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Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Green Power for the World from ex-Duke CEO

Check out this story on USAToday: http://usat.ly/1Jdwkpl

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Help Save our NC Solar Energy Tax Credit:

Please call or email Duke Energy to let them know we want their help in asking the state legislature to extend the Solar Energy Tax Credit for all solar installations. This issue will be decided this coming week by the state legislature.
1. Contact  Elizabeth.Bennett@duke-energy.com who is Strategic Outreach and Communications Manager, Distributed Energy Resources at Duke Energy Corporation 704-382-7844 or 704-382-8333 (24 hour phone) to deliver your message.
2. Please also contact your state legislator and deliver the same message (Buncombe County Legislators and Joe Sam Queen are already supporting us).  Go tohttp://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx to find out who your state senator and state house member are and how to contact them. 
Talking Points for your email or call:
1. The state legislature is looking to stop the Solar Energy Tax Credit by the end of 2015. (Debates happening this week.)
2. There is a state legislature provision for large solar projects (named Safe Harbor) to still get the tax credit if a large project is not completed by the end of the year, but not for smaller ones.  Unfortunately, many of the smaller ones are being delayed by connectivity issues with Duke Energy’s lines.
3. Small solar companies have lost the ability to commit to finishing many solar system installations by the end of the year because of the delay to linking to the grid, thereby threatening millions of dollars of revenue for our small solar companies.
3. North Carolina’s solar market has dramatically grown in the past decade due to these tax credits.
 It is important to protect our fast growing solar energy business in NC.  Don’t let Duke and the state legislature kill this program by eliminating the solar energy tax credits.  Take Action Now!
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Sept 2 Sierra Club meeting “A French Broad River Odyssey”

Sierra Club, Green Drinks, and Mountain True will present: “A French Broad River Odyssey” with Dr. Chris Lechner, Asheville physician &  the first person to stand-up paddle the entire length of our French Broad paddle trail. Dr. Lechner will share his pictures, videos and adventures along the river. Wednesday, September 2, 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net , 828-683-2176

 
Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Written by Deborah

August 13 – 7:30pm film documentary benefit at Orange Peel

The Orange Peel along with local non-profits MountainTrue and the WNC Sierra Club  will host a special screening of climate change documentary “Merchants of Doubt” (2015) with free admission on Thursday August 13th at 7:30pm at the Orange Peel downtown. The documentary about corporate deception around the climate change movement was inspired by the nonfiction book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, and created by filmmaker Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.).  This investigative piece unearths the truth about a little-known segment of corporate advertising and PR who use charismatic paid “experts” posing as scientists but actually working towards the unspoken goal of spreading confusion about the validity of issues from climate change to tobacco’s harm, in order to further big business’ interest.   

 
In his film, Kenner posits that it all goes back to the tobacco industry and the battle over the hazards of cigarettes to health. As the corporate-backed pseudo scientists and PR reps working for the tobacco industry once argued that “no one knows for sure if tobacco causes cancer” now these same tactics are used to discredit the inarguable scientific evidence on human-caused climate change. 
 
Of his film, director Robert Kenner said, “The media looks at climate change like it’s a debate – but there’s no debate at all here.  The only question now is what can we do to solve this, but as long as these merchants of doubt are being treated like experts, we’re never going to see things change.”
 
The film was an official selection at the Toronto, New York, and Telluride film festival.  Its important message, told in an entertaining and captivating style, will spark audiences to take action and continue this vital conversation.
 
Reviews:
 
“Provocative and improbably entertaining.” -JOE MORGENSTERN WALL STREET JOURNAL

“An enthralling film. As fascinating as it is horrifying.” – KENNETH TURAN LOS ANGELES TIMES
 
“Fascinating and troubling.” – A.O. SCOTT NEW YORK TIMES
 
 “…A simultaneously entertaining and inciting exposé of professional charlatanism — practiced, most saliently, by those hired to make the case that global warming isn’t real, or at least that there is no scientific consensus on it….Change will come, but not from those shouting at the edges of the argument. Rather, it will grow out of the confused middle, where films such as “Food, Inc.” and “Merchants of Doubt” shine light on hidden, and uncomfortable, truths.” – THE WASHINGTON POST
WHERE AND WHEN:
The film screening on August 13th is free to all ages, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door that will be split equally between the two local nonprofit partners.  This event will be fully seated, and doors open at 7pm.  The bar will be open for beer, wine, popcorn and snacks.  
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Aug 5, Wed 7pm – Exploring Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Sierra Club, Green Drinks, and Mountain True will present Timothy Spira, emeritus professor of botany at Clemson University on “Exploring Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains”.  

Wednesday, August 5, 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place, (corner of Charlotte & Edwin). Please be aware the church is under remodeling.  There will be signs posted as to where to enter!

Contact: judymattox@sbcglobal.net , 828-683-2176

 

 
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Written by Deborah

July 24: Save the French Broad Benefit at the Orange Peel

Save the French Broad concert at the Orange Peel with Matisyahu. 100% of the proceeds go to cleanup the French Broad River. For more information click on the Orange Peel link

 

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Written by Deborah

July 16 Activist training

CLEAN POWER PLAN FOR NORTH CAROLINA

 

Activist meet and greet, training, and team launch!

As this summer heats up, so does our campaign to support a strong and just Clean Power Plan in North Carolina. The EPA will finalize the historic Clean Power Plan rule in August, and Governor McCrory’s administration has one year to develop and submit a plan tailored specifically to NC. However, the state agency tasked with creating our Clean Power Plan under Governor McCrory’s leadership have no intention to engage with the clean energy and environmental community to create a plan that reduces carbon pollution, expands our clean energy economy, and protects public health.

The clock is ticking and the action must begin now to get Governor McCrory to commit to creating a strong and just Clean Power Plan that works best for North Carolina and one that cuts carbon emissions by advancing our clean energy economy.

At this meeting we will:  

  • Provide an overview of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, what it means for the future of clean energy in North Carolina
  • Collaborate on a plan of action to ensure that Governor McCrory knows that WNC supports the Clean Power Plan and we demand action to cut carbon emissions 
  • Launch campaign teams that support our plan of action  

What: Clean Power Plan activist meet and greet, training, and action team launch!

When: Thursday, July 16 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Sierra Club office | 34 Wall Street | Downtown Asheville [map] | 3rd Floor conference room 

Who: Anyone who wants to help secure a Clean Power Plan for North Carolina 

Pizza and refreshments will be provided

RSVP needed –>Please follow this link to let us know you’re coming!

 With your help, we can get Governor McCrory to take responsibility and address a clear threat to the well being of all North Carolinians and our natural resources. 

For more information on the Clean Power Plan visit www.cleanpowerplan.org 

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Written by Deborah

July 18 – Annual Summer Picnic

On Saturday, July 18, the Sierra Club will enjoy its 6th Annual Summer Picnic from noon to 4 pm at the Blue Ridge Parkway sheltered picnic grounds located on Bull Mt. Rd. near the VA Hospital on Riceville Rd.

Directions: Exit 7 on I-240; go east on Tunnel Rd for 2 miles; turn north on Riceville Rd; go 1.3 miles and turn west on Bull Mt. Rd. The fenced-in, sheltered picnic area is on the left about 1⁄2 mile up the road. Please bring a pot luck dish to share and your own settings. Drinks will be provided. Badminton, horseshoes and music will add to the festivities. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness

“Wild Utah: America’s Redrock Wilderness” is a multi-media slideshow documenting citizen efforts to designate public lands in southern Utah’s spectacular canyon country as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  This 20-minute video journey through redrock splendor invigorates and motivates viewers to participate in the movement to protect these unique lands. The program was made possible through the generous donation of photos, music and words from concerned Utahns who wish to pass this heritage onto future generations, including narration by Robert Redford. Promo Photo 1Promo Photo 2Promo Photo 3Promo Photo 4

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Written by Deborah

Duke will retire Asheville coal-fired power plant

Duke will retire the Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with a new natural gas-fired generator as well as a solar farm. You can read the Citizen-Times article and the Sierra Club statement in response by clicking on the following links:

Citizen-Times article

Sierra Club statement