Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Carrot & Stick

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Carrot & Stick

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WHO WALKS THE WALK, WHO'S NOTHING BUT TALK

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), for providing free solar power to 65 Habitat for Humanity (HFH) houses built in the utility's California service area. As part of PG&E's Solar Habitat Program, which provides grants to build energy-efficient homes and install rooftop solar power systems, the $1.2 million investment allowed homes to be built with solar panels generating nearly 300 kilowatt hours of energy per month and saving families about $500 per year. "We're sending a clear message -solar energy can have very real financial and environmental benefits for all of our customers," said Bill Morrow, PG&E president and CEO. PG&E's employees also spent nearly 2,000 hours volunteering with HFH to help build homes last year.

Animal Friends Insurance (AFI), for lowering insurance premiums for vegetarians. The U.K.-based nonprofit gives British vegetarians a discount of 6 percent based on their reduced risk tor illness. "The life insurance industry needs to acknowledge that vegetarianism can have a positive impact on life expectancy, and reduce premiums accordingly," says AFI Director Elaine Fairfax. Feel-good bonus: AFI donates all of its net profits to animal charities.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), for denying a permit to expand a coal plant -the first time a government agency has cited environmental concerns in rejecting a permit. Sunflower Electric Power Corp. had petitioned to build two 700-megawatt coal-fired generators, and the facility could generate 11 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. "It would be irresponsible to ignore information about the contribution of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to climate change and the harm to our environment and health," said KDHE secretary Roderick L. Bremby. Environmental groups have suggested wind farms and natural gas plants instead. …

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