Earth Talk: The Trump Administration and the environment

Dear EarthTalk: I’m concerned about the impact the new administration will have on the environment, especially the calls to bypass renewables and ramp up fossil fuel production. What can I do as an average citizen to combat harmful environmental policies?  — C.B.

Lots. The sad fact is that while more than two-thirds of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect against global warming and other environmental ills, the Trump administration is pushing forward with plans to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and wriggle out of our Paris climate accord emissions reduction commitments. But the reign of Trump could end up being the greatest thing that ever happened to the environmental movement, by activating millions of otherwise unengaged citizens to make their voices heard in demanding a faster transition away from fossil fuels and a stepped up effort to protect Americans’ air and water quality.

 

One easy way to get involved is through 5Calls. This free online service provides phone numbers for members of your local Congresspersons and scripts you can use to call them and let them know how you feel on specific timely issues. According to 5Calls, calling members of Congress—even if you just leave a message—is more effective than e-mailing or letter-writing because calls are easier for staffers to tally and the resulting counts inform representatives how strongly their constituents feel about a given issue.

 

Currently one of the scripts available on 5Calls asks representatives to take action on climate change by opposing HR 637, a bill aimed at preventing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “from exceeding its statutory authority in ways that were not contemplated by the Congress.” If passed, this so-called “Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017” would take away the agency’s license to regulate a wide range of harmful pollutants including carbon dioxide, and would otherwise undermine decades worth of progress on the environment, conservation, and climate mitigation.

 

If you want to do more and start influencing others, consider aligning with grassroots Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The group has chapters across North America and works to educate everyday people about how to contact elected officials to get the message across that we need them to stand up for environmental protections and reducing carbon emissions. The group is pushing for a non-partisan nationwide “carbon fee and dividend” system that would get emissions in line with our Paris climate accord commitments while growing the economy and saving lives.

 

Another way to get involved is to participate in the upcoming People’s Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2017. Organizers from the non-profit 350.org hope to bring together hundreds of thousands of Americans to show solidarity in efforts to push forward with plans to green the economy and prevent cataclysmic climate change.

 

“The People’s Climate Mobilization is part of a larger strategy to push back on Trump’s agenda of climate denial and fossil fuel expansion, and then double-down at the local level fighting fossil fuels and lifting up real climate solutions,” reports 350.org. “We see April 29th as the culmination of our work to fight Trump during the first 100 days of his administration and the launch pad for a larger, nationwide movement to fight fossil fuels at the local level.”

 

CONTACTS: 5Calls, www.5calls.org; Citizens’ Climate Lobby, citizensclimatelobby.org; 350.org, www.350.org

 

 

 

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Mar 12,2017: Color Me Irish

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Mar 11,2017: Color Me Irish

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Mar 10,2017: LUKE BRYAN: KILL THE LIGHTS TOUR 2017


Luke Bryan grew up in the very small town of Leesburg, Ga. Back home, he helped his father with his peanut and fertilizer businesses while playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors. Yet he can remember his mother urging him to belt out George Strait songs over and over while she drove him into town to shop. By age 14, his parents bought him an Alvarez guitar. By 15, his father would take him down to a nearby club, Skinner’s, where he shared guitar licks and lead vocals with other local country singers.

At age 16, two local songwriters who’d enjoyed some success providing tunes for Nashville artists invited him to join their twice-a-week writing sessions at a local church. By that time, Bryan led his own band, playing at Skinner’s and various community events.

Encouraged by everyone who heard him play, Bryan planned to move to Nashville after high school graduation. Supported by his family, he was loading his car for the move when tragedy struck. His older brother Chris, Bryan’s biggest supporter and one of his best friends, was killed in an auto accident the day Bryan was to leave town.

He continued to devote himself to music, finding escape and emotional release in its songs. He poured his feelings into his songwriting, and after enrolling in Georgia Southern University, Bryan and his band would perform nearly every weekend on campus or at nearby clubs or parties. He eventually recorded an album of 10 songs, nine of which he’d written.

Despite everyone’s encouragement, he stubbornly refused to reconsider moving to Tennessee. After graduation, he went to work for his father’s agriculture business. Bryan loved the work, but a year into it, his father forced him to quit the job and move to Nashville. He arrived in Music City on Sept. 1, 2001. Within two months, he’d signed a publishing deal with a company owned by songwriter Roger Murrah. Bryan spent time honing his material, building up a catalog of songs.

His debut album, I’ll Stay Me, was released by Capitol Nashville in 2007 and included “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” which each reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s country albums chart. He followed it up with 2009’s Doin’ My Thing, which included the Top 10 single, “Do I.” The project also featured “Rain Is a Good Thing,” which became Bryan’s first No. 1 single in 2010, and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” which topped the chart in 2011.

Additionally, Bryan tapped into the college market with a series of EPs released to coincide with spring break — 2009’s Spring Break With All My Friends, 2010’s Spring Break 2 … Hangover Edition and 2011’s Spring Break 3 … It’s a Shore Thing.

Bryan was named the Academy of Country Music’s top new artist and top new solo vocalist for 2009. At the 2010 CMT Music Awards, he received the USA Weekend breakthrough video of the year award for “Do I.”

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Mar 10,2017: Luke Bryan and Brett Eldredge


Luke Bryan grew up in the very small town of Leesburg, Ga. Back home, he helped his father with his peanut and fertilizer businesses while playing sports and enjoying the great outdoors. Yet he can remember his mother urging him to belt out George Strait songs over and over while she drove him into town to shop. By age 14, his parents bought him an Alvarez guitar. By 15, his father would take him down to a nearby club, Skinner’s, where he shared guitar licks and lead vocals with other local country singers.

At age 16, two local songwriters who’d enjoyed some success providing tunes for Nashville artists invited him to join their twice-a-week writing sessions at a local church. By that time, Bryan led his own band, playing at Skinner’s and various community events.

Encouraged by everyone who heard him play, Bryan planned to move to Nashville after high school graduation. Supported by his family, he was loading his car for the move when tragedy struck. His older brother Chris, Bryan’s biggest supporter and one of his best friends, was killed in an auto accident the day Bryan was to leave town.

He continued to devote himself to music, finding escape and emotional release in its songs. He poured his feelings into his songwriting, and after enrolling in Georgia Southern University, Bryan and his band would perform nearly every weekend on campus or at nearby clubs or parties. He eventually recorded an album of 10 songs, nine of which he’d written.

Despite everyone’s encouragement, he stubbornly refused to reconsider moving to Tennessee. After graduation, he went to work for his father’s agriculture business. Bryan loved the work, but a year into it, his father forced him to quit the job and move to Nashville. He arrived in Music City on Sept. 1, 2001. Within two months, he’d signed a publishing deal with a company owned by songwriter Roger Murrah. Bryan spent time honing his material, building up a catalog of songs.

His debut album, I’ll Stay Me, was released by Capitol Nashville in 2007 and included “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” which each reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s country albums chart. He followed it up with 2009’s Doin’ My Thing, which included the Top 10 single, “Do I.” The project also featured “Rain Is a Good Thing,” which became Bryan’s first No. 1 single in 2010, and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” which topped the chart in 2011.

Additionally, Bryan tapped into the college market with a series of EPs released to coincide with spring break — 2009’s Spring Break With All My Friends, 2010’s Spring Break 2 … Hangover Edition and 2011’s Spring Break 3 … It’s a Shore Thing.

Bryan was named the Academy of Country Music’s top new artist and top new solo vocalist for 2009. At the 2010 CMT Music Awards, he received the USA Weekend breakthrough video of the year award for “Do I.”

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Mar 10,2017: Color Me Irish

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Mar 09,2017: Color Me Irish

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Mar 07,2017: Color Me Irish

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Mar 08,2017: Color Me Irish

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