[saymaListserv] For TN Friends: NOT SAYMA Business!

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Fri Jun 3 10:07:38 JEST 2005

Dear Friends in Tennessee,

I belong to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and received this 
information in their newsletter today.   Because I don't live in TN, but I 
get to breathe TN air, I felt the need to write to y'all.

Especially because I have a chronic illness that affects my lungs 
(Sarcoidosis - which is non contagious), clean air has been major personal 
concern of mine for the past 10 years.

I feel like the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft".   So here is a 
warning:  "Tweet, Tweet, Tweet"!

Please read and take action as way opens.



>Wired In
>Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) E-newsletter
>May 2005
>2. Tennessee Senator Attacks Renewable Energy
>On Friday, May 13, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced astonishing 
>legislation that undercuts wind development by setting up regulatory 
>barriers to limit commercial wind power. In his official comments, 
>Alexander states that building new coal and nuclear plants would be better 
>use of federal money than supporting wind energy. Alexander is also 
>opposing a renewable energy standard in the Senate energy bill, which 
>would set a percentage target for energy produced from clean, renewable energy.
>This proposed legislation is shocking to the renewable industry because of 
>the disproportionate distribution of American taxpayer dollars currently 
>used to subsidize fossil and nuclear energy. The money used to promote 
>renewables, known as the Production Tax Credit, is a small fraction 
>compared to what is used for the fossil fuel and nuclear industries that 
>negatively impact the health of our communities.
>Also in comments regarding his proposed legislation, Senator Alexander 
>talks about the negative impact of wind turbines to scenic vistas, but he 
>makes no mention of the significant impact that the coal industry has to 
>scenic vistas such as mountain top removal and strip mining that deface 
>the land or the damaging effects of air pollution such as acid rain 
>deposition that harms ecosystems.
>Even more startling of Senator Alexander's contradictions is his position 
>on America's coastlines. While he has also proposed new legislation that 
>actively promotes new off shore oilrigs, this new windmill legislation 
>outlaws environmentally friendly off shore wind turbines.
>Contrary to Alexander's comments, wind power is a clean renewable source 
>of energy that is cost competitive with fossil fuels and helps to bring 
>tax revenue and high tech jobs to traditionally poor, under-funded rural 
>areas of America. United States lawmakers have not passed an Energy Bill 
>in four years, and at a time when America needs energy security and 
>independence, Senator Alexander is sabotaging the process for a 
>responsible and safe future.
>Learn more about Alexander's bill in the 
>Action section of our website.


>Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 
>organization that promotes responsible energy choices that solve global 
>warming problems and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout 
>the Southeast. Work with us! Join at 
>Please feel free to forward this email to everyone you know who cares 
>about protecting the beauty of the region and the health of our children 
>and the planet. If you have received this message from a friend, you can 
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>Our postal address is
>PO Box 1842
>Knoxville, Tennessee 37901
>United States
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