This week we're highlighting Green America, Climate Protection Campaign and Marin County Bicycle Coalition and we have some BIG news.
Exciting news from Green America - thanks to the support of more than 40 organizations and to funding provided by Climate Riders, on August 2nd the Clean Energy Victory Bond bill was introduced in Congress.
And as of today, the Library of Congress has published the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, the culmination of several years of hard work at Green America, and the support of clean-energy advocates across the country.
Just like World War II era victory bonds enabled ordinary Americans to raise billions of dollars for the war effort, these new bonds are projected to raise enough money to generate 1.7 million new jobs manufacturing, deploying, and maintaining renewable energy projects. This bill ends the financial uncertainty around current federal programs, extending the imperiled Production Tax Credit for wind energy -- and other renewable energy incentives -- for as long as a decade.
Our friends at Green America need you to take action to get this bill passed. Click here to learn more and to find out how to call your representative and support the bill.
And we're excited to report that we'll have staff members from both the Climate Protection Campaign and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition on the upcoming Climate Ride California to share knowledge and best practices.
The Climate Protection Campaign works to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. CPC partners with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions. Funds from Climate Ride support the Sonoma Clean Power initiative: a public-private partnership to aggressively develop local renewable energy, which will in turn create new businesses and jobs, stabilize electricity prices, and keep energy dollars local.They are also helping to develop a new smart phone app that links rider and drivers into carpools.
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) promotes bicycling for everyday transportation and recreation. MCBC has been steadily improving our county’s road and path facilities for walkers and bikers since we formed in 1998. MCBC developed the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program and former Executive Director, Deb Hubsmith, now heads the national SRTS, which serves all 50 states. We’ve seen the impact of our advocacy efforts in each of our towns: permanent bike racks, bike lane striping, bike route signs, road resurfacing, ‘sharrows’, and much more. Since 1999 weekday cycling trips in Marin increased 172%, while cycling collisions declined 34%.
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