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Tom Cotter

Fresno, CA, US
Trained on August 23rd, 2012
11 lifetime presentations


Tom Cotter is a clean energy advocate, business leader, social entrepreneur, public speaker, climate educator, activist and ordained minister.

Tom is Sales Manager of Residential and Small Commercial at REC Solar for the Central Valley region of California.

He serves on the board of directors for the International Green Industry Hall of Fame, the Solar Living Institute and Restore Hetch Hetchy.

A desire to re-think and build a positive, healthy future has moved him to launch or engage in multiple initiatives to educate and raise awareness around environmental stewardship.

• Founder & Chapter Leader, Citizens Climate Lobby Fresno
• Climate Leader & Mentor with Climate Reality Project
• Creation Care Champion with Evangelical Environmental Network
• Producer of Forest Man, a documentary film (2013)
• Co-Founder of Green Central Valley
• Founder of Fresno Green Drinks
• Organizer and Curator of Fresno Solar Tour
• Green Energy Advisory Board & Student Mentor at Edison High School
• Guest contributing blogger and online writer
• Public speaker and media advisor
• President and Chairman at International Green Industry Hall of Fame (past)
• Adjunct professor of environmental ethics at Fresno Pacific University (past)
• Revived and Co-Chaired Fresno Earth Day (past)

Tom sees the end of the era of cheap fossil fuels and key materials, coupled with rising population and anxieties around water resources, food production and harmful wastes, as clearly demonstrating the need to re-imagine our model of production and consumption. He shares an optimism that a choice to actively live as a part of the solution will bring a better quality of life and increased opportunities as natural and social capital are restored.

Watch the Symphony of Science - http://youtu.be/FtZUxzOcDu8

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Acts of Leadership

Details: Devin Nunes - Congressional Climate Denier Award Ceremony On Tuesday, Aug. 13, OFA-CA volunteers are holding an event in Clovis to hold Rep. Nunes accountable for being a climate change denier. The debate about whether climate change is real has been over for a long time —a majority of Americans, 97% of climate scientists, NASA, NOAA and the National Academy of Sciences all agree. But Rep. Nunes is standing strong against the overwhelming judgment of science, so OFA will be handing out an “award” to recognize Rep. Nunes perseverance in resisting the facts.
added on August 21st, 2013 at 2:58PM
URL: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/08/18/3445520/nunes-and-climate-change.html
Readership: 400000
Details: The debate about whether climate change is real has been over for a long time -- a majority of Americans, 97% of climate scientists, NASA, NOAA and the National Academy of Sciences all agree. But Devin Nunes, the U.S. representative for California's 22nd Congressional District, is standing strong against the overwhelming judgment of science. On Aug. 13, concerned citizens held an event at Rep. Nunes' office in Clovis, to hold him accountable for being a climate change denier. Business professionals, educators, attorneys, community advocates and moms gathered at Rep. Nunes' office to hand out an "award" to recognize his perseverance in resisting the facts. Americans' experiences with increasingly extreme weather, and the nation's economic interests are all in line with the moral obligation to act on climate change to protect our health, our children and future generations. It is time for Rep. Nunes to face reality and for Congress to take action to address the serious threats posed by climate change.
added on August 21st, 2013 at 2:50PM
Blog Post (edit) (delete)
URL: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1079579_why-i-drive-a-nissan-leaf-electric-car-one-owners-story
Details: Every day I get in my car and drive to work, I'm saving money. That's because last summer I bought an all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, and my gas station stops are a thing of the past. I figure I'm saving about $3,300 in annual gas and oil change bills, compared to the average Ford Expedition driver. The average electricity cost to power my Leaf is about $870 less than what my Prius-driving friends spend at the pump. That's hard-earned money I can use to take my wife and three kids out to dinner once in a while. I'm glad I no longer depend on oil to drive, but I didn't make this decision lightly. As a minister in my previous life, I know that I have a biblical and moral responsibility to take better care of the earth. It was especially heartbreaking for me to learn that much of the pollution in our air and contamination of other natural resources result in severe consequences that disproprtionately affect the poorest among us. (read more at above link)
added on July 10th, 2013 at 2:07AM
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URL: http://www.examiner.com/article/expanding-natural-gas-exports-would-encourage-natural-gas-fracking-california
Readership: 7569000
Details: Increasing America's natural gas exports to other nations may sound like benign economic policy, but it is anything but. In reality, oil and gas giants and others with a track record of savaging our natural resources for the sake of economic gain are pushing the Obama Administration to expand exports of liquid natural gas (LNG). Those pushing to grease the path to profits for Big Oil claim that allowing unlimited exportation of LNG is good for the economy and will help the United State compete globally. But studies have shown that exporting LNG could increase the price of gas domestically by as much as 300 percent. That is the last thing our economy needs. Plus, there are some grave negative environmental and health consequences associated with the methods used to drill for natural gas: hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking has been shown to contaminate air and groundwater, lead to local water shortages, and impact human health, ecosystems, and the global climate. Acting on the behalf of oil and gas drilling lobbyists, Congress has excluded fracking from coverage under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, or the Clean Water Act, three of America's vital health and environmental protections. With federal regulation failing to provide adequate public protection, we should do everything in our power to prevent additional market demand for fracking - and expanded unlimited exports would create precisely that demand. Expanding LNG exportation would translate to Big Oil and gas companies raking in profits overseas (while simultaneously fueling our economic competitors), and Americans here at home suffering increased rates of cancer, child asthma, and respiratory conditions as a result. These are costs that California cannot afford. The costs of boosting fracking is one that my family and my community cannot bear. I am a resident of...(read more at link above)
added on July 10th, 2013 at 2:04AM

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