Celebrate NASA’s new carbon observator​y in space!


Today, in partnership with the Urgency Network, we celebrate the launch of NASA’s Carbon Observatory-2 by giving you free entry into Urgency Network & Motherboard’s Ticket To Rise campaign – your chance to win a trip to space on XCOR’s Lynx Spacecraft.

OCO-2 is NASA’s first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth’s climate.

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While there, we encourage you to support and help spread the word about OCO-2 and Earth Day Network by completing actions like:

– Donating
– Inviting friends
– Scheduling a post
– Watching awareness videos

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The more actions you complete, the higher you’ll climb on the campaign leaderboard, and the better shot you have at being one of the first in space.

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The Earth Day Network Team

Power of Wind


 

Happy 4th of July, from all of us at the American Wind Energy Association! 

On this holiday, we take a moment to appreciate our freedom here in the U.S. – and we wanted to highlight the ways in which our growing supply of wind power is improving our national energy security.

When we use wind to generate electricity, we are:

  • Free from water use.  Wind power conserves water supplies, because it uses virtually no water.  When we use wind power, we often displace electricity generation from fossil fuel power plants (often coal- and natural gas-fired facilities), and as a direct result, reduce or avoid consumption of water, which is heavily relied on to cool thermal plants. More here.  
  • Free from pollution.  Generating electricity from wind emits zero greenhouse gases and none of the other air pollutants that are harmful to human health, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury. Those pollutants can cause respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, and developmental problems, in vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly.  More here.
  • Free from importing fuel.  Wind turns the blades of the turbine, and the gears inside the turbine transform the mechanical energy into electrical energy.  Wind power’s fuel is free, and its supply is infinite.  On top of that, it’s grown right here in the USA – wind turbines are often installed on farmers’ and ranchers’ land, which helps them to maintain their livelihoods and attracts millions of dollars of private investment to rural economies.  Take a look at a day in the life of a wind farm and its caretakers here.

Thanks, as always, for your support for American wind power!  We appreciate it!  And we hope that you and your family and friends have a wonderful Independence Day!

Sincerely,
Aaron

Aaron Severn
Director, Grassroots and Legislative Affairs
American Wind Energy Association

 

Jobs Report “Too Good”?


 MediaMattersweekly_email_header_logo_altSome other things I’ve read this week: Martha Plimpton on women’s rights being denied, Jessica Roy on attending a men’s rights conference, Marguerite Ward on Canada’s immigration policy, and Andy Warner and Lauren Sommer on the perils of ocean acidification.

John Whitehouse
Twitter: @existentialfish

What’s Wrong With Hobby Lobby

Hobby LobbyIn the Hobby Lobby decision, the Roberts Court adopted a number of conservative myths that will end up allowing discrimination in the name of corporate religion: http://mm4a.org/1k78VqZ
Related: In addition to sex discrimination, corporations will be able to use Hobby Lobby to discriminate against LGBT individuals: http://mm4a.org/1qvyR79
While conservatives are trying to minimize the impact of Hobby Lobby, numerous legal challenges could make the impact on women even worse: http://mm4a.org/V9QIU2

Standing Up To George Will’s Bullying

Sendrow, WillGeorge Will dismissed Lisa Sendrow’s experience of sexual assault in his Washington Post column. Now, she is speaking out – and standing up to Will’s dismissal of sexual assault: http://mm4a.org/1okwbWN

Jobs Report “Too Good”?

PayneEconomist Justin Wolfers wrote on Twitter that there was “simply no bad news” in the June jobs report. Fox host Charles Payne found the bad news, writing that the report might be “too good.” http://mm4a.org/1j0clAS

FEATURED VIDEO

Cecile RichardsFive male justices issued a Hobby Lobby holding based on a series of myths. Here are eight women explaining why the decision is dead wrong: http://mm4a.org/TKfYz3

LIMBAUGH’S ADVICE FOR THE LADIES

LimbaughReacting to Hobby Lobby, Rush Limbaugh declared that women wouldn’t need birth control if they “didn’t do a certain thing.” http://mm4a.org/1xhmCMf

THE NYT CAN DO BETTER

ChalabiWhen the New York Times reports on Ahmed Chalabi’s return to prominence, they should disclose that he was the source of their problematic coverage in the lead up to the Iraq War. http://mm4a.org/V7LuYV

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

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Ilyse Hogue Explains What The Hobby Lobby Ruling Got Wrong