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The following in an excerpt of a letter written by Susan Rutman and Cari Gardner of Concerned Families of Westchester:

To the Following:
Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Senator Jack Reed (RI)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
Senator Chris Murphy (CT)
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT)
Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Senator Ed Markey (MA)
Senator Ben Cardin (MD)
Senator Diane Feinstein (CA)
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)

Esteemed Senators,

The people of New York and the Northeastern United States have a DANGEROUS PIPELINE EMERGENCY, that threatens the lives & safety of 20 million human beings living in the 50 mile blast radius of the aging and failing Indian Point Nuclear Facility!

Spectra Energy’s ALGONQUIN INCREMENTAL MARKETS (AIM) PIPELINE, is a huge, 42”, high pressure, fracked gas pipeline project, sited dangerously close to critical safety infrastructure at Indian Pt, crossing under the Hudson River and spanning over two fault lines, as it sears its way on up thru New England.

This pipeline is scheduled to go live by November 1st or sooner!!!!

WE ARE PLEADING WITH YOU TO ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO HALT THIS CONSTRUCTION. We are aware of Senators Warren & Markey’s inquiry into the possible conflict of interest NRG presents in their review process for this project and we ask for an independent risk analysis, before its too late.

The rest of the letter and the really important bit where you can sign on can be found at this link.

And . . . here’s the good stuff you need to know about Wednesday’s Rally at Senator Schumer’s office.

We enjoy doing this for The Sane Energy Project because we believe in what they are trying to accomplish.

We’ll have more news soon about our Indiegogo campaign to fund the tour of The Nature of Man. We are getting things set up with our publicist, which means we’re doing a lot of writing.

More soon!



Been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that. We’ve been really busy, but it’s all good.

I’ll start with our intrepid friends at The Sane Energy Project. They’re proving to be unstoppable again. A few of them crawled inside a chunk of the Spectra AIM Pipeline and halted construction for 16 hours. The pipeline will pass perilously close to the Indian Point Nuclear generating station in Buchanan, NY. Since high pressure gas lines have been known to go BANG! every now and then, this is obviously a bad idea. If the line blows up, it would likely take the nuke plant with it.

But, wait! There’s more! (this bunch never stops fighting)

The Sane Energy Group will be pressuring NY Senator Schumer for firmer action in protest of the AIM Spectra project and they need your help.

On Oct. 26th they are planning a rally to let the senator know that the people of New York won’t stand by and let this pipeline happen. Your voice is needed! RSVP and let them know you’ll be there! Reach out to all of your friends and neighbors and be sure to give them this link when you do.

Please turn out and help Sane Energy stop this crazy pipeline. They do amazing work. To give you an idea of how dedicated and focused there people are, you have to check out this map.

I’ve watched the map develop over the last few years and come away with two opinions. First; Sane Energy is really, really dedicated to preserving the environment and the New York area in particular. And second; the oil and gas industries will never stop unless we make them stop. The relentless march of pipeline infrastructure shown in the map is breathtaking. In spite of the scientific facts surrounding the role of fossil fuels in climate change, they continue without conscience nor remorse.


Ok, next . . . our indiegogo campaign!

We (Madmen and Dreamers) have decided to open the funding of our Climate Change Rock Opera; The Nature of Man, to the people.

After much conversation on the moral aspect of what we’re doing and going over the numbers, we have decided to put the first stage of the tour of The Nature of Man up on indiegogo. 

The problem belongs to all of us and it will not be solved unless all of us are involved and pressuring our elected officials and the companies that own them. The process of bringing this to the stage has taught us that. Too many people are too afraid of pissing off the companies involved to actually act in defense of our future. 

Well, fuck that. 

This show is about us; You, me, your family, our family, all of us and how we are in this mess because of other people’s greed. Will it have an effect as we tour it? Definitely yes. Will our ideas surrounding mobilizing students at universities cause measurable improvements? Definitely yes. Will this show bring a wider understanding of the problem and change our national conversation surrounding climate change? Definitely yes…

…but only if we get this to the stage. 

So, we are throwing it out to you. Our indiegogo site is almost ready to launch and we’re counting on all of us to make this thing work. 

Tell everyone you know. When we launch donate as much as you can. Once we have enough to go into production, you can be completely sure that we will work ceaselessly to make this happen. 

God Speed