Monday, January 11, 2010

Activists To Protest Carbon Trading Summit

The Center supports cap-and-trade and does not support this rally

Activists call for climate justice outside Carbon Trading Summit, warn that carbon trading will fail to stop climate change

• James Hansen, climate scientist, to speak at Tuesday event outside summit, share criticism of carbon trading. Hansen has been an outspoken critic of carbon trading.

• Activists rally, protest outside summit Wednesday. Other speakers include religious community leader, carbon tax expert.

Climate justice activists, many of whom were at the Copenhagen climate summit, will converge outside the 2nd Annual Carbon Trading Summit on January 12-13 to oppose market-based trading of greenhouse gas emissions credits and call for real solutions to the climate crisis.

Participants at the Carbon Trading Summit will include executives from JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Duke Energy and more. Hansen has criticized these companies, writing "they are spending enormous amounts of money to be sure that cap-and-trade is doctored to allow as much business-as-usual emissions to continue as long as possible."

Hansen will be joined by religious community leader Father Paul Mayer, co-founder of the Climate Crisis Coalition; Cecil Corbin-Mark of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Harlem community organizer; and Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center.


** Presentation by journalist and climate activist Tina Gerhardt: "From COP 15 to Climate Justice Movement"

When: Monday, Jan 11, 7 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St (between Houston & Delancey St)

** Press Event with JAMES HANSEN, renowned climate scientist.

Also featuring Cecil Corbin-Mark of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Harlem community organizer; Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center; and Father Paul Mayer, Climate Crisis Coalition, representing concerned members of the interfaith religious community.

When: Tuesday, Jan 12, noon

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial Park, Vesey St, 2 blocks west of West St

** Rally and protest action outside of the 2nd Annual Carbon Trading Summit (Embassy Suites Hotel)

When: Wednesday, Jan 13, noon

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial Park, Vesey St, 2 blocks west of West St

Gallery House Raffles Paintings to Plant Million Trees

Two original paintings will be raffled off with the proceeds donated to MillionTreesNYC

Brooklyn, NY: Gallery House is proud to present “EARTH,” an environmentally themed group exhibition. This exhibition in both form and function is meant to celebrate and highlight the challenges our planet is currently facing.

Two receptions will be held during which one original painting will be raffled off with the proceeds donated to MillionTreesNYC, a public-private initiative between the City of New York and New York Restoration Project to plant and care for one million trees across New York City by 2017. The gallery will be open by appointment from February 5th through March 12th.

What: Gallery House Presents “EARTH’”

When: Wednesday, February 10 & Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Where: Gallery House 272 Clinton Ave. Brooklyn NY, 11205

About Gallery House

Galley House is a Clinton Hill based organization dedicated to the sharing of ideas pressing our world today. Through our hosted reception, we aim to gather and communicate said ideas through art, music and other types of artistic expression.

About MillionTreesNYC

MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs by 2017. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest - our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land - by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks) will plant 60% of the trees in parks, on streets, and in other public spaces. The other 40% - coordinated through New York Restoration Project (NYRP) – will be planted by private organizations, homeowners and community organizations. Parks and NYRP are working with community partners to assess tree planting opportunities on schoolyards, public housing campuses, health care facilities, business districts, commercial and residential developments, front yards and other private lands.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

John Herron Named New CEO of Entergy Nuclear

John Herron, left, has been named president, CEO and chief nuclear officer of Entergy, effective 1 December. In his new role as chief nuclear officer of Entergy, he is responsible for the operation and management of 9 sites and 11 reactors at Entergy’s nuclear plants in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Vermont. In addition, Herron oversees Entergy’s management services for the Cooper Nuclear Station, owned by Nebraska Public Power District.

Herron began his career in the Navy as an instructor at the Nuclear Submarine Prototype School. Herron also held top management roles with the Tennessee Valley Authority in top management roles at their Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear plants. He excelled in subsequent roles at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation and the Cooper Nuclear Station before joining Entergy in February 2001 as vice president, operations at Waterford 3 Nuclear Station in Taft, Louisiana.Entergy advanced Herron into roles in New York as the senior vice president of Indian Point Energy Center then as senior vice president for nuclear operations handling fleet management. He fills his new position created by the retirement of former CEO Mike Kansler.

Herron holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire.