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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

First UL Environment Certification Awarded to Samsung

Sustainability Certifications for Televisions Set Bar for Environmental LeadershipUNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES LOGOATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2012 - UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announces today that it has certified the Samsung 55" LED Television, 46" LED Television to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1680.3 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Televisions. These Samsung television models are the first to achieve UL's sustainable product certification to IEEE 1680.3."This landmark accomplishment by Samsung provides other television manufacturers with a leadership model to continue to improve products to meet and exceed marketplace sustainability demands," said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment.Products that achieve certification to IEEE standards are assessed and audited for a wide range of environmental criteria. These criteria include: environmentally sensitive materials and materials selection, design for end of life, product longevity/life cycle extension, energy conservation, end-of-life management, corporate performance, and packaging.The Samsung 55" LED Television and 46" LED Television have attained Gold level certification, indicating that both products have achieved the highest level of environmental performance recognized by IEEE 1680.3, meeting all required criteria and a minimum of 75% of available optional criteria points."The electronics industry is evolving at an unparalleled rate, largely due to consumer preference, energy regulations, and corporate sustainability practices. Companies like Samsung are rising to the challenge to lessen the environmental impacts typically associated with these products," said Greenstein. "UL Environment helps manufacturers make and market more sustainable products. We have the expertise to propel them forward, and are pleased to support Samsung in these achievements."UL provides the scientific expertise required to conduct readiness assessment, testing, and certification to the IEEE suite of standards. As a global Product Registration Entity (or PRE) for EPEAT®, a North American environmental rating system for electronics, UL may also assist manufacturers with registering products to the central EPEAT registry."We are proud that these Samsung televisions are being recognized by UL," said Hyogun Lee, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics Visual display Business. "Achieving UL's sustainable product certification shows our customers that Samsung is dedicated to delivering environmentally preferable products that do not compromise performance or functionality."For more information on UL's turnkey services related to EPEAT registration and certification to IEEE 1680 standards, click here.About UL EnvironmentUL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. It helps companies achieve their sustainability goals – and meanwhile helps purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit www.ul.com/environment.About ULUL is a premier global independent safety science company with more than 118 years of history. Employing more than 10,000 professionals with customers in over 100 countries, UL has five distinct business units – Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services, and Verification Services – to meet the expanding needs of our customers and to deliver on our public safety mission. For more information on UL's family of companies and network of 95 laboratory, testing, and certification facilities, go to UL.com.SOURCE UL Environment

Melvin Wylie

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Congress Passes Bill To Create Uniform Water Heater Energy Efficiency Ratings

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 7, 2012 - Congress has passed legislation establishing a uniform energy efficiency descriptor that applies to all residential water heaters sold in the U. S. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.The bill, also known as the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H. R. 6582) was passed unanimously in the Senate yesterday. The legislation was approved overwhelmingly by a 398-2 vote earlier this week in the House of Representatives.In addition to applying a consistent rating system for all water heaters, the bill will require the Department of Energy to develop a test method to accurately determine the descriptor for all types of water heaters including new advanced technologies introduced over the last several years."Passage of this legislation will help reduce the confusion that consumers face when attempting to determine the energy efficiency of the water heater they intend to purchase," Paul W. Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of A. O. Smith Corporation, commented. "Once the bill becomes law, consumers will be able to make more informed decisions by comparing the efficiency of the entire range of water heaters that are on the market. It will make it easier for them to obtain available incentives that are based on an appliance's energy efficiency.""It's also important to understand this legislation supports our national clean energy goals by promoting the use of high efficiency water heaters that reduce energy consumption and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Jones continued.A. O. Smith was a member of a coalition of affected industry representatives, leading energy advocate groups, and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that worked with members of Congress on the legislation.A bipartisan group of senators and representatives were instrumental in securing passage of the legislation.Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Bob Corker (R-TN) were sponsors of the original Senate bill that became the basis for the final legislation. Supporting the measure were Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), andDebbie Stabenow (D-MI).In the House, Representatives Jim Cooper (D-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) co-authored the original bill that was incorporated, in its entirety, into the final version of the H. R. 6582 legislation.Representative Phil Roe (R-TN) was a co-sponsor of H. R. 6582 along with Representative Ron Kind (D-WI). Blackburn and Roe both spoke on the floor of the House in support of the bill.Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) also were supporters of the bill.The uniform energy efficiency descriptor replaces a standard that is more than 20 years old that created two sets of energy efficiency measures for water heaters. When the original standards were put in place, smaller water heaters were rated using an "energy factor," while larger units were rated based on "thermal efficiency."Adding to the confusion, each of the two ratings required its own testing methodology, and manufacturers were not allowed to substitute ratings on different water heater models. Advances in water heater technology and improved efficiency testing methods combined to make the older standard obsolete.SOURCE A. O. Smith Corporation

Melvin Wylie

Friday, April 27, 2012

The University of Connecticut Commissions Fuel Cell Power Plant

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut, along with UTC Power and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, today (April 26) commissioned a new fuel cell power plant at UConn's Depot Campus that will supply the campus with clean and efficient energy, cooling and heating for years to come.The installation of a UTC Power PureCell system is the latest step byUConn to reduce its carbon footprint and build a sustainable community. The fuel cell installation was made possible through a federal stimulus grant from Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)."One of our major objectives as an institution is reducing our carbon emissions and working very hard to be good stewards of the environment," said UConn President Susan Herbst. "The installation of this fuel cell is an outstanding contribution to that ongoing effort. We are very grateful to both of our partners, UTC Power and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, for making this possible."The 400kW fuel cell will provide energy to critical UConn research labs and offices, including those working on advancing fuel cell and microgrid technology at UConn's Center for Clean Energy Engineering."We are very excited to work with UTC Power on this innovative public-private partnership that will bring clean energy generation toUConn," said Mun Choi, dean of UConn's School of Engineering. "This initiative demonstrates UConn's deep commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship."UConn Pres. Herbst last month signed an expanded climate action plan for the University that outlines more than 200 strategies for sustainable energy and resource conservation in order to achieve a carbon-neutral Storrs campus by 2050. UConn has been named one of the top 20 greenest schools in the nation by the Sierra Club and it was recently recognized as one of the most eco-friendly campuses on earth, according to a sustainability survey of 178 universities in 42 countries sponsored by Universitas Indonesia."UTC Power is proud to build upon the strong, long-standing partnership between United Technologies and UConn with the installation of a PureCell fuel cell system on campus," said Joe Triompo, vice president and general manager of UTC Power of South Windsor, CT. "The PureCell system will deliver clean, efficient energy to the University and help meet the important goals of UConn's climate action plan. We believe the future of energy is here and we are thrilled that our Connecticut-grown fuel cell technology will power the very buildings where UConn is conducting vital fuel cell research every day."The PureCell system is an energy delivery solution that combines hydrogen fuel and oxygen from the air electrochemically – without combustion – to produce electricity, heat and water. The new power plant will serve as a demonstration model and teaching tool forUConn students, helping them better understand the technology and benefits behind advanced microgrid energy systems that can deliver clean, reliable energy while protecting the environment.By generating and using power on-site with a PureCell system,UConn will prevent the release of more than 831 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of planting more than 192 acres of trees. The reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions compared to a conventional power plant is equal to the environmental benefit of removing more than 110 cars from the road. In addition to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the PureCell system saves nearly 3.9 million gallons of water each year."This fuel cell was supported by funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will support energy research at the University of Connecticut and its Center for Clean Energy Engineering," said David R. Goldberg, a spokesman for the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, which provided a million dollar federal stimulus grant for the new fuel cell. "This project will promote clean energy and energy efficiency, while providing energy, environmental and economic benefits to UConn and the State of Connecticut. These benefits will be realized not just for the students and faculty today, but for many years to come."

Melvin Wylie

Fracking to Continue in the UK Despite Tremors

LONDON - The controversial gas extraction method known as 'Fracking' has been sanctioned after a report cleared the way for companies to resume the use of the technique; despite the process triggering two earth tremors near Blackpool last year."[Cuadrilla's experts] said there was a very low probability of other earthquakes during future treatments of other wells," said one of the report's authors, Prof Peter Stylesfrom Keele University. "We agree that [last year's] events are attributable to the existence of an adjacent geological fault that had not been identified."There might be other comparable faults, (and) we believe it's not possible to categorically reject the possibility of further quakes." (http://www.bbc.co.uk)With the controversy continuing to surround fracking, make sure you don't miss SMi's Shale Gas Environmental Summit, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 in centralLondon. Where the event will play host for 2 days to the key players involved.One of the speakers involved in the event, Simon Talbot Managing Director of GGS commented, "I welcome the Government expert panel's report. We believe that environmental protection is essential if shale gas is to be safely exploited in the UK. GGS have been monitoring ground-gas emissions for several years and our independent gas-monitoring service for Cuadrilla is designed to demonstrate that their work meets the highest standards of continuous environmental protection."

Melvin Wylie

West Coast Chill to Launch the World's First Self-Chilling Beverage

IRVINE, Calif. - Joseph Company International will launch theWorld's FIRST Self-Chilling Beverage Can through licensing under the brand name "West Coast Chill." The Ice Age Is Over and the consumer will now enjoy a West Coast Chill without the use of ice or refrigeration.West Coast Chill Pure Energy Drink is based on natural ingredients and contains no sugar, no caffeine, and no artificial colors or flavors.This beverage features the EPA Stratospheric Award winning Microcool® technology, developed, patented, and licensed by Joseph Company International, which is eco-friendly using CO2 reclaimed from the atmosphere, and activated carbon ascertained from a renewable vegetable source. An activation button on the can allows the beverage to drop 30 degrees within minutes. The Chill Can does not require any energy and eliminates the need for any refrigeration as it CHILLS ON DEMAND ? ANYTIME ANYWHERE. "The Chill Can will revolutionize the beverage industry, and the way the consumer perceives a cold drink," according to Joseph Company International CEO, Mitchell J. Joseph.Part of West Coast Chill, Inc.'s "Greening Efforts" will include recycle bins specially made to RECAPTURE the cans for REUSE in an effort to reduce their carbon foot print.West Coast Chill Pure Energy Drink is scheduled to launch the end of the first quarter of 2012. It will be available initially in certain selected convenience stores in Southern California and Las Vegas.West Coast Chill, Inc. is licensed under the authority of Joseph Company International.For more information on West Coast Chill visit the website at:http://www.westcoastchill.com

Melvin Wylie

Friday, April 13, 2012

Zoo and Aquarium Visitors More Concerned About Climate Change than General Public

People who visit zoos and aquariums are more concerned about climate change than other Americans and are willing to take action to help because they feel a connection with animals. The findings are in the final report, "Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors," analyzed by the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CLiZEN). The Network is led by the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo.Researchers surveyed more than 7,000 zoo and aquarium visitors at 15 accredited zoos and aquariums around the country and found that visitors are more concerned about climate change than the general public. For example, 64 percent of zoo and aquarium visitors say they are concerned or alarmed about global warming, compared to only 39 percent of the general public. Also, 35 percent of the general public report being disengageddoubtful, or dismissive with regard to global warming versus only 17 percent of zoo and aquarium visitors. Non-visitor attitudes were collected via a survey by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication."We have long suspected that people who visit zoos and aquariums care more about environmental issues and that their sense of care is tied to the connection they feel to the animals they see in our institutions. These findings give us the opportunity to help visitors understand climate change and to provide educational information about what they can do to make a difference," said Alejandro Grajal, Ph.D., senior vice president of conservation and education for CZS.Nearly two-thirds of surveyed zoo and aquarium visitors believe that human actions are related to global warming, and the majority of visitors think that global warming will harm them personally, as well as future generations. These findings suggest that zoo and aquarium visitors are a prime audience for climate change education messages.Other results showed that zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animals and connections to nature. Compared to the general public, zoo and aquarium visitors are more likely to have friends who share their views on global warming. Visitors who are alarmed or concerned about global warming use zoo and aquarium visits as a chance to talk to companions about their relationships to nature, and they view zoos and aquariums as trustworthy places to find out how to help reduce the effects of global warming.The survey also suggests that visitors' attitudes, behaviors, and concerns vary with their sense of connection to animals and nature, and 86 percent of visitors report feeling a strong sense of connection with the animals they see at a zoo or aquarium."Personal connections with animals are strongly related to our visitors' climate change conviction and concern and their desire to do more to help save the environment," said Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of CZS. "Zoos and aquariums have an opportunity to foster strong connections between visitors and the animals in our care. This connection inspires participation in both consumer and environmental behaviors that address climate change."The findings will contribute to a new program being designed to reach more than 20 million zoo visitors annually with innovative ways to encourage understanding and action to address climate change. For example, CLiZEN leaders are planning to create an exhibit that includes an interactive video game where visitors of all ages can "be" a polar bear experiencing the difficulty of survival when ice melts.A free e-book entitled Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums is available for download for educators, zoo practitioners, and anyone interested in learning more about climate change at www.lulu.com. The e-book will be also available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBooks app beginning May 4, 2012.Grajal is leading the team of principal investigators that are developing the national initiative. He is joined by principal investigators Susan R. Goldman, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychology and education and co-director of the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Michael E. Mann, Ph.D., professor and director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. The partnership is joined by experts in conservation psychology, the conservation organization Polar Bears International, and an external advisory board that includes the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.The survey was fielded at 15 zoos and aquariums, including Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco; Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, Ill.; Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Powell, Ohio; Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul, Minn.; Indianapolis Zoo, Ind.; John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago; Monterey Bay Aquarium, Calif.; National Aquarium,Baltimore, Md.; New England Aquarium, Boston; Oregon Zoo, Portland; Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pa.; Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, R.I.; Louisville Zoo, Ky.; Toledo Zoo, Ohio; and Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Wash. The majority of participating zoos are partners in the implementation of the CLiZEN project. The survey is part of a $1.2 million planning grant that CZS received from the National Science Foundation Program on Climate Change Education and another grant provided by the Boeing Company.

Melvin Wylie

Saturday, April 7, 2012

BURBANK, Calif. -Burbank Water and Power (BWP) and AHBE Landscape Architects (AHBE) hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of their collaborative efforts to transform Burbank Water and Power's main campus from an industrial relic into a sustainable model for the rest of the nation. Dignitaries included SenatorCarol Liu of the 21st District, Mayor of Burbank Jess Talamantes, and Future360 Founder and Host Sarah Backhouse."BWP has served this community for almost 100 years," explained Ron Davis, BWP General Manager. "We owe it to our customers to ensure that we continue to do so, which means we should seek long-term solutions to the problems that our industry faces. Most notably, how do we generate the water and power that our customers need with the least impact on our environment?"BWP commissioned Los Angeles-based landscape architecture firm AHBE Landscape Architects to create an ambitious master plan that would transform the grounds from an aging industrial site into a regenerative green space. With the first phase completed, BWP and AHBE have successfully demonstrated that industry and environment co-exist, even thrive, together.THE BUILDINGSThree of California's 50 LEED Platinum Buildings are located on the BWP campus, including the first LEED Platinum designed warehouse.THE GROUNDSBWP's EcoCampus is the only industrial project out of 150 national and international projects to be included in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) pilot program. Sustainable features include:Rooftop Gardens – The Administration Building boasts three rooftop gardens that reduce the heat island effect, help channel and filter storm water, and reduce the building's air conditioning requirements.Water Reclamation + Filtration – The campus features five different types of water filtration technologies. The project also features one of the longest Green Streets in Southern California.Solar Power – An architectural solar array powers the LEED Platinum service center and warehouse building, as it channels rainwater to a filtration system.Reclaimed Substation – The structure of an old electric substation was purposely left intact, repurposed as a super trellis. The skeletal remains of the substation will soon be covered in living vines, creating a poignant juxtaposition of industry and environment.Green Space - All the landscape serves a dual purpose. Aesthetically; providing green space for employees and the public. Functionally; housing water filtration systems."Landscape has a key role to play in the regeneration of our cities," said Calvin Abe, FASLA, President, of AHBE. "Beyond the aesthetics, it can proactively counteract many of the problems that we face in urban environments. BWP's EcoCampus stands as a restorative example of what can be accomplished when there is a long-term vision."

Melvin Wylie

Bird Protection in China Soars to New Heights as Rescue Center Marks Ten Year Anniversary

BEIJING - Government officials, conservationists, animal rescuers and celebrities joined in a celebration today to mark the ten-year anniversary of the  (BRRC; www.brrc.org.cn)—China's only specialized raptor rescue and rehabilitation facility. Established a decade ago by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) and located at Beijing Normal University (BNU), BRRC not only saves individual raptors, but educates people about threats to wildlife and promotes policies and actions that advance the conservation and welfare of animals.Participants recounted the development of BRRC filled with heart-wrenching stories about the plight of animals, especially those that fall victim to human activities, and the heroic efforts by people to rescue and rehabilitate the animals."Birds of prey are top predators in the sky. Their protection is very important to biodiversity conservation," said China Academy of Science academician and ornithologist, BNU Professor Zheng Guangmei. Noting that of the over 3,300 birds rehabilitated at BRRC, 54 percent were able to regain health and return to the sky, Professor Zheng added, "BRRC applies advanced animal welfare standards to rescue and rehabilitation of birds of prey, making a significant contribution to wildlife conservation in China.""Knowing that the raptors will have the best care and individualized treatment at BRRC gives peace of mind to wildlife law enforcement officers who are fighting illegal wildlife trade," said Wang Minzhong, Director of Beijing Wildlife Protection Station and a staunch supporter of BRRC since its inception. "The live animals we confiscate from illegal trade and captivity have suffered enough sickness and illness caused by people.""BRRC is the true embodiment of IFAW's belief that the welfare of individual animals, their populations and their habitat are inherently linked," said Fred O'Regan, President and CEO of IFAW, who joined in the celebration in China."BRRC is much more than just a raptor hospital. It has become a symbol of the growing awareness about wildlife protection in China," said Yuan Xikun, a well-known artist, sculptor, and a member of China's political consultative committee. Named by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a patron of the arts and environment, Mr. Xikun is also a wildlife champion and an IFAW supporter. At the ceremony he unveiled his latest work -- a sculpture of a golden eagle in honour of BRRC, which will be permanently installed at BNU.Accepting the statue on behalf of BRRC, Professor Zheng expressed his hope that the golden eagle currently recuperating at BRRC will be healthy and strong enough to fly in the sky.He exclaimed, "Wildlife belongs in the wild." The sentiment was shared unanimously.

Melvin Wylie

Fort Worth Rewards Residents for Recycling More

FORT WORTH, Texas - Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, joined by representatives from Waste Management, Inc. and Recyclebank®, today announced a new recycling rewards program for the residents of Fort Worth. Recyclebank rewards people for recycling and taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. Residents can now register to earn Recyclebank points and spend those points on rewards from local and national businesses."The City of Fort Worth is committed to being greener and by launching Recyclebank's rewards-for-recycling program, we're taking our environmental efforts to a whole new level," said Mayor Price. "By rewarding residents who recycle, we'll be helping the environment and provide families with valuable savings. We look forward to working together as a community to live more eco-consciously and take another step to reaching our goal of being a greener city."The program is akin to a frequent flyer program except that residents earn points for being green instead. They can then use those points to shop with Recyclebank's hundreds of reward partners, such as Macy's, Pantene and Ziploc®, in more than 10 categories, including food and beverage, health, beauty, home, clothing, accessories and gifts.Nothing changes for collections with the current recycling program – what can be recycled, the cart that's used or when it's picked-up.Currently, Fort Worth residents are diverting approximately 23 percent of materials from the landfill by using the blue recycling carts and weekly yard waste collections. The goal is 40 percent.Recently the Solid Waste Services Division completed an audit of a single load of garbage that was headed to the landfill to collect data on what could have been recycled.The largest amount of material by weight in the garbage truck load was recycling program materials (i.e. paper, glass, mixed plastic containers and aluminum/steel containers). These materials comprised 29 percent of the total load."Our audit indicated that nearly 30 percent of the debris taken to the landfill is material that is currently accepted in our blue cart recycling program," said Brandon Scott Bennett, Code Compliance Director for the City of Fort Worth. "Simply stated, we're tossing far too much recyclable materials into the brown garbage carts that end up being buried in the landfill forever. We're asking all residents to recycle more and with the Recyclebank program, increased efforts by residents will be rewarded."All residents who participate in the curbside recycling program recently received a letter from Mayor Price encouraging them to join the free program. Sign-up is easy; visit www.Recyclebank.com/fortworth to sign up for a free account or call 888-727-2978.

Melvin Wylie

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Controversial "Pro-Fracking" Documentary Raises More Than $185,000 on Crowdfunding Website

"FrackNation" investigates the health scares surrounding the process, and reveals the startling lack of scientific evidence to substantiate them.
LOS ANGELES - A controversial documentary is finishing one of the most successful Kickstarter fundraising campaigns, having raised almost $190,000 from 2,700 backers in just 60 days.The Kickstarter.com campaign for FrackNation was launched on February 6, and smashed through the fundraising goal of $150,000 early in the campaign.The campaign will come to a close on Friday, and the filmmakers will continue production until the film premieres this summer. The film is being co-directed and produced by Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, a husband and wife film making couple, and Magda Segieda who worked with them on their previous documentary Not Evil Just Wrong.The team has announced that in a unique move all 2,700 backers, even those who have donated one dollar, will become executive producers on the film and have their names in the credits."This will be a documentary funded by the people for the people," said McAleer.The fundraising success has been all the more remarkable given that Kickstarter normally facilitates crowdfunding for "pro-environmental," anti-fossil fuel documentaries.Noting that FrackNation was an unusual fit as a Kickstarter project the Los Angeles Times said the documentary "received an eye-popping $22,000 in donations during its first two days." POLITICO called the filmmaker's Kickstarter campaign "most interesting," and The San Francisco Examiner noted "the financial and emotional support for the film has earned it a top spot on Kickstarter's 'most popular' list," a position the film maintained for almost the duration of the campaign.Recently, a billboard supporting the documentary went up in natural-gas rich New York, near the Pennsylvania border. The billboard made news asserting "The Water Was On Fire In 1669." The filmmakers "felt it was important to bring to light the truth and counter the common, inaccurate scare stories about 'exploding tap water.'""People seem to have decided that they want the truth to be told and they want to be involved in the telling," McAleer said referencing the broad-based support for the film. "The majority of backers have been from the U.S. and pledged between $20 and $35. Instead of going to the movies, they're paying for one. We are so grateful for their contributions, especially when budgets are tight for everyone."The feature-length film looks at the process of fracking for natural gas, and examines much of the scaremongering surrounding the process and speaks to people who say they are the ignored majority in their communities that overwhelmingly support fracking and the natural gas industry. The first clip from FrackNation, released this month, highlights the misinformation and biased opinions about fracking that are being represented in the media.FrackNation comes on the heels of a new anti-fracking film due to be released by activist filmmaker Josh Fox. Fox made Gasland, an Oscar-nominated film, which propelled fears about fracking into the public arena. Fox is now planning a HBO-funded Gasland sequel. Fox has received $750,000 to make the new documentary."Unlike Josh Fox we can't and won't rely on money from corporations like HBO to make our documentary. This is a film funded by the 99 percent to combat the misrepresentations by the 1 percent of urban elites who want to tell rural Americans how to work and live. We are amazed and thankful for the support we have received from people all over the world who are ready for the truth about fracking to be told," said McElhinney.The team said the funds will allow them to continue work on the production of FrackNation, with a goal of releasing the film later in 2012.

Melvin Wylie
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