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August 2009

Floods ... Again
OVEC Organizer Wins International Recognition with Green Nobel
JOBS and Energy Answers for Our WV Mountain Communities
Picnic for Green JOBS
MTR Mining Equipment Taken Off Gauley Mountain For Now
Board Adds Conditions to Disputed Fayette County Mine Permit
Lets Make Sure the Transition to a Clean, Green Energy Future in WV is a Peaceful One
Calling All Potential New OVEC Board of Directors Members!
Congress Doesnt Always Want to Come CLEAN
The CLEAN Citizens Leading For Energy Action Now
American Clean Energy Security Act: Coal Rewarded
Good Gosh, We Could Have Used That Money to Jump Start the Clean Energy Future in America!
Slurry Lawsuit Settlers Frustrated With Wait for Money
Mountains Aided With First-Ever Fundraising Concert in North Carolina
Sludge Safety Project Legislative Session Wrap-Up
DEPs Sludge Study Results: Agency Still Dont Know Nuthin
OVEC Organizer Testifies at Senate MTR Hearing
Thanks for All the Volunteers Who Helped After the Floods
Fighting For Our Ancestors Resting Places
Lobbying for Green Jobs in DC
Growing Movement Demands Protection for Mountains, Climate, Humanity
Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Take Over WV Pollution Permitting
Byrds Eye View: Staffers Get Close-Up Views of Mountain Range Removal
A Good Win in A Critical Federal Court Case Against MTR
Judicial Bill Pulled by Governor
Supreme Court Case Makes WV A National Laughingstock
Eating For OVEC Keeps Raising $$$
Photovoice Participants Capture their Communities in Images
Photovoice Exhibitions Well Covered By Local and Statewide Media
You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference
Obama and Mountaintop Removal Mining: The Roller Coaster Ride
New CD Celebrates Coalfield Resistance to Mountaintop Removal
Blair Mountain and the National Register of Historic Places
Ashford Yesterday, Today and Maybe Tomorrow?
Come Home to West Virginia? Buyer Beware!
Louv-ley Day in Charleston
Who Are They Kidding?
Web Extras:
Open Letter to Governor Manchin about Blair Mountain
Matewan, West Virginia

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Global Warming / Climate Instability in the Mountain State

You Dont Have to Go to Copenhagen to Make a Difference

by Mel Tyree

On Dec. 7 18, 2009, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will convene in Copenhagen to discuss a global climate treaty.

According to Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UNs Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), not every detail of a comprehensive global treaty will be finalized, but "hopefully it will close with agreements on four political essentials." Those four political essentials, absolutely critical for a viable world agreement to prevent catastrophic climate change, include the following:

r How much are the industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?

r How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?

r How is the help needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed?

r How is the money going to be managed?

Yvo de Boer notes that the United States has refused to sign the Kyoto Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because of fears the treaty would harm the U.S. economy, because it didnt involve enough action from developing nations and because of the failure of the U.S. Senate to support it.

De Boer feels that the Copenhagen conference will be successful because the Senates Foreign Relations Committee, through John Kerry, will add support, and President Obama may be able to convince China and India to sign the next treaty.

Its clear that Obama understands the seriousness of human-caused climate change more than any president before him did. Plus, he has already committed more tax dollars for energy efficiency and renewable energy than any president in U.S. history.

The Senate remains a major stumbling block to success. Nearly all Republican senators and most Democrats from coal and oil states will oppose substantial U.S. commitment to greenhouse gas reductions without huge compromises from India and China. Even then, the coal and oil lobby will fight to derail U.S. commitment to any international treaty.

The fact remains that despite Obamas enthusiasm, the United States cant follow through with an agreement without congressional approval. The Clinton administration never obtained congressional support to sign the Kyoto agreement.

The 350.org project, led by environmentalist Bill McKibben, is spearheading an international day of climate action on October 24. The goals are: 1) To promote awareness of the critical need to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide levels back to 350 ppm to avoid catastrophic climate change and, 2) To create world-wide public momentum to encourage success at Copenhagen.

As of June 29, there were 1,078 actions planned in 67 countries. Information on the October 24 event and how to register an action is available at www.350.org.


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