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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

The Blue Economy NEWS 6

The Blue Economy – Report to the Club of Rome
100 innovations – presented weekly over 2 years

We take the occasion to place a save-the-date: Author Gunter Pauli in persona will soon be live on page on our website! On April 23rd, at GMT +9:00 we will broadcast by internet livestream his contribution at the B4E Global Summit in Seoul , Korea , in which international leaders of sustainable economy like Al Gore, Sir Richard Branson and James Cameron will participate. The Livestream is visible to all our members on our community’s webpage. All you have to do is register on www.community.blueeconomy.de beforehand. Don’t miss it!

Fuel from the Forest
Have you ever wondered why trees must be cut and burned to provide energy? This has lead to a massive reduction of forest cover.
The Colombian innovator Paolo Lugari initiated in 1984 the regeneration of the rainforest in the Orinoco savannah. As the plantation grew to maturity, pines were tapped. The resin is processed locally into colophon, a raw material for the paper, ink and paint industry, and turpentine, an inflammable biochemical.

Since gasoline was hard to get after the second world war, Mr. Soichiro Honda launched his motorbikes powered by turpentine generated from Japanese forests. However, these bikes caused excessive smoke caused by impurities in the fuel.

Las Gaviotas started filtering out all impurities from the turpentine. The end product is a quality fuel that can be used both in diesel and gasoline engines. Diesel tractors operate impeccable in tropical climate on 100 percent turpentine reducing atmospheric pollution by 40 to 45 percent. Motorbikes operate successfully on a blend of gasoline and turpentine.

Interested?

Detailed information on the business model and its potential is available at www.community.blueeconomy.de – or as pdf, if you do not wish to register there.

We wish you many inspirations and look forward to jointly changing the way we do business!

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