Friday, March 9, 2012

Monsanto-Organics-Wind Incentives Action

 This from the Organic Consumers Association:

Global Days of Action Against Monsanto

Take Action Now
Scroll down to learn more about the global days of action to shut down Monsanto on March 16 & 17. We urge you to challenge corporate power directly at "the gates of evil," as the organizers of the protests have dubbed Monsanto's headquarters, research facilities and lobbying offices, but, before you leave this screen to head to the nearest Occupy encampment to get involved, please take action now on these important campaigns...

Safeguard Organic Standards!
National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show covered the organic standards debate on Tuesday. Here's the show's teaser: "The market for organic food has grown from just $1 billion in 1990 to nearly $30 billion today. As big corporations enter the market, concern has grown about enforcement of organic standards, and some see the movement drifting away from its founding principles of sustainability and local farming. They are alarmed by organic tomatoes grown in far-off, Mexican deserts that require constant irrigation, organic cows living on industrial-sized feedlots, and chickens laying organic eggs while confined in high-capacity barns. But others say that big farms bring organic food to the masses."

This from the AWEA:

Tell your Senators: Please Vote in Favor of Stabenow Amendment and Oppose DeMint Amendment
Senator Stabenow
This afternoon, the Senate is voting on several amendments to the transportation bill.  Senator Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced an amendment (S. AMDT 1812) which proposes to extend the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) for one year.  At the same time, Sen. DeMint (R-SC) introduced his own amendment (S. AMDT 1589) that would immediately end the PTC.
Times are hard for the wind industry right now – with the uncertainty of the PTC beyond the end of this year, wind project developers’ plans for 2013 projects and the manufacturing orders that they’d usually place at this time of the year are not happening.  Over 400 facilities across 43 states manufacture for the wind industry – and they are facing the very real possibility of laying off employees if the industry outlook does not change soon.

In order to avoid layoffs it is critical for the PTC to be extended immediately, as included in the Stabenow amendment. Conversely, Senator DeMint’s amendment would destroy jobs and shut the door on future investment in states across the country. Again, we urge you to vote in favor of the Stabenow amendment and against the DeMint amendment to S. 1813
I appreciate your effort to contact your Senators today and encourage them to vote for an amendment that will save and grow American wind jobs.

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