Midterm Election Voter's Guide To Energy Independence

(Hollywood, California) October 28, 2010 Major Producers, Directors, Musicians and Actors Challenge America to Vote for

Candidates with the "Guts"To Make America "Energy Independent" by 2020


 With just days until the critical Midterm Elections, famed Producer Marshall Herskovitz ("30 Something", "The Last Samurai" and Past President of  The Producer's Guild) and Academy Award winning Writer and Director, Paul  Haggis, (Crash) together with dozens of Hollywood celebrities and musicians launched  their "Midterm Election Voter's Guide" to encourage Americans to vote FOR something - candidates, Democrat, Republican or Independent, with the "guts" to make The United States Energy Independent, on clean AMERICAN Energy, by the year 2020.  

You can see more here about the campaign here:www.EnergyIndependentCongress.US

Musicians Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and Graham Nash and actors Rosario Dawson, Jason Alexander, Michelle Rodriguez, Ed Begley, Noah Wyle, Rosanna Arquette, Valerie Harper, James Cromwell, Peter Coyote and many others have gone public with their support of  the clean energy candidates endorsed by The Sierra Club, The League of  Conservation Voters, The National Wildlife Foundation Action Fund and Vote Vets.


They say now is the time for America to think big like Dwight Eisenhower did with the national highway system in 1956 and JFK did with the space program in 1961 and that it is THESE candidates, committed to solar and wind and a new energy infrastructure for America who will create the new jobs throu

gh a serious commitment to making America “Energy Independent” on clean AMERICAN energy. 


List of Endorsed Candidates: The Voters Guide: Click here: Energy Independent Congress - 2010 Senate and House of Representatives Endorsements

Blog by Richard Greene, Marshall Herskovitz and Paul Haggis launching this new effort: The Unspoken Solution to America's Problems: The Voter's Guide for November 2 

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Patyka, What It Means To Feel Beautiful

Patyka is a Parisienne beauty care brand that is not just delicious for what is between the covers, but also has put much care into its packaging as well. Unwrapping the Absolis Patyka Neroli Brightening body lotion is like unwrapping origami.
Not only do you find the treasure of the smooth-smelling EcoCert, CosmeBio, Leaping Bunny certified lotion inside the package, you are also welcomed with a message announcing that you have just unwrapped a "tree-free" box that is made from sugar cane residue, flax and hemp. Their philosophy?
Because nothing is lost and everything is transformed. - Patyka

But back to the EcoBeauty products themselves that Patyka calls "beauté remarquable" a phrase they've trademarked.

It translates to "Remarkable Beauty" and is encapsulated by not just an ingredients list but also a philosophy that emphasizes every bit a woman's feelings of inner beauty. The Patyka manifesto:
My beauty is a work of art...My well being stems from an approach that rids me of any complexes and respects me and my environment...Modern, responsible, active and demanding - my beauty bears testimony to the fact that an effective and intelligent cosmetic solution exists...
Each product, as well as their line of perfumes, is carefully crafted and blended with an apothecarist's wisdom.  Case in point: Neroli body lotion is a blend of Neroli and Sesame: Neroli soothes, tones and restores elasticity and is tolerated by most skin types. Sesame is rich in Omega 3 and 6. Sesame oil is easily absorbed by the skin and takes with it all of the active properties of the substances it is blended with. It also restructures the skin tissue.

NoPeg Natural Beauty Care Shop, 75002 Paris

You can find Patyka products at NoPeg in Paris, a delightful natural beauty products shop that also offers day spa pampering such as foot massages and facials.

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First-of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Facility, Ivanpah, California

In California in the past few months, 3,500 megawatts of solar have been approved. This is revolutionary. Current total energy usage is approximately 26,000 to 32,000 megawatts of energy. Approved solar plants are now 10 percent of what is used in energy. This makes California the leader in the world.

The following comments are from John Woolard of Brightsource speaking at October 27th Press Conference, Ivanpah, California:


A few facts about Ivanpah, just to put it in perspective: Ivanpah is now the world's largest solar plant under construction. And it takes a lot to get a solar plant under construction. You've got to have transmission, you've got to have permits, you've got to have investors, you've got to have an EPC contractor -- we're honored to have Bechtel here as our EPC contractor.  


When it's completed, Ivanpah will double the amount of solar thermal produced in the U.S.


There's a lot of talk about the U.S. and competiveness and China. And Ivanpah alone, one plant, one facility, is two times larger than all of the solar that came in from China that was installed last year -- so one plant, one facility, bigger than all of the solar that came in from China last year.


This project, Ivanpah, will have a dramatic effect on helping us meet our state's clean energy and our climate change goals and in less than two years we'll be producing some of the most reliable and the lowest carbon-content power anywhere in the country. -  Mr. John Woolard, CEO, Brightsource (speaking at Press Conference in Ivanpah, California October 27th, 2010)

Water Saving Environmental Design: Dry Cooling


Ivanpah uses dry-cooling as opposed to wet cooling. Dry cooling uses 3 to 4 percent of the water that wet-cool designs use. In the desert, and in many U.S. states, water is an ever more precious commodity. Dry cooling used in the Ivanpah design, then, is an environmentally responsible design.


A Healthy Environment, A Healthy Economy


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was on hand to make a few comments:


When I ran for governor in 2003 I made it very clear that, you know, we should stop the fight over should we protect the environment or should we protect the economy. I always said that we can do both. And I think that we have proven that over the last few years since I have come into office, that you can put both of those together.


And this is why we went, when I came into office, we immediately, aggressively started building the Hydrogen Highway and we started to pass laws -- the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, the Million Solar Roof Initiative to build solar roofs all over the state of California and also to pass AB 32 and to make a commitment, like some other countries have done all around the world, to reduce our greenhouse gases by 25 percent and to bring it back to the 1990 level. So that was our goal and, after 2020, to reduce it an additional 85 percent.

From Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar


Ivanpah is truly a revolutionary project. It is a pioneering project, as was stated earlier. So I was thinking about it today -- and people were referencing a moon shot here in California with Ivanpah -- I was thinking back to what John Kennedy said back at the beginning of his administration, where he said that we would, in the United States, have the ability, if we only had the courage, to be able to get a man to the moon and we would be able to do that within 10 years. When he made that statement he had the vision of looking way ahead, because none of the facilities had been built, the engineering had not been put together. And so it was a dream and a vision that he had and yet, because of American ingenuity, because of the great people we had involved in those projects, we were able to get a man to the moon within nine years....


But it's also about our reliance on foreign oil. From the days of Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter in the '70s and coining the term "energy independence," the failed policies on energy of the United States have taken us in the opposite direction. We're now turning the clock back and we're moving forward in a new direction with respect to that energy future that's all important for our national security.


And finally, with respect to clean air -- we will be able to power the economy of our world through clean energy sources and that's part of what we're doing here with capturing the power of the sun.

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Last Paradise Film Director Clive Neeson Interview

Sustainable World Radio Host Jill Cloutier interviews Clive Neeson, Director of Last Paradise Film:
Interview with Clive Neeson, director of the documentary Last Paradise.  Last Paradise contains 45 years of footage from beautiful places all around the globe, and chronicles the adventure of extreme sports pioneers.  As kids, they played in nature.  As adults, they protect it.

Last Paradise is a cheerful showcase of early pioneering adventures in extreme sports that doubles as a poignant look at how much our world has changed in 40 years---culturally, environmentally and technologically.  By rekindling a love of the wild and tapping the powerful forces of nature Neeson suggests tomorrows potential protectors of the planet are the kids that play in it today. 
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