Independent Green News
3 mar 14 @ 2:18 pm est
Independent Green News from Brad Blog
With Brad Friedman & Desi Doyen...
By DESI DOYEN
on 2/27/2014, 3:37pm PT
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT:Cancer clusters found downwind of Canada's tar sands; Nebraska judge
rejects Keystone XL tar sand pipeline route; Inspector General finds no conflicts of interest in Keystone XL environmental
report; Tesla wants to free you from your electric utility!; PLUS: Can wind turbines really slow down hurricanes?...
All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Drought & Dystopia in Syria: Vision of
Mankind’s Future?; Save the butterflies: limits sought on Monsanto weedkiller; Climate change is coming for your coffee;
Acidic waters kill 10m scallops in PacNW; Oil train rail cars unsafe, 'unacceptable'; NY utilities ordered to prepare for
climate change ... PLUS: That fresh pine forest scent can also limit climate change
... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Joe Kernan, CNBC Chief Climate Science Denier:
- Keystone XL: Inspector General Finds Conflict
of Interest, But It's OK:
- Report finds no conflict of interest, despite obvious conflicts of interest (Grist)
- Did the State Department Fail Obama on Keystone XL?(Bloomberg) [emphasis added]:
[T]here’s just no disputing that ERM, under the
“sole direction and control” of State, did not follow State’s own conflict-of-interest disclosure
guidelines...And now comes the capper. Far more alarming than any of the above, ERM also relied on another firm to
complete its Keystone assessment—and that company, as it happens, isowned outright by a tar sands developer..
- Report: Keystone contractor followed federal rules (SF Gate) [emphasis added]:
The report focused on "whether the State
Department followed its own flawed process for selecting a third-party contractor," [Rep. Raul] Grijalva
said. "The fact that the answer is 'yes' doesn't address any outstanding concerns about the integrity of ERM's
work, the State Department's in-house ability to evaluate its quality or whether the process itself needs to be reformed.
Far from inspiring confidence in the project, the report "is evidence of the problem," Grijalva said.
- Keystone XL: Federal Judge Throws Out Nebraska Route:
- Keystone XL:
Senators Call for Public Health Impact Study of Cancer Clusters:
- Stanford Univ Study: Offshore Wind Turbines Can Slow Down Hurricanes:
- Tesla Wants To Free You From Your Electric
- Smell of forest pine can limit climate change - researchers(BBC):
New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell
of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they've found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols
above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form.
- Drought & Dystopia in Syria: Vision of Mankind’s Future?(Climate Crocks):
“We don’t have any observed evidence to
support a 100-year trend in precipitation that we would prescribe as being natural,” said study co-author Colin Kelley,
a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Santa Barbara. “We can only assume that the trend is anthropogenic.”
- Limits sought on weed killer glyphosate to help monarch butterflies (LA Times)
- Gulp: Climate Change May Be Causing a Global Coffee Shortage (Slate)
- World begins 2014 with unusual number of extreme weather events (Guardian UK): UN's World Meteorological Organisation says recent extremes of heat, cold and rain are almost certainly
- Acidic Waters Kill 10 Million Scallops Off Vancouver (Climate Progress) [emphasis added]:
A mass die-off of scallops near Qualicum Beach on Vancouver
Island is being linked to the increasingly acidic waters that are threatening marine life and aquatic industries along the
West Coast. Rob Saunders, CEO of Island Scallops, estimates his company has lost three years worth of scallops and $10 million
dollars.“I’m not sure we are going to stay alive and I’m not sure the oyster industry is going to
stay alive,” Saunders told The Parksville Qualicum Beach NEWS. “It’s that dramatic.”
- Rail cars used to ship oil called 'unacceptable' (AP):
Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North
Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may
not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.
- U.S. Safety Board: Tesoro Blocked Refinery Investigation(Bloomberg):
Tesoro Corp. (TSO) blocked the U.S. Chemical Safety
Board from investigating an incident at a Northern California refinery and downplayed the extent of workers’ injuries,
the board said. ... The company refused to preserve the accident site, prohibited certain interviews and indicated it wouldn’t
comply with document requests.
- NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change(Climate Central)
- Global Shift to Clean Energy No Longer 'Theoretical' (The Tyee):
These days the data tell a powerful story. Recent price
declines for solar energy have been "massive," [Ethan Zindler, Bloomberg New Energy Finance] explained, while merely
"substantial" for wind, meaning that a global shift away from fossil fuels is no longer "theoretical."
- Enbridge Pipeline: unreported spills, alarming communities along 830-km pipe (Toronto Star):
Investigation unveils 35 spills along Enbridge’s
suddenly controversial 830-km pipeline, many not revealed to communities until now.
- Conservative Media's Favorite Climate Scientist Fulfills Godwin's Law (Media Matters):
Roy Spencer: Climate Activists "Support Policies
That Will Kill More People Than The Nazis Ever Did"
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff
we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
MORE on Climate Science and Climate Change, go to our Green News Report: Essential Background Page
- Skeptical Science: Database with FULL DEBUNKING of ALL Climate Science Denier Myths
- Warning: Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses (Grist)
- NASA Video: Warming over the last 130 years, and into
the next 100 years:
Janet Murphy & Indy Green Party make ballot for Arlington Supervisor Special Election
18 feb 14 @ 7:49 pm est
Janet Murphy on the Ballot!!
Janet Murphy "Thank you!
Thank you! Thank you! Thanks to everyone who came to their door in freezing weather to sign our petition! We are
on the ballot now to run a positive, constructive, pro-Columbia pike rail campaign for Arlington County!"
Janet Murphy, Independent Green Party Arlington County Chair, has made the ballot!!! Janet Murphy and the
Indy Green Party petition gatherers braved 6 days of freezing temperatures and often blizzard like conditions to get Janet
Murphy on the ballot.
"We are thrilled and delighted to have Janet Murphy represent
the "More Trains, Less Traffic!" Independent Green Party on the ballot!" said Indy Green Virginia State Chairman
Joseph P. Oddo.
Janet Murphy is a renter, and biker. 39% of Washington D.C. area
households have no auto. Janet Murphy is among them, and by choice. So, when the Indy Green Party's Janet Murphy
speaks for affordable housing, growing bikeshare, and "More Trains, Less Traffic" her advocacy is personal, as well
as political. Janet Murphy walks it, and on her bike, rides it, like she talks it. Her political commitment to
a better environment is personal as well.
The Arlington County Board of Supervisors special
election will be on April 8, 2014.
"Janet Murphy is a wonderful, kind person, with an enormous
heart. Janet Murphy is a dedicated Green Party liberal. Janet Murphy wants to make Arlington, and the world, an ever
better place." Gail for Rail Parker, Independent Green Party state vice chairman.
During this weeks artic like storm Janet Murphy was going door to door to gather the required petition
signatures by the Tuesday noon deadline. Janet Murphy and the Independent Green Party had only 6 days.
"It was a test of the Independent Green Party's political will, warm shoes and parkas!", joked Independent
Green Party 8th congressional district Chairman Ron Fisher, a retired U.S. Navy captain. "We in the Independent
Green Party love Janet Murphy for her dedication to the community. And we are sure Arlington county voters will love
Janet Murphy too, when they get to know Janet." Captain Fisher continued.
a well known liberal, and progressive Independent Green Party leader recruited Janet Murphy as an Indy Green Party candidate.
Fisher has himself been on the ballot three times as an Independent Green Party candidate.
"Janet Murphy is on the ballot to take a strong stand for Columbia Pike rail. Janet Murphy knows rail
saves lives. Janet Murphy understands rail creates jobs, and grows the economy, increasing the values of our homes, businesses,
and communities." Gerry Blais, Independent Green Party, and possible candidate for the 8th congressional district
that includes Arlington.
Janet Murphy has a Masters of Science degree in counseling Psychology
from University of District of Columbia (UDC). Janet Murphy as a Bachelors of Arts in English from McGill University, and,
a Diploma from the Computer Learning Center in Springfield, Virginia. Janet is
the daughter of a U.S. Navy Captain. Janet has a diverse, and rich professional background. Janet Murphy worked in information
technology, as a realtor. Janet Murphy works now as a hospitality professional in Arlington. Janet Murphy has an adult married
Dianne Blais is another Indy Green Party leader, likely Indy Green
Party candidate in the 10th congressional district. "Seeing Janet Murphy succeed is inspiring for all of us. Janet
Murphy is a delightful, down to earth, and very caring person. Janet Murphy would indeed make a superb member of the
Arlington County Board of Supervisors."
Janet Murphy, Ron Fisher, Gerry Blais, and
Dianne Blais come from the growing liberal, progressive faction of the Independent Green Party.
Janet Murphy, Independent Green Party brave blizzard to gather signatures
13 feb 14 @ 9:00 pm est
Janet Murphy and Indy Green Party fight weather to gather signatures by Tuesday deadline
Janet Murphy and the "More Trains, Less Traffic", Indy Green Party are known as Virginia's best petition
gatherers. These Greens have earned that reputation across three decades of putting "More Trains, Less Traffic"
candidates for local, state, and federal office on the ballot. Indy Greens have done it in every season, and every
kind of weather. From subzero temperatures, to blazing summer days with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees the Independent
Green Party has been across Virginia petitioning.
The Indy Greens famed petitioning gathering
success, is now being challenged. And that challenger is a great heavy weight, who has taken out more than a few mere
mortals. Mother nature is bad momma, a tough cookie, and not to be toyed with. Winter, wild and wooly, wet, wet,
wet, and cold, cold, cold packs a punch.
With the Arlington County Board of Supervisors election
declared on Wednesday - and brutal cold, and now near blizzard white out conditions rolling into Arlington, Virginia...The
popularity of the Indy Green Party "More Trains, Less Traffic" message, and discipline of the Independent Green
Party petitioners has been sorley tested.
Gail for Rail Parker is the state vice chair of the
Independent Green Party. "If the cold don't get you, the soggy petition paper will!"
icy rain, and drifts of snow were no picnic for the Independent Green Party. Indy Green Party hopeful for Arlington County
Board of Supervisors Janet Murphy endured. Janet Murphy was out climbing the snow banks to knock on doors, and ask for signatures.
This artic like winter weather was soaking Independent Green Party shoes, and deep freezing Greens feet in a matter
of minutes. Hypothermia quickly becomes a danger for Indy Green Party petitioners.
valient battle rages still for the Independent Green Party and Janet Murphy. Winds howl. Snows swirl. The result uncertain.
So if you see Janet Murphy or another Independent Green at your door asking for a signature for the "More Trains,
Less Traffic" candidate, please sign! It's freezing and wet out there!!!
Indy Green Party's Janet Murphy - Arlington County Board of Supervisors candidate coverage
13 feb 14 @ 8:48 am est
Sun Gazette (blog)-
... with the endorsement of both the Republican
and Green parties; Libertarian Evan Bernick; Janet
Murphy of the Independent Green Party; ...
Washington Post (blog)--
... with the endorsement of both the Republican and Green
parties; Libertarian Evan Bernick; Janet Murphy of the Independent Green Party; ...
This is the listening part. ... Libertarian Evan Bernick, Independent Green candidate Janet Murphy and independent Stephen
Janet Murphy of the Independent-Green Party. Murphy has previously run for the Virginia House
of Delegates and the U.S. House of ...
Washington Post (blog)--
Vihstadt, who is running as an independent for Arlington ...Evan Bernick and Janet Murphy of the Independent Green Partyas well as ...
... Evan Bernick (Libertarian), Janet Murphy (Independent Green), ... In the special election, the Republicans and Green
Party each opted to ...
... a Republican running as an independent,
Libertarian Evan Bernick and Janet Murphy of
the Independent Green Party in a special election ...
Bernick, a Libertarian, and Janet Murphy, from theIndependent
Green Party, have also filed in the race. The Republicans will not field
All other contenders – including third-party candidates
and independents ... Evan Bernick; Independent
Green Janet Murphy; and independent ...
Washington Post (blog)--
Bernick, a Libertarian, and Janet Murphy, from the Independent Green Party, have also filed in the race. The Republicans
have not yet ...
Green Party is UK's most popular party
21 jan 14 @ 1:58 pm est
Green Party UK's most popular political party.
According to comres polling, the Green Party is the United Kingdom's most popular political party. The
Green Party has the highest positive approval ratings, and the lowest disapproval ratings of Britain's five largest parties.
ComRes Poll: Green Party most popular in UK
Com Res polled about George Osborne, Ed Balls, Boris Johnson and the GreenParty. In fact, the Greens were slightly more favourably regarded than UKIP (28 per cent to 27 per
cent), and much less unfavourably regarded (23 per cent to 38 per cent), giving them the better claim to
be the “most popular” party in Britain.
Green Party +5 to 28% since (June 2013)
Labour -19 (-17)
Conservative -25 (-29)
Lib Dem -35
Green Party leader in Scotland a rising political star
21 jan 14 @ 9:17 am est
Green Party leader Patrick Harvie
"That kind of hard right slant is quite alien to Scottish politics," Harvie, 40,
one of the two Greens in Edinburgh's 129-member parliament who both back independence, said.
may be at that point that some undecided voters start to see the positive case for taking responsibility for our own decisions."
The Green Party's Patrick Harvie, an increasingly prominent figure in Scottish politics,
said he would not want to bet on the result of the referendum
Scotland's Greens are
campaigning for greater use of renewable energy in a country that is a pioneer of wind and wave power as well as having offshore
oil reserves. While the Greens back the SNP on independence, on many issues they appeal to left-leaning supporters of Labour,
the main opposition in Scotland's parliament.
The Labour Party is trying to come
up with plans for constitutional change that would keep Scotland within the United Kingdom but shift more powers from London
- something polls show most Scots would favour.
Harvie said he saw the potential
for the Labour party to split on the extent of those proposals after its Scottish conference in March, potentially aiding
the pro-independence camp.
"If people in the Labour Party start to peel
away then that could change the dynamic far more powerfully than anything we've seen to date," he said.
against Scottish independence say it would be unrealistic, costly and unworkable.
'Yes' vote would certainly open a can of worms financially, including negotiations with London on dividing up debt, oil revenues
and the operations of two of Britain's biggestbanks.
Harvie is among Scottish politicians, including some in the SNP, who
have spoken in favour of at least preparing the ground for dropping sterling and creating a new independent currency. SNP
leader Alex Salmond has said an independent Scotland would want to keep the pound, at least for a time.
the idea of a new currency, Harvie said "In the longer run, and it might be over a number of years, the economic needs
of Scotland and the rest of the UK would be more likely to diverge."
The struggling campaign for Scottish
independence could get a lift from an expected swing to an anti-EU party in Britain's European parliament elections in May,
the leader of Scotland's Green Party said on Thursday.
months until a September 18 referendum, opinion polls show about half of Scots oppose ending the 307-year-old union with England,
about a third favour the Scottish National Party's bid for independence and around 15 percent are undecided.
The mood could shift in favour of the Green Party in the coming European Parliament election, Green Party leader Patrick
Harvie told Reuters in an interview.
be at that point that some undecided voters start to see the positive case for making the Green Party the largest future focused
party, with eco for the economy."
Green Party for doubling renewables: Solar Jobs, Wind Jobs, Geothermal Jobs
21 jan 14 @ 9:10 am est
Green Party proposes doubling of renewables
Green Party has presented a proposal for clean energy, suggesting a doubling of renewable energy generation through to
According to See
News, the party presented the programme in Berlin. It suggests an expansion of renewable energy continuing in a cost
efficient manner without a cap on the expansion capacity.
The party wishes to limit the growth in the levy, paid by consumers, under the renewable energy law (EEG).
Furthermore, exemptions for industry should be
cut in line the the EU rules.
It also proposes
that investment opportunities and security for citizens in the further development of renewable energy should also be guaranteed.
addition to a reform of the EEG, the Green Party demands a curbing of coal power usage to reduce overcapacity and to reach
the country’s climate protection goals.
Green Party takes power Saturday in Hessen
17 jan 14 @ 7:27 pm est
Independent Green Party's Janet Murphy
11 jan 14 @ 11:23 am est
In County Board Race, Indy-Green Party Also Wants In on the Action
by SCOTT McCAFFREY,
The Sun Gazette
Maglev Rail Wash DC to NYC one hour
5 jan 14 @ 4:55 pm est
Rail would transform Baltimore and America
watch the video here.
Maglev is back,
tantalizing Marylanders with the promise of speeds that could whisk train passengers from Baltimore to Washington in 15 minutes.
What is billed as a new generation
of magnetic levitation technology is at the heart of the latest proposal, the first step in what would eventually be a line
taking passengers from Washington to New York in 60 minutes at a cruising speed of 311 mph.
The proposal resurrects a technology that seemed to be
the next big thing in the late 1990s and early 2000s before fizzling out amid concerns over its cost, the difficulty of putting
together a suitable route and its potential effect on neighbors.
“The technology itself has progressed,” Wayne Rogers, chairman of TNEM, said in a presentation to The Baltimore
Sun this week. “We as Americans never picked up on it.”
Supporters of the maglev concept have long seen it as a game-changer for Baltimore,
bringing the city closer to the capital and making it a more attractive place for businesses that deal with the federal government
to locate. The latest proposal includes stops in the city and at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Whether the United States
will embrace the project any more warmly than it did in the early 2000s, when then-Mayor Martin O’Malley and others
were intrigued by the prospect, is debatable. Even if the technology operates superbly, the project faces numerous obstacles.
Rogers, chairman of the Synergics
energy company in Annapolis, estimated that building the Baltimore-D.C. segment alone would require “somewhere north
of $10 billion.” But the extensive tunneling that would put more than 30 of its roughly 40 miles underground, avoiding
Linthicum and other neighborhoods affected by an earlier plan, could drive the cost higher. By Rogers’ own estimates,
tunneling costs alone could reach $4.5 billion to $6 billion.
Unlike past proposals, the TNEM group says it can count on financing from a Japanese
government bank, reflecting Tokyo’s eagerness to launch the new superconducting maglev technology — developed
by Japan Central Railroad — in the U.S. Northeast Corridor.
The TNEM group pointed to a September speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe to the New York Stock Exchange in which he praised the “dream technology” of superconducting magnetic levitation
— now being tested on a short segment of a Tokyo-Nagoya line that is projected to be completed by 2027. Abe said he
presented President Barack Obama with a proposal for a line between Washington and Baltimore.
Yoshiro Taguchi, transportation attache at the Japanese
Embassy in Washington, confirmed that such an offer was made in February. He said Abe offered Obama the use of the technology
and “substantial financial support” — with no amount specified — for a Washington-Baltimore line.
Japan is hoping that development of the Washington-Baltimore segment would entice investors to finance the rest of the line
between Baltimore and New York, Rogers said.
There’s little mystery to maglev’s appeal. Artist renderings show a sleek, bullet-like
system that uses magnetic forces to let trains glide on a cushion of air, with none of the friction caused when steel wheels
meet rails. Speeds are projected at more than three times those of Amtrak’s Acela train, currently the nation’s
But a ticket
could carry Acela-like costs. The investment group does not have a precise estimate of the fare, but one representative said
it would be a little more than the cost of an Acela ticket. A low-end round-trip ticket on Acela now costs $84 between Washington
and Baltimore and more than $330 between Washington and New York.
Japan Central has had an 11-mile maglev test track open since 1996 and has reported
reaching speeds as high as 361 mph. The government has given the railroad approval to build a 320-mile commercial line between
Tokyo and Osaka at a cost estimated at $112 billion.
The TNEM group is counting on an undetermined amount of financial help from the federal government
but none from the state, Rogers said. The hope of federal funding poses a challenge on Capitol Hill, where Congress has shown
little inclination to spend on big infrastructure projects — especially those involving intercity rail.
The investment group has attracted the support
of some big names. Today, TNEM will announce a bipartisan advisory board led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
The board will include three former governors of Northeast corridor states — Republicans George Pataki of New York and
Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Democrat Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania — and two former U.S. secretaries of transportation,
Democrat Rodney Slater and Republican Mary Peters. Kevin Plank, founder of Baltimore-based UnderArmour, is also on the list.
The group is not disclosing
the identities of its American investors except for Rogers and vice chairman D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, a corporate lawyer in
conventional high-speed rail, the prevailing technology in most of the developed world, superconducting maglev represents
a complete break from old ways. That’s part of the problem. It could make no use of existing right-of-ways or other
infrastructure. Critics point out that if it were built in stages, northbound riders could face years during which they could
go no farther than Baltimore without having to switch to an Amtrak train, negating any benefits of the increased speed.
“The only way the maglev
would make sense is to build it from D.C. to New York all in one shot,’ said Andrew Kunz, president of the US High Speed
Rail Association, which backs a more conventional technology in use around the world now. “And that’ll never happen
because it’s outrageously expensive and nobody will spend the money on it.”
Kunz said Amtrak’s estimated cost of a conventional
high-speed rail system it wants to build between Washington to New York is $110 billion to $120 billion. Maglev, he said,
costs five times more per mile than that technology— even before of the cost of the extensive tunneling envisioned in
the TNEM plan.
flirted with maglev technology a decade ago, conducting detailed studies that put the cost of a Baltimore-Washington line
at $3.7 billion in 2003. That was for a plan using a previous generation of technology along with much less extensive tunneling.
John Harding, the U.S. Department
of Transportation’s last chief maglev scientist, retired in 2004 and now lives in California. He remembers assessing
the feasibility of a series of maglev proposals all across the country. None came to fruition. The Baltimore-Washington project
ultimately was rejected for reasons from a curvy right of way to low passenger projections, he said.
The top speed of the train in the proposal,
which followed existing rail right-of-ways, was 240 mph, but “because of the curves, the average speed, God, it was
pretty terrible,” closer to 150 mph, Harding said.
“What was really killing the Baltimore-Washington design
was the curves, because they were following, pretty much adhering to, the present right-of-way, and that was a right-of-way
that was designed in the 1800s,” Harding said.
He said the current proposal to build most of the line along a straight shot underground “solves
that problem, but at great cost.”
Financial evaluations for Baltimore-Washington maglev never showed “enough traffic to pay off the cost
of construction in any reasonable amount of time with a reasonable fee,” Harding said, and that was building the line
still has longtime fans in Baltimore. Robert Embry, president of the Abell Foundation, said a maglev line to Washington would
be a major boost for the city.
“I can’t think of any other public expenditure that would have nearly the effect that would have,”
Joe May Independent Green Party endorsee/nominee makes ballot
28 dec 13 @ 11:11 am est
Joe May Independent Green Party endorsee/nominee makes ballot for State Senate Election
is on the ballot!!!" Joseph P. Oddo State Chairman Independent Green Party.
State Board of Elections has confirmed that Joe May has made the ballot.
Joe May, U.S. Army veteran, veteran state legislator, successful businessman, engineer, husband, father, grandfather,
and now Independent Green party endorsee/nominee for Virginia state senate.
The Independent Green
Party endorsee left his previous party in early December 2013.
Long before becoming the
Independent Green Party endorsee/nominee Joe May graduated as an engineer from Virginia Tech. The successful Independent Green
Party endorsee, businessman Joe May and his wife Bobby May founded Electronic Instrumentation and Technology (EIT) in 1997.
Today EIT empoys 300 people in Sterling, Virginia.
The Independent Green Party salutes
delegate Joe May's 20 years of service in the Virginia House of Delegates. Independent Greens know Joe May has the experience,
and knowledge of transportation policy, and the budget after serving as Transportation Committee Chairman in the House of
"We need More Trains, Less Traffic. Rail saves lives. Rail grows the economy."
Gail for Rail Parker, Independent Green Party Vice Chair.
"Joe May in the State Senate,
and an Independent Green Party endorsee/nominee can help us grow Virginia's economy with rail jobs, solar jobs, geothermal
jobs, and wind jobs." added Gail for Rail, U.S. Air Force retired officer.
is the perfect fit for Virginia and the "More Trains, Less Traffic" Independent Green Party. Joe May engineering
success includes many patents. Joe May patented an instrument to measure the curvature of railroad trackes. This is sandard
in today's railroad industry.
Prior to becoming the Independent Green Party endorsee Joe
May in 2009 was inducted into Virginia Tech's College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence. Joe May is one
of only 90 engineers so honored. That is out of an engineering alumni of more than 50,000.
May's sterling record matches the Independent Green Party. Delegate Joe May was named Legislator of the Year by the
Virginia Soil, and Water Conservation Districts, the Virginia Cable and Telecommunications Association, the Virginia Biotechnology
Association and Virginia Transit! All near and dear to the heart of the Independent Green Party.
Independent Green Party has frequently embrached, invited them to join, and nominated leading, well known Virginia politicos
before. Independent Greens nominated the youngest elected, and longest serving Speaker of the House of Delegates, Tom
Moss of Norfolk as an Independent Green Party candidate - after Speaker Moss left his former party.
Green Party nominated Tom Moss went on to be re-elected as Treasurer in Norfolk.
After the hard work of petitioning to get More Trains, Less Traffic advocate Joe May on the ballot for state senate,
the Independent Green Party celebrates this Joe May success.
Independent Green Party central
committee member Janet Murphy, "We look forward to working shoulder to shoulder on the campaign to elect a rail advocate,
Joe May to the state Senate on January 21, 2014!"
Terry Modglin, Independent Green
Party Fairfax County leader, "Joe May and the Independent Green Party are a winning combination!"
See the Independent Green Party video congrats to Joe May for making the ballot here in English.
Independent Green Party video congrats to Joe May for making the ballot
here in Spanish
Independent Green Party endorses/nominates Joe May for State Senate
28 dec 13 @ 10:28 am est
Party of Virginia Nominates Del. Joe May for State Senate Election
by Joseph P. Oddo
With the now complete sweep of one large political party over the other in the 2013 statewide elections in Virginia,
the Independent Green Party turn their ever optimistic attention toward the 2014 elections starting with a special election
for state senate in Loudoun and Fairfax County on January 21st, 2014.
Chairman of the Transportation Committee in the House of Delegates, Delegate May oversaw the 2013 transportation bill that
allowed Virginia to finally address a vital infrastructure need in the Commonwealth. A U.S. Army veteran, May is a Virginia
Tech grad, and member of the University's Engineering Hall of Fame. May also owns and operates a business that employs about
300 people in Sterling, Virginia.
Independent Green Party leaders met with Delegate
Joe May's State Senate District 33 campaign team on Thursday December 19th in anticipation of the Governor calling the Special Election. That pronouncement came the next day which left Indy Green Party petitioners exactly five days to gather enough signatures
to get Delegate May on the ballot for State Senate. By Saturday (the very next day) the Independent Green Party and Joe May's
campaign team were gathering signatures. The Independent Green Party contined all weekend, enlisting help from their
Vice-Chair Gail “for Rail” Parker who declared that they (the IGVA) jointly, with Joe May's campaign team, “collected enough signatures - in a single
day - to put Joe May on the ballot."
was a very long day of petition gathering work. "About 12 to 14 hours of good, diligent, disciplined Independent Green
Party petition gathering work, most of it spent by many going door to door," added IGVA executive committee member Carey Campbell.
With over 400 signatures for Delegate Joe T. May, the Independent Greens
of Virginia will learn Thursday, December 26th whether Delegate May will accept their nomination. This is an opportunity for
the Independent Green Party who are always recruiting candidates willing to challenge the two larger parties. With third parties
not free to choose their own nominating procedure, special elections like this one force them to collect the required petition
signatures in a short five-day window, this year including Christmas Day.
Green Party candidates professional experience and the background of the hundrends of Indy Green candidates shows an impressive
list of retired U.S. military flag officers, and enlisted with impressive records of service. The Indpendent Green Party's high-ranking veterans and honorable citizens are all fully capable of governing as well if not better than their large
party rivals. Some would argue that these Indies would more likely act in the people’s interest rather than perpetuating
The Independent Green Party is happy to welcome and
support Delegate Joe May.
Green Party stronger than ever
26 dec 13 @ 9:53 am est
Green Party stronger than ever
With the signatures of Volker
Bouffier (CDU) and Tarek Al-Wazir (Green Party) the new black-green contract for a state governing Green Party conservative
coalition was formally agreed to this week in Frankfurt, Germany. In January the state legislature will convene and elect
the new Green Party leadership. That means the German federal government will require significant coooperation from
the Green Party. There is no governing past the Green Party now. Overall, in the German state and federal legislatures
the Green Party is the third largest party. And the 80-prozent-majority of CDU and SPD has significant power. Just
not as much as you might think.
German Federal President Joachim Gauck – has noted that the rights
of the minority Green Party will be respected. In fact the Green Party is stronger than ever. Any measure that
passes the Bundestag, must also pass the Bundesrat. The Green Party now governs in 7 of the 16 Germany states. So
in point of fact, nothing will get through the Bundesrat (where the state governing coalitions have control) without Green
Governor Bouffier strengthened the Green Party hand with the new Green coalition.
No leading CDU politician opposed the Green Party enpowerment. .
Now all the big German states, except Bavaria, has the Green Party in
power. Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Niedersachsen und Nordrhein-Westfalen; Bremen, Rheinland-Pfalz und Schleswig-Holstein.
There are 69 votes in the Bundesrat. The Green Party controls 34 of them. And when you add the 4 votes of Brandenburg
the Green Party is in the majority.
the industrialized world's economy with the lowest unemployment rate, and with renewable sustainable energy Germany's second
largest employer, the Green Party is set to further grow green. The Green Party is stronger than ever.
Siemens to Supply Wind Turbines for Cape Wind
24 dec 13 @ 9:59 pm est
December 24, 2013 — Under a recently signed contract with Cape Wind LLC, Siemens will
supply the first commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S., with 3.6-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric
Service Platform (ESP) and a service for the first 15 years of commercial operations.
Cape Wind plans to install 130 wind turbines on the Horseshoe Shoal
in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind has sold 77 1/2% of its power output in long term Power Purchase Agreements to National Grid
and NSTAR, the two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts. Cape Wind has announced it is purchasing a marina on Falmouth
harbor on Cape Cod to serve as its maintenance and operations Headquarters. Cape Wind is the first U.S. offshore wind project
to be fully permitted, and to have been issued a commercial lease and received approval for its Construction and Operations
Plan by the U.S. Department of Interior. Cape Wind is currently in its financing phase.
Siemens, a leading offshore wind turbine manufacturer, will fabricate, install and commission
its 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines for Cape Wind. The Siemens 3.6-MW offshore turbine has the leading turbine used at existing
offshore wind farms and it is going to be used in at least eight other offshore wind farms currently under construction or
Cape Wind President Jim Gordon
says, "The completion and execution of the contracts between Cape Wind and Siemens brings the experience and financial
strength of the leading global offshore wind supplier into America's first offshore wind farm ensuring important energy, environmental
and economic benefits for Massachusetts and the region."
Siemens is also providing Cape Wind with a long-term maintenance program for the wind turbines and ESP for a period
of 15 years. Siemens will hire locally to fill the majority of its operations and maintenance positions at Cape Wind's future
service headquarters on Falmouth Harbor on Cape Cod.
management for the Cape Wind project will be managed from Siemens Energy's Boston office, while the ESP scope of work will
be managed from Siemens' Transmission operations in Cary, NC, and the long-term maintenance program will be managed from the
company's Americas headquarters located in Orlando, FL.
is a significant milestone for this project and we're excited about it," says Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. "Massachusetts
will be a pioneer in the emerging offshore wind industry, which brings with it both clean energy and good jobs."
Cianbro to fabricate ESP
Siemens has subcontracted the manufacturing of the ESP to Cianbro, which will fabricate the platform at its facility
in Brewer, ME. The ESP was designed for Cianbro by Moffatt and Nichol Engineers of Norfolk, VA. The ESP will be located toward
the center of the offshore wind farm site and it will transform the voltage of the electricity produced by the wind turbines.
Maine Senator Angus King welcomed this news, "I am very pleased that
Cianbro, a Maine-based company and partner in UMaine's floating offshore wind project, will join forces with Siemens and Cape
Wind of Massachusetts to produce the offshore substation for an industry-leading offshore wind farm. By helping to generate
renewable energy, and by putting New Englanders to work in the process, projects like this will not only benefit our environment,
but our economy as well."
Independent Green Party Petitioning to get Joe May on ballot for State Senate
21 dec 13 @ 10:50 pm est
Independent Green Party gathering petition signatures to put Joe May on ballot for State Senate
Party leaders met with Delegate Joe May's State Senate District 33 campaign team on Thursday December 19th. On Friday
December 20th Virginia's Governor called the election. That means Independent Green Party petitioners have exactly five days
to gather enough signatures to get House of Delegates member Joe May on the ballot for State Senate. Saturday the Independent
Green Party, and Joe May's campaign team were gathering signatures to put Delegate May on the ballot. Independent Green Party
state vice chair, Gail for Rail Parker, "We (the Independent Green Party) jointly, with Joe May's campaign team, we may
have collected enough signatures - in a single day - to put Joe May on the ballot."
It was a very, very long day of petition gathering
work. "About 12 to 14 hours door to door of good, diligent, disciplined Independent Green Party petition gathering
work", added Independent Green Party executive committee member Carey Campbell.
the petition deadline hitting right at Christmas, Independent Green Party central committee member, retired U.S.Navy Captain
Ron Fisher said, "There just no time to waste. No room for error, on such a short deadline."
Gov. Bob McDonnell has set Jan. 21st, 2014 as the
date for the special election to fill the seat of State Sen. Mark Herring, who was elected attorney general and is resigning
from the Senate effective January 11th.
“Mark Herring has served the 33rd District well, and I wish him the very best as
he now serves our entire Commonwealth as Virginia’s next attorney general,” said Governor McDonnell. “With
Mark’s victory in that race confirmed, and his letter of resignation received by our office, I have now set the date
of January 21st for the special election to fill his soon to be vacant seat. We are seeking to move as expeditiously
as possible to ensure the voters of the 33rd District have the representation they deserve, while also allowing the candidates
a fair amount of time, during a busy holiday season, to communicate with those voters so they have the information necessary
to make their decision next month.”
the parties or prospective candidates have any questions about the upcoming special election in the 33rd Senate District,
they should contact the Virginia State Board of Elections at 1-800-552-9745 and ask for “Special Election Information.”
The Independent Green Party has endorsed,
and offered their nomination to Delegate Joe May. Delegate May is the Chairman of the House of Delegates transportation committee.
A U.S. Army veteran, May is a Virginia Tech grad, and member of the university's engineering hall of fame. May also owns and
operates a business that employs about 300 people in Sterling, Virginia.