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News :: Environment
Protest corporate privatization of The Commons Friday!
03 Dec 2009
Modified: 03:45:53 AM
New England Restructuring Roundtable pimping for privatizing corporados. Come to the protest!
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Greetings climate justice activists! Please spread the word-and FAST!

I hope that you can set aside time to attend this outrageous Roundtable on Friday! (See below) I am helping to organize us and coalesce our message(s) and activities in a short amount of time.

So far we've come up with letters for those who attend-can get there early and sit in the same row. OR stand in the back: "NO RECS FOR BIOMESS" 16 letters Can we come up with at least eight people to do this?

Other Signs we came up with for inside or outside:

Hands off our forests, Ian!

(Picture/drawing of forests) Public Property NO TRESSPASSING!

Iam Bowles-WIND -Properly sited/Locally Owned!

Corporations - KEEP OUT! (with a picture of forests

Our Forests-NOT FOR SALE!

"Conservation is the way-Burn trees for energy? NO WAY!"

I know that some of you already are planning to come. I hope some of you can carpool and use public transportation as much as possible.

Beth Adams 413-522-7505 and 617 -714-4552 (try first please).

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December 4th Roundtable Triple Header! - - -Sustainable Forestry/Biomass and Energy in New England [industrial-scale biomass is NOT sustainable]
- Wind Siting Reform Act [this act takes away local control by your town government]
- Transformative Energy Technologies

114th New England Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, December 4, 2009
Time: 9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard
13th Floor Conference Room
Boston, MA 02210
Click here for directions

December 4 Roundtable Triple Header

For our final Roundtable of 2009 on December 4, we bring you three timely and provocative topics to cap off our 14th successful year.

Our first panel, Sustainable Forestry/Biomass and Energy in New England, explores how we can sustainably manage our forests while ramping up woody biomass production [as in clearcutting your forests] and harvesting for electricity generation, wood heat, and potentially even liquid fuels. With RGGI, state renewable portfolio standards, and eleven northeast states now considering a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) for both transportation and heating fuels, now is the time to determine the role our forests will play in satisfying important energy and environmental goals.

David Cash, Assistant Secretary at MA EOEEA, will kick off the conversation. Michelle Manion, Climate and Energy Team Leader at NESCAUM, will then explain the
contemplated LCFS concept and discuss the modeling work done to date on woody biomass. Tom Walker, a natural resource economist, will describe the study that his consulting team will be conducting for the Commonwealth on this topic. Jasen Stock
of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, will discuss how New Hampshire manages [read: trashes] its forests while aggressively pursuing wood energy projects.

Following our networking break, Ken Kimmell, General Counsel at MA EOEEA, will discuss the difficulty developers [read: corporados privatizing The Commons] have had siting wind turbines in the Commonwealth and the Wind Siting Reform Act which was recently submitted by the Patrick Administration to address these challenges [by over-ruling local zoning and giving away the public store].

Finally, in our last panel, Transformative New Energy Technologies, we will hear about recent efforts to develop cutting edge and potentially revolutionary
technologies. Pat Cloney of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will discuss seven recent DOE grants to New England companies and universities for energy
technology RD&D. (MA received more grants and total dollars than any other state in the U.S.!) Larry Gelbien of NSTAR will then inform us about exciting new projects
NSTAR plans to undertake related to developing a smart grid, and to putting solar on downtown "networks".

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