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Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Jersey was one first states with Green Party in state legislature

Green Party member of state legislature leads to Solar Success

 

New Jersey surpasses 1 gigawatt of installed solar energy

New Jersey's solar industry surpassed 1 gigawatt of installed energy, the state Board of Public Utilities announced today.

The more than 20,300 solar projects installed statewide with the help of subsidy credits include residences, businesses and government facilities, along with landfills and brownfields, according to a BPU news release detailing the milestone.

One gigawatt is enough solar electricity to power 139,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. 

23 mar 13 @ 7:39 pm edt          Comments

Green Party push for Solar brings record business year

Green Party candidates push for Solar in every election: local, state and federal levels.

It was a record year for solar installations in the United States in 2012, boosting an industry still struggling with consolidation and bankruptcies.  Greens point out consolidation a normal part of a healthy business cycle.

Over 3.3 gigawatts of solar power were installed last year, according to a report Thursday from the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. That's enough to power about 500,000 homes, and it was a 76% increase from 2011.

The industry credited the jump to the declining price of solar panels, stable tax incentives and better financing options.

"We've brought more new solar online in 2012 than in the three prior years combined," SEIA head Rhone Resch said in a statement. "And every one of these panels was bolted down by a member of the U.S. workforce."  

Green Party leaders advocate for the Green New Deal. Solar means good green jobs. 

The industry estimates it now employs 119,000 people in the United States -- a 13% jump over last year. It's expecting another record year for solar installations in 2013.

Related: SolarCity CEO talks the future of solar power

The price of solar panels has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, according to SEIA. Lower prices for silicon -- a main ingredient in the panels -- and massive investments in manufacturing capacity, especially by the Chinese, have helped push down prices.

These price declines have squeezed profit margins for solar panel makers. Several have filed for bankruptcy over the past couple of years, including SolyndraAbound, Evergreen and Q-Cells.   Green Party business experts remind that in any new industry like solar there are inevitable bankruptcies.

Analysts expect more bankruptcies in the years ahead, as prices continue to fall and smaller, less efficient companies get pushed out. The situation is sometimes compared to the dawn of the rail industry, when there used to be dozens of companies before consolidation led to just the Big Three.

But falling prices are clearly a boon for consumers and companies that specialize in the sales and instillation of solar panels, such as Solar City (SCTY), Sunrun and a host of others. 

23 mar 13 @ 7:35 pm edt          Comments

Green Party proposals make money

Green Party idea 

Solar-Powered Trash Cans Saved Philadelphia Almost a Million Bucks Last Year

 
By Brian Merchant

I recently moved to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. And while I have been impressed by how warm and welcoming the folks in my neighborhood are, I have not, unfortunately, been similarly impressed with the city's modernity. The streets are in disrepair, and are poorly lit at night. The subway system, which only consists of two lines, is the only remaining system in the U.S. that takes tokens. Walking around, there's little to suggest Philly has entered the information age at all—which is why I definitely noted the presence of solar-powered trash-compacting garbage cans on South Street. 

They seemed like odd curiosities; half-hearted stabs at modernizing something, anything, and on the cheap. But they only seemed that way because I didn't really understand the value of their function. It turns out they're a pretty amazing innovation—and they saved the city $900,000 last year. 

The cans are manufactured and operated by a company called BigBelly, and Advanced Energy Now explains how they work: "the compactors use off-grid solar power to support their low power sensors, compaction system, and bi-directional communications systems for real-time reporting on a bin’s capacity. By allowing municipalities to service the BigBellys only when they are full, they are saving hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel annually across all BigBelly units."

That's ingenious. It's a thoughtful, hi-tech solution to a municipal waste problem. Because the "information gained from each compactor allows waste managers to optimize collection schedules and routes." Before BigBelly, trash collectors had to clear out each can three times a day. Now they do so three times a week.



Read more: http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/solar-powered-trash-cans-saved-philadelphia-almost-a-million-bucks#ixzz2OPMVYRO3 

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23 mar 13 @ 7:21 pm edt          Comments

Green Power makes Green Money - Green Party eco for the economy

Apple owns biggest private solar power system in US

The iPhone maker announced on Friday that fully 75 percent of its corporate facilities and data centers are powered by energy from renewable sources, including solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power. That’s because Apple has built the nation’s largest privately owned solar array for its Maiden, N.C., data center.

“In 2012, we completed construction on the nation’s largest end user–owned, onsite solar photovoltaic array on land surrounding the data center,” the company disclosed on Friday, announcing plans to shoot for 100 percent renewable power sources.  The 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility can produce 42 million kWh of renewable energy each year, Apple said.

“And we’re currently building a second 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility on nearby land that should be operational in late 2013.”

Apple also operates a 10-MW fuel cell installation at Maiden, which uses biogas to create 83 million kWh of energy -- it’s the largest such facility not operated by a power company in the country, the company claimed.

Greenpeace International senior IT analyst Gary Cook applauded the company for how far it has come, while also noting the challenges still ahead.

“Apple’s announcement shows that it has made real progress in its commitment to lead the way to a clean energy future,” Cook said.

“Apple still has major roadblocks to meeting its 100 percent clean energy commitment in North Carolina, where renewable energy policies are under siege and electric utility Duke Energy is intent on blocking wind and solar energy from entering the grid,” he added.

Apple said its goal was not just for North Carolina but for facilities across the country and around the world.

“We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple,” the company said.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/03/22/apple-owns-biggest-private-solar-power-system-in-us/#ixzz2OPKUkDjX

 

23 mar 13 @ 7:12 pm edt          Comments

Green Party Solar Power - Money Maker for taxpayers

Solar power saving Neptune Beach big bucks

http://members.jacksonville.com/news/premium-news/2013-03-22/story/solar-power-saving-neptune-beach-big-bucks-so-far 

NEPTUNE BEACH — When Don Ford spied the bottom line on the first electric bill for City Hall this year, his admiration for the sun gods grew.

$6.15.

The nosedive from last year’s initial bill of $491 is a tribute to Ford’s push as the city’s chief building official to install 140 solar panels on City Hall’s roof in the fall. Ford said more cloudy days in the second cycle led to an increase in that bill to $152, still a huge savings from the $542 spent over the same period last year.

Even better, the city paid for the $147,000 project using primarily federal and county grants for the materials and cut its labor costs by using its own crews after the contractor taught them how to install the system.

Neptune Beach Mayor Harriet Pruette praised using solar power on the 5,000-square-foot building as a win-win for taxpayers in a city struggling to meet its budget. She said she is also pleased with the city’s choice to “go green.”

“Neptune Beach has made its little mark,” said Pruette, who turned on the system in mid-November.

Such a mark is uncommon in municipalities, which make up less than 10 percent of the country’s solar energy users, who are mostly residential customers, said Mike Taylor, director of research for the nonprofit national Solar Electric Power Association.

Among Northeast Florida’s smaller municipalities, only Fernandina Beach reports using solar power for a government structure — 20 panels at its water treatment plant. Jacksonville City Hall has two panels that illuminate 16 atrium lights, while solar power also is used to heat water at six fire stations. St. Johns County uses solar power at a bus maintenance facility and for lights at the St. Augustine Beach Pier parking lot.

Taylor said the cost of installing solar power systems has dropped dramatically over the past few years because of a glut of such systems and he expects more municipalities to turn to the green energy in the future.

“I can’t imagine taxpayers complaining about their governments saving money,” Taylor said.

Pete Wilking, president of A1A Solar Contracting of Jacksonville, provided the materials and installation lessons for the Neptune Beach project. He said the city’s investment using a free source of power should pay off forever.

“You just need the apparatus to monetize the sunshine,” Wilking said.

Ford said he’d been interested in solar power for years after hearing stories of its successes from local residents and doing his own research, including an independent energy survey at City Hall. He said bills were cut nearly 50 percent several years by replacing air-conditioning units atop the building, but he still sought more savings.

Ford said when he learned of funds available in a federal energy grant administered by Duval County, he convinced his bosses to take a chance on the solar package. The city got about $76,000 in federal funds in early 2012. Another $40,000 came from Jacksonville City Council district funds, while Neptune Beach made up the $30,000 difference.

Ford shows his pride in the work by whipping out the January bill when anyone on the street asks about the project.

“I’ve kind of been showing it off,” he said.

Ford warned that bills will fluctuate depending on sunny days and the energy used, especially with the heavy use of air conditioning in the summer. But he expects there will be some months when the city will receive credit from its provider, Beaches Energy.

Ford hopes to save the city even more in the future by installing solar at the wastewater treatment plant, where the monthly bills average $19,000. Powering the plant will take about 1,300 panels, which Ford said he hopes to have installed by 2015 depending on what grant money is available.

Ford said he is surprised more municipalities don’t take advantage of such opportunities.

“Everybody should be doing this,” he said.

 

Jim Schoettler: (904) 359-4385 

23 mar 13 @ 7:10 pm edt          Comments

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Independent Green Party covered in National Journal

Independent Green Party covered in National Journal in story by Dan Roem.

Indy Green Party leaders first met with Tareq Salahi in December 2012 to discuss working together in 2013.  

Independent Green Party members assisted Salahi in early petition gathering effort during January. 

Closing in on Signature Threshold, Salahi Talks Politics, Policy And Journey

... the Virginia Governor candidate in the race discussed his own campaign withHotline On Call late last week: former White House party crasher and "The Real Housewives of D.C." cast member Tareq Salahi.

Salahi, an independent (or Independent Green Party) candidate, arrived at our offices at in the Watergate complex in a white limousine (which he says he owns) featuring a campaign banner with his name on it plastered to the side. He bluntly declared that his campaign is "not just a publicity stunt."

Accompanied by two staffers and a videographer recording the interview as part of a documentary about the campaign, the vintner and businessman revealed that his campaign has collected more than 7,000 ballot signatures out of the 10,000 required to earn a spot on the general election ballot in November. He plans to turn in the first set of 10,000 signatures by the middle of May, roughly a month before the June 11 deadline.

Independent Green Party of Virginia Executive Committee member Carey Campbell, however, disputed Salahi's claim that he is close to reaching 10,000 signatures. Campbell wrote in an e-mail that he met with Salahi on March 9 in Alexandria, telling the first-time candidate that it "would be very difficult, if not impossible to get enough signatures by the June deadline." He then claimed that he suggested Salahi run as an Independent Green candidate in an unspecified House of Delegates race.

"According to Salahi last Saturday he had 3,000 signatures," wrote Campbell. "He should be at about 10,000 now."

Campbell added that Salahi "could still make the ballot statewide" but it's "less likely everyday. He is a first time candidate, and simply doesn't know what he doesn't know. He is a talented guy. I hope he stays in the Independent Green Party of Virginia." 

Read the rest of the story here.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/blogs/hotlineoncall/2013/03/closing-in-on-signature-threshold-salahi-talks-politics-policy-and-journey-18

 

 

19 mar 13 @ 9:44 pm edt          Comments

Monday, March 18, 2013

Wasted U.S. tax payer dollars - Iraq 10 years later

Joschka Fischer  

Joschka Fischer was German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1998-2005, a term marked by Germany's strong support for NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999, followed by its opposition to the war in Iraq. Fischer entered electoral politics after participating in the anti-establishment protests of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and played a key role in founding Germany's Green Party, which he led for almost two decades.

 

The United States has waged three wars since Al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001: against Al Qaeda, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq. The first two were forced upon the US, but the third was the result of a willful, deliberate decision by former President George W. Bush, taken on ideological grounds and, most likely, for personal reasons as well.
Had Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and their neocon allies been forthright about their intentions – to bring down Saddam Hussein by means of war, thereby creating a new, pro-Western Middle East – they never would have received the support of Congress and the American public. Their vision was both naive and reckless.

So a threat – Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – had to be created. As we now know, the threat was based on lies (aluminum tubes for a nuclear-weapons program, for example, meetings between the 9/11 plot leader, Mohamed Atta, and Iraqi officials in Prague, and even glaring forgeries like supposed Iraqi orders for yellowcake uranium from Niger). 

Such were the justifications for a war that was to claim the lives of almost 5,000 US soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis. Add to that the millions more who were injured and displaced from their homes, as well as the destruction of one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. For this, the US alone spent up to $3 trillion.

Bush’s war against Saddam did radically change the Middle East, though not as he envisaged. For starters, if the US had set out to destabilize Iraq, its efforts could hardly have been more successful: ten years later, the country’s viability as a single state has never been in greater doubt. 

With Saddam gone, Iraq’s Shia majority assumed power after a horrendous civil war, leaving Iraq’s defeated Sunnis longing for revenge and waiting for an opportunity to regain their ascendancy. The Kurds in the north cleverly and adeptly used the window of opportunity that opened before them to seize de facto independence, though the key question of control over the northern city of Kirkuk remains a ticking time bomb. And all are fighting for as large a share of Iraq’s enormous oil and gas reserves as they can get.

Read more at http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/winners-and-losers-of-the-iraq-war-by-joschka-fischer#wfezYgv2DHyGhH62.99  

18 mar 13 @ 7:22 pm edt          Comments

Conservative Green Party - cut wasteful spending of tax payer dollars

Conservative Green Party Cut wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars.

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

For Immediate Release:
Monday, March 18, 2013

Contacts:
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805starlene@gp.org


Green Party calls for deep cuts to the bloated US military budget

• Green Party Speakers Bureau: Greens available to speak on budget policy and related subjectshttp://www.gp.org/speakers/speakers-economic-justice.php
http://www.gp.org/speakers/subjects.php


WASHINGTON, DC -- The Green Party today said the solution to the current impasse over sequestration and federal budget cuts is deep cuts in the military budget.

Green Party leaders said that cutting at least $300 billion per year from military spending would resolve the budget stalemate and would free up funds to reinvest in providing jobs and rebuilding the U.S. economy, including a rapid transition to carbon-free energy. Greens blame the current deficit on reckless imperial ventures around the world, costly and unnecessary defense contracts, and tax cuts for the rich.

"Since 2001, Presidents Bush and Obama have launched wars and military attacks that have drained the U.S. budget," said Vietnam War veteran T.E. Smith, a member of the DC Statehood Green Party. "These actions and various 'homeland security' boondoggles have made the defense budget a feeding trough for contractors -- while Congress and the White House continued to pump more money into the military budget. It's time to scale military operations and spending back to what's needed strictly for defense of our borders."

"While defense contractors like Halliburton, McDonnell-Douglas, Raytheon, and GE made a killing and the wealthy were given generous tax breaks, thousands of Americans and their families made the ultimate sacrifice in these illegal and undeclared wars for lies and imagined threats. Under no circumstances should veterans' benefits and services be reduced," said Mr. Smith.

New York Green Party activist Mark Dunlea, in a recent CounterPunch column, wrote:

"No one knows how much we really spend on the military. The low-ball estimate is that it is $700 billion (a 100% increase in the last decade) but most believe it runs over a trillion dollars when you add in interest payments from past wars, nuclear weapons, intelligence gathering, Veteran benefits, Homeland Security. etc. The military budget is so out of control and hidden in so many places that it has never been audited, making it wide open for fraud and theft... The standard line is that 54 cents out of every discretionary dollar in the federal budget is spent on the military. More than half of tax revenues go to the military. We spend as much on the military as the rest of the world combined – and most of the other big spenders are our military allies." (http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/01/time-to-cut-pentagon-budget/)

Greens call the bloated military budget a symptom of warped bipartisan priorities and are especially critical of Democrats in Congress for pretending to be "antiwar" while continuing to rubberstamp military spending increases, even when they held majorities during the last two years of the Bush Administration and first two years of the Obama Administration.

Since President Bush ordered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, Congress has raised the debt ceiling ten times to pay for these unfunded wars. The federal debt ceiling (enacted in 1917) was created to guard the country against unfunded wars, imposing limits to prevent military spending from damaging the domestic economy. The latter is exactly what happened in the past decade, resulting in the current imposition of austerity and sequestration.

According to current negotiations, only about $45 billion will be cut from military spending. Mr. Dunlea notes that Lawrence Korb, defense advisor under President Reagan, "estimates $150 billion a year could be cut while maintaining the Reagan era level of military strength."

Greens advocate reduction of military spending by at least $300 billion, to a level consistent with immediate self-defense needs. This would mean defunding superfluous (including nuclear) weapons programs and canceling funding for foreign bases and operations that make the U.S. an empire that exercises global domination and control over oil and other resources around the world.

"The Green New Deal advocated by Green candidates, including presidential nominee Jill Stein, would reorient the nation's priorities. Instead of feeding military aggression and the bottom lines of arms manufacturers and other favored companies, the Green New Deal would invest in Green jobs and restore financial security for millions of Americans, especially those who lost homes, jobs, and savings during the recent Wall Street meltdown," said _______.

"FDR's New Deal was a public investment that put 4 million jobless people to work and built infrastructure across the U.S. Huge public investments in the post-World War II decades gave us the most prosperous era in U.S. history. We need a 21st century equivalent that will promote a peacetime economy, put Americans to work, create new prosperity, and invest in job-rich technologies and projects to solve the looming global climate crisis. None of this is possible under the wartime economy and belligerent posture maintained by Democrats and Republicans," said SAME PERSON.


See also:

"The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future"
Book by Ralph Nader (Harper Paperbacks, 2012)

"The Most Expensive Fighter Jet Ever Built, by the Numbers"
By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica, March 14, 2013 http://www.propublica.org/special/the-most-expensive-fighter-jet-ever-built-by-the-numbers


MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191
• Green candidate database and campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml • News Centerhttp://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers • Ballot Access Page http://www.gp.org/2012/ballot-access.html
• Video Page http://www.gp.org/video/index.php • Green Papers http://www.greenpapers.net/ • Discussion Forumhttps://secure.gpus.org/secure/GreenPartyForum
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• Livestream Channel http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus
• GP-TV Twitter page http://www.gp.org/twitter • Facebook page http://www.gp.org/facebook

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States http://gp.org/greenpages-blog


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18 mar 13 @ 6:54 pm edt          Comments

Monday, March 11, 2013

Independent Green Party Press Conference - Tuesday March 12 - Richmond, Virginia

Independent Green Party Press conference Richmond  

Bill Bolling invited

 

PRESS ADVISORY:

Join us for a Press Conference in Richmond, VA, Tuesday March 12.  Time:  11:00 -11:30am; Place:  Capitol Square.

We are urging Bill Bolling to run as an Independent Green Party candidate for governor and to lead 100 Independent Green Party candidates on the ballot for House of Delegates.

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has been invited by the Independent Green Party to the Indy Green Party press conference.  

Contact: State Chairman Joseph P. Oddo 703-338-0200 Independent Green Party

State Vice Chair Gail for Rail Parker 571-282-8381  

Independent Green Party House of Delegates candidate Terry Modglin 202-270-3038 

 

 

11 mar 13 @ 9:04 pm edt          Comments

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Independent Green Party wants Bolling as Independent Green Party candidate for Governor

Independent Green Party leaders want Bill Bolling as Independent Green Party candidate for Virginia Governor.

Bolling to lead 100 Independent Green Party candidates for House of Delegates. 

Contact the Independent Green Party leaders at 

703-351-1235 

http://www.draftbill.org/about-us.html
703-960-5602, or 571-282-8381.

The Independent Green Party of Virginia, the most successful on-ballot third party in Virginia in a century, wants Bill Bolling as and Independent Green Party candidate for Virginia Governor.

Independent Greens are celebrating twelve years as a recognized state party. Years before becoming a state party, Independent Greens were a local and regional group.  With Bolling leading the Independent Green Party on the ballot statewide - Independent Greens believe their party can become Virginia's third major party. 

Gail ‘for Rail’ Parker, vice-chair of the Indy Greens states, “A pro-rail, pro-business Bolling-Independent Green Party alliance is a winning combination. We need to grow Virginia's economy with solar jobs, wind jobs, geothermal jobs, and weatherization jobs. Bill Bolling is the man to lead us to a thriving green economy for Virginia. As our Draft Bill Bolling Independent Green Party committee spokesperson Denny McKell puts it, "green energy, green rail infrastructure makes green money".”

The Independent Greens have done more to encourage a Bill Bolling Indy Green Party run:   Independent Green Party leaders have formed a political action committee (PAC) to Draft Bill Bolling and a Draft Bill Bolling web site.http://www.draftbill.org/

Perhaps most importantly, some Independent Green Party members started collecting signatures in January to put Bill Bolling on the ballot for Governor as a Independent Green Party candidate..

Gail ‘for Rail” says, “It is never an easy thing to get on the ballot statewide in Virginia. Independent Greens have put me on the ballot statewide twice. It takes 10,000 valid signatures.  That means collecting 20,000 raw Independent Green Party Bill Bolling signatures statewide. Of course the Independent Greens must also collect 400 valid Bill Bolling signatures in each of the 11 congressional districts. The Independent Green Party has been very successful in previous years. We are excited about working with Bill Bolling as an Independent Green Party candidate on a statewide petition drive.”

2013 will make nine consecutive years for Gail ‘for Rail’ Parker on the ballot to advocate for more trains, less traffic, and Virginia leadership in building high-speed rail. Parker says “The recent legislation by the General Assembly is a positive step to implement high-speed rail, but we need high-speed rail NOW!”

Independent Greens are recruiting candidates for Virginia’s General Assembly across Virginia. The Independent Green Party hopes to run a full slate of 100 House of Delegates candidates this year.

An alliance between Bill Bolling and the Independent Green Party makes practical political sense for Virginia. Independent Greens are convinced Bill Bolling as their candidate can lead the Independent Green Party to success.  Independent Green Party Draft Bolling spokesman Denny McKell, a U.S. Air Force retiree, has released a series of videos urging Bolling to run as an Indy Green Party candidate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqaKXdkiacM

Indy Green Bolling Draft committee launched.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqz41zoFamg&list=UUJAvfgs4nK3Viu5HXZxv_bw&index=1

http://www.votejoinrun.us/news.html

6 mar 13 @ 9:13 am est          Comments


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