America

August 6, 2008

 

The Center for Economic and Policy Research, an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives recommended a Green Stimulus Package to minimize economic hardship and promote growth in America.

The authors recommend a green stimulus package comprised of:

  • Grants to state and local governments so that they will not be forced to raise taxes or layoff workers and cut services in the middle of a downturn
  • A “green stimulus” consisting of expanded tax credits for homes and businesses to make energy conserving renovations and subsidies for state and local governments to reduce fares on public transportation
  • Green public investment through matching grants to state and local governments to invest in energy conserving renovations and improvements
  • Additional payments to low- and moderate-income households through programs such as Food Stamps, School Lunches, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to make it easier for families to cope with rising food and energy prices
  • Modernization of the unemployment insurance system and further extension of the benefit period

The report calls for passage of the Saving Family Homes Act to allow families facing foreclosure to continue to live in their homes as renters and of the Healthy Families Act so that workers do not need to choose between a paycheck and caring for their families.

The economists also call for new regulations in financial markets to limit leverage, increase transparency, and severely restrict executive compensation, as well as a modest tax on financial transactions to curb speculation and raise revenues to pay for pressing economic and social priorities.


As the Write-in Green Party Candidate for Congress for the 6th district I see such a stimulus plan being able to give the economy a lift while simultaneously reducing energy consumption. This would include not only mass transit but also tax credits for homeowners and businesses to make building improvements that conserve energy. These would include renovations such as solar panels and insulation. Sizeable tax credits in this area would also help the ailing construction industry, an important part of our economy that has collapsed with the housing bubble.

 

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DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Economic Fairness/Quality Education

Clear and Fair Elections with Paper Ballots

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Poll: Americans Want Renewable Energy Investments

 

August 5, 2008

Last week Tim Hurst wrote in Red, Green, and Blue that according to the latest Russonello and Stewart poll , a majority (54%) of Americans do not see more drilling as a solution to high gas prices.

 

In fact, the poll finds, the public overwhelmingly believes (76% to 19%) that policymakers should focus on investing in new energy technologies including renewable fuels and more efficient vehicles rather than expanding exploration and drilling for more oil.

 

When asked the question: “Looking to the future, which one of the following do you think should be a more important priority for government: Investing in new energy technology including renewable fuels and more efficient automobiles, or expanding exploration and drilling for more oil?”, more than three-quarters of respondents favored new technology and renewables. The results do indicate that there is a significant portion of Americans who are not buying the claims made by John McCain, George W. Bush, and other members of the “we must drill more now” club.

 

As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress in the 6th District, I have spent months reporting that the American people would rather see the Ohio Valley becoming a major player in the renewable energy manufacturing industry of this country. There is no reason why the poor, middle, and working class along the Ohio River Valley should not be employed in Green-Collar/Blue Collar jobs making components for renewable energy systems such as solar power, wind power, and geothermal power.

 

By going to Washington, I will make this my number one priority.

 

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DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

The ONLY PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE

Running against a Conservative Democrat and Republican!

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Economic Fairness/Quality Education

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Is Conservative Blue Dog Democrat Charlie Wilson Turning Green?

 

August 5, 2008

 

 

Write-in Green Party Candidate Dennis Spisak, running for 6th District Congressional Seat, issued a press release against incumbent Democrat Charlie Wilson today asking the question is Mr. Wilson flip-flopping and running as a progressive Green Liberal this November.

 

“ Mr. Wilson has always listed on his former campaign site that he was a member of the “Blue-Dog Coalition”, The 47 conservative and moderate Democrats in the group was formed to bring about fundamental reforms, and helped set into law policies reflecting the "common sense, conservative compassion" so often attached to the group's efforts. In the current Congress, the group also expects to be involved in a variety of issues, where the stale extreme left vs. right approach requires a breath of fresh air.” said Spisak.

 

Spisak added, “now go to Mr. Wilson’s current campaign site http://www.charliewilson.com/ , and Mr. Wilson now avoids mentioning he is a proud member of the Blue-Dog- Coalition but is now a “Progressive Liberal who believes in Green Jobs.”

 

Here is what Mr. Wilson has written on his home page:

Here in the 6th District, our reinvention begins with jobs – jobs that pay a living wage. I believe government can be a partner in helping existing businesses grow, as well as attracting new ventures to the Valley.

     I believe in the creation of “Green” jobs, as we seek to establish an alternative energy corridor up and down the Ohio River. In my first term, I championed the construction of the nation’s premier coal-to-liquid facility, which will create thousands of new jobs and help ease America’s dependence on foreign oil.

     The reinvention of America - our energy needs, our health care system, the care of our veterans and our role in the world – will not happen overnight, and that is why I am running for re-election. We have much work to do, and I remain committed to ensuring that your voice is heard in these challenging times.”

Will the real Charlie Wilson please stand up? Are you a Conservative Democrat or a Liberal Green Democrat?

In 2006, Mr. Wilson campaigned on the following campaign themes:

In Congress, Charlie will:

         Fight efforts to privatize Social Security or gamble the benefits of seniors in the stock market

         Help create good paying jobs with quality benefits and oppose bad trade deals that send American jobs overseas

         Stand up for patients and against HMOs and insurance companies to improve the health care system in our country

 

As the Write-in Green Party Candidate for Congress, I have been calling for Renewable Green Energy/Blue Collar jobs since I began my campaign. (See my campaign web site at http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

“What Mr. Wilson know needs to explain to voters in the 6th District, is if he believes in Green Jobs why did Mr. Wilson take over $450,000 from lobbyists and PACS that support oil, electricity, natural gas, and coal over the past two years”””, said Spisak.

 

For more information, contact Dennis Spisak for Congress

(330-755-0729

(330) 503-1407

Molly Spisak, Treasurer

Germany outpaces Ohio In Solar Energy, but Ohio has more Sun. Why?

August 4, 2008

 

Last week I attended the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments meeting in Youngstown, Ohio. Al Frasz, a co-founder of Dovetail Solar and Wind Companies here in Ohio spoke and told the audience that Germany has less solar resources than Ohio yet has 1,000 times more solar energy production than Ohio. Why?

Here are 4 reasons why we should be paying a whole lot of attention to the Germany renewable energy market.

1. Germany has the world’s largest wind power sector— but had barely any notable wind power at all 16 years ago.

With over 20,600 MW of installed capacity, Germany is the world’s wind power leader. And they accomplished this feat pretty quickly, having had less than 100 MW in 1992. The second place wind leader, Spain, only has approximately 12,000 MW of capacity.

2. The country has the world’s second largest solar power market, despite having extremely cloudy weather.

Germany comes in as number 2 for solar power, with 750 MW of peak capacity as of 2006. However, it is far and away the European leader for photovoltaic capacity, with a capacity of 3063 MW. Additionally, the world’s largest solar cell producer (Q-Cells) is located there. Oh, and the country also has the largest solar thermal market in Europe.

3. Over 214,000 people work in the German domestic renewable energy industry.

With 2.3 million renewable energy workers worldwide, Germany once again takes the cake as a pioneering country. Last year, German companies accounted for 38 percent of the total wind energy market.

4. They have progressive renewable energy laws.

The German government has just agreed on a new climate change legislative package with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions up to 36 percent by 2020. German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel calls it the biggest climate change package in the world.

If you look at how long it would take to for paybacks to occur by installing a solar system on a house in Ohio, it would be roughly 16 years, 2024. Yet if we start drilling for more oil today, we won’t see a drop of that oil in production until 2030.

Why can’t Charlie Wilson see the power in sunlight in Ohio? Is he too busy collecting over $450,000 in PAC money from lobbyists and PACs in the halls of Congress?

As the Green Party Write-In Candidate for Congress, I believe we should have Ohio come out into the light and become a leader in solar power production to help our poor, working, and middle class.

WRITE-IN

DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Economic Fairness/Quality Education

Clear and Fair Elections with Paper Ballots

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

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Efficient Vermont, why not Ohio?

 

August 2, 2008

 

Richard Harris of NPR reported on the following last week:

 

Morning Edition, July 30, 2008 In 2000, Vermont instituted an aggressive program to reduce statewide energy consumption. In the eight years since, it has proven to be one of the country's most innovative and successful conservation initiatives. But that progress has not been easy, or cheap, and there is still a long way to go.

An Innovative Program

Vermont now spends more than any other state — $46 per person each year — to eliminate energy waste.

"Efficiency is actually the cheapest resource we have to meet our electric service needs," says Blair Hamilton, director of Efficiency Vermont.

Efficiency Vermont is a nonprofit consulting group established by the Vermont Legislature in 2000. Funded by a fee tacked on to Vermont electricity bills, the group works with every category of electricity user in the state — residential, commercial and industrial. Through a combination of financial assistance and expertise, the group helps its clients drive down the quantity of electricity they use, striving to improve the state's environment and economy.

One of Efficiency Vermont's clients, Hazelett Strip-Casting Corp., has a small factory that produces machines used by sheet-metal manufacturers. Hazelett uses a lot of energy to run its factory, but not as much as it once did. Efficiency Vermont engineers have been in and out of Hazelett's factory, finding ways to help the company reduce its electricity use.

"When we went through this whole audit," says the factory's facilities manager Alan Landry, "we really learned at that time we weren't running these [machines] as efficiently as possible."

With Efficiency Vermont's help, the company replaced some of its biggest and oldest machines with much more efficient models.

The efficiency experts also went after 97 old energy-hogging light fixtures in the factory. With consultation from Efficiency Vermont, the factory is now brightly lit with super-efficient fluorescent bulbs. Landry says the lights save energy and make it easier for people to see their work.

"There's been a lot of positive feedback," Landry says.

The manager is not complaining about money, either. The company's electric bill is expected to drop $42,000 a year. Since Efficiency Vermont kicked in $22,000 to make the project fly, the company's contribution will pay for itself in saved energy bills in just 8 months, Landry says.

Hamilton says Efficiency Vermont's contribution to companies like Hazelett is money well spent. The local utility will not have to purchase as much expensive electricity now, and that holds down the inevitable rate increases for everyone in the state. So everyone wins.

The amount of electricity saved is not quite so impressive, however. Efficiency Vermont figures that the company's electricity consumption is down by just 15 percent, and that took a lot of work. So the lesson here also is that it often takes a lot of work for a modest gain.

Working With Small Business, Residents

Retail business is another major user of electricity. At a large mom-and-pop grocery store, Hamilton points proudly to a display promoting compact fluorescent light bulbs for 99 cents, which are heavily subsidized by Efficiency Vermont.

Dick Mazza, owner of the store, proudly shows all the other energy-saving features installed with the help of Efficiency Vermont. First is the fluorescent lighting illuminating the store. Next he shows off the cooler, which in wintertime draws cold air from outside, saving big on refrigeration costs.

Mazza is not sure how much electricity he has saved in the process. But he does know that, while his neighbors' electric bills have all been going up, his have at least stayed pretty much the same.

Efficiency Vermont uses these same principles to help the state's residents save energy. The organization provides rebates for Vermonters who buy home appliances with the federal Energy Star rating. Efficiency Vermont representatives also meet with the retailers and salespeople, to entice them to sell the most efficient appliances.

"Having the salespeople, when someone is looking at different machines, say, 'This is the good one here,' helps a lot," Hamilton says.

Two-thirds of all refrigerators, washing machines and room air conditioners sold in the state now are Energy Star models, says Hamilton. He says that is at or near the best rate in the nation.

Nevertheless, Energy Use Grows

Eight years in, the statewide effort has made progress. But the state's energy demand also has been increasing year after year. Since the state's population has not grown drastically, it seems that the growth in electricity demand comes from individual households using more products that draw more electricity. So now, despite eight years with this ambitious program, Vermont is consuming more electricity than it was in 2000.

Efficiency Vermont hopes to improve on its success in the coming years. But the lesson here is a sobering one for states throughout the country. Many have much more ambitious energy-conservation goals, but no tool quite as sophisticated as the Efficiency Vermont program to meet them.

 

As the write-in Green Party Candidate for Congress, if we can’t get Ohio to buy into bringing Green Jobs/Blue-Collar Manufacturing jobs back up and down the Ohio River Valley. We must take a Progressive stance towards conservation.

“Give a hoot, don’t pollute”.

WRITE-IN

DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Economic Fairness/Quality Education

Clear and Fair Elections with Paper Ballots

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

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Transportation Numbers - The Real Deal
 
Transportation by the Numbers

August 1, 2008


With gas prices skyrocketing, public transit ridership is at an all time high. Instead of cutting back on public transportation services, we should be reforming our national transportation system to create more affordable travel options for the whole country.
Check out our 10 Facts About Oil and Gas to learn more.

96- Percent of the world's transportation energy currently supplied by oil.

$75-Cost of barrel of oil on July 18th, 2007.

$131-Cost of barrel of oil on July 18th, 2008

9.6 billion-Number of fewer miles Americans drove in May 2008 compared to May 2007.

10.3 billion-Number of trips taken via the U.S. public transportation system in 2007, the highest in 50 years.

44-Percent increase in price of diesel fuel paid by public transit agencies.

20-Percent of America's public transit agencies that are cutting services due to budget constraints.

46-Percent of population that has no access to public transit.

$6,251-Amount the average two-worker household saves annually by taking public transportation instead of driving a car.

2030-Year by which lifting the ban on offshore drilling may start to impact the price of gas.


Sources:
   Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
   USA Today, July 28, 2008
   American Public Transporation Association
   Public Transportation and Petroleum Savings Report [PDF]


Always remember the big oil folks that want you to drill, drill, drill now baby are the same shady characters from the old tv show "Dallas." J.R. Ewing and Cliff Barnes are alive and well and don't give a squat about you.

So wake up America, It's  this drill, drill, drill, cry is all a dream, like Bobby Ewing in the shower.
Don't get caught naked again.

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DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Economic Fairness/Quality Education
Clear and Fair Elections with Paper Ballots

campaign website: http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Need Health Care? Leave the Country?

July 31, 2008


Jason Rosenbaum, who works for Health Care America Now, reported this week that more than 45 million people in the U.S. have no health insurance. So, where do they go when they're sick or hurt?

Many leave and head out of the country where they can afford to pay for the care they need on a trip becoming known as medical tourism.

A torn bicep caused searing pain, and a dilemma for Stephen Hoyle. He could not afford the surgery to fix it.

"We are one of America's 20 million uninsured families, and started looking at costs approaching $20,000," Hoyle said.

Hoyle was priced out of the U.S. Health Care System, so he flew to Costa Rica, where medical costs are dramatically lower.

Hoyle joined an estimated 500,000 Americans traveling out of the U.S. every year for some type of medical care. Care they can't afford here.

It's simply amazing that it is cheaper to fly thousands of miles to a foreign country than to have a medical procedure here at home. It speaks to the incredible amount of waste and bloat in the private health care system that sick Americans routinely subject themselves to long trips in foreign lands because their country couldn't provide them quality, affordable coverage. And it's more than just health tourism, the health care crisis in America is forcing hard working people to contemplate leaving the country they love:

"My husband and I currently have very good health insurance through his job at a public school.  Our insurance has been invaluable in the last year, because my husband was unexpectedly diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a cancer of the lymph nodes) last year, at the age of 23.  All of his treatment was covered by our insurance, with low deductibles on our end, and he is now in remission. 

We realize that such good insurance is not the case for most Americans, and are very concerned about health care in the future because we are planning on moving next year so I can go to graduate school.  Thus, we will need new jobs and new insurance.  We're very concerned that we might not be able to get adequate insurance because of his pre-existing condition.  For this reason, we are looking at schools in Canada and the UK, where we know we would be covered. 

As much as I love to travel, it makes me incredibly sad and angry to know that we might have to leave our own country because health care is not considered a right that all people deserve access to in the United States, as it is in so many industrialized nations."-Holly from Illinois

Holly is absolutely right. Why isn't health care a right in the United States? Because of our short-sighted policies, we stand to lose a teacher to a foreign country, a job that is always in demand. And it's about more than just losing skilled workers. Our businesses can't compete globally while shouldering skyrocketing health care costs.

Here in America, we pride ourselves on our tough, smart outlook on life. We are a great nation, and we are great enough to solve this problem. We can make health care affordable to all. We can make quality health care a right. And we can do it in a way that maintains choice.

That is why I support Single-Payer Health Care For All Americans.

WRITE-IN
DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS
Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs
Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare
Economic Fairness/Quality Education
Clear and Fair Elections with Paper Ballots

Campaign Site:  Http://Votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com
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Why Big Oil Wants Coastal Drilling

Bill Scher, who writes for the Campaign for America’s Future, poised the following question this week in his column:

 Who is really going to benefit from opening up our coastal shores to oil drilling? You, or Big Oil?

Follow the money and get your answer.

Last month, Sen. John McCain changed his position on coastal oil drilling. And all of a sudden, the fossil fuel crowd took a big liking to his campaign. The Washington Post reports that even though "oil and gas executives have not traditionally been a major source of campaign money for McCain," in June McCain took $1.1 million from oil and gas corporate executives -- five times more than in the previous month.

 

Why? Because while coastal drilling amounts to nothing in regards to lower energy costs for you and me, it does amount to a fat giveaway to Big Oil.

 

You may say, so what? Who cares if oil companies do well, so long as they increase the supply of oil and lower prices for me.

 

Except that there's not nearly enough oil off our shores to lower the price of oil (both the White House and McCain concede, when pressed, that opening up the coasts for drilling won't lower prices.)

And there's no reason to expect that oil and gas companies would be in any rush to use the leases and actually drill.

 

Remember, with supply of oil as it is, and the price of oil as it is, oil companies are doing quite well thank you very much. ExxonMobil recorded the highest annual profit of any company in the history of companies last year, $40 billion.

Tight supply + high gas prices = good times for Big Oil.

 

Same reason why oil companies don't invest in more refineries.

Not because of environmental standards, as they typically complain about. But because they're not interested in increasing supply, driving prices down and reducing their profits. The National Resources Defense Council explains: "...refiners reap higher profits when capacity is tight, so they actually have a disincentive to significantly expand production. In fact, oil executives have stated that the reason they did not expand refining capacity in the 1990s is that the low profitability of the business did not justify the investment."

 

Same reason why oil companies aren't drilling in all of the 68 million acres of federal space for which they already have leases. As Sen. Joe Biden recently noted in a Wilmington News Journal op-ed:

First, the oil companies in this country now hold 7,000 leases to drill offshore, yet only 20 percent of those leases are producing oil. That is 68 million acres for which they already have the rights to drill. Nearly 80 percent of our offshore oil is already available for leasing -- approximately 54 billion barrels total. They could be drilling in these areas, but they are not.

...

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Sure, it's not fair to expect drilling in every inch of that 68 million acres, because oil wouldn't be found in every inch. But even a defense of oil companies from the Houston Chronicle acknowledges that there is available crude that Big Oil chooses not to pursue because "it still is not cost-effective to drill for oil in some places" and "some oil companies hold onto leases to prevent competitors from drilling on them."

What's "cost-effective" for Big Oil isn't the same as what's cost-effective for you.

What's cost-effective for Big Oil, in the era of dwindling oil supplies and rising gas prices, is to string out what oil is left for as long as possible, and slowly prepare for an inevitable transition to alternative energy sources (What oil company TV ad doesn't try to assure you, "We're investing in clean energy, really! Nothing to worry about! Go buy oil.")

 

While fighting off a rapid transition to clean energy which would mean actual competition and consumer choices (Eek! Capitalism!) from upstart alternative energy companies.

 

That means a painfully slow transition to alternative energy, with you still having no choice but to buy increasingly expensive oil for decades, as Big OIl, propped up by conservative government policies, keeps making a mint.

 

It does not mean Big OIl would be in any rush to exploit what little oil is there off our shores. They want leases wherever they can get them, but just so they can string out oil supplies for as long as possible, not to provide any relief to you. If they did, they'd be working their current leases harder.

 

Big Oil is making money now. And if you're them, it ain't broke, so don't fix it. No need to rush and extract all the oil we have.

 

But for us energy consumers, our energy policy is beyond broke.

 

As Al Gore sharply put it last week:

It is only a truly dysfunctional system that would buy into the perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for more oil ten years from now.

Am I the only one who finds it strange that our government so often adopts a so-called solution that has absolutely nothing to do with the problem it is supposed to address? When people rightly complain about higher gasoline prices, we propose to give more money to the oil companies and pretend that they're going to bring gasoline prices down. It will do nothing of the sort, and everyone knows it.

If we keep going back to the same policies that have never ever worked in the past and have served only to produce the highest gasoline prices in history alongside the greatest oil company profits in history, nobody should be surprised if we get the same result over and over again.

 

But it's not just Al Gore warning that there's not enough oil to lower prices. Oilman T. Boone Pickens, trying to get ahead of the curve on wind power, lays it out:

Can't we just produce more oil?

World oil production peaked in 2005. Despite growing demand and an unprecedented increase in prices, oil production has fallen over the last three years. Oil is getting more expensive to produce, harder to find and there just isn't enough of it to keep up with demand.

The simple truth is that cheap and easy oil is gone.

 

We can recognize that fact, and develop policies that make sense for us energy consumers. Or we can keep propping up Big Oil and let them suck our pocketbooks and our planet dry.

Oil companies keep shoveling in campaign cash to conservative politicians in hopes of keeping our government, our tax dollars and our resources in their service, with no benefit to you.

 

But we can choose to change our energy policy to serve us, not oil company CEOs. We can invest in clean energy and energy-efficiency instead of allowing yet another boondoggle for Big Oil. We can give ourselves the ability to power our lives without dependence on expensive oil.

We are under no obligation to remain subservient.

 

This is why I support renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal manufacturing plants to be build along the Ohio River Valley to help our poor, working, and middle class, and not big oil.

 

WRITE-IN

DENNIS SPISAK FOR CONGRESS

Green Party Candidate for Ohio’s 6th District

 

Renewable Energy Green/Blue Collars Jobs

Single-Payer Affordable Healthcare

Economic Fairness/Quality Education

Clear and Fair Elections with Paper Ballots

 

Campaign Site:  Http://Votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

 

 

July 28, 2008

 

Charlie Wilson’s 100-Day War Begins Today

 

Today we are 100 days away from Election Day, November 4, 2008. If we are going to make sure our progressive voice is heard, we will need to get our message out for our write-in bid for Congress.

 

We will need to get our message out:

 

Renewable Energy: Green/Blue Collar Jobs

Single Payer Affordable Healthcare

Economic Fairness/Quality Education

Clean and Fair Elections Using Paper Ballots

 

To do this we will need campaign signs, shirts, handouts, stickers, etc…

To do this we will need donations.

To do this we need to do the following:

Even on a grassroots campaign, don't underestimate the importance of raising money. Start by generating a list of personal contacts and send a letter asking for their support.

 You won't get what you don't ask for. Ask directly for people's money, time, and, of course, their vote.

Convert undecided voters into supporters, and supporters into active volunteers and leaders. Ignore the people you'll never convince!

Generate repeated, direct, personal contacts with voters. The more personal the conversation, the more effective it is at persuading voters to support you.

Repeat that message over and over and over again. When you are completely tired of repeating your message, voters are just beginning to hear it.

Develop a compelling message that connects with voters and conveys the central argument of your campaign-why you are running, and why voters should choose you.

I have fund raising form letters you can send out or hand out to friends and family. E-mail me at Spikespisak@aol.com and I will send you a copy of the fund raising letter.

 

If you would like to send a donation, please visit the home page of our website at

 

Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

 

We need to start making personal contacts and raising cash for us to give Charlie Wilson and his PAC War Chest a run for his money.

 

I hope you can help in any small way possible.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dennis Spisak      Write-In Candidate for Congress-Ohio’s 6th District  Ohio Green Party

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Oakland Builds Green Job Corps, Ohio Build Prisons

July 28,2008

Last week the Ella Baker Center of Oakland, California announced a major report.
After more than a year of anticipation, the Oakland Green Jobs Corps has cleared the last hurdle to begin operations this September.

On Tuesday, July 22, the City of Oakland green lighted $250,000 for an exciting partnership that unites some of the best education and training programs in Oakland. This partnership includes:
   Laney College -- one of the region's premier community colleges, providing green vocational education
   Cypress Mandela Construction Training Program -- a renowned pre-apprenticeship program that serves young adults with barriers to employment, and that has strong connections to the building trades unions
   Growth Sector -- a workforce intermediary that connects employers, government and community agencies
This is a powerful partnership that will provide disadvantaged Oakland residents with world-class training and education, and then connect them to quality jobs with solar companies and green construction contractors.

BACKGROUND

In June 2007, the Oakland Apollo Alliance, co-convened by our Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, convinced City Council to provide $250,000 in seed funding for the Oakland Green Jobs Corps. A model for the training program, based upon best practices in workforce development and the research of professor Raquel Pinderhughes at San Francisco State University.

The city held a competitive "Request for Proposals (RFP)" process to identify the most qualified partnership to run the program and carry out the model. Mayor Dellums appointed an expert and neutral RFP Selection Committee to review applications and pick a winner.

This lengthy and careful process is finally complete!

A BIT MORE ON THE PROGRAM

40 low-income Oakland residents will participate in an 8-month program that includes construction training; life skills; academic, environmental, and financial literacy; solar panel installation; energy efficiency; and 3 months on the job with green employers. After graduation, participants will be connected to opportunities in the solar industry and construction trades.
While Oakland officials understand Green Job Corps are the way of the future, we sit around the Mahoning Valley building “alternative” schools that are merely one step away from sending inner city youth to jail.

It’s time we invest in Green Job Corp programs for our poor, working, and middle class.

As Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress, This is my Goal!

Dennis Spisak

Campaign Site: Http://votespisak.opg/electspisak.tripod.com

Check out the Green For All Job Corp Program on our web site under programs and links

Another Waste-to Ethanol Plant going up, But not in Ohio

July 25, 2008

Reno, Nevada is the latest American city in the process of building a waste-to ethanol plant. The plant will be built by Fulcrum BioEnergy and is expected to begin operating in 2010.

Taking municipal sold waste and converting it to ethanol, the Sierra BioFuels plant will produce approximately 10.5 million gallons of biofuel per year, from 90,000 tons of material that otherwise would have been disposed of in landfills. The plant, located ten miles east of Reno, will cost $120 million to build, with construction starting later this year.

Touting the project, Fulcrum President and CEO E. James Macias said,

Converting garbage waste into a clean, renewable fuel for cars has profound social and environmental benefits. It will help mitigate our dependence on imported oil, lower the price of gasoline, reduce the amount of waste landfilled, lower greenhouse gases and create a new industry of jobs and economic growth. Unlike conventional ethanol technology, which uses corn and other agricultural feedstock, our plant will utilize processed municipal solid waste that will not affect the cost or availability of our nation's food supply.

As the Independent Green Party Write-In Candidate for Congress for Ohio’s 6th District, I again ask Incumbent Congressman Charlie Wilson and myself why is this type of technology being built in the closed up factories along the Ohio River Valley?

When will Ohio join the 21st Century when it comes to Renewable Energy Sources and new blue-collar jobs for our valley’s poor, working, and middle class?

Dennis Spisak- Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Visit our links page to progressive Green Jobs Programs for the Ohio Valley

A New Green Deal for Jobs

 

July 24, 2008

 

Van Jones, founder of the green jobs and environmental justice group Green For All, delivered the final keynote address at Networks Nations last week, stopping in Austin, Texas to talk about green jobs and the political prospects for addressing both the energy and climate woes of the country. The message from the netroots, he said, should be clear: "We cannot drill and burn our way out of this problem. If we do, we will burn this planet."

"We can say no, we're not going to drill and burn out way out. We're going to invent and invest our way out," said Jones.

Jones focused on the current collusion of energy and economic crises. He warned, and noted that those with vested interests in fossil fuels are likely to try to encourage lower-income Americans to fight against new climate and energy policies for fear that they'll drive higher prices. It's the job of the netroots to send the message that this is "not something we're going to do to poor and vulnerable people. It's something we're going to do for and with vulnerable people" - and that new climate and energy policies are the only way to change the tide in the country.

Jones emphasized the pursuit of a new, green economy as the solution to all these problems - weaning the country of fossil fuels, giving consumers other options, creating new jobs, and including historically disadvantaged communities into the conversation.

"We have to change the terms of the debate," said Jones. "We've been getting our butts whooped by the 'drill, drill, drill' mantra."

He called for a "Green New Deal," led by a coalition of progressives from across regions, demographics, and interests. It will be this coalition that needs to come together to offer solutions that can counter the talking points of those who represent the old economy. It was message that played well with this crowd of online activists. "It's our turn now," he said.

As the Independent Green Party WRITE-IN CANDIDATE For Congress-Ohio’s 6th District, I support Mr. Jones vision and program Green for All. Current Conservative Charlie Wilson will not support this program, for old-time fossil fuel lobbyists own him. It’s time we send a Progressive Liberal to support this new renewable energy program for the Ohio Valley.

Dennis Spisak-Campaign Site: Http://www.votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Visit our links page to read more about Van Jones and his Green For All Project.
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PA. Turning Old Steel Mills Into Wind Farms. Why Not Ohio?

 

July 23, 2008

 

The McClatchy-Tribune Regional News reported last week the year Jim Bauer was born -- 1952 -- a massive steel mill was rising atop a former asparagus farm in Lower Bucks County.

Bauer would spend most of his working life in U.S. Steel's Fairless Works -- until he was forced to retire in 2002, marking the end of an era.

Now, it's the beginning of another, and Bauer, 56, is part of that, too.

It's about wind.

Every morning at 6, Bauer is back at work in one of the old U.S. Steel buildings, heading a team that makes giant hubs for wind turbines.

Gamesa Technology Corp. Inc., part of a Spanish company that's one of the world's largest turbine makers, took over part of the property -- now the Keystone Industrial Port Complex -- in 2006 and is a key player in its transformation from rust to green.

Across the state, wind has become the dominant renewable-energy fuel.

Nine commercial wind farms with a total of 175 turbines have a capacity of 294 megawatts -- enough to power 78,000 households. Five more wind farms under construction will double that by year's end.

About 70 more projects are in development.

"Right now, it's the cheapest renewable resource available," said Charlie Young, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. "It's on par, in some cases, with traditional sources of energy."

Indeed, as those fuels rise in price, wind remains free.

Once a plant is built, "you know what its costs are going to be for 25 years," said Tom Tuffey, energy expert for the advocacy group PennFutures.

Nationwide, wind provides just 1.2 percent of electricity needs, but that's changing.

Last year, with $9 billion worth of new projects, U.S. wind power capacity increased 46 percent. Wind accounted for about a third of all new electric generation.

The projects were enough to power 1.5 million homes.

The national wind market is now the fastest-growing in the world.

The federal Department of Energy recently brokered a research collaboration between Gamesa and five other turbine makers aimed at getting 20 percent of the country's electricity needs from wind by 2030. 

Although Pennsylvania's winds hardly rank with those of the Great Plains states -- the "Saudi Arabia of wind" -- the state still has enough to power five million homes, Gov. Rendell has said.

Pennsylvania has "a whole host of advantages when it comes to developing and operating wind farms," said Paul Copleman, spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, another Spanish company, which has an East Coast base in Radnor and operates wind farms.

(Last month, Iberdrola and Gamesa signed what they called the world's largest turbine contract, representing a capacity of 4,500 megawatts. The turbines will go to Spain, Europe, Mexico and the United States.)

Pennsylvania's Appalachian ridges -- places with names like Wind Gap -- have consistent winds and access to transmission lines, Copleman said. "A lot of places have one but not the other."

Last year, the state ranked 10th in new installations and 14th in total wind power.

One impetus is a requirement that 18 percent of the state's energy come from alternative and renewable sources by 2020.

Proponents tout wind as pollution-free electricity.

It's also seen as an economic boon for rural areas and -- like Lower Bucks -- former industrial centers.

In April, ground was broken at a former Cambria County strip mine where 25 turbines will be installed.

The transition from coal to wind is a sign of the times, state officials said.

The $34 million Gamesa plant in Bucks County -- another is in Western Pennsylvania -- is running 24 hours a day, six days a week.

Its 600 employees, many former steelworkers still represented by their old union, staff three shifts.

Every turbine they build at least through 2010 -- about 500 a year -- is sold.

Wind turbines have become bigger and more powerful. Gamesa's two-megawatt behemoths can each power more than 500 homes.

A tower and its blades top out at 404 feet, 26 feet higher than the towers of the Walt Whitman Bridge.

The main obstacle to growth is the supply of components -- 8,000 per turbine, most of them made overseas, said Gamesa USA's chief executive officer, Julius Steiner. Ball bearings come from China, gearboxes from Spain.

Steiner wants to build supply-chain clusters around the plant. "If that happens, you're talking about a lot of jobs."

It could employ others like Jim Bauer, who worked at U.S. Steel for more than two decades and loved it.

When forced into early retirement, he attended computer school.

One day, he saw a help-wanted ad that offered travel abroad and a high-paying job in a new venture. He thought it was a hoax.

It wasn't. In March 2006, Gamesa sent Bauer to Spain for three months of training.

For him, the pay isn't as good. At U.S. Steel, he said, he could make more than $70,000, counting incentives and forced overtime.

At Gamesa, it's more like $40,000. But he has his pension. And, truth is, he loves it.

"I'm proud," Bauer said. "We need to find a way to produce electricity without emissions. I think about that all the time."

U.S. Steel still has 90 employees in a nearby building. They galvanize steel, coating it with zinc to prevent rust.

But it's all that remains of the giant plant that, at its height in 1974, employed 8,000, the company said.

Oddly enough, Bauer now works about 1,000 yards away from his old building.

A few weeks ago, they tore it down. Bauer took photos.

Then he went back to work.

As the Independent Green Party Candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 6th district, why can’t we turn our closed steel mills and old factories in Youngstown and the Ohio River back into working, productive renewable energy plants like in Pennsylvania?

Why does PA. Have the vision for the future and our current Congressman Charlie Wilson lack it? Is it because Mr. Wilson is a conservative Democrat who does not want to put workers back to work in blue-collar Green industry jobs because black coal lobbyists fill Mr. Wilson’s pockets with PAC money?

If elected to Congress, I will see that Ohio and the Ohio River Valley becomes a major player in renewable energy.

Dennis Spisak- Independent Green Party WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS- Ohio’s 6th District.

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Visit our links page to Renewable Energy progressive Job Programs

US inflation rises at fastest rate in 26 years

July 22, 2008

The Times Online reported last week that US inflation soared at its fastest rate in 26 years during June, placing more pressure on American households already struggling with record food and fuel costs.

The cost of living rose by 1.1 per cent, the biggest increase in inflation since 1982, while core inflation which excludes food and fuel costs rose by 0.3 per cent – above analysts’ expectations.

Ben Bernanke, chairman at the US Federal Reserve, said inflation risks had “intensified” and posed a “significant challenge” for policymakers. Mr Bernanke is due before the US House Financial Services Committee for a second day of testimony on the economy.
Annual inflation rose 5 per cent in the 12 months to June, the largest increase since 1991, pushed up by rising fuel costs after the price of oil recently reached a new record of over $146 per barrel.

As the Write-In Green Party Candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 6th District, I believe we must begin work as soon as possible in making  the Ohiio River Valley the new Renewable Energy Manufacturing Giant to help lower fuel costs and food costs.

Charlie Wilson has failed to deliver since being sent to Washington, it’s time we sent a representativbe to Congress who will get the closed factories along the Ohio River humming again making blue-collar products for solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources.

Dennis Spisak-Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

Visit our links to Progressive Work Programs

Texas to Construct Wind Turbine Lines, Why Not Ohio?

 

July 21,2008

 

The Houston Chronicle Reported last week a divided Public Utility Commission gave preliminary approval today to construct $5 billion in transmission lines to bring wind power from West Texas to urban areas. The project is expected to cost average household consumers about $4 a month [and] should boost the state's wind farm business, already the largest in the nation, to even greater levels. It would increase capacity for wind generation to 18,456 megawatts. The plan, which is expected to be finalized later this month, is a middle ground between five scenarios ranging from $3 billion to $6.4 billion.

 

 As the Green Party Write-In Candidate for Congress for Ohio’s 6th District, I again ask why Ohio is not at the forefront of such technology? We have the closed-down factories along the Ohio River Valley where such blue-collar hardware can be assembled. We have the work force to get the job done. Why don’t we? Because Charlie Wilson cannot see into the future and vision the Ohio River Valley as the Renewable Energy Manufacturing Giant of plants and factories just like when steel was king?

 

I will work hard in Congress to see Ohio is major players in renewable manufacturing jobs come January 2009.

 

Dennis Spisak

 

Green Party Write-In Candidate for Congress, Ohio’s 6th District

 

Campaign site: Http://votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

85 percent Unhappy with Economy

 

July 18,2008

 

According to TIME magazine this week, You would expect Americans, in a period of falling home prices, a wobbly stock market and an ongoing war, to be less than satisfied with the direction of the country. It's natural. But Americans are not simply dissatisfied. They are very unhappy. 85% of respondents in an exclusive TIME/Rockefeller Foundation poll believe that the country is on the wrong track.

 

It's an unprecedented downer from an optimistic nation, and depending on whom you talk to, the numbers simply get worse. Among blacks and Latinos, the dissatisfaction levels are 96% and 88%, respectively. And fewer than half of Generation Y believes that the country's best days are ahead.

 

The kids are not all right. Nearly half of those between ages 18 and 29 say America was a better place to live in the 1990s and will continue to decline. Some of them are living that decline already: 58% of GenYers said they have had to borrow money to make ends meet in the past year.

 

A majority of Americans still believe that their kids will live better lives than they did, which means the American Dream isn't exactly dead. (Although America's kids aren't so sure.) But most also believe that the social contract — the benefits corporations and government once guaranteed — is busted and needs to be rewritten to reflect the realities of economic life in a global marketplace. A majority (78%) say there is more risk to their and their family's financial future than in the past, and rely more on their friends and family for financial support. More than a fifth (22%) have had to borrow money from a friend or relative to meet their expenses.

 

Most intriguing, a majority of those surveyed believe in the power of Big Government to solve the biggest problems of our time. They support major government investments that create jobs — 82% favor public works projects — and they remain sympathetic to the economy's victims: 70% say more government programs should help those now struggling. It is a shocking shift in sentiment, a counterreformation of sorts in a Republican-led era that emphasizes deregulation and self-reliance.

 

Do Americans really want more government? The answer to that question may be provided in the November election. But history has shown that when the going gets tough, even the tough expect their Uncle Sam to get going.

 

As the Green Party Write-In Candidate for Congress for Ohio’s 6th District, I believe it is my job to go to Washington to help lead the fight to bring back Renewable Energy Jobs, Single-Payer Health Care for All, and Clean Fair Elections back to Ohio!

 

I am running for Congress because I believe we must send a representative to Washington who will address the issues facing regular citizens, not Lobbyists or Corporation PACs.

 

My campaign will focus on the issues that Ohioans care about: affordable health care, economic fairness, quality public education, and bringing renewable energy manufacturing jobs to the valley. I am not afraid to call for Health Care for All Ohioans, economic justice, and nothing less than a renewal of America's sense of community and promise of equal opportunity for all citizens.


 
Write-In Dennis Spisak for Congress-Ohio's 6th District

campaign site: http://www.votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

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Youth Jobless Rate Increases

July 17, 2008

washingtonpost.com — The national youth jobless rate for June was at its highest in six decades, with 37 percent of teenagers ages 16 to 19 employed, compared with 51 percent in June 2000, according to Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies. In the past, teenagers benefited from upturns in the labor market. Since 2000, teenagers have not benefited, according to the study's analysis of 60 years' worth of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is because teenagers are now competing with older adults going back to work, adults working second jobs to make ends meet, illegal immigrants and young adults who cannot find work in line with their college degrees and are taking entry-level retail or manual-labor jobs instead.

As the Green Party Write-in Candidate for Congress- We need to bring Renewable Energy Jobs to the Ohio River VAlley in order to to put older adults into more blue-collar jobs building renewable enrgy manufacturing parts. I will be that Candidate to go to Washington to help bring federal assistance to bring such programs to our adult workers and reopen up traditional youth job makets to our young people.

Write-In Dennis Spisak for Congress-Ohio's 6th District

campaign site: http"//www.votespisak.org/electspisak.tripod.com

I, Dennis Spisak, approved of this posting.

Ohio Green Party Member Dennis Spisak Files For Congress

July 14, 2008

Lisbon, Ohio- Ohio Green Party Member Dennis Spisak filed as as write-in candidate for Congress today at the Columbiana County Board of Elections. Spisak will run as a write-in candidate for Ohio's 6th Congressional District.

" I am running for Congress because I believe we must send a Progressive Liberal to Congress since we already have two conservative candidates in the race, Democratic Incumbent Charlie Wilson and Republican Rich Stobbs. It's time we give the voters of the 6th district a choice between conservative values which have failed this country over the past eight years and Progressive Liberal Values that will bring back Renewable Energy Jobs to the Ohio River Valley, Single-Payer Health Care for All, and clean and fair elections back to Ohio, " said Spisak.

" I am running for Congress because we must send a representative to Washington who will address the issues facing regular citizens, not Lobbyists and Corportation PACS. My campaign will focus on economic justice and nothing less than a renewal of America's sense of community and promise of equal opportunities for the poor, working, and middle class."

Spisak was one of the first Green Party Candidates to be elected in Ohio back in 2005 when he was elected to the Board of Education for the Struthers City Schools system. As a Board Member, he was able to help take the district out of state fiscal control and debt and return the system to financial health in 2 years with the help of his fellow board members.

Dennis Spisak's Platform:

LIVING WAGE JOBS: Organize opposition to NAFTRA trade policy. Protect our workers and unions.

EDUCATION: Fund and protect public education. Make college and technical education affordable. Help provide support, advocacy, and support to Ohio parents and care givers of children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism.

A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT: Promote clean renewable energy and create new renewable energy manufacturers and companies up and down the Ohio River. Protect Ohio's air and water. Improve Mass Transit. With gas over 4 dollars a gallon, busses, vans, and trains are the way many people will get to work-and that number is expected to grow over 40% in the next 10 years. Dennis Spisak will work with Congress on green solutions and less costs to riders and taxpayers.

CLEAN ELECTIONS: Eliminate fraudulent computer ballot counts and use verifiable paper ballots. Assure all Ohioans have an equal opportunity to vote and run for office.

HEALTH CARE FOR ALL OHIOANS: Pass Single-Payer Health Care Acts that cover every American for any necessary procedure their doctor orders without exclusions for pre-exisiting conditions.


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For more information, contract Dennis Spisak at 330-755-0729 or 330-503-1407

I, Dennis Spisak, approve of the contents of this press release.

Events

October Events
 
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Mon. Oct. 20    Village of Albany/VFW Post 9893 Meet the Candidates night 7pm
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Tues. Oct. 21    Live TV Interview on WOUB-TV Newswatch  AThens, Ohio
 
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Wed. Oct. 22    League of Women Voters Forum-Marietta,Ohio 7pm
 
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Thurs. Oct. 23   Senior Citizens Center Meet the Candidates Night-Caldwell, Ohio 6:30pm
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Wed. Oct 29    Morning Journal/Channel 27 Candidates Forum-Lisbon, Ohio 6pm
 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
 
WKBN Political Forum 6pm-9pm
 
Youngstown Sports Grille
 
South Ave, Boardman

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