Press Releases

 

Thursday
Oct222009

Join Andrew Breitbart and Anita MonCrief 

Dear Friend,

Please join Anita MonCrief and Andrew Breitbart, founder of BigGovernment.com for the launch of Fight for Anita, a defense fund website for Anita MonCrief, Project Vote & ACORN's whistleblower.  

ACORN is doing everything it can to intimidate Anita and others like her from telling the public what they know about ACORN.  In June 2009, Project Vote and ACORN filed a lawsuit against Anita to try to get her to stop talking.  The defense fund, Fight for Anita was created to help Anita with her very expensive legal fees during this crucial battle for Anita's First Amendment rights so that she may continue to tell her brave story.

Fighting for Anita is a Fight against ACORN.  Join Us.

 You can join our Fight for Anita by joining Team Anita.  Visit the Team Anita page and start right away.

 

Thursday
Oct222009

CHQ - Memo to the Grassroots 

Memo to the Grassroots: Stop Asking What You Can Do, and Start Doing What You Can
Hot Air - "One of the problems that hinders grassroots activists from making a difference is that they see problems so big that they think to themselves, 'What's the point? I'm just one person. I'm not important. Why waste my time? There's nothing I can do anyway.' Such a self-defeating attitude is a guaranteed formula for failure. If you don't believe you can do anything, well, it's a safe bet that you won't do anything. On the other hand, if you will seek out opportunities to do whatever little things you can do, you might be surprised how much you accomplish."  [find this article at News From the Front]

 

Other Articles at News From The Front:

Dump Dede or Dump the GOP: They Decide
Dump Dede - Republican Party officials "in New York's 23rd District have chosen to nominate and support an ACORN-backed, Working Families Party-endorsed liberal over conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. Newt Gingrich [who has endorsed the liberal Republican] called this shift to the left the 'new revolution.' It's not the new revolution: it's political death. It's indicative of a festering problem with many" GOP leaders.

"It's an allegiance to party over America, party over conservatism. Millions have not taken to the streets since February of 2009 for nothing. The Republican party has this week to Dump Dede Scozzafava or the tea party will take over for them. Issue your statements and throw your support behind conservatism, ladies and gents; the clock starts now."

Find these articles and more at News From The Front

Daily Lickskillet: What does Scalawag Sid plan to do with all of his stimulus cash?

Thursday
Oct222009

New Podcast from Mercatus: The Spending Addiction 

This week on the Inside State and Local Policy Podcast: The Spending Addiction with Dr. Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In this podcast Dr. de Rugy discusses:

The progression of spending as a percentage of GDP over the last 10 years
The dangers of states becoming too dependent on federal funds
Unfunded mandates to state governments
Recommendations for states to increase revenue in unique ways

To learn more and listen to other episodes, visit our website at:  http://insidestateandlocalpolicy.mercatus.org.

 Also, check out last week's podcast: How's Business: Find Out Where Your State Ranks

 

Thursday
Oct222009

Manchester Halloween Kids Run 

Trick or Trot? Please join us for the Kids' Halloween Marathon on Saturday, October 31st at 10:00 AM at Merchants Auto Stadium (home of the Fisher Cats). Each child who runs will receive a medal and a healthy snack. Radio Disney will be there to share the Halloween fun! No training is necessary. The race is short, fun, and motivates kids to lead to a "healthier" lifestyle. For more information, visit us at www.manchestercitymarathon.com or email us at manchestermarathon@yahoo.com. Pre-registration before Oct 28 is suggested.

 

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Thursday
Oct222009

SEIA - Solar Leaders Applaud New PV Cost Study that Shows Government Policies Reduce Installed Costs, Expand U.S. Solar Market 

Washington, D.C. – Today researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab released “Tracking the Sun II: The Installed Cost of Photovoltaics in the U.S. from 1998–2008.” The new report found that the average cost of going solar in the U.S. declined by more than 30 percent from 1998 to 2008, a trend that can be largely attributed to the success of market-building policies at the state and local level. Findings also show that, after a three-year plateau, costs decreased by 3.6 percent from 2007 to 2008, marking a pivotal year for the American solar industry. The full report may be downloaded at http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/emp/re-pubs.html.

Solar advocates from the Vote Solar Initiative, the Solar Alliance and the Solar Energy Industries Association issued the following statements in response to the report.

 “The bottom line is that affordable solar is no longer a vision for the future, it’s very much here now, ready to be a significant part of our nation’s energy mix,” said Adam Browning, executive director of the Vote Solar Initiative, a national grassroots organization focused on bringing solar energy into the mainstream. “This all means there has never been a better time for energy customers to go solar or for our government leaders to invest in building a new solar economy.”

 “This report confirms that as a policy investment, solar is one of the best values for the American taxpayer,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the industry’s national trade association based in Washington, D.C. “This year we’ve already seen solar PV panel prices drop another 17 percent. Congress must prioritize the use of solar in the current energy bill, which will stimulate further investments in manufacturing and installation of solar equipment. This in turn will create good-paying jobs, while bringing the cost of solar in line with traditional sources allowing more consumers to go solar now.”

 “Smart solar policies are intended to build self-sustaining, strong markets that drive installed costs down. Berkeley Lab once again shows that these policies can and do work. In states like California and New Jersey that have committed to supporting renewables, solar energy has in fact become more accessible for consumers and created strong local green economies,” said Carrie Cullen Hitt, president of the Solar Alliance, a state-focused alliance of the solar industry.

 “Tracking in the Sun” is the most comprehensive cost analysis of grid-connected photovoltaic systems in the U.S. This second edition analyzes data from more than 52,000 residential and non-residential PV systems that were installed between 1998 and 2008. In 2008, the U.S. solar market experienced record growth, nearly doubling the amount of grid-connected PV installed annually. Key findings of “Tracking the Sun II” include:

Average installed costs as paid by the system owner prior to receipt of any incentives, declined from $10.80 per watt (W) in 1998 to $7.5/W in 2008, equivalent to an average annual reduction of $0.3/W, or 3.6 percent per year in real 2008 dollars.

The primary driver over that 10-year period was a reduction in non-module costs such as the cost of labor, marketing, overhead, inverters, and the balance of systems.

In contrast, the decline in costs from $7.8/W in 2007 to $7.5/W in 2008 is primarily attributable to wholesale module costs, which decreased by approximately $0.5/W over this period.

PV installations benefit from significant economies of scale, suggesting support for larger systems and larger markets drives down costs.

The installed cost of solar varies widely by state with low costs found in Arizona, California, and New Jersey, an indicator that more mature markets driven by strong incentives help reduce the cost of solar.

Total after-tax incentives from federal, state and local governments also declined from 2007 to 2008; the decreased incentives outpaced the drop in installed costs leading to a slight rise in the net installed costof both residential and commercial systems.

Though the report only analyzes trends through the end of 2008, the continued decline of module prices and improved federal incentives for solar energy in 2009 mean there has never been a better time for Americans to go solar.