Archive: 07/2012

"The Earth is Sacred:" Nuclear Holocaust, Nuclear Energy, and Our Coal-Powered Climate Change

Northeast Side, Holmes Lake, August 5, 2012

“Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove, has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished. Even the rocks, which seem to be dumb and dead as they swelter in the sun along the silent shore, thrill with memories of stirring events connected with the lives of my people, and the very dust upon which you now stand responds more lovingly to their footsteps than yours, because it is rich with the blood of our ancestors, and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch.” Chief Seattle

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"Carbon Nation" Screening

“Excellent.” The Los Angeles Times
“Entertaining ... endearing ... and exceptional.” Huffington Post
“Lively and Fun.” The Seattle Times

Please join us on for a screening of ‘carbon nation’ on 7 pm at Meadowlark Coffeehouse, 1624 South St., Lincoln.

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Global Warming Strikes Nebraska - Again

At a news conference July 16 in Omaha, retired National Weather Service meteorologist John Pollack outlined the role that human-caused Global Warming is playing in the extreme weather events that have struck our state the past two summers.  Speaking down by the Missouri River, Pollack contrasted last year’s disastrous flooding from the massive snowmelt in the Rockies to the drought and record-setting temperatures that are now devastating the state.

Reprinted below is the statement Pollack delivered at the news conference, which was co-sponsored by 350.org–Nebraska, the Greater Omaha Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Nebraskans for Peace.

The recent weather disasters -- our scorching heat wave, drought, western wildfires, derecho (direct, straight-line) windstorm, and even the early rash of tropical storms -- all are part of a pattern made more frequent by Global Warming. This is the conclusion of 98 percent of the climate scientists who conduct research and publish in peer-reviewed journals on climate. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/rick-perrys-made-up-facts-about-climate-change/2011/08/17/gIQApVF5LJ_blog.html

Human-caused Global Warming has been worsening this large-scale weather pattern by pushing southern weather systems northward. This weather phenomenon is consistent with climate models that predict how rising carbon dioxide levels from fossil fuel burning will affect the Earth’s climate. This weather pattern, which has been very persistent over the U.S. since the beginning of 2012 has resulted in the warmest year since good records began in 1895, and has produced an expanding area of drought over much of the country. Abnormally dry conditions intensified the recent heat wave, and allowed the hot air to spread across a large region.

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13 minutes to Doomsday

The following Washington Post editorial, published July 8, 2012, outlines what should be a no-brainer, the case for the U.S. and Russia to take our nuclear weapons off hair-trigger, launch-ready alert. Our friends at Peace Action would like us to join them in asking President Obama to Prevent Doomsday - Take Nuclear Weapons Off Hair-Trigger Alert.

Both Nebraskans for Peace and Peace Action want all nuclear weapons abolished worldwide, but de-alerting is one of the single most effective steps we could take to reduce the danger of nuclear war.

Click on this link to tell the president he needs to do it, right away!

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Labor unions deserve appreciation

John Kretzschmar, the director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and NFP member, published the following article in the Omaha World-Herald on June 26, 2012.

The writer is director of the William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The fate of the American labor movement, particularly in the public sector, will be continually in the news as we near the November election.

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