Defining Renewable Energy: How Polluters and Wall Street Are Trying to Hijack the Renewable Energy Movement
Renewable energy is gaining momentum and popularity. Unfortunately, factory farms, loggers and landfills are lining up to profit by trying to convince the public and policy makers that their waste is clean renewable energy. At the same time, tradable renewable energy credits are undermining efforts to create truly clean renewable energy.
Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
Tim Whitehouse has more than 20 years of experience working on a wide range of environmental issues with governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups. He has worked as an environmental consultant for companies on international trade and environmental issues, and helped start a local nonprofit organization focusing on clean energy issues. Previously, he was head of the Law and Policy Program at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada and a senior attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He is interested in the interface of policy and science and in strengthening transparency in government.
|Rita Leadem, Assistant Director, NC WARN
Rita Leadem is the assistant director of NC WARN, a climate justice nonprofit in North Carolina that watchdogs Duke Energy and promotes clean energy solutions. Rita completed her masters of regional planning at UNC-Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in environmental science from UNC-Asheville. She has been working with NC WARN for the past eight years to help North Carolina adopt a clean energy economy in order to slow climate change, create healthier communities and support green jobs.
|Mitch Jones, Senior Policy Advocate, Food & Water Watch
Mitch Jones is a Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch. He represents the organization in Congress and in Maryland on a range of issues including fracking, water infrastructure and agricultural policy. He was previously the director of the Common Resources program and the Fish program at Food & Water Watch. Mitch also worked as the Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst for Food & Water Watch’s Water program. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, he worked at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, focusing on issues related to food safety and renewable fuel policy. He has appeared on CNBC, Al Jazeera English and various radio stations across America. He has been quoted in the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun and other publications. He holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A.L.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.
|Frida Kieninger, Campaign Officer, Food & Water Europe
Frida Kieninger is a Brussels-based Food & Water Europe campaign officer promoting a ban on fracking and a phase out of fossil gas in Europe. Working with local European groups and US-based researchers, she raises awareness of the countless risks of hydraulic fracturing. After completing her master’s thesis on intensive agriculture in southern Spain, Frida became involved with issues concerning the European food system as well as the transition to a sustainable energy system, community energy and questions of climate justice. She has dealt with various food and energy issues in the context of EU institutions and Brussels NGOs.