All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future

PORTLAND, OR . . . A host of modern-day Edisons have invented technology that can now power all of our energy needs with electricity generated completely by renewable energy. So what’s the hold up? At this point, waiting to go electric is like saying we shouldn’t have used the personal computer in 1985 until the smartphone was invented. It is time for the utility industry, politicians, and consumers to wake up to the opportunity that this energy transformation will provide.

bookpublicityIn All-Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future, authors S. David Freeman, former utility CEO, and Leah Y Parks, a journalist in the electricity industry, present a practical course of action offering the best hope for eliminating disastrous climate change. With fascinating insight, these experts evaluate the latest research, technology, and energy policies, and lay out a comprehensive plan with achievable goals and a clear timeline.

Along the way, Freeman and Parks debunk common misconceptions about renewable energy:

It’s too expensive!”
Renewable energy is actually cheaper than fossil fuels.

“It’s not practical!”
Renewable energy sources are superabundant and can be distributed in massive quantities.

“We don’t have the technology!”
Current tech can meet all our energy needs many times over with solar and wind sources alone.

Not only is renewable energy better for the environment, it’s cheaper, more sustainable, more price stable, and safer than our current sources. Our country is poised for a twenty-first century energy revolution, and All-Electric America shows us how to do it.

David Freeman is a leading authority on energy policy. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as head of Tennessee Valley Authority, one of the nations largest electric utilities. After 7 years at TVA, he spent 30 years as the CEO of major public utilities in Texas, California, and New York. He then served as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Energy and the Environment. He is currently a senior advisor to Friends of the Earth and has authored three books on energy including, “A Time to Choose.”

Leah Y Parks is an associate editor for ElectricityPolicy.com and Electricity Daily, a journal and daily newsletter that examine current events and the state of the electricity industry for utility executives, commissioners, regulators, and other experts in the field. She is also a freelance writer, has acted as an advisor for technology reports, and has written extensively about innovations in energy storage, smart grid technology, energy infrastructure, and renewable energy.

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Trumped and Stumped: Review of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot

Many thanks to Erik Curren for his thoughtful review of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up by James Hoggan on Curren’s site Transition Voice.

Trumped and Stumped: A Cure for Political Polarization?

Curren notes the book “sounds like it was written just for the 2016 US presidential race” and it says “a lot about the polarization in American politics that has grown over the last forty years and made this year’s presidential race both incredibly nasty and totally absurd.”

Hoggan interviewed more than 60 leading thinkers including Thich Nhat Hanh, Peter Senge, and the Dalai Lama for the book, as Curren says, “all famous smart people who obviously have lots to say about how angry people can get along with each other better in politics.”

In his review, Curren  highlights the work of Adam Kahane, using power and love for social change. “…perhaps my favorite chapter comes from a peacemaker I hadn’t heard of before. During a stint with the oil company Shell, Canadian facilitator Adam Kahane learned the art of scenario planning. He then took this brand of practical storytelling on the road as a consultant to help people in more than 50 countries stop yelling at each other and start working together.”

It’s a fascinating read, see more here.

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Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2016 Finalists

The 52nd annual ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ (WPY) competition has recently released a preview of this year’s finalists. A killer whale feeding on herring beneath a fishing boat, a hungry hornbill eating a termite, mayflies swarming around under a starry night sky, are among the spectacular images that stood out for judges as the very best wildlife photograhy.

It all started in 1965. There were about 500 entries back then, but now, more than fifty years later, it attracted almost 50,000 of them from professionals and amateurs from 95 countries. The WPY52 exhibition will be on display from the 21st of October at Natural History Museum, London. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Splitting the catch © Audun Rikardsen, taken in Norway

Sometimes it’s the fishing boats that look for killer whales and humpbacks, hoping to locate the shoals of herring that migrate to these Arctic Norwegian waters. But the whales have also recently started to follow these boats. This image by Auden Rikardsen shows a large male killer whale feeding on herring that have been squeezed out of the boat’s closing fishing net.

Thistle-plucker: By Isaac Aylward, of the UK.
Thistle-plucker: By Isaac Aylward, of the UK.

Try keeping a flying linnet in sight while scrambling down rocky embankments holding a telephoto lens. Isaac did, for 20 minutes. He was determined to keep pace with the linnet, which he spotted while hiking in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains, finally catching up with the tiny bird when it settled to feed on a thistle flowerhead.

Swarming under the stars: By Imre Potyó, of Hungary.

After a few decades, the Danube mayfly (Ephoron virgo) have returned to the river Danube, probably due to the increasing water quality. The photographer said: ‘The fantastic mass swarming of these mayflies is one of the most exciting phenomenon for me. My image was taken in a dark, near-natural bank on a tributary of the Danube with long exposure, flash and flashlight. Unfortunately, the lamp-lit bridges have negative influence to them, because they are attracted to the lamps, become exhausted, lay their eggs to the asphalt roads of the bridge and perish immediately. The team of the Danube Research Institute in cooperation with the Environmental Optics Laboratory plan to solve this biooptical and environmental problem. This image is very precious to me as I can draw the attention to these spectacular water insects and their complex ecological light trap.’

Termite tossing: By Willem Kruger, from South Africa.
Termite tossing: By Willem Kruger, from South Africa.

Termite after termite after termite – using the tip of its massive beak-like forceps to pick them up, the hornbill flicks them in the air and then swallows them. Foraging beside a track in South Africa’s semi-arid Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the southern yellow-billed hornbill was deeply absorbed in snacking.

To see the entire list of 2016 finalists, please visit the Daily Mail.

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Thom Hartmann talks toxic discourse with Jim Hoggan

Thom Hartmann, the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US, recently discussed the toxic state of public discourse with James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re and Idiot, on his national TV program The Big Show.

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“James Hoggan, of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up/DeSmogBlog/The David Suzuki Foundation joins Thom. Americans are also frustrated with deeply dysfunctional political system in which lies and propaganda have replaced basic fact – they’re angry at a political culture that thrives on polarization and spin – and they’re frustrated with breakdown of our public discourse. Which raises the question – why is the political discourse in this country so screwed up?”

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The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy

“Birth Dearthers” argue that low birth rates spell economic and social disaster for the United States. However, The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy, edited by John Seager and Lee S. Polansky, effectively debunks this myth.

The Good Crisis argues that we have no shortage of people in our country. The problem is we’re not preparing them to become the highly skilled workers necessary for the jobs of tomorrow, to contribute to innovation and growth in our economy, and to the social security system critics keep warning about.

For example, it’s estimated that two million US manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next decade due to a “skills gap.” In addition, there will be great opportunities in the knowledge economy, ranging from health care to information systems to education. Yet we currently have more than 15 million U.S. children trapped in poverty with limited access to quality education. Seager and Polansky suggest we think of them as future doctors, engineers, teachers and entrepreneurs and take steps accordingly.

Backed by extensive research and real-world examples, The Good Crisis presents a path to a more productive, sustainable world including:

• Retraining older people, teaching job skills for today’s economy.

• Ensuring that children have access to better education and healthcare. There are proven links between a quality education, increased productivity, and shared upward mobility.

• Preventing teen pregnancy through peer counseling, comprehensive sex education, and access to birth control. • Welcoming marginal groups into the workforce.

The Good Crisis dispel anxieties about the impact of slowing population growth, and discuss innovative and practical solutions.

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John Oliver on the Decline of Journalism

John Oliver has some bad news about the state of the industry that gives us our news. He really nailed it in this clip from Last Week Tonight.

Forbes posted: “On Sunday, John Oliver used his platform on HBO’s Last Week Tonight to lament the current state of journalism. He discussed the decline of local- and state-based newspapers and mocked news organizations for replacing in-depth journalism with fluffy click-bait. But Oliver placed the blame squarely on readers like you and me, unaccustomed and reluctant to pay for our news.”

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News & Observer features Candid Creatures

Photo: A chimpanzee reaches out to touch the camera trap and triggers its motion sensor, taking an apparent selfie. Credit: Badru Mugerwa/ITFC/TEAM Network

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Zoologist Roland Kays

The News & Observer ran a marvelous feature about Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature, by zoologist Roland Kays (Johns Hopkins University Press) in advance of the Kays’ upcoming author book signing event scheduled for August 16 at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC.

Correspondent Corbie Hill wrote, “Observing animals in the wild can be tricky; if you can see them, chances are they can see you. Or smell you. Or hear you. Many times, they know you’re coming and vanish. For biologists, this is a big deal. Even if animals get used to you and go back to their business, are they still behaving as they would if no one was there? One solution is camera traps, which are the focus of local zoologist Roland Kays’ new book…” Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article94338262.html

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The Cannabis Industry Turns to PR

In the U.S., more than 20 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and five states allow it for recreational use. President Obama recently said “You’re starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans recognize [prohibition] doesn’t make sense.”

So it’s only natural that as Merryjane.com recently reported, “Money is now pouring into the burgeoning industry and cannabis businesses are investing even more in public relations to burnish their image and get their brands noticed.”

“One of the drivers of the boom in cannabis PR agencies has been the high number of activists entering the industry,” the article explains. “And the questions…from reporters that are coming from the mainstream media come from a much more educated place; we’re no longer educating them on the basics of cannabis and why legalization makes sense.

“As more states legalize marijuana, there’s going to be more need for local press for things like dispensary openings and local license applications and those sorts of things. Like for instance in Colorado, obviously, there’s more local reporting going on, so I think eventually there will be more local cannabis PR offices.”

Marijuana is a booming business that will soon be sweeping the country. Cannabis is still federally illegal so a lot of media won’t accept advertisements, leaving public relations as the most effective way for the cannabis industry to gain brand awareness.

PR will play an essential role in introducing the public to the cannabis industry and transforming mainstream views. The challenge is to overcome negative stereotypes created by the most impressive campaign ever: Reefer Madness.

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Viewpoints discusses toxic state of public discourse

Viewpoints, a public affairs show that’s syndicated to more than 500 radio stations across the U.S., recently interviewed our client James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.

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Here’s an excerpt from the show’s summary: “The presidential primaries this year underlined the sorry state of public discourse in the U.S. Name-calling, bullying, shouting and misinformation took center stage along with the candidates, and it makes you wonder if we’ll ever get back to reasoned, polite discourse on important issues during this election cycle. Our guest wondered too, and he researched the topic of toxic public discourse and why it permeates our political and social communications these days. He also provides some suggestions for advocates and candidates to get their points across without resorting to nastiness and acrimony.”

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Gerardo Ceballos on PBS’ The Open Mind

Check out our brilliant client Gerardo Ceballos on the current episode of PBS’ The Open Mind.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 10.06.38 AMFrom the transcript: “Author of The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals, Mexican conservationist Gerardo Ceballos joins me to discuss his landmark study of accelerated human-induced species loss. His stunning finding: we’re entering the sixth great extinction of humanity. Wow. A scholar at Stanford University and the University of Mexico’s Institute of Ecology, Ceballos is credited with spearheading the first endangered species act of Mexico. “Humanity has unleashed a massive and escalating assault on all living things,” Ceballos writes, “potentially the worst ecological crisis since the asteroid hit that killed the dinosaurs.”

Ceballos co-authored The Annihilation of Nature with Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich last fall. A highly-readable, emotive, and hugely important book, three of today’s most distinguished conservationists bring us face-to-face with the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, telling the stories of the birds and mammals we have lost and those that are now on the road to extinction. These tragic tales, coupled with eighty-three colour photographs from the world’s leading nature photographers, display the beauty and biodiversity that humans are squandering.

About the show, “The Open Mind was created and hosted by Richard D. Heffner, American historian, broadcaster, and university professor. Beginning June 2014, The Open Mind continued with a new host, Mr. Heffner’s grandson, Alexander Heffner. The Open Mind as a weekly public affairs program was designed to elicit guests’ insights into the challenges Americans face in a variety of contemporary areas of national concern.

“As host of The Open Mind, Heffner continues its mission to engage viewers, especially a generation of young Americans, through a thoughtful excursion into the world of ideas. In a recent New York Times story, he described his goal to “interrogate ideas” rather than guests furthering a “vision of communications and media serving the public interest. Always true to its roots of nonadversarial conversation, The Open Mind explores ideas of the most compelling writers, technologists, artists, practitioners of law, policy and all realms of public life.”

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