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April - June 2007
Club Reaches Landmark Agreement with KCP&L
On March 20th, 2007, Sierra Club and Concerned Citizens of Platte County
announced a groundbreaking global warming agreement with Kansas City Power
and Light (KCP&L) that ended all lawsuits against the company. In
return for dropping all legal actions and challenges to the building of
a new 850 MW power plant near Kansas City the company agreed to provide
the largest investment in clean energy Sierra Club has secured to date
(400 MW of wind and 300 MW of energy efficiency). The agreement allows
the one coal plant under construction (out of their original plan for
five coal plants) to continue on the condition that all 6,000,000 tons
of annual CO2 emissions from the new plant will be offset with investments
in energy efficiency and wind power. Read
You wouldn’t know it from the media, but there are actually bills in Congress that address climate change. It’s about time. The political will has been building from below, with individuals and businesses changing their ways, towns signing up to the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (which the Sierra Club has adopted as its Cool Cities campaign) and many states passing laws for cleaner electricity, more efficient buildings and the like. A federal law, if it were serious enough, would do in one swoop what all these piecemeal efforts are groping towards. Best known is the McCain-Lieberman bill, officially titled the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act (S. 280). It would cap greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2010 at the level where they stood in 2000. This is weaker than the inadequate Kyoto Protocol. Only two bills would really do the job, setting an ambitious goal for GHG emissions of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Their stated objective is to avoid a temperature rise of 3.6°F (2°C) and hold the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere below 450 parts per million; it’s currently 381 ppm and growing at about 2 ppm per year. Read more...
. . . Where Does It Go?
Failing Effort to Conquer the Natural World
Becky Denney, Missouri Chapter Conservation Chair
published by William Morrow
Review by Caroline Pufalt
Sierrans may remember Anniston, Alabama as “that town Monsanto polluted.” Readers will recall reading in 2003 of the unfolding trial regarding how decades of careless disregard for public health left the community contaminated with PCBs and it eventually resulted in a “$700 million day in court.” Now, a book by Anniston native, Dennis Love, recounts the human drama behind the city’s struggle with its toxic legacy. The book’s title, My City Was Gone, captures how Love felt returning to his beloved hometown to cover the issue. Read more...
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