Hey all, I'm back again for another installment of Edwards Evening News Roundup! This is the place to be to find out what Edwards is up to. Right now I'm enjoying the sunshine and waiting patiently as the primary rolls on. Can you believe there's only 7 more months until the Iowa Caucus is under way? I know it sounds like it's a long ways away from now, but I'm telling you the days are passing by us quick. Now on to Edwards and Live Earth....
This weekend Live Earth is taking place all over the world. There will be concerts from the UK to DC to Brazil to Antarctica. It's great to see Al Gore presenting for the concert at the Giants Stadium where he will be announcing musicians like Roger Waters to The Police. Personally, I would love to go to the Live Earth concert in the UK. Spinal Tap will be performing with special guest Ricky Gervais who no doubt will make it a hilarious experience. This is the weekend to participate in promoting awareness of climate change. And, even if you're not attending one of these concerts, the Edwards Campaign has an easy of adding your voice to the movement.
Do you want to take the pledge? The Edwards Campaign has set up a pledge sheet for people to sign their names to. The pledges will be sent to the SOS Campaign who are the activists behind the Live Earth Concerts. Here's the link if you'd like to read more about who is behind Live Earth:
Here's what Edwards is asking us to pledge to:
- To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
- To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become "carbon neutral;"
- To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
- To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
- To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
- To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
- To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.
I just signed on to the pledge and you can too! Just go here to add your voice to this crucial movement:
Here's audio of John Edwards talking about Live Earth and what he'd do about climate change if he were President:
If you hadn't read what Edwards plans to do about fighting climate change here are a few things he'll do:
Cap and Reduce Global Warming Pollution: Edwards will set an economy-wide limit on the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. He will build on the precedent of the Clean Air Act of 1990 -- which limited pollution causing acid rain through a sulfur dioxide cap-and-trade system -- to reduce pollution in a cost-effective and flexible manner.
- Use Science to Set the Caps: Edwards will cap greenhouse gases at levels that the latest climate science has determined to be necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. He will reduce greenhouse pollution by 20 percent by 2020, and reduce it by 80 percent by 2050.
- Make Polluters Pay: Edwards will auction off a portion of the pollution permits to raise $10 billion a year for a New Energy Economy Fund to jump start clean, renewable, and efficient energy technologies and create 1 million jobs. Other permits will be sold or given away.
Create the New Energy Economy Fund: To jump start our investment in the future, Edwards will create the $13 billion-a-year New Energy Economy Fund. The fund will be financed by greenhouse gas polluters through the sale of emission permits and by ending taxpayer giveaways for big oil companies, including special tax subsidies and sweetheart terms in offshore drilling leases. The resources will double the Department of Energy's budget for efficiency and renewable energy, accelerate new energy technologies to market and help new businesses get started, encourage consumers to buy efficient products, and provide transition assistance to workers in carbon-intensive industries.
These are just a few things he plans to do, there is so much more in his plans to check out. Take a look and get educated on what Edwards proposes to do about climate change, passing new global climate change treaties and creating a green economy.
Did you know that the Edwards Campaign is the first to go carbon neutral? That's right, they're not just talking the talk but walking the walk on conservation. The Edwards campaign conserves energy at HQ and their field offices, and purchases carbon offsets to balance the carbon emitted by the campaign travel, HQ and field offices. The Edwards Campaign also set up a website trying to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint. Go here to check it out:
Hey, did you miss the video of Edwards addressing the United Steel Workers Candidate's Forum? Here's the link to the video from the Edwards Campaign:
Or, just watch it right here:
What to know if there are any upcoming Edwards events near you? Starting early next week The Edwards Campaign is officially opening the South Carolina for Edwards headquarters in Columbia. Elizabeth will be there to celebrate! Elizabeth will also be traveling to multiple house parties from Bedford NH to Hopkinton NH to Keene NH. John Edwards will be holding a town hall meeting in Las Vegas. For more information about these events go here:
Would you like to contribute to the Edwards Campaign? I set up a fund raising page for Edwards at Act Blue. Click the link below and give whatever you can, every little bit helps!
Thanks to my fellow Kossacks for dropping by, have a great weekend and make sure you wear your sunscreen!