After last week's Political Party on global warming, Anne Gilliam sent me the following information on the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which is Atlanta's leading environmental group dedicated to energy issues. I was particularly interested in checking out "Kilowatt Ours," a video SACE distributes on safe energy. Here's what Anne sent:
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes responsible energy choices that solve global warming problems and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. For more information, go to: www.cleanenergy.org; Atlanta office: 404-659-5675.
"If folks are interested in joining SACE, they can contact our office directly or visit our website at www.cleanenergy.org and click 'Donate Now' on the home page.
"To join SACE and get a copy of 'Kilowatt Ours,' contact Anne Gilliam at firstname.lastname@example.org/404-659-5675. 'Kilowatt Ours' is a wonderful movie that follows the quest of conservationist and filmmaker Jeff Barrie to document the negative consequences of coal and nuclear energy production while teaching consumers about renewable power and how to increase energy efficiency to save on their utility bills.
"Also, you may be interested to know that SACE recently went carbon neutral. I have attached the press release [available here]. More info is also on our website at http://www.cleanenergy.org/programs/hottopic.cfm?ID=68."
Anne also said that SACE, along with biodiesel pioneer Rob del Bueno, is developing a biodiesel retail station on DeKalb Avenue. Contact her for more information.
Posted by Ken Edelstein
With special guests (from left):
As scientific evidence piles up, much of the argument about global warming has begun focusing on whether there should even be an argument anymore. There was plenty of both Wednesday night during Creative Loafing's Political Party at Dad's Garage, where the hot topic was dissected by the panel of guests, host Ken Edelstein and a vocal crowd.
Georgia Tech's Michael Bergin made a diplomatic case for action, comparing the remaining uncertainty about climate change to the uncertainty in taking out an insurance policy Ñ eventually there comes a point when the potential risks outweigh the short-term costs. He and global-warming skeptic Harold Brown, professor emeritus in crop and soil science at the University of Georgia, debated the value of climate models, anecdotal evidence and scientific consensus. Patty Durand, executive director of the Sierra Club's Georgia chapter, stressed the urgency of the situation and the need to quickly adopt renewable energy sources. She also questioned whether a skeptic such as Brown should even be given airtime ... eventually getting a little hot under the collar herself.
The crowd had a lot to add to the discussion and several members of the audience were still vying for the microphone when the show had to screech to a halt half an hour past its scheduled time. Global warming and its possibly catastrophic consequences obviously warrant vast attention, and Wednesday's debate was a jolt to keep the conversation going in Atlanta.
Click the button below to listen to the podcast of the show.
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Click here for ways you can combat global warming, and for links to organizations committed to even broader action.
Photographs by Joeff Davis
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Political Party is held at Dad's Garage.
280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C-101, Atlanta, GA 30307
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CL's Russell McLendon and I just finished a cover story on Southern Co. and global warming. I was amazed at how clear it seems that Southern Co. bears some corporate responsibility, both as a huge emitter of greenhouse gases and as a political power. Yet Southern seems to escape all corporate responsibility.
Read the story. Then tell us what you think!
Posted by Ken Edelstein
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