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clean energy

28 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Vi Lyles, Julie Eiselt, Claire Green Fallon, James Mitchell Jr., Patsy B. Kinsey, LaWana Mayfield, Gregory A. Phipps, Dimple Ajmera, Kenny Smith, Edmund H. Driggs

Keep pedestrians safe. Allow electric vehicles (skateboard) on the road and bike lanes

  TED talk (Lightest Electric Vehicle) - by Sanjay Dastoor All across America, cities are having to adapt to a new vehicle known as the electric skateboard. An electric board is a popular vehicle used to commute around in cities like Los Angeles and New York City. Here in Charlotte, these ordinances have not changed to adapt to these vehicles. I call these vehicles because at 20-35mph (faster than the average bicycle) these things are not children's toys. I commute to work every day on these. And even pick up a few things from the local Harris Teeter right in the heart of uptown Charlotte. Though officials rarely care about these vehicles on the bike lane or the roads. It is my understanding that this activity is not 100% legal and our ordinances do not currently address them. A vehicle capable of such speeds should not be ridden on the sidewalk putting pedestrians and riders in danger.  These vehicles: Cannot be used for jumping (ollies) over cracks/gaps/curbs Are equipped with a very responsive braking system. Are as fast and sometimes faster than bikes. Can have accessory ports that allow for lamp kits such as headlights and taillights. Are NOT "coasters" as defined by the city ordinances. Produce ZERO emissions.  Some of my personal experiences in the sidewalk include:- Hitting uneven sidewalk and flying off the sidewalk and into the road.- Hitting uneven sidewalk and my board flying into traffic causing my board to be run over.- Being at risk of hitting a pedestrian almost every day (I am surprised pedestrians have not jumped into the road to clear a path) The problem is that pedestrians are NOT looking for signals from a rider while on the sidewalk, like drivers would be if the rider was on the road. And like any vehicle, an electric skateboard or even electric bicycle should be regulated by the speed limit (which does not apply in the sidewalk). Dogs are another issue, they are unpredictable and may or not plunge towards the rider which can cause harm to the rider, the dog, and its attached walker. These vehicles are GOING to become more and more popular and our ordinances need to be updated to accommodate for them.   Safety Notes:For those without built-in tail lights and headlights, Shredlights make some of the most durable headlights and taillights for various boards to keep us riders on the road even in low visibility.   Fun Fact: there are 9,281,500 skateboarders in the US alone (2009 study)  

Jose Viscasillas
108 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Ben Allen, Steven Bradford, Al Muratsuchi

PREVENT Mass Casualties in the South Bay - Please Forward

ALERT: This affects residents in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena, Carson, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Wilmington, L.A., Lomita, Rolling Hills, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates, West Rancho Dominguez, and Long Beach, California. Torrance Refining Company (formerly ExxonMobil ) in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington are the only two refineries in CA that use toxic and volatile forms of hydrofluoric acid (HF) which can have deadly cloud-forming behavior. All other CA refineries use a much safer alternative — sulfuric acid. PBF and Valero must stop using HF and switch to a safer alternative. This can be mandated by an AQMD rule or state law.  A refinery shutdown is not required.   According to an EPA "worst case" scenario previously prepared by ExxonMobil prior to the refinery sale, the release of 50,000 lbs of their "Modified" HF (MHF) could result in a ground-hugging HF cloud drifting with the breeze 3.2 miles into surrounding areas at concentrations high enough to cause serious and irreversible injuries with short term exposure (and possibly fatalities). If released in an explosion, fire, earthquake, or terrorist attack, MHF could cause mass casualties in surrounding communities.    Alarmed?  It gets worse.  * The Torrance refinery doesn't have 50,000 lbs. They have 250,000 lbs of MHF. Furthermore, ExxonMobil's estimated 3.2 mi. toxic distance is too low because they gave too much “credit” to MHF’s supposed ability to reduce HF cloud size. The actual risk zone is 15 miles. Thanks to an analysis by the local citizens group Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), the EPA is now investigating ExxonMobil's scenario, and the SCAQMD is considering the adoption of a rule to ban it.  * During the February 18, 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery, a flying 80,000 lb. piece of equipment hit just 3 ft. from a tank containing 50,000 lb. of MHF. Federal safety officials said the surrounding communities "dodged a bullet."  * On Sept 6, 2015, a leak of MHF from the Torrance refinery occurred. No sirens sounded, and the Torrance Fire department was notified only later by email.   * A key volunteer, Dr. S. Hayati with the grassroots Torrance Refinery Action Alliance (TRAA), recently uncovered the fact that in 1998, Mobil officials, Torrance Fire Department Chief R. Scott Adams, and possibly other city officials secretly approved  the reduction of a key safety chemical that was supposed to make deadly HF safer in case of an accidental release. Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Hayati, the Chemical Safety Board has stated its intent to investigate MHF. The South Bay should not accept the status of “sacrifice zone” for the benefit of PBF in Torrance and Valero in Wilmington. How much are more than a half-million Californians worth?   As a critical and time-sensitive public safety issue, we call on California lawmakers to immediately introduce legislation to BAN and REPLACE the use of MHF and HF at California refineries! California Governor Jerry BrownPhone: (916) 445-2841Fax: (916) 558-3160email: https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php California State Senator Ben Allen Capitol Office (916) 651-4026District Office (310) 318-6994email http://sd26.senate.ca.gov/contact/message California State Senator Steven Bradford Capitol Office (916) 651-4035District Office (310) 514-8573email http://sd35.senate.ca.gov/contact California State Assembly Al MuratsuchiCapitol office (916) 319-2066District Office (310) 375-0691email: https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD66 Join your concerned fellow citizens: https://www.facebook.com/Torrance-Refinery-Action-Alliance-100724630259310/ https://www.facebook.com/southbayflare/

MODIFIED HYDROFLUORIC ACID RISK
9,044 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Governor Sandoval

Tell Gov. Sandoval: Use Nevada's VW Fund for Electric School Buses

“My children always take the school bus. Over the last five years or so, I noticed severe changes in my oldest child’s health. When the doctor confirmed that he had asthma, our family’s life changed,” said Angeles Carrillo, a Las Vegas resident and mother of four. “I couldn’t hold a steady job to help pay our household expenses because I had to attend to my child’s doctors’ visits. I couldn’t help him with homework assignments that he missed at school. These are very hard times.” Nevada is set to receive $22 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. We’re demanding Governor Sandoval use this money to upgrade Nevada’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 181,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through every single day. After Volkswagen was caught cheating federal emissions tests and illegally polluting our air for decades, they are paying states a $14.7 billion settlement, and Nevada is receiving $22 million earmarked specifically to reduce diesel pollution and transition to zero-emissions vehicles, like electric school buses. It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants breathed in by family communities and kids every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change. Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Nevada to get Governor Sandoval to act, but we need you right now! Tell Governor Sandoval not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!

League of Conservation Voters
6 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Governor Hogan

Tell Gov. Hogan: Use Maryland's VW Funds for Electric School Buses

Tyrese Robinson is a Maryland teacher and a mother. Her daughter would ride the bus to and from school every day. That is until she was diagnosed with asthma and hospitalized three times. When we met Robinson, she told our team, “Our children are literally packed into a box on these school buses where they are exposed to different kinds of harmful emissions which can trigger asthma, bronchitis and different allergies – or worse. I had to take my daughter off school buses.” Maryland is set to receive $71 million as part of a settlement after Volkswagen illegally polluted our air for decades. We’re demanding Governor Hogan use this money to upgrade Maryland’s aging dirty diesel bus fleets to zero-emissions electric school buses, protecting the 623,000 schoolchildren who ride buses, as well as the countless communities they drive through every single day. After Volkswagen was caught cheating federal emissions tests and illegally polluting our air for decades, they are paying states a $14.7 billion settlement, and Maryland is receiving $71 million earmarked specifically to reduce diesel pollution and transition to zero-emissions vehicles, like electric school buses. It’s almost impossible to think of a reason NOT to upgrade our polluting school buses! Zero-emissions electric buses would immediately reduce the toxic pollutants breathed in by family communities and kids every day, save school districts money on the dirty diesel fuel they’re buying right now, create new jobs for local professionals to maintain the buses, and take a step in the right direction to fight climate change. Asthma is the single biggest factor for kids missing school, and dirty diesel school buses are a huge contributor to that fact. We’re knocking on hundreds of doors and talking to people across Maryland to get Governor Hogan to act, but we need you right now! Tell Governor Hogan not to waste any time and use the Volkswagen settlement funding for zero-emissions electric school buses!  

League of Conservation Voters
1,399 supporters