Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fracking, Recycling, and Coal- Green America on Shareholders

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 "Andrea Cumpston" <>
Dear Green American,
20% of shareholders
demand action
on the climate crisis.
Add your voice to those of concerned shareholders
by taking our action here »

Is 20% a high enough
vote to matter?
Yes, absolutely!
Most shareholders automatically vote how management wants them to, and in this case, management was actively arguing against taking responsiblity for its carbon footprint. For 20% of shareholders to push back is huge, and sends a powerful message to company management. When the company starts hearing the same message from its customers, it must take notice. Please send your message to

People & Planet Award
Celebrate the great green businesses that are leading the way to a greener America. When you vote in our People & Planet Awards you can help three deserving businesses win $5,000 apiece »

Together, we're weilding economic power to stop corporate abuses, and I'm pleased to report some important victories.
One powerful tool we have to hold corporations to account is shareholder action – when those who own stock use their votes as shareholders to tell corporate management to clean up its act. 
A big thank-you to all the share-owning Green Americans who used your investor power to make 2012 an especially successful year for shareholder action.
Most of the shareholder votes happen in the first half of the year, so here's our report to you on recycling, anti-coal, and anti-fracking shareholder victories – and next steps you can take on these issues.

1. Advancing Recycling -- Previous shareholder seasons have achieved meaningful change on recycling at bottled-beverage companies. Concerned shareholders convinced Coca-Cola, Pepsico, and Nestle Waters to adopt recycling goals, and have convinced several companies to support extended producer responsibility (EPR) state legislation in the US. Similar to policies already enacted in 27 EU countries, EPR legislation makes companies responsible for collection and recycling of their post-consumer packaging. Meanwhile, the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Company has been lagging behind, which is why 32% of shareholders voted for the company to adopt recycling goals.
Find 20 plastic things you didn't know you can recycle in the Green American magazine »

2. Striking a Blow Against Coal -- In Green America's report on bad actors in the energy sector, Green America cited Southern Company as the most-polluting utility company in the country. Shareholders are taking notice as well. This year 26% of shareholders demanded that Southern Company report on the adverse effects of its coal-ash disposal, specifically "to reduce environmental and health hazards associated with coal combustion waste contaminating water."
Strike another blow against coal by taking our action in support of tax credits for wind energy »

3. Getting Real on Hydraulic Fracturing -- As many energy companies have begun utilizing the highly destructive natural-gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," concerned shareholders have taken notice. Very high percentages of investors owning shares in Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Ultra Petroleum (28%, 30%, and 35% respectively) voted to demand that the companies report on the community effects of their fracking operations.
Read Green America's editorial on why fracking is dangerous »

Attend Governor Cuomo's policy summit and speak out against fracking!
Join the rally to urge Gov. Cuomo not to frack New York, outside of his NYC policy summit next week.
Take action now!
CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.
Dear Mark,
Next week, on Wednesday, August 22, Governor Cuomo will host a policy summit in New York City. The summit, which will feature veterans of the Clinton Administration, appears to be a step forward as Cuomo explores a possible 2016 presidential run.
The event happens as Governor Cuomo is moving forward with his reckless plan to lift New York's fracking ban, which he is expected to announce as early as Labor Day.1
This policy summit is an important opportunity to publicly confront the Governor. We need to make sure he gets the message that if he wants the support of New Yorkers who care about their environment and the safety of the water they drink when he runs for president in 2016, he needs to stop moving forward with plans to frack New York.
Details are still being sorted out. Please RSVP if you might be able to attend, so we can stay in touch with you in case the time or place of the event changes.
What: Governor Cuomo: Don't frack New York! Rally outside the Governor's policy summit.
When: Wednesday, August 22, at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton New York Hotel, 811 7th Avenue, at 53rd street, New York, NY 10019 
"Zack Malitz, CREDO Action" <>****

Other shareholder actions supported by Green America and achieving high votes included demands for home-mortgage policy accountability at the mega-banks (Bank of America and Citigroup), as well as votes for poltical donation transparency at numerous companies (Walmart, AT&T, and ExxonMobil).
Thanks for all you do to demand that corporate America clean up its act,

Alisa (signature)

Alisa Gravitz
Executive Director
Green America

Dear Mark,
Last month, we told you how American Airlines is doing everything it can to obstruct democracy and block 10,000 of its employees from voting to form a union. These workers are still stranded without a voice to protect themselves as the airline attempts to gut their jobs, benefits, and working conditions through bankruptcy proceedings.
Yet American Airlines just celebrated one of its best second quarters in history – revenue rose 5.5 percent to an all-time high of $6.46 billion.1 Meanwhile, the company is spending enormous sums of money on legal fees just to prevent its workers from having an election.2
We need to make sure more people know about the airline's unjust, unAmerican unionbusting.
Will you take a minute to write a letter to your local paper? Letters to the editor from consumers like you, in newspapers across the country, can help put real pressure on the company.
American is content to fly below the radar if we let them. But you can ensure the company's outrageous behavior doesn't go unnoticed in the media. Write your letter now.
Thanks so much for continuing to speak up for workers,

"Hilary Woodward, American Rights at Work" <>

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Vestas To Lay Off 20 Percent of Pueblo Workforce

by Renewable Energy World Editors | August 15, 2012 | Post Your Comment
Wind manufacturer Vestas said on Aug. 13 that it plans to lay off 20 percent of the 450 workers at a tower factory in Pueblo, Colo. The company blames a weak market caused by the looming expiration of the production tax credit....

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