Mississippi Issues

FROM SIERRA CLUB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHAEL BRUNE: WHY WE CAN'T BE SILENT

December 06, 2014
During the past week, the Sierra Club has spoken out about Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, and President Obama's executive action on immigration. Some have told us that they consider these to be "non-environmental" issues. Here are some quick thoughts on why these issues are so important to address. I'll share more later this week.

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY START TO WIN ON PRICE VS. CONVENTIONAL FUELS

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES:
For the solar and wind industries in the United States, it has been a long-held dream: to produce energy at a cost equal to conventional sources like coal and natural gas.
That day appears to be dawning. The cost of providing electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted over the last five years, so much so that in some markets renewable generation is now cheaper than coal or natural gas.
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY START TO WIN ON PRICE VS. CONVENTIONAL FUELS

MICHAEL CORRERO: A WARRIOR FOR GOOD PASSES

From State Director Louie Miller:
Sharing the sad and shocking news that Michael Correro has passed away. Michael was a citizen of Kemper County and stalwart opponent of the Kemper County power plant and strip mine boondoggle. He was one of the first to ask the hard questions, doing the analysis and drawing the conclusion that this was not in the best interests of Kemper County nor its citizens.
Funeral arrangements are as follows: Monday, November 24, 2014, at 1 PM Stephens Funeral Home, Highway 16, DeKalb, MS 39328.

BRENDON STEELE: WHAT CAN CLIMATE ADVOCATES DO TO ATTRACT CONSERVATIVE SUPPORT?

OPINION BY BRENDON STEELE
McClatchy-Tribune News Service November 16, 2014
Here's an excerpt from an interesting and thought provoking opinion piece from the Sun-Herald.
"Therefore, to draw in lasting conservative support -- a practical necessity given the GOP's recent win in the midterm elections -- environmentalists must advance deeply held conservative values hand-in-hand with climate protection. They must not only learn to speak conservatives' language but also genuinely incorporate their core values. This is especially difficult as today's environmental community is closely aligned with progressive thought, such that it does not have an intuitive sense of those values, making its GOP outreach particularly imprecise.
READ MORE HERE

GRAND RAPIDS SETS A HIGH BAR FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell sat down with Midwest Energy News to talk about his time in the mayor’s office. Heartwell has elevated the city as a model for sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency, which includes an aggressive 100-percent renewable energy goal by 2020 (it’s at 25 percent now) and an entire city lighting system comprised of LEDs. (11/14/2014 By Andy Balaskovitz. Caption: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell speaks at a benefit in 2009. Photo by Steven Depolo via Creative Commons)

NAACP TO HONOR SIERRA CLUB'S LOUIE MILLER AND ROBERT WIYGUL ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD

The Gulfport Branch NAACP will be honoring the Sierra Club and Robert Wiygul at its 2014 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi at 6:00pm. This year's program theme is "All in for Justice and Equality", and the organization's incoming National President and CEO, Cornell William Brooks, will be the special guest speaker. He will be presenting Distinguished Justice service awards to attorney Robert Wiygul and Louie Miller for their outstanding environmental justice advocacy. The NAACP has strategically engaged environmental and climate justice as one of its core civil rights issues

WATCH TONIGHT AT 7PM: ALL IN WITH CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC

Tonight at 7 PM, the MSNBC news show All In with Chris Hayes features Kemper and the Sierra Club team that fought it with a piece entitled What is Clean Coal?
"Clean Coal has been lauded by everyone from President Bush to President Obama. But how exactly do you make the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world “clean”? All In travels to a $5.5 billion dollar clean coal plant - the Kemper County Energy Facility in Eastern Mississippi – to find out."

ALL IN WITH CHRIS HAYES COMES TO KEMPER COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI AND MEETS WITH THE SIERRA CLUB

LOUIE MILLER, KEMPER

The MSNBC show All In with Chris Hayes came to Mississippi to report on the settlement between the Sierra Club and Mississippi Power.

SOUTHERN COMPANY LOSING GRIP: AN EDITORIAL FROM WYATT EMMERICH OF THE NORTHSIDE SUN

COURTESY OF: Bigger Pie Forum on August 17, 2014
AN EDITORIAL BY: Wyatt Emmerich | The Northside Sun | Editorials | August 14, 2014

The Southern Co. was dealt a huge — and deserved — blow this week when Mississippi’s Public Service Commission voted unanimously to delay prudency hearings on the controversial “clean coal” plant the utility giant is building in Kemper County.

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