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New Green Ad: From Silicon Valley to The Chamber Of Commerce

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The new ad, designed to look like an email from Silicon Valley to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is signed by Silicon Valley Joint Venture president Russell Hancock and Silicon Valley Leadership Group president Carl Guardino.

silicongreenAD-largeTo: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
From: Silicon Valley
Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 8:37 AM
Subject: Moving Forward on Clean Energy

Silicon Valley is ready to lead the world in the next great technological revolution: clean energy. It’s the best route to prosperity and jobs for America, and to less imported oil. But we need strong policies from Washington that open up the market for this new opportunity.

That’s why we’ve been so disappointed by the opposition of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to clean energy legislation now moving through Congress. While you are a valued business partner on many issues, the San Jose Mercury News called you a “dinosaur when it comes to clean energy”. And companies from PG&E to Apple have resigned from the Chamber over your extreme position on climate and energy legislation.

As our European and Asian competitors move forward to build the next generation of clean energy technology, the U.S. Chamber seems mired in false debates over settled science and a 20th Century approach to energy. It’s time for the “voice of business” to move forward, embrace a market-based cap on carbon pollution, and help lead a new century of American prosperity.

If you won’t, other cutting edge companies are likely to move forward without you — and to speak out in favor of policies that help us create a new, healthy energy future.

Signed,

Russell Hancock, President & CEO

Russell Hancock, President & CEO

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Carl Guardino, President & CEO

Carl Guardino, President & CEO

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Energy Secretary Chu: ‘I Think It’s Wonderful’ That Companies Are Leaving The Chamber Over Its Denialism

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu with President Obama

Energy Secretary Steven Chu with President Obama

ThinkProgress/Zaid Jilani—Recently, there has been a “business backlash” against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its extreme global-warming denier views. Businesses, fed up with the Chamber’s resistance to taking any sort of action to curb carbon emissions, have been leaving the business federation one after another. In the past month alone, Pacific Gas & Energy, Exelon, Public Service Company of New Mexico, and Apple have left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its extreme views on climate change.

Yesterday, during a solar energy event at the National Mall, Energy Secretary Steven Chu was asked by a Reuters reporter what he thought about the exodus of businesses from the Chamber. He replied by telling the reporter that he thinks it’s “wonderful” that companies are leaving:

green_dollar“I think it’s wonderful. I think that companies like that, Exelon, for example, others are saying that we have to recognize reality. In order to position the odd states in an economically competitive place and also to make the world minimize the dangers of significant climate change for our children and grandchildren we’ve got to go in this direction. So they’re saying, we can’t be a party to foot-dragging, to denials to things of that nature.”

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“Cleantech” The next “Big Thing” for the economy?

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SAN FRANCISCO – By JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer
Our economy sure could use the Next Big Thing. Something on the scale of railroads, automobiles or the Internet — the kind of breakthrough that emerges every so often and builds industries, generates jobs and mints fortunes.

Silicon Valley investors are pointing to something called cleantech — alternative energy, more efficient power distribution and new ways to store electricity, all with minimal impact to the environment — as a candidate for the next boom.

And while no two booms are exactly alike, some hallmarks are already showing up.

A year into the Great Recession, innovation isn’t slowing. This time, it’s better batteries, more efficient solar cells, smarter appliances and electric cars, not to mention all the infrastructure needed to support the new ways energy will be generated and the new ways we’ll be using it.

…Big bets are being placed. The Obama administration is pledging to invest $150 billion over the next decade on energy technology and says that could create 5 million jobs. This recession has wiped out 7.2 million.

And cleantech is on track to be the dominant force in venture capital investments over the next few years, supplanting biotechnology and software. Venture capitalists have poured $8.7 billion into energy-related startups in the U.S. since 2006.

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TV Review: ‘The National Parks: America’s Best Idea’ Ken Burns Goes Camping, and Has Photos

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Horace Albright, then Yellowstone’s superintendent, dining with friends in 1922 in an image from Ken Burns’s series, “The National Parks,” which begins on Sunday on PBS.

Horace Albright, then Yellowstone’s superintendent, dining with friends in 1922 in an image from Ken Burns’s series, “The National Parks,” which begins on Sunday on PBS.


New York Times/Mike Hale—Ken Burns’s new opus for public television, a six-night history of America’s national parks, contains quite a bit of contemporary footage — more than we’re accustomed to from the maker of “The Civil War” and “Jazz.” Along with the usual archival photographs and blurry home movies, there are frequent high-definition color views of the majestic scenery in parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia and Denali.

An interesting thing about those images, though: there are no people in them. Also no roads, parking lots, metal railings or refreshment stands. Bears gambol, clouds rush by, but it’s not until the last 10 minutes of this 12-hour documentary that we see contemporary people in the parks (though there are people in the archival images). And then they’re in fast motion, like Keystone Kops capering down the paths, or like those clouds scudding over the Grand Canyon.

There could be thematic reasons for this. One of the central conflicts traced in the film is between the notions of preserving wilderness untouched and preserving it for the recreation and education of as many people as possible. Mr. Burns may be casting a silent vote with his lonely vistas.

But they also reflect a central feature of the Ken Burns aesthetic. Not that he doesn’t like people, exactly. He just doesn’t like mess. Visually and intellectually, he likes order: clear compositions, clear stories, clear heroes and villains. He doesn’t like clutter, and he doesn’t like surprises. (He never met a twist of history that he couldn’t heavily foreshadow a half-hour earlier.)

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Ken Burns’s latest documentary begins on PBS on Sept. 27.

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Studies of the Arctic Suggest A Dire Situation

Icebergs that have broken away from the Jacobshavn glacier in Greenland. Ashley Cooper / Corbis

Icebergs that have broken away from the Jacobshavn glacier in Greenland. Ashley Cooper / Corbis


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I think that the people of the world must take heed to this.  Our earth is slowly losing because we aren’t being good stewards of our environment.  This article gives us some alarming information.  It won’t happen in my lifetime but it might in my Grandchildren’s lifetime.

Our right wing crazies just can’t understand, or don’t want to understand because it is something that may involve their pocketbooks.

Folks, I believe we are at a crossroad and need to act quickly.  There is already a poll out showing that 60% of voters will vote in 2010 for someone who will work to better the environment.

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