The EPA at VT’s Environmental Conference – Smart Meters

On Oct 29th, the 2011 Conference on Environmental Action was held  at the VT Technical College in Randolph. In the following Video a “some-what complicated” question was asked to Gina McCarthy, who is the Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Here is the question rephrased – It has been 32 years since the EPA did an assessment of the ambient radio frequency radiation, what kind of pressure should we put on the EPA to update their data? 

Gina McCarthy doesn’t know the answer to the question, but says,

“If you think its an issue, and we haven’t looked at it, we are more than happy to take a look at it.”

and goes on to say, if you ask them to update their RF radiation data you should also thank them for what they are doing…

My guess is that in the last 32 years the average exposure to ambient radiation from radio frequencies must have increased 500-1000 fold, with wifi on nearly every corner, cell phones in nearly every pocket and cell towers in nearly every town plus all the other technology we have that uses RF that didn’t exist 3 decades ago. With over 3,000 hits on google for “radio frequency radiation study” I am guessing scientist think it is an issue.

Even the EPA publish a couple hundred page document on Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Radiation(PDF) in 1984. Though their conclusion is that there isn’t enough data to determine exposure limits for the general population, the data shows that RF has an effect on biology.

The EPA and Gina McCarthy seem skeptical that RF radiation is an issue even though W.H.O. Rescheduled RF as a class 2B carcinogen  (WHO RF Press Release) and San Francisco has come out with the Nations first cell phone ordinance which mandates all cell phone retailers post information about RF radiation exposure. Slowly the independent research is chiseling away at the industry funded regulators. Give the EPA some pressure, tell them you want ambient RF radiation data updated! You can call the EPA at (202) 272-0167 or contact Gina McCarthy directly:

e-mail: mccarthy.gina@epa.gov

Postal Address:            Gina McCarthy Assistant Administrator

Office of Air and Radiation

Environmental Protection Agency

Ariel Rios Building

1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.

Washington D.C. 20460

For more info see these articles – https://vermont4evolution.wordpress.com/?s=radio+frequency

Overpopulation is Propaganda

On May 3rd, 2011 the UN Population Division announced the World population would hit 7 billion come October. Now the web is full of talk about overpopulation, so once again I will address this issue. (previous population post)

The US has 5% of the world’s population and yet consumes 25% of the worlds total energy consumption, and contributes 20% of the global greenhouse gasses. This means on average each American uses more than 4x the energy of the average person of the world! Before any American opens their mouth about the environmental dangers of overpopulation they should reference these statistics.

This article is full of graphs and information detailing World Energy and Population Trends – http://www.paulchefurka.ca/WEAP/WEAP.html

The Earth is not overpopulated, it is over industrialized and exploited. This Capitalist Global Market is concerned with profit above all else. In an economically stratified world it is much easier to make big profits from wealthy people’s wants rather than the majorities’ needs. The US boasts a high standard of living, but at what cost to the rest of the world’s livelihood?

The Greed for securing resources by the US has never been as evident as it is now. The answers to resolving our energy and resource riddle will be found in returning to a balanced life within the means of our biosphere. By eating seasonal local foods and by being industrious innovators to meet our own needs. This doesn’t mean our standard of living need to be lowered, on the contrary society would become more communal cooperative and engaged. One of the greatest illnesses of “civilized society” is loneliness, and suffering a disconnect from the natural world.

Here is another informative article on Overpopulation: The Tao of Population Growth

Fairewinds – Fukushima Update – Unit 3 Analysis

Analysis of new Fukushima 3 photographs released last week by TEPCO substantiate Fairewinds’ claim that explosion of Unit 3 began over the spent fuel pool. Fairewinds believes that significant damage has also occurred to the containment system of Fukushima Unit 3, and that the two events (fuel pool explosion and containment breach) did not occur simultaneously. Video also includes brief discussion of tent system being constructed over Fukushima Unit 1.

http://www.fairewinds.com/

SANDERS ON GAO REPORT – FEDERAL RESERVE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

From Senator Bernie Sanders Web Page:

October 19, 2011

A new audit of the Federal Reserve released Wednesday detailed widespread conflicts of interest involving directors of its regional banks. “The most powerful entity in the United States is riddled with conflicts of interest,” Sen. Bernie Sanders said after reviewing the Government Accountability Office report. The study required by a Sanders Amendment to last year’s Wall Street reform law examined Fed practices never before subjected to such independent, expert scrutiny. “This is exactly the kind of outrageous behavior by the big banks and Wall Street that is infuriating so many Americans,” Sanders said.

The GAO detailed instance after instance of top executives of corporations and financial institutions using their influence as Federal Reserve directors to financially benefit their firms, and, in at least one instance, themselves.  “Clearly it is unacceptable for so few people to wield so much unchecked power,” Sanders said. “Not only do they run the banks, they run the institutions that regulate the banks.”

Sanders said he will work with leading economists to develop legislation to restructure the Fed and bar the banking industry from picking Fed directors….

THE SANDERS REPORT ON THE GAO AUDIT ON MAJOR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE

(excerpt)As a result of an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Government Accountability Office completed its second audit of the Federal Reserve. This report focuses on the enormous conflicts of interest that existed at the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis.

Here is what the GAO found:

• The affiliations of the Federal Reserve’s board of directors with financial firms continue to pose “reputational risks” to the Federal Reserve System.

• The policy of the Federal Reserve to give members of the banking industry the power to both elect and serve on the Federal Reserve’s board of directors creates “an appearance of a conflict of interest.”

• The GAO identified 18 former and current members of the Federal Reserve’s board affiliated with banks and companies that received emergency loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis including General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, and Lehman Brothers.

•  There are no restrictions on directors of the Federal Reserve Board from communicating concerns about their respective banks to the staff of the Federal Reserve.

• Many of the Federal Reserve’s board of directors own stock or work directly for banks that are supervised and regulated by the Federal Reserve. These board members oversee the Federal Reserve’s operations including salary and personnel decisions.

• Under current regulations, Fed directors who are employed by the banking industry or own stock in financial institutions can participate in decisions involving how much interest to charge to financial institutions receiving Fed loans; and the approval or disapproval of Federal Reserve credit to healthy banks and banks in “hazardous” condition.

• The Federal Reserve does not publicly disclose its conflict of interest regulations or when it grants waivers to its conflict of interest regulations.

• 21 members of the Federal Reserve’s board of directors were involved in making personnel decisions in the division of supervision and regulation at the Fed.

Full Report – THE SANDERS REPORT ON THE GAO AUDIT ON MAJOR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE

web page – http://sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/news/?id=bfa0cbec-cce1-4520-8899-122c8b719105

2011 Will be Known as the Year of Global Dissent

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This year will be known as the year of Global dissent. The year opened with the Arab Spring, when Civil Society took to the streets across the Arab World in peaceful protest to make their collective voice heard, calling for a Government of, by and for the people, Democracy. As the austerity measures in Europe began the European Summer ensued with protests and riots. The Civil Society in Spain used the model of non-violent civil-disobedience, occupying the Porta del Sol plaza in Madrid. The movement spread to towns across the country facing down many violent confrontations peacefully. They organized using consensus to find out what the people felt the top issues were, and how they would resolve them. The whole of Europe began to learn from the Spanish how to hold rallies and  organize.

To many people, the protests in Europe seem disconnected from that of the Arab Spring because European countries have democracy, whereas the arab world was fighting to over-through dictatorships. The protesters say that the situation isn’t that different, instead of presidential dictators they are fighting corporate dictators which includes the big banks. They say their representative democracy is not representing the will of the people, because of corporate campaign finance and lobbyists who line the pockets of elected officials to control regulation and legislation. The Spanish protesters had a vision of this becoming a global movement, a movement of participatory democracy, where the people are the steering committee in charge of creating the world they want to live in.

In September the European Summer bridged the divide of the Atlantic with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which opened the American Autumn. We are now one month into the American Autumn and this people’s movement for a participatory democracy has spread to more than 1500 cities and towns around the world. The people of this global movement refers to themselves as the 99% referring to the divide between themselves and the wealthiest 1% who own half of the wealth. As the Winter approaches the movement is being compromised by the mainstream news trying to fit them into their usual box of the Left/Right paradigm. They are being called Socialist, Marxist, Anti-Capitolist, Extreme Left and other labels. As the election tango begins, some are trying to co-opt and others extinguish the popular support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. From Agent Provocateurs in Italy starting riots among peaceful protesters to mainstream media spins in the US  news, this movement is facing pressure on all sides. The protesters, who span all demographics, are clear in their stance; they are not a political platform, they want economic justice and they want the People’s voice to be The Voice leading our countries, not the Special Interests.

Many of the people critiquing the movement are trapped in the Left/Right paradigm, saying that if the protesters don’t take a specific side and become a political platform they won’t achieve anything. I disagree, as Einstein said,

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

The strategy of divide and concur is not only a geographical one, these Mega Corporation use their record levels of “free speech” $$$ to “speak up for” both the Blue and the Red candidates alike. For the People to engage in a proactive, non-partisan dialogue is a big step in the direction of solving our common systemic insecurities. The ones who created and profited off of these insecurities will not resolve the very systemic issues that have made them the top 1%.

A few links on the Occupation story –

Democracy Now – Oct 15 Day of Rage

 RT – Oct 15 From NYC to Everywhere

 VT Digger – Oct 15 Vermonters Occupy

Fox News – Oct 16 

CBC – Chris Hedges

To keep up on the VT Occupation Events – http://www.facebook.com/vermontworkerscenter?sk=wall

In Solidarity – VT4Evolution

Occupied Vermont – Oct 9 #OWS

Funky Ska occupation in Burlington, 1st half of march up Church Street 2011 Oct 9.

 
Protest Demonstration on the steps of Citizens Bank.
“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!”

Bioneers Conference – Montpelier Oct 14 – 16

The Savoy is proud to be a Beaming Bioneers host site for the 22nd Annual Bioneers Conference. We are thrilled to be one of only 20 sites in the United States bringing this conference to local communities.

Come join us for three inspiring days (Oct. 14-16) exploring the ways environmental, economic, health, and social justice questions can be creatively discussed and sustainably solved.

Bioneers are engaged citizens from all backgrounds and fields who focus on solving our world’s most urgent problems within a framework of interdependence.

The web of life is intricately interconnected, so too are all environmental and social issues. Bioneers take a “solve the whole problem” approach that is holistic, systemic, and multidisciplinary.

link – http://www.beamingbioneersvermont.com

VT Worker’s Center Organizes in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street

The Vermont Workers’ Center is a democratic, member-run organization dedicated to organizing for workers’ rights and living wages for all Vermonters.

In Solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Protests, the Vermont Workers’ Center is organizing rallies across the state as well as a trip to New York City. As part of our Put People First campaign we are standing together with people around the country. Join us in:

Burlington
Sunday, October 9, 12:30 pm, Burlington City Hall Park
Saturday, October 15, 2 pm, Burlington City Hall Park
contact: avery@workerscenter.org

Brattleboro
Saturday, October 15th, 2pm, Wells Fountain Park
contact: kate@workerscenter.org

Montpelier
Saturday, October 15h, 3:30pm, City Hall Steps
contact: sarah@workerscenter.org

Rutland
Saturday, October 15th, Time and Location TBA
contact: kate@workerscenter.org

New York City
Contact Heather Pipino if you are interested in traveling to NYC at (802) 595-1671

http://www.workerscenter.org/node/1898

B.C. Votes for a Smart Meters Moratorium

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities has voted in favour of a resolution calling for a moratorium on the BC government’s smart meter program…

full article 

The Resolution For BC Smart Meter Moratorium

Whereas significant and serious health, privacy and other concerns have been identified regarding the installation of wireless smart meters in British Columbia and

Whereas BC Hydro is proceeding with its program to install wireless smart meters in British Columbia although it recognizes there is active discussion and ongoing research into the possible health and environmental effects related to radio frequency signals and it is aware the World Health Organization has called for further investigation on this matter in its press release issued on May 31, 2011:

Therefore be it resolved that a moratorium be placed on the mandatory installation of wireless smart meters until the major issues and problems identified regarding wireless smart meters are independently assessed and acceptable alternatives can be made available at no added cost to the consumer.

link – http://citizensforsafetechnology.org/

Nuclear Oversight Lacking Worldwide

Fairewinds disagrees with a recent New York Times Opinion that claims that Fukushima was caused because Japanese regulators did not properly oversee Tokyo Electric. Fairewinds shows that in the United States, the same cozy relationship exists between the NRC and the nuclear industry. Proper regulation of nuclear power has been coopted worldwide by industry refusal to implement the cost to assure nuclear safety.

http://www.fairewinds.com/

Occupy Vermont – We are the 99%

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is picking up in Vermont. Here is a Video from Channel 5: Burlington

Occupy Vermont using the “People’s Microphone”!

10/3/11 – Burlington, VT. Two hundred concerned Vermont citizens spoke out in support of the two week long Occupy Wall Street protest today.

Burlington isn’t the only Occupation happening in Vermont. According to Twitter, Brattleboro seems to be next on the scene  to rally some Vermont Solidarity.  Stay Tuned. Occupy Wall Street Live feed –http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

Occupy Vermont – http://www.occupytogether.org/events/northeast/vermont/occupy-vermont/

One of Vermont’s solutions – Corporate Personhood Resolution J.R.S. 11.

Occupy Houston put together a list of  “Do’s and Dont’s for Protesting

 

The 99% Occupy America

The Movement of Occupy Wall Street is growing in numbers on September 30th the numbers were estimated at 5000. This is video from a FOX news helicopter

Not only is it growing in numbers in NYC but it is spreading to cities across the country and the world. People are gathering in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street Movement in a move to make this a Global Movement of the people, the 99%.

Here are just a few of these satellite Occupy Wall Street Movements.

Los Angeles

Boston

Kansas

San Francisco

Chicago 

Seattle

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

-Thomas Jefferson

Vermont is also standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, in Burlington, starting today – http://www.occupytogether.org/events/northeast/vermont/occupy-vermont/

 

 

Lake Champlain – Phosphorous Issue – Take Action

The TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) is an important technical document which acts as a phosphorous pollution budget so Vermonters can decide how much phosphorous we ask Lake Champlain to handle. We currently add much more phosphorous – well over doubling it in some years – than is safe for the lake ecosystem. The result, excess weed growth, potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms and low dissolved oxygen, makes the lake less usable. And those problems are likely to become more widespread, particularly with two floods of historic proportion this year.

The U.S. EPA and Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) have organized a set of public meetings which will take place over the next week and will be focused on the northern portion of the Lake Champlain basin. A second set of meetings focused on the southern portion of the lake is scheduled for November 14th through November 18th – watch for information on those as they are scheduled.

Details on meetings – http://www.vnrc.org/proddir/archive/118//cal_date/?View=today

For more info on Champlain’s TMDL – http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/waterq/lakes/htm/lp_phosphorus.htm