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Redford writes: "On February 17, tens of thousands are coming together in Washington, D.C. to ask the president to stand up for climate."

Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford. (photo: Contour/Getty Images)
Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford. (photo: Contour/Getty Images)

You Can Move Washington On Climate Change

By Robert Redford, Reader Supported News

04 Febuary 13


n February 17, tens of thousands are coming together in Washington, D.C. to ask the president to stand up for climate. The Forward on Climate Rally is expected to be the largest climate rally in U.S. history.

How fitting that this will happen on President's Day weekend after the inspiring inaugural address from President Obama about the moral necessity to tackle climate change for ourselves and for our children.

This is the beginning. The beginning of a real battle, for America's future.

Real economic security is found in clean energy. That's our future, not dirty energy that threatens us with ever worsening harm from climate change.

From rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to limiting carbon pollution from our nation's dirty power plants, President Barack Obama's legacy will rest squarely on his response, resolve, and leadership in solving the climate crisis.

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would carry the dirtiest oil on the planet from Canada to America's Gulf Coast's refineries and ports, and then most of it likely exported overseas. It would promote one of the most damaging industrial practices ever devised, to coax low-grade crude oil from tar sands. We don't need another pipeline for Canadian tar sands. It's not in our national interest but is a profit scheme for big oil that needs to be rejected.

And in addition to the ability to say no to this dirty fuels project, the president has both the authority and the responsibility to limit the amount of industrial carbon pollution emitted from power plants. Taking this action will set the right course for reducing carbon pollution domestically and send the right signals that the U.S. is ready to lead globally. The Natural Resources Defense Council has laid out a common-sense plan that will cut carbon pollution; provide jobs to thousands of Americans; and save families real money in electricity bills.

It's the 21st century. We're not about to turn back now. Wind, solar, and other renewable power, now that, to me, is the future. It's clean energy that will produce new and plentiful jobs for generations to come without the disastrous effects of tar sands and carbon-belching power plants.

So, on February 17, join the rally in D.C. to stand up for the future you know we deserve. Stand up to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Stand up for power plant carbon standards. Stand up for climate leadership. [Click here to learn more.]

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+2 # Uranus 2013-02-04 20:16
Rotary AC generators throw away a trillion times the energy they provide to the line for service, and they're designed to do it.

This energy, the enormous, undiverged Heaviside component, is sprayed out of the output terminals. The component can be captured, diverged, converted to electricity and put into the line by a basic circuit (understood by engineers and physicists who are willing to learn more than what's taught at the graduate level), stepping up the generator's output exponentially, as in to the millionth or billionth power.

A power supply designed according to a proper, restored electrical engineering model doesn't need a rotor or separate source charge. You should have this technical data in your hands, but industry and government stop it, along with the utopian world it can create.

There are people trying to make it happen, and they lead very rugged lives. Tell this to anyone who'll listen, because awareness can help this all-important work.
+1 # cwbystache 2013-02-05 07:37
The "rugged" life I live has no air conditioning in it to begin with, at least not in my personal space; I gave it up long ago in a bid to balance out the growing use of computers in my life. It's amazing how you can get used to 100 degree nights, something that forces one to have the windows open not only to let in the air of the desert, but its sound of chattering Elf Owls, quavering Screech Owls, howling coyotes.

I know people who will be going to Washington from here, to be part of demanding this of Obama, and who are willing to be "jailed for justice" if it comes down to that. They've been arrested for it before and I'm proud of them, but I do wonder how much embedded energy and ecological havoc there be locked up in pylons of wind generators and every other "alternative" sources of energy we demand for our video games and all the other opiates we need to keep us distracted away from our "1984" world.
+2 # Dean 2013-02-04 23:31
Let's call it what it is, Robert.
-1 # RLF 2013-02-05 07:55
Fixing global warming is meaningless without some change in the way we are governed. Rich dicks will toast along with us and their children. As long as we continue to worship profits for few, we will see no progress on the ecological front. Sorry Robby, but maybe you should join the fight to raise your own taxes rather than fighting to keep the planet pristine to have your estate in.
0 # lark3650 2013-02-07 08:58
Some things are priceless and this wonderful planet on which we live is one of those things...greed causes men to lose sight of the importance of the natural world and our connection to it. We would do well by living according to the Ten Indian Commandments..t he first of which is to "treat the earth and all that dwell therein with respect."

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