What is Columbia Climate Change Coalition?

To connect citizens and other groups on the subject of global warming so we can take action on a personal, local, regional, state, national and international level.

To educate and motivate the general populace, administrators and leaders to promote communication with each other and take affirmative, responsible action on Climate Change

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IMPORTANT UPDATES AND UPCOMING EVENTS, August 2014

Written by Monta Welch.

OurFACEBOOK PAGESare up and running, 
so you can keep up with our day-to-day activities at the links listed below
PLEASE ‘LIKE’ US WHILE YOU’RE HERE!! Peoples’ Visioning is the Main Thrust of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition Actions As We Recognize Where Our Efforts Need to Be Placed & Work On That!!! 

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HOWEVER,there is a lot of great information on this site, so please click on the links underneath the pictures up top, and PLEASE CONTINUE READING BELOWfor more information about important upcoming events, including ongoing efforts on runaway growth in downtown Columbia. 

 

Dear Friends, 

Most all of our government is bought and paid for. 

'We the people' have to step-up & take our governance and country back from the national and multi-national, even foreign Big-Corporations influencing our representatives. We MUST step-up to Protect ALL Life!! Protect the People!! 

Let's BUILD A NEW, BRIGHTER FUTURE—it’s Our ONLY OPTION!!! 

 

Mark Your Calendars:

Saturday, August 30th, 4-7PM, Columbia, Missouri
8
th& Walnut, Boone County Commission Chambers, Wilson Building,
Boone County Courthouse Square, entrance on the NE side of the stroll way thru the Courthouse Square in the middle of the Square.
 

 

We will talk about next steps to this Brighter Future with discussion/updates on: 'Food Fight'/’Right to Farm’/Amendment 1, what this really means; the connections with events in Ferguson, MO; Koch brothers, ALEC; Water, Energy; Banking; Solutions!! We’ll discuss next steps.

 

Get Active!!! 

 

Thanks for ALL YOU DO!!!! 

 

Bring Friends!!! We’ve got to connect & Build a Movement!!! 

 

Let’s Work Together!!! 

 

Very Sincerely, 

 

M. Welch 

On Behalf of Peoples’ Visioning & Columbia Climate Change Coalition 

Please Forward/Share!! Let’s All Be The Change!! 

 

Peoples’ Visioning 

Bringing Greater Sustainability; Public Health; Climate Change; Jobs; Better Community; Cultural, Social, Environmental, Economic Justice 

 

‘TOPIC GROUP BRAINSTORM’ 

*LOOSE VOTE* 

 

ON: Amend 1/’Right to Farm’ ‘Food Fight’, Kochs ALEC, Public Health, Cultural/Economic Events, More! 

 

BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! 

*GENERAL MEETING & POTLUCK DINNER* 

NON-GMO/VOTE WITH FOOD $$! 

 ORGANIC (if possible!) 

DISH, DRINK, SNACK, UTENSILS 

 

Saturday, Aug 30, 4-7 PM 

Boone County Courthouse Council Chambers, Courthouse Square, 8th & Walnut, off the center strollway, 

Columbia, MO 

 

Facebook Groups/Event Pages, www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org  573-443-4717, 573-777-2216 

 

The vote on Missouri Constitutional Amendment 1 was .02% difference. The NO’s fell short by approximately 2,500 votes with about 1 million votes cast. Provisional Ballots and others like mail-ins, absentees, etc… are being counted and the Secretary of States office wil make a final announcement in late August! We will UPDATE you!! Attend PV’s August 30th Annual, Birthday Meeting, for more info/discussion!! 

 

 

Many Missouri Newspaper Editorials endorse our NO on Amendment 1 Campaign position, including, eventually, our local Columbia News Tribune!!!  

 

 

 

 

Peoples’ Visioning and our Co-Sponsors, including lead Co-Sponsor, Columbia Climate Change Coalition urge you to investigate who is behind Missouri State Constitutional Amendment 1, so-called ‘Right to Farm’ is more like ‘Right to Harm’. You will find that heavily Koch brothers’ supported/sponsored American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is who, and their ALEC bought MO Legislators! That’s at the TOP of a long list of reasons to VOTE NO on Amendment 1 on August 5th, 2014!! 

 

Peoples’ Visioning kicked-off the statewide ground campaign with our special guest, former Lieutenant Governor, former MO Legislator, attorney, and farmer, Joe Maxwell at our rained-out or rained into Café Berlin for shelter NO GMO event we had planned to discuss proceeding with local, county, regional, statewide labeling, ban or other strong action on stopping/curbing GMOs in our state!!  

 

Former lieutenant governor rallies ‘right to farm’ opposition in Columbia 

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Former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell speaks against the “right to farm” amendment Saturday during a meeting of the group Peoples’ Visioning at Café Berlin. A political battle is escalating over Amendment 1, which supporters say would protect farmers from regulation. 

 

 

ByALEX SCHIFFER 

A dozen people huddled at Café Berlin Saturday to hear a former lieutenant governor speak against an August ballot measure that would put the "right to farm" in the Missouri Constitution. 

The meeting was hosted by the People's Visioning community group. 

Former Missouri Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell headlined the event. Speaking for around 40 minutes, Maxwell encouraged opponents of "right to farm" to punish elected officials who are supporting the proposed amendment at the polls in the next election. "It's not just about farming; it's about your food," Maxwell said. "Shouldn't I, the consumer, have a right to know what I'm putting in my body? Shame on Smithfield, shame on Cargill. Shame on these companies that want to dupe Missouri's voters by putting something on the ballot that has a right to harm you." 

Opponents of Amendment 1 fear its passage would allow foreign agricultural companies to buy up land in Missouri to create large-scale farms. The group had attendees bring organic fruits and refreshments as a way to show the positives of family farming. 

Supporters say the amendment is necessary to protect farming and ranching from burdensome regulation. Agriculture groups started advocating for the amendment after voters approved Proposition B in 2010, a measure regulating dog breeding. 

Maxwell, who also is a farmer, encouraged attendees to "spank" the elected officials supporting the amendment but also told the small crowd that the chances of voting down the bill are very realistic. Missouri gets low voter turnout in August primary elections, which means each vote has a greater effect on the outcome, he said. 

"It's a very manageable number," Maxwell said. "So go to the polls. You're worth about five votes." 

Maxwell told the group it's key they get information out to their fellow voters. 

"It's going to take all of us," said Monta Welch, president of People's Visioning. "We are here with a vision that not only are we going to spank whomever at the polls, but we're look to bring the next generation of people with values into our system to reclaim it and take it back for the people. That may take a little while, but with more of us coming to work together, it will take a lot less time." 

This article was published in the Sunday, June 8, 2014 edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune with the headline "BALLOT BATTLE BEGINS: Former politican rallies foes of 'right to farm.'" 

 

 

UPCOMING: 

 

Peoples’ Visioning 

 

 ‘CLIMATE RALLY’/POTLUCK  

OUTSIDE CITY HALL 

ORGANIC IF POSSIBLE, NON-GMO POTLUCK  

BRING DISH, DRINK, SNACK; Own Utensils, or Disposables 

 

MON, SEPT. 22, 5-6 PM 

 

Columbia/Boone County, MO 

 

Facebook Groups/Events: Search Peoples’ Visioning, Facebook or Visit: 

www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org, or Call: 573-443-4717, 573-777-2216  

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Sam, for adding these things to the CCCC Home Page as is above!!! See if you can get the photo of you, Joe ++ to post with the kick-off article*** & let me know when you’re done!!! If you can get to this tonight let me know!! I know you said Tuesady and I respect that but I was on a national radio blog that will be using our newspaper CCCC site pages to send people to and they are looking at our site right now!!!!! 

 

 

 

LAST NOTES TO YOU, SAM: 

 

 

Sam, can you add a last * sentence at the end of the *’s on this second link here to the Contacts Page? 

 

It should say: 

 

* Most newspapers have a 250 word minimum for Letter’s to the Editor! You can add a line about them contacting you with minor edits or an opportunity to further edit yourself if you have inadvertently gon over their limit! 

 

 

Finally, the very last link with the link to ALL the National Newspapers By State—can you go over and Bold that last line??? Maybe add a space between that last line & the ones just above?? 








Our FACEBOOK PAGES are up and running,
so you can keep up with our day-to-day activities at:

People's Visioning:  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/440126122705689/

Columbia Climate Change Coalition:  
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Columbia-Climate-Change-Coalition/129531907116824


HOWEVER, there is a lot of great information on this site, so please click on the links underneath the pictures up top, and PLEASE CONTINUE READING BELOW for more information about important upcoming events, including our ongoing efforts - with many other community groups - to address runaway growth in downtown Columbia.

 

Peoples’ Visioning

 Bringing Sustainability, Public Health, Climate Change, Jobs, Better Community,
Cultural, Social, Environmental, Economic Justice

 


"A GMO-FREE ZONE"

 


GENERAL MEETING
&

ORGANIC, NON-GMO POTLUCK


(VOTE WITH YOUR FOOD $$$*)

 

PLEASE BRING ORGANIC DISH,
DRINK, or SNACK,

Also: Eating/Drinking Utensils
to Take Back Home & Wash, or
Compostable Bio-Organic Disposables

 

 

Sat. June 7, 2:00 PM

 

Amphitheater Steps of Boone County Courthouse Commons or Boone County Commission Chambers (if Rain*)

 


Co-Sponsored By:
Columbia Climate Change Coalition, Columbia Area NOW: National Organization for Women, Democracy for Missouri, Sweet Ethics Sustainability, KOPN Public Radio, Food Not Bombs, Native American Support Group, Boone County Smart Growth Coalition, MORE: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment, Mid-Missouri Move to Amend, Peoples’ Visioning Mizzou  

 

Facebook Groups/Event Pages, www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org or 573-443-4717, 573-777-2216


Peoples’ Visioning: A Different Community Vision

Topic Group Small Meetings Schedule:


Development/Finance

Saturday, May 10, 2-5 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

Saturday, May 17, 2-5 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

Energy/Transportation/Infrastructure/Ballot Effort & Announcement

Wednesday, May 7, 6:00-8:00 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

Monday, June 9, 6:00-8:00 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

Neighborhoods /Water & Food Security/Public Health/Zoning & Land Use

Saturday, May 10, 3:30-4:30 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

Tuesday, June 10, 6:00-7:30 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

Education

With All other Topic Group Meetings until Late Fall 2014 & TBA*/Call*

 




Peoples’ Visioning

Bringing Sustainability; Public Health; Climate Change; Jobs; Better Community; Cultural, Social, Environmental, Economic Justice

GMO FREE ZONE

GENERAL MEETING/**ORGANIC, NON-GMO POTLUCK** (VOTE WITH FOOD $$$)

 

BRING ORGANIC DISH, DRINK, or SNACK, &

Eating/Drinking Utensils to Take Back Home & Wash, or Compostable Bio-Organic Disposables

 

Saturday, June 7, 2 PM

 

Amphitheater Steps of Boone County Courthouse Commons &/or Boone County Commission Chambers (if Rain*)

 

Facebook Groups/Events, www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org, 573-443-4717, 573-777-2216 (over)

 

Peoples’ Visioning

  Sustainability; Public Health; Climate Change; Jobs;
Better Community; Cultural, Social, Environmental, Economic Justice

"Get Growing" Healthy Foods & Bodies!

 "Green Your Groceries"

 It’s All About Food, Dirt, Your Health & Your $Money$

  SATURDAY, MAY 3rd, 1:00 PM

  FREE Workshop/Demonstration

 Lasagna Gardening

 Compost ‘How To’

Location: 120 Benton, Columbia, MO

 

Co-Sponsored By: Columbia Climate Change Coalition, Columbia Area NOW: National Organization for Women, Democracy for Missouri, Sweet Ethics Sustainability, KOPN Public Radio, Food Not Bombs, Native American Support Group, Boone County Smart Growth Coalition, MORE: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment, Mid-Missouri Move to Amend    

 

 

Peoples’ Visioning

A Different Community Vision

 

ALL Topic Group Small Meetings Schedule:

 

Development/Finance

Saturday, May 10, 2-5 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

 Saturday, Apr. 12, 2-5 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

 

Energy & Transportation/Infrastructure

Wednesday, Apr. 2, 6:00-7:30 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

 Monday, May 5, 6:30-8:30 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

 

Neighborhoods /Water & Food Security/Public Health/Zoning & Land Use

Thursday, Apr. 10, 6:00-8:00 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

 Tuesday, Apr. 29, 6:00-7:30 PM, Food Court, MU Memorial Union North Tower

 

Education

 Overlapping with other Topic Group Meetings until Late Fall, or TBA*/Call*

 

 

 

THIS PAGE CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING BELOW: 

 

  • Upcoming Events/Meetings/Brainstorming Topic Groups/Next Steps

 

  • Hot Actions:
    1) TIFs-‘NO Blight,Taxpayer-Supported Development!
    2) Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
    3) Net-Neutrality: the Courts, Congress, FCC** YOUR HELP NEEDED!!

 

  • ‘TIF Talk!’ Tax Increment Financing: ‘Who Pays & How Much?’
  • ‘NO TIF!’ Peoples’ Visioning ‘Plan B’: 7 Steps/Summary & Full Language*
  • Nationally Noted Fracking Researcher, Dr. Susan Nagel, PhD on Fracking Chemicals & Public Health
  • General Meeting: Short Docs on Bankers/Iceland/The Federal Reserve

 

  • Round-Ups: Regroup with Your Votes & Input!

 

  • Fall 2013: Join us in Our Fight Against Fracking & Bringing Renewables, Instead!

 

  • 16 Reasons We Oppose Fracking for Unconventional Fuels

 

  • Contact Info. for Local Action / Additional Documentation

 

  • "Gasland II": A Documentary Showing & Community Discussion

 

  • What is Peoples’ Visioning? (A Primary Project of CCCC)

 

  • Peoples’ Visioning "Birthday "with Ingraffea & McKibben

 

  • Columbia's First Net-Zero Energy Affordable Home

 

  • Say NO to Tar Sands

 

  • Peoples’ Visioning Panel: "Dish on Organics" Panel

 

  • Earth Hour 2013 & (Earlier)

 

 

 

CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY

 

FOR ‘WHAT’S UP’ with CCCC & PV!

 

ON CNG & EVERYTHING ELSE--WE WILL NEED EVERYONE’S HELP & COMMITMENT TO KEEP FIGHTING FRACKING & ALL “DIRTY ENERGY” & GET RENEWABLES ‘THE PEOPLE’ HAVE BEEN WANTING, ASAP!—‘NO FRACKING’, ‘NO TAR SANDS’, ‘NO GMOs’, & MORE—GET CORPORATE INFLUENCE OUT OF GOVERNMENT at ALL LEVELS*** MOVE SOLUTIONS, CHANGE OFFICIALS***

 

 

 

 

 

‘Peoples’ Visioning’

 

Sustainability; Climate Change; Good Jobs; Better Community; Cultural, Social, Environmental, Economic Justice 

 

 

 

‘TIF’ Tax Increment Financing 

 

‘Who Pays & How Much?’

 

  

 

Tuesday, April 3rd, 6:30 p.m. 

 

Live Music! Refreshments! 6:00 p.m. 

 

Boone County Commission Chambers, Government Building 

 

 

 

Sponsored By: Columbia Climate Change Coalition, Columbia Area NOW: National Organization for Women, Democracy for Missouri, Sweet Ethics Sustainability, KOPN Public Radio, Food Not Bombs, Native American Support Group, Boone County Smart Growth Coalition, MORE: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment     

 

Facebook Group, Event Pages, www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org or 573-443-4717, 573-777-2216 

 

 

 

Peoples’ Visioning:

 

A Different Community Vision

 

 

 

ALL Topic Group Small Meetings Schedule: 

 

 

 

Development/Finance 

 

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2-5 PM, DBRL—Library  

 

Saturday, Mar. 1, 2-5 PM, DBRL—Library  

 

Saturday, Mar. 15, 2-5 PM, North Tower MU Memorial Union Food Court 

 

Energy & Transportation/Infrastructure 

 

Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30-8:30 PM, DBRL—Library 

 

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 6:30-8:30 PM, North Tower MU Memorial Union Food Court 

 

Neighborhoods /Water & Food Security/Public Health/Zoning & Land Use

 

Monday, Feb. 24, 6:30-8:30 PM, DBRL—Library 

 

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 6:30-8:30 PM, DBRL—Library 

 

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 6:30-8:30 PM, North Tower MU Memorial Union Food Court

 

Education 

 

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 6:30-8:30 PM, North Tower MU Memorial Union Food Court 

 

AND Overlapping with other Groups’ Meetings or TBA

 

 

 

 

 

**RALLY/‘RED ALERT’/COLUMBIA, MO!!**
MONDAY,
3/17/14, CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 7 PM!!


 

Thanks, ALL, in rallying for the fight ‘to listen to the public’---ALL of whom, not standing to be a direct financial beneficiary to these 3 proposed development projects, have adamantly stated their strong opposition both in public, to the council and media, surveys, online groups, NAs, organizations, the DLC, etc...all expressing, at the least, an opposition to the ‘favoring’, expedited government process for the developers, when public voices, without conflict of interest, are saying this:


 

*  'Cart before the horse'

*  Unfair process, offered to some but not the rest of us, when the 'some' are NOT even our citizens--but powerful, out-of-town developers, driving bargains and thwarting our citizens and the public, intending to 'suck huge profits out of our community’, leaving citizens saddled with further rising utilities the Mayor claims NOT to favor unless it’s for this big-developer group instead of for programs that would actually drive down utility costs!! This leaves us a huge debt for which they propose to offer only 10% of costs for just one small piece of infrastructure they will demand, throwing presently functioning utility infrastructure, though needing some maintenance, into chaos as a result—‘but for’ these developments!!

 


*  Where’s the proof and the data?

 


*  Incompatible with our community input through limited, rushed process and long time publically formed Visions and other guiding documents

*  Is this sustainable, cost-effective and fiscally responsible to the fiduciary demands on our public voice and taxpayer demands, dismissed in this process, so far…


 

WE MUST BE at CITY COUNCIL, MONDAY, 3/17/14, 7 PM in huge numbers to PRESS HARD & STOP this at CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, 3/17, 7 PM---Bring Friends---

 

 

 

PEOPLES’ VISIONING ‘PLAN B’

 

(*INSTEAD OF TIF*) SUMMARY POINTS:

 

1) Zoning codes ahead of new development—until then, a development moratorium

 

2) Always carefully consider and use full definition of Smart Growth included herein

 

3) Green Buildings, Building Codes and Renewables: 100% Renewable as Goal

 

4) Hard and Soft Infrastructure to be assessed to new and redevelopment, as if new, at significantly higher costs or Impact Fees, User-Based Rate Structure, and/or Trip Generation models

 

5) Consider Bill Weitkemper’s suggestions on billing, available funds from rate and billing changes, sewer concerns, potential rearrangement of certain projects and work timeframes

 

6) Look at City Department Finances, Bonds, Tax or Rate Increases or Refunds As Appropriate

 

7) Full investigation and audit of all our financial balances and present funding situation and 18 month running financial report at every 3rd Monday of the month City Council meeting.

 

 

 

PEOPLES’ VISIONING PLAN B

 

 

 

From PV’s Visioning, which often meshes with Columbia’s Vision process results in the original Columbia Vision, as well as large parts of the Comprehensive Plan, out of that earlier document, we request the following Seven Steps:

 

Step One: Get thoughtful, public-supported, proper and updated zoning codes in place ahead of ANY NEW development or redevelopment that considers these documents and the voice of the public especially the downtown neighborhoods bordering the District and surrounding area. Consider a zoning overlay that would account for historic preservation and appropriate density, other principles of smart growth, as well as form based building codes, mom and pop stores, and net-zero energy building requirements for all of Columbia, but especially this portion of our city as we struggle with infill and density. Until then, maintain a moratorium as the public and Downtown Leadership Council asked for over a year ago, strongly supported by many in the community, and asked for again with the Niedermeyer ‘uproar’.

 

     Step Two: Always use the full definition of Smart Growth:

 

Smart growth values long-range, regional considerations of sustainability over a short-term focus. Its goals are to achieve a unique sense of community and place; expand the range of transportation, employment, and housing choices; equitably distribute the costs and benefits of development; preserve and enhance natural and cultural resources; and promote public health.

 

Consider our own Columbia, citizen-created documents. Then consider additional information such as Eban Fodor’s Better Not Bigger: How to Take Control of Urban Growth and Improve Your Community, which notes: ‘Contrary to accepted wisdom, rapid urban growth can leave communities permanently scarred, deeply in debt, with unaffordable housing, a lost sense of community and sacrificed environmental quality.’, along with other works, some cited herein, for a much better understanding of a more thoughtful, just, fair and sustainable development that most Columbian’s are calling for.

 

About 15 years ago, a Carnegie Mellon professor named Richard Florida quantified something many of us had long suspected, that throughout the last half of the 20th century, well-educated young adults were leaving industrial cities such as Buffalo and Cleveland, and moving to high-tech cities such as Seattle, Minneapolis and Austin. He coined the term "the creative class," to describe these affluent, well-educated young adults, and praised cities that attracted them by prioritizing cultural districts, thriving downtowns, LGBT acceptance, farmers' markets and greenways and green space. Not surprisingly, Richard Florida had a fair amount of praise for Columbia, and other small Midwestern college cities such as Madison, Bloomington and Ann Arbor.

 

Dr. Richard Florida, PhD from New York’s Columbia University and Director of the Prosperity Institute and Professor of Business and Creativity at the University of Toronto, in early 2012, made a rather startling statement about the cities that had been so successful in pulling in members of the creative class, a term he coined. Or at least it was startling to him, and to others that it came from him. For most of us, it was something that we had been experiencing or long suspected. He said new data showed that the people who had already been living in those creative class cities often wound up being no better off than they were before the influx of new people and in some cases were worse off. Sure, perhaps there were some more job opportunities for some of them in retail or construction, for example. But the cost of living had skyrocketed. Commute times had also risen tremendously. Small gains folks may have made in hourly wage or hours worked were more than offset by all the new costs of this ‘creative class driven’ growth. This sounds like the case for Columbia, as we’ve added nearly 2,000 new residents per year for the last 15 years, and have grown by nearly a third in that time period.

 

Some Columbians and many others in America have long accepted that we must fear the absence of growth. In the Midwest, that is a strong fear because we’re occasionally surrounded by places that have done the opposite of grow, and we have seen their consequences. The real concern is: ‘Why did this happen there and what can be done about it?’ Some of this is driven by what has been explained in 2 books referred to time and again in our local debate over EEZ: ‘The Great American Jobs Scam, Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation’ by Greg Leroy, free to read online at www.GreatAmericanJobsScam.com , available for check-out at our library; and, the other is Colin Gordon’s story of negative consequences in St. Louis with these types of funding mechanisms associated with negative growth in ‘Mapping Decline’. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for, because you might get it. What Columbia has gotten is an unprecedented strain on roads, all infrastructure including public schools, public health and safety and more.

 

So it is time to quickly and completely reconsider our viewpoint of growth, put much more of a focus on what type it is, how fast its occurring, what it looks like and its real costs, rather than accounting only for touted or certain perceptions of the benefits of some types of growth. Data less than a year old shows, those benefits of certain types of growth have been overstated.

 

Step Three: It is Peoples’ Visioning’s recommendation, as part of our Vision and community guiding documents, that green building codes and ‘stretch green building’ codes, providing new opportunities in both materials and design, be quickly adopted, to include all buildings, commercial as well as homes, and that these improved building codes be immediately and strictly applied. This step regarding ‘green buildings’ and building codes was also part of the Burns and McDonnell November 2013 Report on Columbia’s utility and energy supply, backing our PV recommendations as of December 2012, as a quick way to greatly reduce energy demand while significantly improving sustainability as it eases utility and resource demands that are provided by infrastructure for electric, sewer, water, and solid waste. We must also vigorously continue to educate and ‘train’ ourselves, our residents, both old and new, and our business persons to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE, in that order, while expanding opportunities for them to do this easily. Taking both of these important additional steps will reduce amounts of use, need and demand, reducing costs for less infrastructure and utility services demand, contributing greatly to our long term sustainability and to Columbia becoming more and more powered, in future, by 100% renewable energy, called for by Peoples’ Visioning in City Council, Public Comments, December 2012, when PV called for 80% renewable energy by 2015. We also offered renewable energy plans to get Columbia all or most of the way to that goal, which we still offer. We brought Council information on other cities with renewable energy already, in 2012, supplied at 86%, 95%, and 100%, as existing models and examples that this is not a ‘pie in the sky’ suggestion, but a ‘doable’ reality.

 

Peoples’ Visioning has made recommendations through the Boards and Commissions, as was suggested then that we do, regarding raising our request to raise our Renewable Energy Standard, and to raise ALL building code standards for both home and commercial buildings, which will improve building efficiency, greatly reduce demand, offer additional conservation measures, as well as distributed renewable generation, for a variety of utility models and types. We hope PV ideas will move quickly forward not only from the dais, but from staff and from advisory boards and commissions, as with the recent increase in Columbia’s RES and presently as with these very specific steps and specific suggestions that will help the current and present situation we find ourselves in, along with much more, very soon. As the Mayor and many Council Persons noted when passing 2013 improved home building codes; and, as the latest Burns and McDonnell recommendations note, building green is a very fiscally responsible step, easy to take, that the city will reap the benefits of, along with all Columbia residents and construction business owners; other businesses, realtors, staff and policy makers; and, ultimately, ‘green building’ owners themselves—please implement immediately before other commercial or home buildings are approved. This is a Peoples’ Visioning step strongly supported by the community as the excitement for the Net-Zero Energy project demonstrates.

 

Step Four: Once these other steps are in place, Peoples’ Visioning proposes addressing what others and other Visioning documents also propose in asking development to be fairly charged for the actual and real costs of the Impact of their development that, ‘but for’ it, we would not have the added burden of cost to all of the following infrastructure needs, as follows:

 

* roads and lower-impact forms of city bus or similar forms of urban mass-transportation modes, walking and bicycling paths, as well as regional high-speed rail and bus services, as these all are aspects of infrastructure costs, are more sustainable and need to be part of assessing impact fees and/or user-based, trip generation assessment models in the transit category and link or extrapolate burden on other needs including

 

* water, in critical supply in a warming world;

 

* sewer, with abundant ‘green’ solutions;

 

* electricity, also with 100% renewable already being achieved or within easy reach in several American cities;

 

* fire and police protection;

 

* public schools and libraries;

 

* as well as many, increased green spaces, crucial to public health and quality of place and life, including all types of publically owned parks, with edible landscaping, urban farming and additional ‘food forests’ in public parks and spaces, along with additionally designated ‘wild, untouched, urban ‘green spaces’’, urban forest or wildlife preserves and greenbelt areas, along with any remaining and/or valuable historic scenic roads and routes as well as potential scenic new routes.

 

Assess impacts on these hard and soft infrastructure needs and associated costs and link these costs to impacts and user-based models, as recommended by Peoples’ Visioning, as well as to some degree mentioned in the minority report of the Infrastructure Task Force, focused solely on roads in that report, but now recommended by some of those members and others to include all forms of necessary infrastructure, as noted above. Peoples’ Visioning, has also more recently led the community in calling for this, along with our allies and PV co-sponsors as well as many in the broader Columbia public voice, in several, but often ignored, guiding documents and processes supported by the public, as well as a few Council Persons, as the public’s voice on City Council. This also includes results of 2007 studies by Dr. Ben Londree and very apparent, dire need to upgrade our ranking in his list of comparable communities and his note of the national average at that time for development impact fees.

 

Cost assessments and impact fees must include long-range maintenance, upkeep and general maintenance as a fair and realistic cost of developers fair cost of maintenance ‘but for’ their developments—just as a homeowner plans for repair and maintenance. These development related maintenance and repair fees should be charged at an appropriate rate in any number of creative ways to assist developers, if necessary, to pay them as long as it does not ever come out of public’s pocket through taxation models like TIF, EEZ and others or rates. Some portion of this maintenance fee must be up-front in an escrow-type fund for such services and needs and be a part of any later real estate sales contracts for properties that may change hands. Local business must be given priority and some considerations for sliding scale costs and creative pay arrangements for smaller, mid and large size local companies so as not to discourage or inadvertently prevent local businesses of all sizes from being able to develop in the face of bigger companies coming here to invest, develop and siphon all their profit off the community. We should favor local developers, but within constraints of paying for their ‘true development costs’.

 

Peoples’ Visioning supports a ‘flip-flop’ or close to a reversal of our present development model with regards to costs assessed to accommodate the above areas, necessary for sustainability and a high quality of life, infrastructure needs and services. We also recommend something like what is also being confirmed and supported by public input, over and over again, and in an ‘unofficial’ but significant poll non-the-less, Councilman Thomas’ poll on development fees and models. Our Peoples’ Visioning suggestion is 70% to 80% is fair to assess all or most developers for development fees and costs to pay their fair share for infrastructure for developments (and development profits) which must be there to support their impact on the community. Most development, except some local development corporations and small business companies, take their profit way out of the community. We need an impact development fee and policy that rewards developers who do not do not take profits way out of the community and that doesn’t harm smaller business persons and/or local developers, putting them at risk in competing with the much deeper-pocketed and usually out-of-state or region big corporations, there should be a part of this new impact fee policy that levels the playing field and helps reward smaller and more local developers who keep and spread profit in Columbia, our the local economy and the community. This model would help serve other communities.

 

Step Five: Adopt all of Mr. Bill Weitkemper’s suggestions, coming from nearly 40 years of experience in our Public works department, to improve funds in his area of expertise, not only to improve funds collected, while fairly assessing use and corresponding rates to encourage more customer conservation at all levels, but also essentially adopting a ‘conservation rate structure’ across the entire utility spectrum to reduce costs of related infrastructure to all parties and be distributed more equitably and fairly with a user-based system and/or conservation rate pricing structure. Also assess results of efforts to improve sewer and other infrastructure for effectiveness in both cost and results delivered. Consider Mr. Weitkemper’s, and other’s ideas, of which PV also approves, to shuffle and/or re-prioritize a few carefully assessed and considered, pre-approved monies and projects to lessen the system’s downtown bottleneck and upgrade infrastructure, enhancing the whole system while addressing repairs, public health consequences and our current and ongoing relationship to the EPA regarding pollution levels and our storm water run-off, which always needs to be kept on the front burner from here on out. To this Peoples’ Visioning adds that we must set an example for diligent and continuing strong reduction and use of strong, toxic chemicals across public lands, public and private lawn and garden care, disposal of cleaning, building, paint, auto, batteries electronics and all toxic chemicals and their application across all our systems to aid in water quality and EPA compliance. A strong public educational effort of this problem is necessary and required. These ideas and ideals are held by many in our community and have strong support from many allies, Peoples’ Visioning, our co-sponsors, and many others.

 

Step Six: Finally, after the preceding steps and methods are in place, being utilized, and ‘development costs reassessment’ policies are in place, we then, and only then, look at city finances and department balances or fund balances, or consider bonds or tax increases to pay for what is a true and fair cost of development, new and/or redevelopment, as well. It is high-time to upgrade these old policies, asked for many years ago, with these guiding principles, city documents, other available models and processes directed above and herein. We are just now learning that we must listen to the people, follow their written voices in our guiding documents, and further public voice, confirming and requesting this and adding, many times by some of us, ‘just how it is that we can get there’.

 

As we revamp zoning, to include historical overlays and form-based zoning, etc… it is the right and appropriate time to also upgrade this and other policies and codes, listen to the people, and implement a ‘new cost to develop’ in Columbia to reflect the real costs, and need for costs to be fairly shared. Just because developers have been able to pay less in ‘the forever past’, does not make it ‘unfair’ to finally change to a more fair policy and, that somehow doing so is unfair to them. For far too long, inequitably, and clearly unsustainably, it has unfairly fallen to the poor and the public to do without, as we have, or pay more in taxes, as we have! It is unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible to the ‘peoples’ money’ to say we, the people, must continue to shoulder the cost burden of unbridled development or it will ‘sprawl’ and just develop elsewhere. We must also work on this with our neighbors, our County and surrounding areas to help them not be similarly burdening their public and taxpayers. And, homeowners, other consumers, will pay their ‘fair share’, as a ‘market will bear’ developer cost, passed on to that market limit to those specific consumers of development products. This sixth step is unlikely to be necessary if the important prior Five Steps above are taken.

 

Thank you for remedying this long time inequitable, fiscally irresponsible, and unsustainable imbalance with the present and immediate circumstance we face.

 

Step Seven: Once these six steps have been accomplished, or going on simultaneously with the assessments and calculations required for correction of this situation, an internal investigation and audit of all our financial balances and present funding situation is called for. It must be done in a responsible, transparent fashion, with the public able to easily follow, online or in some other way, to fully ascertain the accurate state of our shared public funds, then determining appropriate balances, uses and adherence to our City Charter, laws and ordinances regarding those funds and balances, or lack thereof, with appropriate explanations for the circumstances we would find. If it is finally determined there is some excess cash, after this full audit and investigation, then those appropriate monies will need to be fairly refunded to utility customers, according to the charges and rate structures during which those excess monies were acquired, rather than be used, yet again, to subsidize more development that falls outside the call of the City Charter and may put Columbians at serious legal risk if expensive services are not supplied.

 

For these and other many reasons displaying fairness: that the public has been paying more than its fair share for far too long, we suggest these appropriate, more fair payment options for handling our present and future development infrastructure problems, that ‘but for’ new development, we would need ‘some’ upgrades, but how some look at it now is as if development has just arrived on an empty plot of land and that these repairs and upgrades will cost not more in that scenario, and could possibly cost less, than any development in that ‘just arrived on an empty plot of land’ scenario would cost developers if they had to pay themselves rather than receive subsidization from the taxpayers. Some complain that their rate or tax money might go to help an individual lower their rates or utilities with modest policies to meet our ordinances and operational goals of our utilities, yet when business persons with far more demands are supported by those monies its just fine, or great. This is a philosophical ‘double-standard’ of who we might consider ‘worth’ our rate or taxpayer assistance. Automatically provide a full report, monthly update, in a full18 month financial running ‘full audit’ statement or accurate statement of financials in a report each month at each 2nd regularly scheduled monthly Council meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month for the public and Council to base input and important decisions on, easily accessible to all.

 

Thank you very much for your time to listen to us. We hope you will quickly implement all or a large part of these carefully vetted, important policy recommendations, important improvements and important changes to preserve and protect our loved and shared community, our home!

 

 

 

Monta Welch

 

Director:

 

Columbia Peoples’ Visioning

 

Founder/President:

 

Columbia Climate Change Coalition

 

Interfaith Care for Creation

 

 

 

 

 

ACTIONS

 

*Please Step-Up

 

Your Help Needed*

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Corporate Payment Scheme to STOP is TIF!

 

 

 

TIF is a nearly identical version of shouldering taxpayers for corporate driven development that the majority of taxpayers do not want that we, in Columbia, fought back, becoming the first in the nation to ever ‘stop the march of the EEZ’! EEZs, TIFs, TDDs, etc, are nearly identical versions of paying for development with money needed for other infrastructure including fire, police, schools and libraries, money for maintenance, roads, water, sewer, electrical utilities, etc…

 

 

 

Peoples’ Visioning was formed to help STOP EEZ! We won this battle in December 2012 and now we hope to STOP TIF! This time we are ready to bring/push ‘the solution’ and will propose a more balanced and fair development model for ‘who pays for development?’.

 

 

 

Join us MONDAY, 2/4/2014, in Public Scheduled Comments at City Council at 7 PM City Hall downtown, to help ‘stop old models’ and instigate newer, more just models!

 

 

 

Join us every Council meeting, speaking anywhere on the Agenda that is discussing ‘who pays for development?’, or plans for approval of more ‘unplanned’, helter-skelter development, ruining our historical downtown core, nearby neighborhoods and the fine character of our community!

 

 

 

CALL & E-MAIL BEFORE COUNCIL MEETING & ONGOING, UNTIL WE WIN THIS FIGHT!!!

 

 

WHAT IS PEOPLE'S VISIONING? 


 

A RECENT STATEMENT FROM OUR FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR: MONTA WELCH

 


A Peoples’ Visioning For a
Different Community Vision

 


The Columbia Climate Change Coalition (CCCC), as well as many members of the general public, feel Columbia can create as many -- or more -- just and inclusive jobs for less taxpayer cost than those proposing the EEZ and Blight tax incentive plans.

 

How can we preserve and improve our historic neighborhoods; the overall beautification, character and integrity of our community; build trust and true neighborhood community; raise standards of living; improve quality of life and public health; address issues related to climate change; and create good jobs?

 

Much of our public infrastructure has been postponed for lack of funding: road maintenance, schools, transportation, bus and other alternative transportation, storm water projects, historic preservation, and so on. What if, instead of "Corporate Giveaways", Columbians used public funds to create local jobs, encouraging Columbia’s small and mid-sized companies to bid, upgrade, build, rebuild and maintain necessary public infrastructure? We could get funds from the federal Transportation and Jobs Bill and state and local funding!

 

Studies show beautification and gardening activity ‘heals’ individuals, communities and neighborhoods. We could address local/regional water and food security and quality issues, create more urban and neighborhood gardens, expand all manner of homeowner and individual neighborhood improvement projects, creating greater local food security, ‘spin-off jobs’ and new businesses in the process!

 

Columbia could promote a larger, community-wide energy efficiency and, in many cases, an ‘Apollo-Type Project’ or a World War II-style Initiative, in an ongoing effort that would provide job-specific mentoring and training to all, including particular populations for which the EEZ is said to be tailored and designed. Many of the jobs created would be able to be filled by those unemployed populations with special needs and individual challenges such as poverty, low education or training, little or no transportation, former offenders, individuals with health or addiction problems, veterans, our youth, etc. by incorporating a specifically designed mentoring program and would be targeted for local small and mid-size business contractors and companies.

 

Where is the justification in giving tax breaks to corporations or special offers to some business over others?

 

Our educational communities need to work closely together. The University of Missouri, could investigate keeping more of its ideas, products, new businesses and the jobs they would create right here, along with our best students and faculty, our innovators and entrepreneurs. This should be part of a broad K-Tertiary educational effort and be collaborative within all our educational entities, including private, community colleges and our public schools. The high-school and tertiary business incubator concept and business mentoring would be an essential part of this integrated vision.

 

Columbia Climate Change Coalition submits these ideas to you, our neighbors and broader community, to flesh out and modify. We invite you to join us in building an inclusive, just, more sustainable future for all.

 

Please note: Our CCCC www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org website is in transition to a more webmaster-friendly version. Please check back frequently where we will have info, news, future events, important online actions, etc. to keep you informed. Please contact us to be put on our e-list for important online and other action alerts.

 

Sincerely, AND Thank You So Much for All Your Activism!!!

 

 

 

MONTA WELCH

Founder/President, Columbia Climate Change Coalition
and Interfaith Care for Creation

Director, Peoples’ Visioning, Columbia, MO

 

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‘A Peoples’ Visioning’

 

 

 

Address Global Sustainability/Climate Change

 

Create Good Jobs & a Better Community

 

 

 

Taped ‘Birthday Address’ by:

 

Bill McKibben

 

 

 

Taped Lecture on ‘Fracking’,

 

Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University

 

 

 

Exploring Energy & Impacts on Transportation, Health, Food & Water

 

 

 

Thursday, August 29th, 7 p.m.

 

Live Music! Refreshments! 6:30 p.m.

 

Friends Room, Library, Broadway & Garth

 

 

 

 People Visioning to Create:

 

*jobs, job training, mentoring, *small business startups, *neighborhood improvement *energy conservation & renewables *public transportation, *local food & water security, *historic preservation & public infrastructure, *focus on youth, veterans, homeless, former offenders, those in poverty, with low education, poor health or addiction problems, *funding this

 

 

 

Sponsored By: Columbia Climate Change Coalition Co-Sponsors: Columbia Area NOW: National Organization for Women, Democracy for Missouri, Sweet Ethics Sustainability, KOPN Public Radio, Food Not Bombs, Native American Support Group, Boone County Smart Growth Coalition, MORE: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment

 

Info: www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org or 573-443-4717, 573-777-2216

 

Search: Peoples’ Visioning Facebook Group & Event Pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Peoples’ Visioning’ for a ‘Different Community Vision’

 

 

 

VISIONERS RALLY & ATTEND CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS:

 

 

 

Each 1st & 3rd Monday, Sept-Oct!!

 

Rally: 6:30 pm/Mtg: 7pm

 

**Speak on Various Group Concerns!!**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL Topic Group Small Meetings

 

 

 

Early Fall 2013 Schedule/Below:

 

 

 

Development/Finance

 

Saturday, Sept. 14, 3-5 PM, Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL)

 

Saturday, Sept. 28, 3-5 PM, DBRL—Library

 

Saturday, Oct. 5, 3-5 PM, DBRL—Library

 

Saturday, Oct. 19, 3-5 PM, DBRL—Library

 

Energy

 

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8:30 PM, DBRL—Library

 

Neighborhoods /Water & Food Security/Public Health/Zoning & Land Use

 

Thursday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 PM, DBRL—Library

 

Education

 

Overlapping with other Groups’ Meetings & TBA

 

Transportation/Infrastructure

 

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6-8 PM, DBRL—Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very Disappointing 1 Vote Shy Council Decision on CNG:

 

September 3rd, 2013, City Council meeting just after the Labor-Day Holiday weekend, rolling City Council meeting to the following day, Tuesday, 9/3/13, rather than the 1st & 3rd City Council Mondays, had a vote scheduled on a contract with ‘Clean Energy’ to build a regional Compressed Natural Gas/CNG fuel station in Columbia, MO (see 15 Points below with documentation and educational links for reasons Peoples’ Visioning and our Co-Sponsor organizations oppose this expansion of CNG into our region).

 

A close 4-3 vote at this meeting approved the CNG ‘Pickens’ Plan contract with T. Boone’s ‘Clean Energy’! We are now looking at several options to resolve this in a more favourable way.

 

 

 

 

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE CLOSE CNG VOTE HERE:

 

WHAT THE FRACK: Happened at the last CoMo City Council meeting?

 

By Ken Midkiff at: http://www.columbiaheartbeat.com/index.php/news/headlines/613-091313

 

 

 

 

 

Say No To Fracking! 

 

 City Council

 

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.
at Columbia City Hall


THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY!!

 

 

 

Unless you support Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in city vehicles, and a CNG fueling station in our community, then you need to be at Columbia City Hall at 6:30 PM!! 

Following the rally at City Hall, at 7PM, City Council starts where you can speak in public testimony, to say you & yours do not support actions by the Council to quickly move in support of fracking! Please ask Council to ‘pause’, listen to our voices, and move quickly, instead, on 100% Renewable Solutions coming out of work by the People's Visioning.

 

PLEASE Call & Email Council Members & Mayor PRIOR to this Council Meeting! Contact info below 15 Reasons to Oppose CNG. PLEASE, ALSO, ‘SHOW-UP’ TUESDAY for the vote!! Your Face/Body there=70 calls/emails. BRING FRIENDS!!

 

 

 


Say No To Fracking!
 

 

 

 

MAJOR REASONS TO OPPOSE ‘FRACKING’ for CNG:

 

1) Fracking is taking place here, in Missouri on the Kansas border as well as in the New Madrid Fault area in the ‘Boothill’.

 

2) Hydraulic Fracturing: ‘Fracking’, has been scientifically proven to infiltrate and contaminate underground fresh water!! (Fracking is why we have a NG boom!!) 
Fracking Water Concerns: http://www.nrdc.org/energy/files/fracking-Wastewater-FullReport.pdf 

http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/news/higher-levels-of-stray-gases-found-in-water-wells-near-shale-gas-sites

 

3) Fracking for NG has been proven to release methane, unable to be captured, over 20 times more potent than the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) CO2; and, it’s ‘front-loaded’! Shale Gas GHG Footprint: http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/web/Marcellus.html
See also: http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/publications/

 

4) Fracking for NG requires extreme volumes of municipal, public, county, etc…fresh water, which is, then, loaded with toxic ‘Fracking’ chemicals and sand, high-pressure blasted below ground to break up underground bedrock, releasing NG! Some stays and does not return! What does return has even more toxins than previous: heavy metals, radon, etc! This even more toxic, recovered ‘slip’ must be stored or ‘treated’! Ingraffea Link Below and:

 

5) Large amounts of sand are required to Frack! Getting it is causing something akin to ‘mountain top removal’
which is devastating the environment and communities in these areas. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/frac-sand-mining-wisconsin-health_n_2256753.html

 

6) The Fracking combinations of toxic substances cause human, animal and plant illness and toxicity near these Fracking areas! These chemicals do NOT have to be revealed or reported to the public and are exempt from our Clean Water Laws and EPA oversight by the ‘Halliburton Loophole’. Some folks have actually lost their lives due to fracking, many their health, their healthy lands, their livestock, farms and other livelihoods, property values, etc!! http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/08/19/a-toxic-spew.html

 

7) Earthquakes and sinkholes, more frequent since the ‘new’ version of Fracking has begun, which utilizes horizontal drilling along with the original vertical Fracking, are being linked to activity related to this new ‘Horizontal Fracking’!! Fracking is taking place in seismic areas including around the New Madrid Fault in Missouri, as well as California’s San Andreas!
Arkansas has been having quakes now every single day since horizontal Fracking commenced: 
http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/recenteqs/Quakes/quakes0.html

Dallas earthquakes caused by fracking
http://rt.com/usa/news/fracking-earthquake-dallas-usa-610/
From MIT: Studies Link Earthquakes to Wastewater from Fracking
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/508151/studies-link-earthquakes-to-wastewater-from-fracking/

 

8) There are other options! If there was political will to invest as much in an ‘Apollo-Type’, WWII-type development
and deployment of wind and solar, current and tidal, geothermal and a few other good renewable options, where
we are right now, we would not need what those who influence government directions, call this ‘energy bridge
technology’=’Fracking bridge,’ with all the above negatives** Instead we could eventually, and quickly, have ‘free
energy’ for ‘the people’— NOT what those who want to keep selling us not-free and non-renewable energy want!!

 

9) NO ‘Free Power’ for the People –not for as long as this ‘bridge energy’ can be ‘sold’ to the public ‘as necessary’—
a ‘bridge’ that will be built with the plan for it to last for a ½ century or more, no doubt, with the kind of investment there instead of towards renewables*** Not a very short-term bridge as is proposed, ‘sold’ or described!! This ‘bridge investment’ displaces and challenges investment in renewables.

 

10) Fracking, along with other polluting non-renewable fuel/energy receives 6-7 times more taxpayer assistance than does renewable energy** http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/

 

11) The cost of NG gas is kept significantly lower due to taxpayer subsidies and tax breaks.
Prices WILL Change As Circumstances Influence Markets:
http://www.alternet.org/fracking/anti-fracking-activists-celebrate-cancellation-gas-leases-and-drilling-plans-ne
 
See also:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-drive-261-mpg-volkswagen-110000361.html

 

12) The cost is further kept down because of a large glut of NG now on the U.S. market. The plan is to export NG to supply global energy markets! Once this happens, there will be huge NG/CNG price adjustments, upwards, so the cost that Columbia’s decisions are calculated on will be significantly different and will able to be manipulated by markets and production for more and higher profits to corporations focused on their greatest maximum profit!

 

13) This local CNG direction supports not only Fracking, but also local public investment in an energy being described, inaccurately, as a ‘bridge’, as well as ‘low-cost’ (for now), climate and environmentally friendly, hugely inaccurate criteria/data/considerations supporting an investment taking our energy and tax dollars out of the community, essentially derailing
and ‘starving’ investment in the real direction people want government to go---‘level the playing field’ with equal or
no taxpayer assistance or give support only to more recent clean, renewable energy directions, far better for public
health and the environment! Environmental and public health costs have NOT been factored into this direction requiring this form of fracking!! Give the people the ability to generate their electricity by decentralizing and diversifying renewable,
cleaner options locally/(here in Columbia) allowing each of us a plan to generate our own electricity on our own homes and
property and/or buy ‘shares’ we own in a community or neighborhood solar (or wind, current, etc) installation,
lifting all our boats!! This is what we, CCCC along with Peoples’ Visioning (PV), have proposed to City Council, Boards,
Commissions, Water & Light Dept! Please ask Columbia City Council, to implement PV’s ‘Renewable Energy Plan for All’ (PV-REPA)
in your emails, calls and comments!!!

 

14) Investment in CNG/LNG/NG is further ‘risky’ as fracked wells are not all producing as strongly as hoped! The idea we have 100 years worth of this hard to reach and extract (read: ‘risky’) shale gas is promoted by folks with financial and political gains in their sight. This is discussed more here: http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/09/26/shale-gas-and-foreign-policy-highly-uncertain-prospect

 

15) The possibility of a leak, poor workmanship and construction, faulty design, or other ‘accident’ causing a
natural gas explosion of significant destruction and magnitude is quite real! We only have to look at all the leaks, oil
spills and other large explosions with just NG across the country and with our own history here, as well, to know
this is certainly possible. The land for the CNG fueling station, purchased with $300,000.00 of our public money, is
located immediately next to two health care facilities and a FEMA site, all 3 providing/storing oxygen tanks for customers, patients and victims of disaster! If this station had a problem, any explosion would impact 4 locations, taking out the FEMA response unit and would likely spread to 2 more volatile business a block or 2 away: the MFA and Break Time gasoline fueling stations and mini-marts. ‘Great’ location…Duh!

 

16) There is further concern regarding safety of large or increasing numbers of CNG vehicles being
driven in our society, the safety of these vehicles on our roads with cell phone users, smokers and other sources of volatility including severe,
growing and quite negative ‘road rage’, with some people willing to go to extreme lengths expressing it!! Fracking rigs prohibit on site use of cell phones for reasons of extreme volatile potential!!

 

 

 

There are many good solutions coming out of Peoples’ Visioning
so we can go straight to them & NOT ‘purchase’ in the ‘wrong direction’!! See Peoples’ Visioning Renewable Energy Plan for All (PV-REPA) AND Excellent Educational Links/Below**

 

 

 

Tell your own and ALL Council Members, Mayor and City Manager to ‘listen to the people’ and Peoples’ Visioning for clean, safer, energy solutions to benefit all!! Call, E-mail, Bring Family & Friends to Monday’s City Council Meetings, 7 PM, Columbia, Missouri City Hall, on first and third Mondays each Month, (unless a Holiday Monday, when it moves to the next day, Tuesday)! PLEASE Thank the 3 who voted against the CNG Station and listened to the people!!

 

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Ian Thomas 445-2928 or 239-7916. If you do reach him, please thank Council Member Thomas for attempting, unsuccessfully, to slow down their unexpected, last City Council action to order at least a dozen new natural gas fleet vehicles.—Voted against the CNG Station, 9/3/13

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Laura Nauser 445-2899 voted against the CNG Station, 9/3/13

 

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FREE ONLINE SCREENINGS of GASLAND & GASLAND II:

 

Gasland (original 2010 release): http://twomovies.name/watch_movie/GasLand
Gasland II: http://viooz.co/movies/20372-gasland-part-ii-2013.html

 

Frackademia: The People & Money Behind the EDF Methane Emissions Study—Initial Report Just Released 9/16/2013 http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/09/16/frackademia-people-money-behind-edf-fracking-methane-emissions-study

 

 

 

‘What’s Up with the EPA?’ Water Studies Stopped!

 

http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/07/29/obama-epa-censored-fracking-water-contamination-study-dimock-pennsylvania

 

Censored EPA Study Uncovered?Determining the origin of methane and its effect on the aquifer/EPA Study Power Point:

 

http://desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/Dimock%20report.pdf

 

Watch Dr. Anthony Ingraffea’s Important Presentation on Fracking and Natural Gas Methane Emissions Research:
Ingraffea is the Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DK3fODCZ3w&list=PLC65165145EAE6816

 

Former Mobil VP Oil and Gas Industry Expert, Cites Ingraffea:
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/17605-former-mobil-vp-warns-of-fracking-and-climate-change

 

Many States’ Citizens Oppose this Very ‘Controversial’ Energy Source Which Needs Governors Conference in Colorado MORE Local Investigation BEFORE Citizen Investments***
http://ecowatch.com/2013/colorado-protest-fracking-democratic-governors/

 

AND, Here’s This Disclosure**: http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/08/06/fracking-ties-flawed-state-dept-keystone-xl-environmental-review




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Earth Hour 2013

Written by Monta Welch.

 

Earth Hour 2013

Written by Monta Welch.

INTERNATIONAL EARTH HOUR 2013 

 

 

YOU’RE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AND SURROUNDING AREA’S ‘EARTH HOUR DAY AND HOUR’ 2013!

  

PARTICIPATE HERE OR WHERE EVER YOU ARE/COLUMBIA EVENTS BELOW!!! 

 

The first Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against the human contributions to climate change. From there, Earth Hour has now become a global sustainability movement with hundreds of millions of people, across more than 156 countries and territories in over 7,000 cities and towns, including Columbians, all adding their ‘voices and votes’ by ‘flipping the switch’! Landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Coliseum, have stood in darkness, each year since, to send a message of solidarity in a critical cause that grows more urgent by the hour!

 

Every year since Sydney’s beginning of Earth Hour, growing millions have ‘switched-off’ in solidarity, pledging support to act together and this effort has been brought to you by the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, along with participation from Columbia’s Mayors, Darwin Hindman and now Bob McDavid, the Columbia City Council, the City of Columbia, and other organizations, businesses, schools and area faith communities.

 

 In 2013 Mayor McDavid issues Columbia’s Earth Hour Day and Hour Proclamation, once again, calling on all Columbians to join with the International community to “Switch off”, brought to you again by the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, our Mayor, Columbia’s City Council, the City of Columbia, and other friends, community organizations, businesses, and schools. On Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM-9:30 PM, please join citizens here and around the world in saving money; reducing our environmental impact; creating “green” jobs and whole new industries and economies; improving our national and homeland security; reducing healthcare costs by improving our health through a cleaner environment; educating about sustainability and the impacts of global climate change; and having fun with family, friends and neighbors all at the same time!

 

Start planning now to observe Earth Hour 2013, Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM! Invite family, friends, and neighbors into backyards, enjoy the night sky! Discuss sustainability, how you’re “going green”, reducing your carbon footprint, saving money and how you plan to save even more! Enjoy a dinner by candlelight at home or at a local, participating restaurant, invite family and friends---discuss the issue, share information or read a book on the topic by flashlight, play cards or board games. Buy a solar or human-powered flashlight for the occasion---expand your safety equipment while boosting the economy. Make it fun and educational! Join others here, wherever you are, and around the world “switching-off” in symbolic solidarity, celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all share---our planet, Earth!!!

 

Spread the Word! Help make International Earth Hour 2013 the biggest yet!!

 

 

THANK YOU FOR ‘SWITCHING OFF’!! 

 

 HELP ‘SPREAD THE WORD’!!

 

TWITTER, TWEET, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, FORWARD WIDELY!!

 


 

 

EARTH HOUR 2013

 

Turn Off Lights & Non-Essential Electricity in Solidarity with World Citizens Pushing For Global Sustainability, Energy, & Environmental Solutions!

 

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 8:30-9:30 PM

 

PARTICIPATE AT HOME AND/ OR AT THESE EVENTS

 

 

WATCH LANDMARKS DARKEN:

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, JESSE HALL; CITY HALL; DANIEL BOONE REGIONAL LIBRARY! INTERFAITH COMMUNITY RINGS BELLS; BUSINESSES OFFER CANDLELIGHT COFFEE, FOOD; MUSICIANS, ART SHOWINGS BY CANDLELIGHT

 

 

EARTH HOUR LEAD-UP EVENTS: 

 

‘AN EVENING WITH ‘GREEN’ ARCHITECT’, DANIEL KARLOV & ‘FREE’ SCREENING OF EXCELLENT, INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY: ‘DEEP GREEN’

7-9 PM, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, TATE HALL AUDITORIUM, MU CAMPUS

 

EDUCATIONAL ‘FORUM ON SUSTAINABILITY & CLIMATE JUSTICE’, WITH QUESTIONS TO  MAYORAL &/OR CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, 7PM, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, ARTS & SCIENCE BLDG, MU CAMPUS, ROOM 311

 

EARTH HOUR ‘KICK-OFF’ EVENT, HEAR MAYOR’S EARTH HOUR DAY & HOUR PROCLAMATION; TAKE GREEN TOUR OF LEED CERTIFIED CITY HALL; VISIT WITH ‘GREEN’ ARCHITECT & SEE NET-ZERO AFFORDABLE, DEMONSTRATION HOME PLANS/MODELS; LEE ELMENTARY RECYCLED ART INSTALLATION, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS & LOBBY, 12 NOON -1 PM, BDWY & 8TH ST!

 

‘FREE CITY BUS’, ‘ALL DAY’, MARCH 21 (&23), FOR EARTH HOUR ‘KICK-OFF’ DAY!!

 

 

EARTH HOUR DAY & HOUR EVENTS:

 

EARTH HOUR SERVICE PROJECT:

*JOIN ‘EARTH HOUR DAY’ SERVICE PROJECT LAUNCH: Neighborhood Energy, Food Security, Transportation, & Tree Planting ‘GREEN SURVEY’ with ACTION!! JOIN OUR LAUNCH OF ON-GOING/’BEYOND the HOUR’ & KICK-OFF for ‘EARTH HOUR SERVICE PROJECT’!! ALL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! E-MAIL US:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR CALL: 573-777-2216

 

 

WATCH LANDMARKS GO DARK *8:30 – 9:30 PM*

 

ENJOY FOOD, DRINK & COMPANIONS AT THE FOLLOWING EARLY, PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES SERVING BY CANDLELIGHT: BLEU, SYCAMORE, ADDISON’S AN AMERICAN GRILL, FLATBRANCH, SOPHIA’S, LAKOTA COFFEE & OTHERS**

 

ENJOY ACCOUSTIC, SIDEWALK MUSIC IN & NEAR PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES**

 

OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL EARTH HOUR, IN SOLIDARITY, ‘WHERE EVER YOU ARE’, SATURDAY, 3/23/2013, 8:30 – 9:30 PM!! ‘VOTE WITH YOUR SWITCH’, ‘CONNECT’, THINK ABOUT HOW WE EACH CAN HELP CREATE A SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHIER, CLEAN FUTURE FOR PRESENT & ALL GENERATIONS TO COME!!

 

 

TAKE THE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGE:

 

TAKE “GREEN” TRANSPORTATION: Walk, Bike, Car-pool & Bus—Support Future Health & Sustainability!

 

CITY BUSES ‘FREE’ ALL DAY ON ‘EARTH HOUR KICK-OFF DAY’ & ‘EARTH HOUR DAY & HOUR’, 3/21 & 3/23!

 


 

 

Ideas to Participate at Home:

 

Observe Earth Hour 2013, Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM where ever you are! Invite family, friends, and neighbors into backyards, enjoy the night sky! Discuss sustainability, how you’re “going green”, reducing your carbon footprint, saving money and how you plan to save even more! Enjoy a dinner by candlelight at home or at a local, participating restaurant, invite family and friends---discuss the issue, share information or read a book on the topic by flashlight, play cards or board games. Buy a solar or human-powered flashlight for the occasion---expand your safety equipment while boosting the economy. Make it fun and educational! Join others here, wherever you are, and around the world “switching-off” in symbolic solidarity, celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all share---our planet, Earth!!!

 

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: COLUMBIA CLIMATE CHANGE COALITION WITH CITY OF COLUMBIA, CPS, MU, OTHER SCHOOLS, LOCAL BUSINESSES, & COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

 

 

THANK YOU FOR ‘SWITCHING OFF’!!  

 

HELP ‘SPREAD THE WORD’!!

 

TWITTER, TWEET, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, FORWARD WIDELY!!

 

FREE City Bus Rides All Day in honour of Earth Hour, 

Thursday, March 21st, our official ‘Kickoff’ day,

AND  

FREE City Bus Rides All Day on Earth Hour Day, 

Saturday, March 23rd!!

 

 

Earth Hour 2013 Kickoff at City Hall, Thursday, March 21st,

Noon to about 1 PM,

Downtown Columbia, Missouri, 8th & Broadway!!

 

Enjoy a ‘Green Tour’ of LEED Certified City Hall building, view net-zero affordable home models and Q&A with the architect! Take a FREE city bus ride, from the bus stop nearest you, and attend the 5th Annual International ‘Call to Act’ on Clean, Green Energy also thought of as International Earth Hour and the Earth Hour Kickoff at your LEED Certified City Hall ‘Green Building’, 8th & Broadway, downtown Columbia, Missouri, 12 Noon to about 1 PM, Thursday, March 21st! Hear Earth Hour ‘Event Updates’ and the Mayor’s Earth Hour Proclamation, urging participation and observance of Earth Hour, then take a ‘Green Tour’ of LEED City Hall, view model entries in a competition to design and build an energy efficient, affordable, ‘green’ home, then enjoy lunch downtown at our local eateries—many participating for 5 years, now, in candlelight dining for Earth Hour, always the 4th Saturday in March from 8:30-9:30 PM!

 

 

                         EARLY PARTICIPANTS IN COLUMBIA:

 

The City of Columbia                           Daniel Boone Regional Library                                         

University of Missouri                          Café Berlin

Columbia Public Schools                     Bleu            

MacXprts (Cherry Hill)                         Sycamore Restaurant

Boone County National Bank              Addison’s an American Grill

Landmark Bank                                   Sophia's                                                

Commerce Bank                                  The Blue Note                                                 

Brian Pape, Architect                           MoJo’s                                                                          

Daniel W. Karlov, Architect                  Lakota Coffee

My Secret Garden                                 Sub Shops

Broadway Brewery                               The Candy Factory

 

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Address Climate Change Create Good Jobs

Written by Monta Welch.

‘A People’s Visioning’

Address Climate Change Create Good Jobs

Without corporate tax giveaways, ‘false blight’, TIFs or EEZs

 

4th Mini-Conference

Tuesday, January 22nd, 7 p.m.

 

Live Music & Vegan Refreshments 6:30 p.m.

 

Climate & Visioning Project Updates

ALL Topic Group ‘Round-Up’

 

Friends Room, Public Library, Broadway & Garth

 

Join us in implementing ‘Peoples’ Visioning’ ideas to:

*create jobs, job training and mentoring, *small business startups, *neighborhood improvement projects including renewable energy & energy conservation, *better public transportation, * local food & water security, *maintenance for historic buildings & public infrastructure, *assistance for youth, veterans, homeless, former offenders, those in poverty with low education/poor health or addiction problems, *funding all this

 

Sponsored By: Columbia Climate Change Coalition.org  

 

 Co-Sponsors: Columbia Area NOW National Organization for Women, Democracy for Missouri, Sweet Ethics Sustainability, KOPN Public Radio, Food Not Bombs, Native American Support Group, Boone County Smart Growth Coalition 

 

More Info: www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org  573-443-4717, 573-777-2216

Search: ‘Peoples’ Visioning’ for Facebook Group & Event Pages    

 

 ‘A Peoples’ Visioning’ for

‘A Different Community Vision’

4th Mini-Conference

Climate & Visioning Project Updates

ALL Topic Group ‘Round-Up’

 

 Live Music & Refreshments at 6:30 PM

 

Friends Room, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Bdwy & Garth

www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org 

‘Peoples’ Visioning’ Facebook Group & Event Pages 

 

Topic Group Schedule:

 

Development/Finance

Thursday, January 10, 5:30-7:30 PM, Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL)

Tuesday, February 12, 5:30-7:30 PM, DBRL—Library

Energy

Tuesday, January 8, 7-9 PM, DBRL—Library

Monday, February 4, 7-9 PM, DBRL—Library 

 

Transportation/Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 15, 6-8 PM, DBRL—Library 

Education

Monday, January 14, 6-8 PM, DBRL—Library

Monday, February 11, 7:30-8:30 PM, DBRL—Library 

 

Neighborhoods /Water & Food Security/Public Health/Zoning & Land Use

Tuesday, January 15, 6:30-9 PM, DBRL-- Library

Tuesday, February 19, 6:30-9 PM, DBRL—Library

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Help Address Climate Change

Written by Monta Welch.

HELP US SAY NO TO FRACKING!

 

IT IS TIME, ONCE AGAIN, TO THINK
GLOBALLY AND ACT LOCALLY!!

 
Unless you support Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for city vehicles, and a CNG fueling station in our community, then you need to be at Columbia City Hall at 6:30 PM!! 

 Following the 6:30 PM rally at City Hall, City Council starts at 7PM, where you can speak in public testimony, to say you & yours do not support actions by the Council to quickly move in support of fracking! Please ask them to ‘pause’, listen to our voices, and move quickly on the 100% Renewable Solutions coming out of work by the People's Visioning.

 Additionally, PLEASE Call & Email Council Members & Mayor!  BUT ALSO, PLEASE SHOW-UP THIS TUESDAY.  Your Face=70 calls/emails.  AND BRING FRIENDS!!

 

 

16 MAJOR REASONS TO
OPPOSE ‘FRACKING’ for CNG:

 

1) Fracking is taking place here, in Missouri on the Kansas border as well as in the New Madrid Fault area in the ‘Boothill’.

 

2) Hydraulic Fracturing: ‘Fracking’, has been scientifically proven to infiltrate and contaminate underground fresh water!! (Fracking is why we have a NG boom!!) 

Fracking Water Concerns:

http://www.nrdc.org/energy/files/fracking-Wastewater-FullReport.pdf 

 

3) Fracking for NG has been proven to release methane, unable to be captured, over 20 times more potent than the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) CO2; and, it’s ‘front-loaded’! Shale Gas GHG Footprint: http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/web/Marcellus.html

See also:

http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/publications/


4) Fracking for NG requires extreme volumes of municipal, public, county, etc…fresh water, which is, then, loaded with toxic ‘Fracking’ chemicals and sand, high-pressure blasted below ground to break up underground bedrock, releasing NG! Some stays and does not return! What does return has even more toxins than previous: heavy metals, radon, etc! This even more toxic, recovered ‘slip’ must be stored or ‘treated’! Ingraffea Link Below and:

5) Large amounts of sand are required to Frack! Getting it is causing something akin to ‘mountain top removal’which is devastating the environment and communities in these areas.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/frac-sand-mining-wisconsin-health_n_2256753.html

 

6) The Fracking combinations of toxic substances cause human, animal and plant illness and toxicity near these Fracking areas! These chemicals do NOT have to be revealed or reported to the public and are exempt from our Clean Water Laws and EPA oversight by the ‘Halliburton Loophole’. Some folks have actually lost their lives due to fracking, many their health, their healthy lands, their livestock, farms and other livelihoods, property values, etc!! http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2008/08/19/a-toxic-spew.html


7)
 Earthquakes and sinkholes, more frequent since the ‘new’ version of Fracking has begun, which utilizes horizontal drilling along with the original vertical Fracking, are being linked to activity related to this new ‘Horizontal Fracking’!! Fracking is taking place in seismic areas including around the New Madrid Fault in Missouri, as well as California’s San Andreas!

Arkansas has been having quakes now every single day since horizontal Fracking commenced: 

http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/recenteqs/Quakes/quakes0.html

Dallas earthquakes caused by fracking

http://rt.com/usa/news/fracking-earthquake-dallas-usa-610/

From MIT: Studies Link Earthquakes to Wastewater from Fracking

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/508151/studies-link-earthquakes-to-wastewater-from-fracking/


8)
 There are other options! If there was political will to invest as much in an ‘Apollo-Type’, WWII-type development
and deployment of wind and solar, current and tidal, geothermal and a few other good renewable options, wherewe are right now, we would not need what those who influence government directions, call this ‘energy bridge

technology’=’Fracking bridge,’ with all the above negatives** Instead we could eventually, and quickly, have ‘free
energy’ for ‘the people’— NOT what those who want to keep selling us not-free and non-renewable energy want!!


9)
 NO ‘Free Power’ for the People –not for as long as this ‘bridge energy’ 
can be ‘sold’ to the public ‘as necessary’—
a ‘bridge’ that will be built with the plan for it to last for a ½ century or more, no doubt, with the kind of investment there instead of towards renewables*** Not a very short-term bridge as is proposed, ‘sold’ or described!! This ‘bridge investment’ displaces and challenges investment in renewables.

 

10) Fracking, along with other polluting non-renewable fuel/energy receives 6-7 times more taxpayer assistance than does renewable energy** http://priceofoil.org/fossil-fuel-subsidies/

 

11) The cost of NG gas is kept significantly lower due to taxpayer subsidies and tax breaks.

Prices WILL Change As Circumstances Influence Markets:

http://www.alternet.org/fracking/anti-fracking-activists-celebrate-cancellation-gas-leases-and-drilling-plans-ne 

See also:  

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-drive-261-mpg-volkswagen-110000361.html


12) The cost is further kept down because of a large glut of NG now on the U.S. market. The plan is to export NG to supply global energy markets! Once this happens, there will be huge NG/CNG price adjustments, upwards, so the cost that Columbia’s decisions are calculated on will be significantly different and will able to be manipulated by markets and production for more and higher profits to corporations focused on their greatest maximum profit!


13)
This local CNG direction supports not only Fracking, but also local public investment in an energy being described, inaccurately, as a ‘bridge’, as well as ‘low-cost’ (for now), climate and environmentally friendly, hugely inaccurate criteria/data/considerations supporting an investment taking our energy and tax dollars out of the community, essentially derailing
and ‘starving’ investment in the real direction people want government to go---‘level the playing field’ with equal or no taxpayer assistance or give support only to more recent clean, renewable energy directions, far better for public

health and the environment! Environmental and public health costs have NOT been factored into this direction requiring this form of fracking!! Give the people the ability to generate their electricity by decentralizing and diversifying renewable,
cleaner options locally/(here in Columbia) allowing each of us a plan to generate our own electricity on our own homes and
property and/or buy ‘shares’ we own in a community or neighborhood solar (or wind, current, etc) installation,
lifting all our boats!! This is what we, CCCC along with Peoples’ Visioning (PV), have proposed to City Council, Boards,
Commissions, Water & Light Dept! Please ask Columbia City Council, to implement PV’s ‘Renewable Energy Plan for All’ (PV-REPA)
in your emails, calls and comments!!!

14) Investment in CNG/LNG/NG is further ‘risky’ as fracked wells are not all producing as strongly as hoped! The idea we have 100 years worth of this hard to reach and extract (read: ‘risky’) shale gas is promoted by folks with financial and political gains in their sight. This is discussed more here: http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/09/26/shale-gas-and-foreign-policy-highly-uncertain-prospect


15)
The possibility of a leak, poor workmanship and construction, faulty design, or other ‘accident’ causing a
natural gas explosion of significant destruction and magnitude is quite real! We only have to look at all the leaks, oil spills and other large explosions with just NG across the country and with our own history here, as well, to know this is certainly possible. The land for the CNG fueling station, purchased with $300,000.00 of our public money, is located immediately next to two health care facilities and a FEMA site, all 3 providing/storing oxygen tanks for customers, patients and victims of disaster! If this station had a problem, any explosion would impact 4 locations, taking out the FEMA response unit and would likely spread to 2 more volatile business a block or 2 away: the MFA and Break Time gasoline fueling stations and mini-marts. ‘Great’ location…Duh!


16)
There is further concern regarding safety of large or increasing numbers of CNG vehicles being

driven in our society, the safety of these vehicles on our roads with cell phone users, smokers and other sources of volatility including severe, growing and quite negative ‘road rage’, with some people willing to go to extreme lengths expressing it!! Fracking rigs prohibit on site use of cell phones for reasons of extreme volatile potential!!

 

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Create Good Jobs, Address Climate Change

Written by Monta Welch.

**Take Action on theKeystone XL Pipeline**

 

Please contact YOUR government leaders everyday.  CONTACT INFORMATION IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS ANNOUNCMENT.

Make a 20 second phone call!!

Share this on Facebook

Send e-mails to your family and friends

The Columbia Climate Change Coalition sent the following: (Use as sample ‘Talking Points’ even past the ‘deadlines’ until the President announces his decision!!!!!)

Dear__________,

On behalf of 80,000 voters in the Midwest I write and send the following, asking you to say 'NO' to TransCanada or any corporation or entity trying to move the Tar Sands to world or domestic markets through the U.S.!! Thank you for your respectful consideration and keeping your promises on transparency and action on climate change, including moving to renewable, cleaner energy making dirty energy quickly obsolete.

M. Welch

The Keystone XL Pipeline is dangerous, dirty, and destructive! The latest Environmental Impact Statement was inaccurate, incomplete, tainted with conflict of interest, even expunging connections to TransCanada and Tar Sands for several heading up the ERM, ignoring significant risk of toxic spills, ignoring catastrophic impacts on climate, and the clear consensus of financial analysts and oil executives that this pipeline will make the difference in tar sands development!

It will contribute dramatically to climate change. The State Department confirmed tar sands fuel is up to 19% more greenhouse gas intensive than conventional fuel and the industry admits it will lead to more tar sands production!

Its carbon pollution impacts are equivalent to 9 million cars on the road considering the total emissions of tar sands and refining processes.

Contrary to claims of supporters, it could end as many jobs as it creates with toxic spills in farmland or water resources, threatening essential jobs along the chain, including issues with quality and shortages of food and water on a warming planet dealing with severe drought, floods, ocean rise, hurricanes, tornados and other extremes!

Only 10% of the created jobs would be filled by local people in communities along the route.

A new pipeline now, locks us in to higher carbon emissions when we should rapidly invest in renewable energy that cannot be exported which will provide a more secure, cleaner and healthier, energy future for the U.S. and other countries following suit. This will bring more global peace and less fighting, like the young John Kerry opposed decades before, and is now part of his duty as Secretary of State and the President’s, as well!

Tar sands will increase toxic pollutants in communities near refineries already suffering from high rates of asthma and cancer.

Data suggests current analyses of the impacts of tar sands under-estimate climate impacts by at least 13%. They don’t account for a high-carbon byproduct of the refining process used as a cheap alternative to coal: petroleum coke.

The pipeline's risk to water has not changed at all with the new route. It still crosses the Sandhills and the Ogallala aquifer, reasons Gov. Heineman, Sen. Johanns and you rejected it before!

It crosses more than 1,000 water bodies across 3 states and 875 miles threatening drinking water for people, farms, and ranches with devastating tar sands spills, as have repeatedly bee seen, posing unacceptable risk to water, health livestock, industry!

The first Keystone spilled 14 times in the U.S. in its first year! Enbridge spilled over one million gallons in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. We recently saw 3 new spills in 3 states in little more than a week! How much do we have to be shown? NO TAR SANDS PIPELINES!

This is a project for personal/private good over the public good! The Koch brothers privately held empire is reported to save $2 billion with this pipeline by shifting to the Canadian Tar Sands bitumen! They and other energy corporations are lying to the American people! This energy source is NOT for the U.S. and U.S. energy security, but for the world markets! They and others, along with TransCanada, are, even without approval, are mobilizing, transporting and readying pipe, using eminent domain in this country, forcing on farmers and us this extremely dangerous, personal ‘dirty energy’ project, corporate mis-management, their greed and ‘golden parachutes’, extreme CEO compensation at stockholder’s and U.S. taxpayers’ harm and expense!

 

Please reply to my concerns!

Sincerely,

Your Name____________________

Your Contact Info___________________

 

The White House:

Email: www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

 

Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

TTY/TDD: Comments: 202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121

Secretary of State/Kerry/2013:

General Switchboard (open 24 hours): (202) 647-4000, then 4, then ask for the Comment Line! 20 Second recording

Fax: (202) 647-3344

Secretary of State Staff on Peace and Security Concerns:

Dr. Esther Brimmer: (202) 647-2492

Asst: Colleen Greer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Director of PR/Outreach for P & S Concerns:

Mark Schlachter: (202) 647-6889

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



'A People's Visioning'

 

'To Create Good Jobs, Address Climate Change and Build a Better Community!!'

Mini-Conference, Wednesday, October 10th, 7PM

Music and Refreshments 6:30 PM

Friends Room, Library, Garth & Broadway

We will offer Solutions to Climate Change and Jobs, without Blight/EEZ, & Include Your Ideas!

Creating

"A Different Community Vision"

Please join CCCC & others rolling up our sleeves to bring jobs, address climate issues, and petition city leaders and our educational community to collaborate for jobs with job-specific training and mentoring in fields our community needs:

* renewable energy, energy-efficiency and conservation,
* neighborhood improvement,
* more local food,
* addressing sustainable clean water issues,
* focus, improve and support education,
* incubating small business startups thru high schools, community colleges & the university,
* improving and maintaining historic buildings,
* maintaining public infrastructure,
* remedying blight,
* improving well-being, public health, and Columbians' quality of life,
* find solid and creative funding,
* heal old community wounds and address healthy, inclusive, community building, etc!

Your ideas & resulting good jobs will alleviate poverty; low education; lack of transportation; etc. while assisting those with health, rehabilitation or addiction problems; our youth; veterans; former offenders; etc.

Sponsored By: CCCC at www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org M. Welch 573-777-2216 or 573-443-4717 Co-Sponsors: Columbia Area NOW, Democracy for Missouri, Mid-Mo WILPF, Osage Chapter Sierra Club, Sweet Ethics Sustainability