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The 90 Day Plan

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 27

DAY 27

Power plants across the country use 136 Billion gallons of freshwater everyday; compare that to 4 Billion gallons for home use.  Saving energy ultimately saves water; encourage your family to invest in ENERGY STAR appliances before their next purchase. 

Challenge:   Why is desalination not currently cost-effective for most parts of the world?  What is water-reclamation?  By 2013, thirty-six states are anticipating water shortages at either the local, regional, or statewide level; is your state on the list?

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Friday, July 16, 2010

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 26

DAY 26

There are many tools to measure energy and water consumption in your home.
By CHECKING the BILLS carefully, you lay your hands on one of the best
ways to assess your energy and water use.

Challenge: Is it more practical to make your current appliances more
efficient or replace them with high efficiency models? Look into the cost
of the appliances vs. money saved.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fw: Your Voice is Needed to Protect Our Streams

Dear Guy,

As a parting gift to Big Coal, in late 2008 the Bush administration gutted the Stream Buffer Zone rule, which protected our nation's streams and waterways from the worst coal industry abuses.

The old rule was a good rule - but it was never properly enforced. Today, however, instead of reinstating and enforcing the old stream buffer zone rule, the Obama administration is proposing totally new guidelines that would regulate how -- and whether -- America's streams can be filled with waste from mining operations.

But before they'll write the new regulations, the administration has decided to gather information for an Environmental Impact Statement. To that end, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is requesting your opinion on what requirements a new stream protection rule should include.

Click hear to comment today and demand that our streams stay clean of toxic mining waste:

This is a tremendous opportunity to make your voice heard on the kind of protections our streams deserve -- before the rule is written.

Please, take just a few minutes today to make sure that your views are taken into account and our streams are protected from the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Click hear to submit your comments today.

Thank you for taking action.

Matt Wasson

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The 90-Day Plan: DAY 25

DAY 25

Saving water saves energy, saving energy also saves water—funny how that
works. Just as the demand for water spikes in the summer, the demand
energy also tends to peak in the summer. SPREAD THE WORD about why water
and energy conservation is important for a sustainable future.

Challenge: America has about 5% of the world's population, yet we emit
about 30% of the world's greenhouse gasses; list two myths and two
realities of climate change.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 24

DAY 24

Since demand is at an all time high in the summer, DON'T PLAY WITH the
WATER. Hoses flow at over 10 GPM is estimated that half of the water used
outside every year is wasted.

Challenge: How much chlorine, electricity, and water does the closest
waterpark consume every season or year? Find some 'natural waterparks'

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 23

DAY 23

These days, more than ever, it is important to HAVE A HERO. My college
degree is signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, but your hero doesn't
necessarily have to be a Superhero. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes;
it is important to admire someone for taking a stand and making a
difference in our world.

Challenge: What purpose have pioneers and explorers served to advance
society? What is our next frontier?

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Nothing tells the story of adventure more than, Life on the Mississippi
River by: Mark Twain. How did Twain get his name?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Louisiana Environmental Action Network & Lower Mississippi RIVERKEEPER©

Helping to Make Louisiana Safe for Future Generations

July 12, 2010
BP Makes Me Sick!

Amazing! 57,264 people joined our "BP Makes Me Sick" coalition in only 4
days. As BP blocks Gulf clean-up workers from wearing respirators when
dealing with harmful toxins, thousands of us are asking President Obama to
step in. (Keith Olbermann explains the issue here.) The Washington Post,
Huffington Post, Baton Rouge Advocate, and others all wrote about this new

We have momentum -- can you help us reach 100,000 signers by joining our
coalition today? Click here! (Then, forward to others!)

Today, we are proud to announce that our effort is endorsed by 50 partners
across the nation. This includes:

Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert Kennedy Jr. and the Save Our Gulf
Louisiana Environmental Action Network Executive Director Marylee Orr
Major Senate candidates -- Roxanne Conlin (IA), Jack Conway (KY), Kendrick
Meek (FL), and Elaine Marshall (NC)
27 House candidates -- including bold progressives Ann McLane Kuster (NH),
Bill Hedrick (CA), David Segal (RI), and others (full list here)
9 House members -- including Carolyn Maloney (NY), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH),
Jared Polis (CO), Chellie Pingree (ME), and Alcee Hastings (FL)
National organizations like Democracy for America, Color Of Change, and
Commercial Fishermen of America

Please join our coalition and stand up for workers today -- then, pass
this email to others.

Press Coverage:

Louisiana Watermen Demand Proper Safety Equipment In Gulf Oil Cleanup
By Ryan Grimm
The Huffington Post
July 8, 2010

In the harried cleanup that followed the attack on downtown New York on
September 11th, managers of the process famously failed to equip workers
with protective gear, damaging countless lives of those who came to the
rescue. Environmental advocacy groups and commercial watermen, who are
more often joined in combat than alliance, have come together with
bloggers and public officials to prevent the pattern from repeating in the

Robert Kennedy Jr.'s Waterkeeper Alliance, the United Commercial
Fisherman, the Louisiana Shrimp Association, Commercial Fisherman of
America, the Nassau Sierra Club in Florida and the Louisiana Environmental
Action Network, among dozens of others, are calling on BP to properly
equip rescue workers mired in the toxic muck that has been spewing from
the Gulf floor for nearly three months.

"We cannot let the denial of protective gear that hurt so many 9/11
clean-up workers happen again with the Gulf clean-up workers," reads a
statement signed by the groups, organized by the Progressive Change
Campaign Committee. "President Obama and the federal government must
demand that BP allow every clean-up worker who wants to wear respiratory
protective equipment to do so -- and ensure that workers get the equipment
and training they need to do their jobs safely."

The fishing organizations represent those who have been transformed into
cleanup workers by the spill. A scientist with the Louisiana Environmental
Action Network recently testified before Congress on the hazards of Gulf

The groups are organizing an online petition at, where a
full list of the coalition, which includes local bloggers and national
politicians such as Florida Democratic Reps. Alan Grayson and Kendrick
Meek, can be found.

Go to the article here:

Gulf Fishermen, Bloggers, RFK Jr. Say "BP Makes Me Sick"
By Nancy Scola
Tech President
July 8, 2010

A growing coalition of local bloggers, elected officials, online
organizers, workers, environmental groups, and public figures formally
launched today a drive to get BP to allow workers wear health-saving
protective gear as they go about cleaning up the Gulf coast.

The new BP Makes Me Sick Coalition is, it's probably fair to say, the
first high-profile push we've seen to use political organizing tactics,
online and offline, to shape the ongoing disaster in the Gulf. The
implicit tactic is to coalesce public opinion around a tangible idea --
one itself important, but that stands for something bigger. The BP Makes
Me Sick Coalition is a project spearheaded by the Progressive Change
Coalition, with the backing of local groups like Atchafalaya Basinkeeper
and Galveston Baykeeper, Gulf fishermen, local blogs like the Burnt Orange
Report and Texas Kaos, local electeds like Reps. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and
Kendrick Meek (D-FL), and national figures like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who
helps head the New York-based environmental group Riverkeeper.

The group, explained PCCC's Adam Green, started taking shape about two
weeks ago, after Marylee Orr, the head of the Louisiana Environmental
Action Network, talked on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show about BP's alleged
efforts to prevent clean-up workers from wearing respirators on the job.

"It's a choice between feeding their family, and not having money to feed
their family," Orr told Olbermann. "They're willing to sacrifice their
health to feed their family, and I think that's tragic. When our fishermen
folks had their respirators on, they were told to take them off, that they
would be fired if they used them." (Clip here.) Through Orr, says Green,
PCCC connected with local fisherman's organizations. Through them, they
reached out to local environmental groups, and on to Kennedy, who came
aboard yesterday.

This being a PCCC joint, there's also a strategic twist. The subtext of BP
Makes Me Sick is using the relatively discrete matter of protective
respirators to press President Barack Obama on his leadership in the Gulf
-- or, to flip it around, his supposed deference to BP. Fleshing out that
angle is a note on the site echoing the George W. Bush-era: "We cannot let
the denial of protective gear that hurt so many 9/11 clean-up workers
happen again with the Gulf clean-up workers."

At the moment, features an online petition that anyone
can co-sign.

Go to the article here:

NY DAILY NEWS: Group Demands BP Provide Cleanup Workers With Respirators

SAN FRAN CHRONICLE: Sources: BP threatens to fire cleanup workers who wear

DAILY KINGFISH: Kingfish joins coalition to protect cleanup workers
Visit to get more information about the BP Deepwater
Horizon disaster from Waterkeeper organizations across the Gulf Coast and
donate to Save Our Gulf!

Gulf Spill Poison Center Statistics

The Oil Spill and Calls to Poison Centers

As of 4:00 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2010, U.S. poison centers have taken the following number of calls regarding the Gulf Oil spill:

  • 722 exposure calls (calls that involve someone being exposed to an oil-spill related toxin, be it oil, dispersant, food contamination or other associated toxin.)
  • 499 information calls (calls seeking information about the health-related effects of the oil spill)

Poison centers have taken exposure calls from the following states or countries: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia,  Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Of those, Louisiana has received the most calls: 214, followed by Florida (191) Alabama (165), and Mississippi (83).

Most exposures so far have been via inhalation, though dermal exposure is also commonly reported. Most common symptoms reported have included: headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, throat irritation, eye pain, coughing/choking and dizziness.


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La. Police Doing BP's Dirty Work [Video]

by Mac McClelland

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The 90-Day Plan: DAY 22

DAY 22

PICK-UP AFTER YOUR PET and keep the water clean. Pet waste contains
harmful bacteria including E-coli. This type of runoff also contributes
to the build-up of nutrients in the water and can decrease the amount of
oxygen in the water leading to algae blooms and fish kills.

Challenge: If you or someone you know is considering a new pet encourage
them to adopt from a shelter instead of a breeder and especially not a
'puppy mill.'

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sign the Letter to Stop Dolphin/Whale Harvesting in Japan

Coming Soon: The Dolphin Slaughter season starts September 1, 2010. Sign this letter today to speak out for the dolphins and whales of the world.

Gulf Oil Spill: Cap Removed From Gushing Well, Oil Flows Freely

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Robotic submarines working a mile underwater removed a
leaking cap from the gushing Gulf oil well Saturday, starting a painful
trade-off: Millions more gallons of crude will flow freely into the sea
for at least two days until a new seal can be mounted to capture all of

There's no guarantee for such a delicate operation deep below the water's
surface, officials said, and the permanent fix of plugging the well from
the bottom remains slated for mid-August.

"It's not just going to be, you put the cap on, it's done. It's not like
putting a cap on a tube of toothpaste," Coast Guard spokesman Capt. James
McPherson said.

Robotic submarines removed the cap that had been placed on top of the leak
in early June to collect the oil and send it to surface ships for
collection or burning. BP aims to have the new, tighter cap in place as
early as Monday and said that, as of Saturday night, the work was going
according to plan.

If tests show it can withstand the pressure of the oil and is working, the
Gulf region could get its most significant piece of good news since the
April 20 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11

"Over the next four to seven days, depending on how things go, we should
get that sealing cap on. That's our plan," said Kent Wells, a BP senior
vice president, of the round-the-clock operation.

It would be only a temporary solution to the catastrophe that the federal
government estimates has poured between 87 million and 172 million gallons
of oil into the Gulf as of Saturday. Hope for permanently plugging the
leak lies with two relief wells, the first of which should be finished by

With the cap removed Saturday at 12:37 p.m. CDT, oil flowed freely into
the water, collected only by the Q4000 surface vessel, with a capacity of
about 378,000 gallons. That vessel should be joined Sunday by the Helix
Producer, which has more than double the Q4000's capacity.

But the lag could be long enough for as much as 5 million gallons to gush
into already fouled waters. Officials said a fleet of large skimmers was
scraping oil from the surface above the well site.

The process begun Saturday has two major phases: removing equipment
currently on top of the leak and installing new gear designed to fully
contain the flow of oil.

BP began trying Saturday afternoon to remove the bolted top flange that
only partially completed the seal with the old cap. Video images showed
robotic arms working to unscrew its bolts. Wells said that could last into
Monday depending on whether the flange can be pulled off from above, as BP
hopes. If not, a specially designed tool will be used to pry apart the top
and bottom flanges.

Once the top flange is removed, BP has to bind together two sections of
drill pipe that are in the gushing well head. Then a 12-foot-long piece of
equipment called a flange transition spool will be lowered and bolted over

The second piece of pipe inside the well head came as something of a
surprise, and raises the possibility that one of the sections of pipe
became jammed in the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer, though which
the well pipes run. The failure of the blowout preventer, a massive piece
of equipment designed to stop the unchecked flow of oil, is partly to
blame for the size of the spill.

"That will be an important question to ask when we pull the blowout
preventer up to the surface and we'll figure out where that pipe
ultimately landed," Wells said.

After the flange transition spool is bolted in place, the new cap - called
a capping stack or "Top Hat 10" - can be lowered. The equipment, weighing
some 150,000 pounds, is designed to fully seal the leak and provide
connections for new vessels on the surface to collect oil. The cap has
valves that can restrict the flow of oil and shut it in, if it can
withstand the enormous pressure.

That will be one of the key items for officials to monitor, said Paul
Bommer, a professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Texas at

"If the new cap does work and they shut the well in, it is possible that
part of the well could rupture if the pressure inside builds to an
unacceptable value," Bommer wrote in an e-mail Saturday.

Ultimately, BP wants to have four vessels collecting oil within two or
three weeks of the new cap's installation. If the new cap doesn't work, BP
is ready to place a backup similar the old one on top of the leak.

The government estimates 1.5 million to 2.5 million gallons of oil a day
are spewing from the well, and the previous cap collected about 1 million
gallons of that. With the new cap and the new containment vessel, the
system will be capable of capturing 2.5 million to 3.4 million gallons -
essentially all the leaking oil, officials said.

The plan, which was accelerated to take advantage of a window of good
weather lasting seven to 10 days, didn't inspire confidence in the
residents of the oil-slicked coast.

"This is probably the sixth or seventh method they've tried, so, no, I'm
not optimistic," said Deano Bonano, director of emergency preparedness for
Jefferson Parish.

On Saturday he was inspecting beaches at Grand Isle lined with protective
boom and bustling with heavy equipment used to scoop up and clean stained

"Even if they turn it off today, we'll still be here at least another six
weeks, on watch for the oil," he said.

"Shutting off the oil is a very important step, but we should not assume
this disaster is over," said Larry Schweiger, president of the National
Wildlife Federation. "I think it's important to recognize that there's an
enormous amount of oil still in the Gulf."


Associated Press Writer Holbrook Mohr in Belle Chase, La. contributed to
this report.

The 90-Day Plan: DAY 21

DAY 21

Even in today's economic climate, land prices are on the rise so USE IT or
LOSE IT. By patronizing your parks, forests, and preserves you are
helping to ensure their future. Seldom does development reverse
itself—once it's gone, it's gone.

Challenge: Open lands and forests are definitely important for our
planet's health; why are wetlands especially important for the health of
our fresh water and oceans?

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