10/29/2013

Petition For Ameren Keep NetMetering Standard as Voted on by MO Voters


Bottom Line: Ameren is attempting to sway the Missouri Government to change the laws that we the voters voted for long ago. The company boasts of making millions in profits but can't divvy up for when we connect to the grid and send our clean energy back to them-that they get to say is part their system since it counts towards their renewable energy mandate.

If Ameren UE didn't have the 4th Dirtiest Coal Burning electrical plant (#Labadie) or was making strides to fix this issue I might be a little more swayed that they can't meet the obligation.

Hell the shipping costs for them to ship the coal here from Wyoming is a million dollars and this cost was passed onto we the consumers. The simple way to reduce this million dollars to make electricity in MO that doesn't need outside dirty coal.




Petition For Ameren to Keep the Net-Metering Standard as Voted on by the MO Voters


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10/27/2013

Russel Brands Revolutionary Ideas Gain Speed

BBC Interview-Actor Russell Brand talks about how change is needed in the Political Structure and points out how the current system is corrupt and does not represent the people anymore.  Simple facts of how the Will of the Corporations influence in the Politics and what is stopping the needed progress to ensure all the Freedoms that are being robbed from the people.



Here are some of the places I go to find information on money in politics and who is supporting who:  http://www.opensecrets.org/ and http://www.followthemoney.org/

I encourage everyone to look at the donors of the Politician you plan to vote for.  You too will have the a-hah moment and then realize why our political system is in a total dysfunction.

When corporations give millions to a politicians slush fund and buy the votes of our politicians.

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10/26/2013

StLouis Electronics Recycling Drive

Did you miss our last Electronics Recycling Drive? Well we are having another one! This time it is at ReStore Forest Park on Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 12pm. Bring your old TVs, computer monitors, broken DVDs, etc... and make sure they stay out of landfills!

Learn more by visiting our website at http://www.habitatstl.org/newsevents/news/2013/10/28/winter-electronics-recycling-drive




















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10/25/2013

Proof Positive Clean Energy Solar PV Works

It is a 7 kWh system consisting of 32 panels and two inverters, On a very good day we will produce 52 kWh. Average is 42 kWh. We normally produce more electricity then we can use.

"This is directly copied from a fellow Google Plus Friend" I'm sharing it with my readers of the blog to show that it is possible to have great things that are run by solar power."

Last year we added a Nissan Leaf and now drive around town for FREE.  Saving over $3000 in gasoline a year. And no longer subservient to middle east oil prices.


One of the biggest energy reduction was installing a variable speed pool pump. Reducing usage form 12,000 watts to 1,200 watts a day.

Addition reduction was changing to LED light bulbs through the house and garage.

Here's the Google Plus Conversation in full:

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Great things are happening because of solar power and the clean energy it produces. Are you considering adding a solar system to your place? I can help and will provide the most cost effective system that is on the market today. Scotty



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10/22/2013

2013 Blog Action Day Success

Dear friends,

I’d like to thank you, on behalf of Amnesty International, for exercising one of your fundamental human rights  − freedom of expression −  on Blog Action Day 2013.

I was amazed by the sheer diversity and number of good blogs posted yesterday, by over 2,400 registered bloggers (and close to 2,000 unregistered bloggers and social media users) across 130 countries.

Together, you brought to light dark stories about human rights abuses. You also told many inspirational tales about international activism, solidarity and hope.

Being able to express our opinions online in this way is a powerful weapon in the struggle for universal human rights.
We were proud to be a key Blog Action Day 2013 partner, and to have shared this day with you. Our work to defend human rights continues on the other 364 days of the year.


And please keep blogging. We need to keep pulling together to stop human rights abuses worldwide. Right now, we are pushing for a new law to protect people in Kenya’s slums from being kicked out of their homes. You can help by signing our petition now.


Thanks once again for being Blog Action Day.  We have posted some great blogs on this Storify, and plan to publish our three favourites soon on Amnesty’s global human rights blog, LIVEWIRE.

Salil Shetty
Secretary General, Amnesty International


Courtesy of: Scotty, Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy

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10/19/2013

Misleading Dirty Coal Commercials via Ameren UE

 Recent commercial by AmerenUE where they say they are out for the publics best interest is total bull ___. Ameren UE is poisoning the people with pollution and stopping Clean Energy Production Rebates-Coal Pollution Causes Cancer... 4th Dirtiest coal producing plant in the USA is spilling toxic pollution ... 



I don't watch as much broadcast tv since the family "Cut the Cable Line" we've been using Chrome Cast and our computers to watch TV via the Internet (chrome cast transmits the signal to the tv from the computer and I watch everything for FREE.).

Pollution from Dirty Coal=Cancer

Luckily many of the shows we watch don't have commercials!  But every now and then a commercial sneaks in and a recent one by AmerenUE where they say they are out for the publics best interest is total bull ___. 


  1. The simple facts are: They Have the 4th Dirtiest coal producing plant in the USA that is spilling toxic pollution all around the immediate area and then into the stratosphere where it mixes with other pollution and is creating global warming and is affecting the people and the food we eat to survive. see Ameren's Labadie plant named a top greenhouse-gas emitter by EPA 
  2. Simple Solution to eliminate Dirty Coal Smoke containing pollution is to create Clean Energy from non polluting fossil fuels.  But since this in direct conflict of Ameren UE's profits they would rather keep poisoning the people with pollution rather than allow additional clean energy to be produced.


I've know for awhile that Ameren UE is challenging Net Metering Payments. I learn via: Renew Missouri Article in the Post Dispatch -that they want to eliminate the Solar Rebate as it is costing the company money in profits of 36 million.

Typical Big Business and dirty tricks (dirty coal pollution has risen by 3-5%).  This little 36 million worth of pollution free energy has a hell of a lot more value and benefits than their dirty coal fired electricity.

Coal Pollution has been linked to CANCER (1).  I can think of 36 lives are worth more to me than company profits.  While they preach energy conservation and generating clean energy...don't let them fool you.  They are protecting their interests and want to burn dirty coal and poison the world.


(1) Toxic Air-The CaseforCleaning UpCoal-fired Power Plants See the PDF by the American Lung Association or

Power Plant Air Pollution Kills 13,000 People Per Year, Coal-Fired Are Most Hazardous: ALA (American Lung Association) Report


Simply put: 


All the people affected by
 Cancer in StLouis 

I feel is

in-directly linked to Ameren UE and how they burn Dirty Coal to make electricity.





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10/16/2013

Yes I'm participating in BlogActionDay 2013

Humanitys Greatest Challenge

Will 2013 Blog Action Day be a success?  Of course it will be this years subject is 
Humanitarian in Nature and is a perfect fit for addressing 

Humanity's Greatest Challenge yet undertaken by Mankind.  



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Humanitys Greatest Challenge

Will 2013 Blog Action Day be a success?  Of course it will be this years subject is Humanitarian in Nature and is a perfect fit for addressing Humanity's Greatest Challenge yet undertaken by Mankind.  
The continued threat of Global Warming on the Worlds Food Supply caused by extreme weather.
I recently wrote about the changing weather patterns that I link to global warming and my experiences growing up on a Ranch in North Missouri.  I mentioned simple facts that cannot be denied: We do not have prolonged periods of cold weather that keeps the snow that falls from melting 'normally', we have more ice and less snow, and we are feeling the effects of climate change.
And now it is effecting our Nation's Food Supply.  Just recently 4 feet of snow fell in the western plains[1].  The Snow was so deep and came so early that tens of thousands of cattle were killed- a tragedy for the Ranchers and their herds.  

This is not only a loss of income for the Ranchers and the businesses in the area; it is going to affect the prices of the Nations Food Stock.  
While it may be normal for 4 feet of snow fall in the Western Plains.  It is not normal for 4 feet of snow fall this early in the year.  The snowfall came so early and was unexpected for both the Ranchers and Cattle they were ill equipped and still ill equipped since our Government has shut down[2]- removing all the aid that is deserving for the bestricken Ranchers.  
The normal pattern of how animals grow their winter coats that usually grow middle to late fall, had not yet fully developed.  So the cattle were out there with jean jackets on instead of down filled winter coats.  Just like a human would freeze to death so did the cattle and wildlife.  

Did you notice the Natural Weather pattern was altered- 
Winter came earlier and more severe.  
This is not the normal weather pattern.
To help my readers understand how extreme weather affects the daily shopping routine at the local Schnucks and Dierbergs hometown grocery stores let me share a little background on Beef production.
  • A loss of 1 steer will produce an average of 800 pounds of beef.  10,000 steers produce 8,000,000[3] lbs of meat that American Families need to eat for survival.
  • Supply and Demand determines the markets[4].
So yes Global Warming does affect us in StLouis even though we were not directly in the Last Path of the extreme weather patterns caused by Global Warming from the burning of Fossil Fuels that create CO2[6] see IPCC 5th assessment report[7].
One of several reasons why the air around St. Louis is poor are the many coal-fueled power stations based on both the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers. This one, the Labadie Power Plant, is on the Missouri, slap in the middle of an otherwise pristine view from Klondike Park, Defiance. Richard Keeling
Labadie Dirty Coal Plant Photo by:Richard Keeling
the Show-Me State, year-over-year emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from power plants rose 3 percent.  Leading the way was Missouri's largest coal-burning power plant, Ameren Missouri’s 2,400-megawatt Labadie power station.

Labadie plant among top emitters of greenhouse gases-StLouis Post Dispatch

It is going to hit us where it will hurt us Humans the most [in a struggling economy] in our bank accounts when we go to the grocery store.  
Lucky for us there are things we can do to lessen the effects of the Extreme Weather that is causing Global Warming and the damage from Climate Change.  

Yes StLouis can make a difference in Humanity's Greatest Challenge.
Simple acts of reducing the energy needed for your home does make a difference because less energy needed is less Dirty Coal that is burned to create the electricity StLouis Needs.  This means that the 4th most polluting coal plant in the USA[8] that is located just a measly 45 minutes to the west of StLouis will need to burn less coal which is the biggest form of CO2 emissions[9].  Here are just 4 simple acts that have the biggest influence in reducing Climate Change caused by Global Warming:
  • So the little act of changing a light bulb to a new style that uses less energy can help as well as turning off unused gadgets- 10% reduction of coal burnt electricity.
  • Beefing Up {staying on the Ranch Theme} the insulation in your home or office will mean less electricity is needed-Weatherizing your home has additional benefits as well-15-30% reduction of coal burnt electricity.
  • Installing a clean energy solar system will also dramatically reduce the CO2 Pollution-greatest savings for bank account and reduced CO2 emissions 90-100% of reduction of coal burnt electricity.
I realize that #2 and #3 have sizeable investment hurdles.  Luckily we have a local program in StLouis to help with making Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation, and Clean Energy Resources possible for our Area.  This is not your normal go to the bank for a loan financing.  It is better!  This program, Set the PACE StLouis[11] is geared to help local people do their part to reduce climate change and save money.  Its a match made in heaven and just what the doctor ordered.
This program will not only:
  • Save you money on Reducing the energy needs for your Building.
  • It will improve the Value of your Property
  • You will have MORE money- because the Loan Payment Charges are lower than the price you were paying for the energy.
If you could do all those things and reduce the Dirty Coal that produces the most CO2 Pollution from being burned what is not to like about such a program?  When more people are joining in and making a difference we will be meeting and mitigating the Humanity's Greatest Challenge
Scotty
Scotts Contracting, StLouis Renewable Energy
We Can Build a Green StLouis[12]

Key Words for Blog Action Day 2013 : #BAD2013#OCT16#Humanrights#BlogActionDay, #GlobalWarming, #CO2,#ClimateChange

[1] "Early snow kills thousands of cattle in SD - Weather, forecasts, news ..." 2013. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://local.msn.com/early-snow-kills-thousands-of-cattle-in-sd-1>
[2] "Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending ..." 2013. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/government-shuts-down_n_4020219.html>
[3] "How much meat does a steer usually produce? - Cattle Forum ..." 2008. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.cattletoday.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=43995>
[4] "Supply and demand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." 2003. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_and_demand>
[5] "Cattle prices could break records this week | Beef Today - AgWeb." 2013. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.agweb.com/article/cattle_prices_could_break_records_this_week_NAA_Greg_Henderson/>
[7] "IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change." 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.ipcc.ch/>
[9] "Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions - US Energy Information ..." 2011. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/ieo/emissions.cfm>
[10] "Little Green Thumb Recycling Adventure |St Louis Renewable Energy." 2012. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2012/06/little-green-thumb-recycling-adventure.html>
[11] "Set the Pace St. Louis." 2013. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.setthepacestlouis.com/>
[12] "Scotts Contracting - St Louis Renewable Energy." 2009. 15 Oct. 2013 <http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com/>



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10/02/2013

Voters are Responsible for Shutdown~Lesson Learned~BlameGame

Yes I said and do mean that.  The Tea Party and their fellow GOP cronies were elected by the People.  So I point the finger in the blame game back at 'We the People' the Voting Public for electing these clowns into office.

I will admit that when I first learned about the Tea Party. I believed they were making a few valid points.  Though it was not enough for me to contribute $Money$ to support their political endeavors.  Some of the info was at least worth looking into.

Like any informed Voter studying the Issues that are affecting the USA and its Interests.  I want the facts-not the hype from the Media Networks.  I learned long ago when I started studying the effects of Climate Change that it was the Humans Fault. (IPCC-The IPCC report shows the Man Made CO2 is creating warming temperatures Worldwide )

I've written many green blog posts on Climate Change and the Causes and never understood why more efforts to end wars over Oil, Clean Energy Jobs, and protecting America's Greatest asset "We The People" were not adopted and enacted by our Elected Officials.

I had to know why wouldn't any elected official who campaigns on what's best for the American Public and then FAIL to:create and enact laws and regulations to support the endeavor.  To understand and research this topic I luckily found the websites: Open Secrets and Follow the Money.

I had the Ah-hah Moment

I honestly couldn't believe the amount of money Big Business and the Oil Industry was giving to our Elected Officials.  And when I look at the Government Shutdown created by the GOP and the Tea Party Members.  I realized these are the same people who are taking the most money from the Fossil Fuel Industry.

Coincidence or Fact learn for yourself from the people at: Open Secrets and Follow the Money.

I rest my case.

Sincerely,
Scotty
Scotts Contracting, StLouis Renewable Energy


Roy Blunt Missouri Senator is a perfect example of Big Business and Dirty Energy Money in Politics
Roy Blunt Missouri Senator is a perfect example of Big Business and Dirty Energy Money in Politics
Roy Blunt Missouri Senator is a perfect example of Big Business and Dirty Energy Money in Politics





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10/01/2013

StLouis Gateway Arch Grounds SlideShow with Bid Request

Great Rivers GreenWay Project Slide Show



ADVERTISEMENT copied from:http://www.greatriversgreenway.org/projects/public-bids-rfqs.aspx
Central Riverfront, Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and Bikeway
Raising and Reconstruction of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard
Federal Project TDG-0705(333)

Notice to Contractors
Sealed bids for the raising and reconstruction of Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, will be received at the office of the The Great Rivers Greenway District, 6174A Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112 until 2:00 o'clock P.M. (Central Daylight
Time) on Thursday, October 24, 2013. Bids will be publicly opened and read at that time (2:00 o'clock P.M.). All bids to be submitted on the bid forms provided in the specification package.

The large scale project is a mile and a half in length on the St. Louis City riverfront and is centered in front of the Gateway Arch. The proposed work includes: a complete reconstruction of Leonor K. Sullivan (LKS) Boulevard with an adjacent bicycle
path, pedestrian guardrail, a pedestrian walk and streetscape improvements and amenities. ADA accessible pedestrian sidewalks will be constructed on both sides of the Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard to provide new ADA accessible walksfrom
the Arch groundsto the Riverfront. Overall work to include, but not limited to,site demolition, rough and finish grading, extensive retaining wall construction, utility work, sewer construction, flood wall modifications, landscaping installation,
lighting installation, pavement marking, signing, traffic control, and sediment and erosion control.

Bidding registration must be completed prior to obtaining bid documents. Locations for obtaining bid documents will be provided after registration. All requests for bid documents should be addressed to Bill Chilton at David Mason & Associates at
(314)534-1030, bchilton@davidmason.com, or 800 S. Vandeventer Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 AM on October 7, 2013, at 1520 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. A DBE Mixer conducted by the Construction Manager, BSI, will be held immediately after the pre-bid meeting. All bidders are encouraged to attend both the pre-bid meeting and DBE Mixer with the Construction Manager.

All labor used in the construction of this public improvement shall be paid a wage no less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages of work of a similar character in this locality as established by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (Federal Wage Rate), or state wage rate, whichever is higher.

The Great Rivers Greenway District hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, ancestry, or national origin in consideration for an award.

This project will be broken into 10 different packages, and a contract will be awarded to a prime contractor for each of the 10 packages. Many packages will require the contractors be on MoDOT’s Qualified Contractor List per Section 102.2 of
the Missouri Standard Specifications for Highway Construction, 2011 Edition including all revisions. The contractor questionnaire must be on file 7 days prior to bid opening.

Contractors and sub-contractors who sign a contract to work on this project must conduct a 10-Hour OSHA construction safety program, or similar program approved by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, to be completed by their on-site
employees within sixty (60) days of beginning work on the construction project.
A cashier’s check or a bid bond in the amount of 5% of the total bid shall be submitted with each sealed bid.

The Great Rivers Greenway District reserves the right to reject any or all bids.
DBE goals exist for each of the 10 packages – goals range from 9% to 26%.
No 2nd tier subcontracting will be allowed on this project.







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