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Wednesday, November 26, 2003

What is Global Warming?

*Carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollution -- mainly from cars, power plants and other industrial sources that burn gasoline, coal and other fossil fuels -- that collects like a blanket in the atmosphere. As a result, the planet is getting warmer.

*Scientists say that unless global warming emissions are reduced, average U.S. temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of the century.

*With only 4 percent of the world's population, the US produces 25 percent of the carbon dioxide pollution. Today, the United States pumps more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other country in the world. Each of us contributes about 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, whereas the world average per capita is about 6 tons.

*Refrigerators consume the most electricity in the home.

*Power plants are the largest U.S. source of global warming pollution, producing 2.5 billion tons of heat-trapping pollution every year.

*Automobiles are the second-largest U.S. source of heat-trapping pollution, pumping 1.4 billions tons into the atmosphere each year.

*Scientists say that unless global warming emissions are reduced, average U.S. temperatures could rise another 3 to 9 degrees by the end of the century

*Average temperatures will rise, as will the frequency of heat waves.

*Warmer temperatures could also increase the probability of drought. Greater evaporation, particularly during summer and fall, could exacerbate drought conditions and increase the risk of wildfires.

*Warmer temperatures increase the energy of the climatic system and lead to more intense rainfall at some times and in some areas.

*More frequent and more intensive heat waves could result in more heat-related deaths, resulting in conditions that could also aggravate local air quality problems, already afflicting more than 80 million Americans.

*Global warming is expected to increase the potential geographic range and virulence of tropical diseases.

*Rising global temperatures will speed the melting of glaciers and ice caps, and cause early ice thaw on rivers and lakes.

How to STOP Global Warming

*A car that gets 20 miles per gallon will emit about 50 tons of carbon dioxide over its lifetime and Acar getting 40 mpg will emit half that much.

*A 40-mpg car will save roughly $3,000 in fuel costs compared with a 20-mpg car.

*If all Americans kept their tires properly inflated (and a government study shows that many don't), gasoline use nationwide would come down 2 percent.

*Look for the Energy Star label, which identifies the most efficient appliances.

*Compact fluorescents last 10 times longer than the incandescent bulbs. What's more, a compact fluorescent will lower your energy bills by about $15 a year, and by more than $60 during its life. It will also keep half a ton of carbon dioxide out of the air.

*If you live in a state where you can choose your electricity supplier, pick a company that generates at least half its power from wind, solar energy and other clean sources. Even if you don't have the option to select a supplier, you may still be able to support renewable energy through an option on your electricity bill.

*Hybrid gas-electric engines can cut global warming pollution by one-third or more; Honda and Toyota have hybrid models on the market today, and wagon, minivan and SUV models will be available within a year or two from a number of automakers.

*If you live in a sunny climate, install a solar thermal system to help provide your hot water. You'll reduce your home's carbon dioxide emissions by 720 pounds a year. Consider installing a solar photovoltaic system to generate electricity.

*Carpool: Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by 1,590 pounds per year.

*The potential carbon dioxide reduction for a car that gets 32 miles per gallon is 5,600 pounds per year.

*Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard, and newspapers. Recycling can reduce your home's carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds per year.

*Buy food and other products with reusable or recyclable packaging, or reduced packaging, to save the energy required to manufacture new containers. This simple action could reduce your emissions by 230 pounds a year.

*Use recycled paper for your computer printer.

More information can be found at: Natural Resources Defense Council
and
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency














Thursday, November 20, 2003

The Petition
The petition below can be signed by anyone who is a U.S. citizen. Remember, this is a national defense issue, not just a state one. If you feel inspired please make a copy of the petition and get some signatures, then send it to the address at the bottom as soon as possible. Malu 'Aina will be collecting all of these signatures which will then be sent all together to the military by January 3rd so get them in early!
CLEAN UP NOT BUILD UP
To U.S. Military and public officials:

We, the undersigned, oppose the further build up and desecration of Hawaiian lands by U.S. military forces in Hawai`i, including plans for "Army Transformation." This “transformation” means additional troops, equipment, aircraft, training, and military land acquisition on Oahu and Hawai`i Island. We believe it is time for the military to clean up, not build up. Clean up should include the 123,000-acre former Waikoloa Maneuver Area, the 108,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area, and Kawaihae Harbor area on Hawaii Island, the entire island of Kaho`olawe, Makua Valley on Oahu, and other areas where the military has left unexploded ordnance or toxins. The U.S. military presently controls over 22% of Oahu and 5% of all lands in the Hawaiian Islands.

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Please return to: Malu `Aina P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, HI 96760. Phone 808-966-7622. fax: same as phone but call first. Email ja@interpac. net www.malu-aina.org


Desecration of The Big Island
The following link will give you a visual idea as to what the U.S. military has ALREADY done to the Big Island:
Military Installations - Big Island

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Stryker Brigade In Hawaii
Unless there are enough, letters, votes, and voices heard, 291 strykers will be brought in to Oahu and Hawaii causing much change. As if the government didn't have enough Hawaiian lands already, they want to take more. If it all goes through, the U.S. government will be bringing in "810 soldiers, 291 strykers, and 55 other support vehicles" plus "weapons 105mm Howitzer cannon and 120mm mortar" for training. This doesn't even include all of the road changes and additional "training facilities" that will be created and or adjusted to suit the army, costing about $693 million! I can picture it already . . . Isn't this what happened before Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown? Just a friendly gesture from the American government to the Hawaiians. The following can be accessed to voice your comments, which will continue until January 3rd:
Public Comments
You can also learn more about the "Stryker Brigade Combat Team" here:
25th Infantry Division and United States Army, Hawaii

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