RENewsletter | June 27, 2010


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Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |


*** The June 2010 Environmental Site of the Month Award goes to the The Green Dandelion .    | Go to Environmental Award.


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Opening Salvo:  “Rochester’s energy solutions, connecting the dots”


At the risk of pushing everyone’s buttons, you’d think the disastrous BP oil spill, the din over drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Gas Shale, a couple of recent nuclear power issues, and the energy bill stalled in Congress, would galvanize the local press and the public to seriously consider wind power for some of our energy needs.  (Check here for the above stories: Rochester Environmental News  ).  But the New York State Power Authority’s Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW) isn’t getting much attention.


Why not?  These off-shore wind farms in Lake Ontario have the potential to produce 120 to 500 MW of power--nothing to sneeze at.  Wind power doesn’t pollute the atmosphere, doesn’t warm the planet, doesn’t use up our natural resources, nor does it run the potential of befouling all the land and water near it.  Is wind power perfect?  No, but it does not at all deserve the bad  press it gets either:  Myths vs facts.


I know it’s naďve to think that we might inconvenience ourselves just to buck the system that is wrecking our environment.  There so much money and power in the oil industry.  There are so many people ready to say nasty things if you question a fossil-fuel based economy.  And there’s so much other stuff going on.  Despite the carnage, it’s so much easier to just drill for oil and keep doing what we are doing. 


That sounds naďve too.  In the real world, where the laws of physics are at play, there are consequences to all our actions.  We are not innocent by-standers to the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or the contentious move to begin drilling for natural gas near-by.   Every time we turn the key in the ignition or heat our homes with fossil fuels, we are part of the problem.   We are legitimatizing an energy system that isn’t in the long-term interest of our lives.


The oil continues to spill into the Gulf.  Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic melts.  The planet warms.  Political pundits argue whether Obama should have made his case for his energy bill from the Oval Office.  Groups gather and protest when wind farms threaten their view.  We drive our vehicles unmindful of the price to our planet.  Landowners want the chance to make a quick buck on drilling on their property.  The public when polled say they want renewable energy.  The media cannot or will not connect the dots because they want to remain “objective”, as if they and their high-tech equipment wouldn’t be lost if our environment collapsed. 


 If we don’t begin to connect the dots and appreciate how the complicated and convoluted route from the switch on our lamp befouls and warms the planet, then we are not a serious people.  We are like children who think magic is running the place.  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.



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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 






AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]


The June 2010 Environmental Site of the Month Award goes out to The Green Dandelion.  One of the great things about living in the Rochester region is that we have a lot of colleges and universities near us.  That means we have a very aware educational culture whose students and faculty ‘get it’ on the need to pay attention to our environment.  The Green Dandelion is an excellent example of university students taking the lead in informing themselves about green emery and recycling and passing that information both inside and outside the university through new technologies that are the new media. This is a fun and informative site that encourages dialogue about preserving and protecting our environment.


The Green Dandelion “The Green Dandelion is a blog focused on sharing recycling, energy conservation and sustainability initiatives, ideas and events through blogs and online community interaction. Our content shares the distinctive voices of University Facilities and Services bloggers and those who work to improve the environment at the University of Rochester. We hope The Green Dandelion reflects the pleasure and joy we all derive from being involved in sustainability.”