Archive: 01/2013

Local View: A Crash Course in Climate Change

The following opinion piece appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star on January 15, written by Nebraskans for Peace State Coordinator, Tim Rinne.

Lincoln Journal Star
January 13, 2013
By Tim Rinne 

"We have less than 10 years to halt the global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet.

It is, simply, the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family."

-- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Aug. 9, 2009

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Support Gun Control Bills in Congress

This past Wednesday, January 16, President Obama unveiled his legislative plan to curb gun violence. Drafted in the wake of the Newtown massacre, it is the most ambitious gun control initiative to come out of the White House in decades.

The president has sworn to personally take 23 executive actions to halt the gun culture epidemic that is afflicting our country. But the real substance of his proposed agenda will require congressional approval.

Specifically, under President Obama’s legislative initiative, Congress is being asked to act on several key components, ranging from stricter laws and heightened enforcement to increased education and prevention:

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Kudos for OPPD

Last month, the Omaha Public Power District announced that it had entered into an agreement with Prairie Breeze Wind Energy to purchase 200 megawatts of energy—enough energy to power 60,000 homes—starting January 2014. The additional 200 megawatts to be generated by 120 turbines in north central Nebraska will double OPPD’s wind energy portfolio, enabling the publicly owned utility to meet its 2020 goal of deriving ten percent of its electricity from renewable sources a full six years early.

This is outstanding news—and further evidence that OPPD is leading the way among our publicly owned electrical utilities to a lower-carbon future.

But, as the following news release documents, OPPD isn’t just seeking out green renewable sources of ‘supply.’ It’s working to cut energy ‘demand’ as well—to reduce our overall usage.

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Long-Time Minister, Teacher and Peace Activist Celebrates 100th Birthday

By Erin Andersen 
Lincoln Journal Star
January 12, 2013

One hundred years ago, headlines were filled of talk of a world war.

But on a small farm near Junction City, Kan., Josephine Peterson was giving birth to a son -- Raleigh Peterson Jr.

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It's Global Warming, Stupid!

By Bruce E. Johansen

A walk around New York City’s Battery Park area, at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, got me seriously into global warming during October of 1999.

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