http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/08/michigan-solar-panel-factory-assembly-tasks-move-mexico.php?campaign=daily_nl ... From: evelyn sardinaMessage 1 of 1 , Aug 17, 2010View Source
--- On Tue, 8/17/10, evelyn sardina <evelynsardina@...> wrote:
From: evelyn sardina <evelynsardina@...>
Subject: RE: [hreg] Harland County
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 12:00 PM
Here is the article I was talking about and this company is in Michigan.You are right about the politics of it all. The thing is that while we are waitingfor the big guns to move we can be making whatever changes we can at thelevels that we are in. I have given an example of my daughter (woman) thatworks for a big corporation with more than 300 employees. She asked in duringChristmas how could they recycle all the styrofoam cups the company provides forcoffee. I told her to uncycle. That they should change to ceramic mugs and this wouldend the use of this awful product. She then proceeded to make a plan for the entirecompany and presented a proposal that included selling their cardboard (which theywere paying tipping fees to dump) to a company that uses the cardboard and picksit up. They accepted the porposal and the company is saving 20,000 dollars a year byimplementing all the changes. This is not even her area of expertise but she hastwo kids and she is worried about all the trash. A person asked me if she got payedfor it. I said no. She just did it because she felt the need to do something. BTW shejust got a job promotion. I am so proud of her! Women power is so important becausewe act out of concerm for the well being of the kids. I send e-mails on a daily basisto our politicians and hold hands acrosss the sand but my small and direct actionsare something I experience and see on a first hand basis and makes me feel like I, asan individual am making those changes manifest. I thank you for the work you do asit is very needed and important. It is a battle you fight for all of us. Keep up the goodwork! Evelyn
--- On Mon, 8/16/10, Tyra Rankin <tyra@...> wrote:
From: Tyra Rankin <tyra@...>
Subject: RE: [hreg] Harland County
Date: Monday, August 16, 2010, 10:49 AM
Making those personal changes is key. It is the source of great change. But we can affect the decisions of where those companies move based on policy. Companies are moving to Mexico because of economics. If Texas changed its policy on solar, renewables, geothermal, etc, the economics would change and more would happen in Texas . For the last 10 years, tons of companies have moved to states like California , Arizona , New Mexico , where as we all know, the policy for solar is very supportive. Even New Jersey , New York and Pennsylvania have good solar policy, are attracting companies and seeing implementation of solar generation. But solar companies do not come to Texas because our policy does not support them.
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Sent: Monday, August 16, 2010 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: [hreg] Harland County
Thank you for sharing this. One thing I got out of watching these kind of documentaries
is the power that women have to make change happen. I went from a family that had doors
opened while the air conditioner was running and a husband that would change flourecent lights to incandescents to a husband that buys flourecent lights and turns the lights off after
he walks out of a room. My daughter is turning the faucet off as she cleans so it does not waste energy, because she has come to understand that water is scarce and it takes energy to process it. I have not laid in front of a car to keep scabs from comming in my
husbands work place but the battle has not been easy. Documentaries like this have helped me to educate my family. As you can see in the article I sent about solar companiesmoving to Mexico there is very little you can do about what a company is going to do. But I can make the decisions at home that make a huge impact especially when it comesto conservation. Coal companies get rid of the employees by blowing up the mountain tops.They no longer provide jobs or benefits for the country. Solar companies are moving their operations to where the labor is cheap and they can pretty much do anything
they want that will produce high profits.. Every decision counts and education is the key.
There needs to be more education and everyone that we invite to participate in this forum
will be smarter for it.
--- On Sun, 8/15/10, Tyra Rankin < tyra@... > wrote:
From: Tyra Rankin < tyra@... >
Subject: [hreg] Harland County
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2010, 9:46 PM
Texas is not a coal mining state, so most of us don’t have direct experience of the coal miners’ long struggles like those in Virginia , the Carolinas and Kentucky . This documentary about the efforts of Harland Co. Kentucky to unionize during the 70s shows the heart breaking suffering endured for meager wages and benefits. Of interest is the statement that 70% of coal is used by oil companies. If the figure is accurate, Texas has a much bigger hand in coal mining than most of us know.
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