Rolling Blackout demonstration for energy conservation-June 21

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at
Thu Jun 21 15:23:40 EDT 2001

Paul recently circulated the following message to the list. 

It wasn't clear to me whether he was encouraging list members to
participate in tonight's rolling blackout in order to demonstrate that
energy conservation is a valuable environmental strategy, or whether he
was using it as an illustration that certain individuals are
subversive.  He sounded relieved that NABA's activism extended to many
environmental issues.  MIKE GOCHFELD

Paul Cherubini wrote:
> Leroy, you may be pleased to know that some of NABA's
> leaders are involved in much more environmental activism than just opposing
> collecting. For example, Wanda Dameron, a leader in the big LA-NABA
> chapter wrote the following to many NABA members yesturday encouraging
> them to participate in a "voluntary rolling blackout on the first day of summer,
> June 21 that will roll across the planet". Details are below:
> From: "Dameron, Wanda" <be496 at>
> JUNE 21, 2001 THURS EVE,
> 7-10 pm worldwide, all time zones -
> As an alternative to George W. Bush's energy policies
> and lack of emphasis on efficiency, conservation and
> alternative fuels, there will be a voluntary rolling blackout on the
> first day of summer, June 21 at 7 pm - 10 pm in any time zone
> (this will roll it across the planet).
> It's a simple protest and a symbolic act. Turn out your lights from 7
> pm-10 pm on June 21. Unplug whatever you can unplug in your
> house. Light a candle to the Sungoddess, kiss and tell or not,
> take a stroll in the dark, invent ghost stories, anything that's not
> electronic - have fun in the dark.
> Read the 1999 book "Natural Capitalism" by Hawken and
> Lovins to learn that conservation/high efficiency
> technologies already ARE on-the-shelf.
> If implemented these revolutionary ideas would pay
> themselves off within five years, after which we'd be
> pumping far less greenhouse gas into the atmosphere
> and saving bucks to boot.
> Forward this email as widely as possible, to your
> government representatives and environmental contacts.
> Let them know we want global education, participation
> and funding in conservation, efficiency and
> alternative fuel efforts -- and an end to
> over-exploitation and misuse of the earth's resources.
> Anyone knows that the Cheney-Bush team is blowing
> smoke when they tell us that "... conservation can't
> help, it'll just be too expensive to implement
> those technologies..." While on the other hand,
> technology to develop and deploy weapons to blow
> incoming ICBMs out of the sky are easy to come by.
> Wanda Dameron
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> > 818-340-0365     be496 at
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