NPA News

The New Progressive Alliance is a 100-percent volunteer, educational organization comprised of ACTIVE ACTIVISTS dedicated to improving the lives of working men and women and their families by positively influencing public policy. We work to awaken Americans to the reality that only through supporting candidates who support our concerns will those concerns be met. Toward that end, we vet and endorse candidates for office who publicly endorse the Unified Platform; participate in official public comment opportunities to regulatory agencies; and sponsor and partake in a host of events designed to raise public consciousness of the extent to which corporations maintain near-total control of the political and policy-making process in this country.

Visit this page often to learn what we're working on - and please, join our effort to put PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS! 

 

I.  News:

  • In January 2017 we published in social media about Chinese billionaire Jack Ma saying the US wasted trillions on warfare instead of investing in infrastructure. The NPA also supplied documentation that Jack Ma was correct.
  • In January 2017 we published The Sickness of Healthcare in the U.S. by Rose Roby.
  • Our democratic republic is threatened by a press which ignores certain stories. In January 2017 we referenced the article The Top Ten Under-Reported News Stories of 2016. See also The Powerless Press
  • In December 2016 we published a reference to a fine article by Chris Hedges. Chris Hedges here outlines how deep the problem we face is. It is important that we do not see Trump as the sole problem and that we do not see the Democratic Party as our savior. Both the democrats and republicans are operating together. While the democrats claim this is "False equivalency," in fact it is true equivalence for those who investigate. 
  • In December 2016 our founder Anthony Noel wrote about using art to make our case and illustrates with two songs. He also bids all a peaceful holiday season and contentedness in 2017.  See Make Your Case with Art! by Anthony Noel 
  • In December 2016 we published  another election analysis. An Interview with Don DeBar about Jill Stein's Strange Support of Clinton by Jeff and Rose Roby 
  • In November 2016 the NPA analyzed  the election: A Hard Look at Where We Are After the 2016 Election   

  • Green Party candidate John Anthony La Pietra   running for the Michigan Statehouse 63rd District has endorsed the Unified  Platform and earned the New Progressive Alliance endorsement.  This is the third time the NPA has proudly endorsed John Anthony La Pietra.   For details and a full list of those who have endorsed the Unified Platform please visit our website here

  • The NPA joined with other organizations to stop dangerous oil trains in nationwide actions July 6 - 12, 2016.
  • In June 2016 the New Progressive Alliance was pleased to welcome Climate Solutions, Power Past Coal, and Stand Up to Oil as allies. All do outstanding environmental work.
  • In April 2016 the New Progressive Alliance is welcomed the Columbia Riverkeeper as an ally. The Columbia Riverkeeper is very active in fighting pollution in Oregon and Washington to keep the Columbia River clean. It is an excellent source of information for opposing polluting projects. All allies are listed here: http://www.newprogs.org/allies  

II. United Nations:

III. Public Comments:

    The NPA continues to make Public Comments to federal agencies and legislative bodies in the United States and Canada on specific issues to support the Unified Platform  To see all Public Comments  in full we have made since 2012 or see them summarized with our other activities in Annual Reports look here.

  • The New Progressive Alliance has consistently opposed the Washington state Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery for many reasons.

    In April 2016 In Public Comment 101 the New Progressive Alliance urged the Washington state Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be updated to address the Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery increased dangers and pollution from fracking and natural gas, would use a lot of power which would be reflected in higher electricity rates, water use and contamination, and is founded on a bad business plan.

    In January 2017 the New Progressive Alliance wrote the Washington state SW Clean Air Agency opposing Air Discharge permit 16-3204 for the Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery. The reasons are increased pollution, it would use a lot of power which would be reflected in higher electricity rates, and it is founded on a bad business plan.  

    Also in January 2017 in Public Comment 113 the New Progressive Alliance urged Cowlitz County to deny local land use permits to Northwest Innovation Works’ Kalama methanol refinery.

  • In January 2017 the New Progressive Alliance wrote the Washington state SW Clean Air Agency opposing Air Discharge permit 16-3204  for the Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery. The reasons are increased pollution, it would use a lot of power which would be reflected in higher electricity rates, and it is founded on a bad business plan.

  • ALEC is a corporate organization designed to enrich the 1% at the expense of the rest of us. In September 2016 we recently joined with many other organizations in urging Enterprise to withdraw from ALEC.

  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has launched a major review of how the Bureau of Land Management manages coal. This is an excellent opportunity to take into account the true costs of coal on our air, our health, our land, and our climate. In August 2016 the New Progressive Alliance encouraged the BLM to stop all coal mining on public land.

  • In July 2016 the New Progressive Alliance recently joined with the Leap Manifesto in urging Canada to retain and expand their postal service and resist privatization drives. The Leap Manifesto is a coalition of Canadians calling for a restructuring of the Canadian economy and an end to the use of fossil fuels. As in the United States, there has been a call for privatization of the Post Office despite that it has been both efficient and profitable for decades.  The New Progressive Alliance’s Unified Platform emphasizes the importance of public investment in infrastructure.
  • In June 2016 The New Progressive Alliance wrote in a Public Comment the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to urge it to stop plans for off shore drilling for the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean. We included plenty of documentation on the damage that has already happened.
  • In June 2016 the dangers of most of our rail infrastructure being over a century old are illustrated by the 47 people who died in the Quebec explosion of 2013. Since then there have been 12 train explosions so far and about 15 derailments a year, including on the newer supposedly safer CPC-1232 rail cars. Most recently, a crude oil train derailed and caught fire in Mosier, Oregon. The New Progressive Alliance recently urged the Washington state Department of Ecology to adopt increased safety rules to deal with this danger.
  • In June 2016 the New Progressive Alliance with several local environmental agencies oppose Millennium Bulk Terminals plan to build the largest coal terminal in North America in Washington state. The “plan” is to mine coal in Montana, ship the coal to Washington state, load it on ships bound for China, and then burn it in China which raises Greenhouse gas pollution for the whole planet. In addition to spreading pollution half way around the world, there is no good business case for either the mining or the export.

  • There were at one time strict limits on campaign contributions. Now there are no requirements to even disclose such contributions. Many corrupt members of congress are trying to pass legislation preventing the SEC from requiring disclosure. In May 2016 the New Progressive Alliance along with 37 other organizations opposed this corrupt legislation.
  • In April 2016 the New Progressive Alliance wrote the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission urging it to retire the Colstrip Coal Generating Station. Retiring Colstrip is the single largest carbon pollution reduction available in the entire Northwest United States.   
  • In April 2016 the New Progressive Alliance urged the Port of Vancouver to terminate the lease between the Port and the Tesoro Savage oil terminal. This would open up the Port to safer and cleaner opportunities than oil-by-rail.
  • In April 2016 the New Progressive Alliance made a Public comment urging the USDA Forest Service USFS to stop Arch Coal from mining Colorado coal. To allow the mining would mean significant widespread pollution, go against the recent Presidential order forbidding coal mining on public lands, and is based on a bad business plan.

  • In April 2016 the New Progressive Alliance urged the Washington state Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be updated to address the following concerns.  The Kalama Natural Gas to Methanol Refinery would use a lot of power which would be reflected in higher electricity rates, increased dangers and pollution from fracking and natural gas, water use and contamination, and is founded on a bad business plan.

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