York v. EPA
month we thought we could take a look at a recent court decision
addressing the Clean Air Act, which also serves to demonstrate
the checks and balances of our federal government. On March
17, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit handed down a decision in New
York v. EPA, No. 03-1380 (.pdf file), overturning
Environmental Protection Agency rulemaking that
weakened Clean Air Act protections. The 2003 rulemaking represented
one of the most recent chapters in the ongoing fight over
the Clean Air Act's New Source Review (NSR) program. Environmental
groups, local government entities and fourteen states challenged
the rulemaking, known as the Equipment Replacement Provision.
is New Source Review ("NSR")?
is a permitting process that requires stringent pollution
controls on new or modified sources of air pollution. For
existing sources of air pollution, the NSR program represents
a compromise between environmental interest in clean air and
public health and economic interest in continuing capital
improvements. It allows continued operation of older facilities
without updated controls until such time as the facility is
111 of the Clean Air Act defines "modification"
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Rockin' Summer Around the Bend
the weather gets warmer, Rock the Earth is gearing up for
another summer of music and outreach across this beautiful
country! From the High Sierras of California to the Mountaintops
of West Virginia and North Carolina, RtE is hitting the festival
circuit and joining some of your favorite artists during their
summer tours. Come out and say hello to our summer outreach
staff, lend a hand for a few hours at an event or support
our work defending the Colorado River by becoming a member
this summer! Your donations help us spread the word and organize
musicians and music fans on important environmental issues.
Look for us at the following festivals, as well as on the
Matthews Band, Bonnie
Planet and Guster/Ray
LaMontagne tours later this summer!
26 - 28
it off Memorial Day weekend at Summer
Camp in Chillicothe, IL
2 - 4
at Gorges Music Park in Lake Toxaway, NC, and we have
discounted tickets for RtE Members only! Only $75 - a
savings of up to $30!
2 - 4
Jam at Hunter Mountain, NY
9 - 11
& Harmony Fest, Sonoma County Fairgrounds,
Santa Rosa, CA
16 - 18
in Manchester, TN. More information below!
30 - July 2
summer in the Sierras at High
Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA
15 - 16
returns to the All
Good Music Festival at Marvin's Mountaintop
in Masontown, WV. RtE Members can purchase tickets for
July 19 - 22
advantage of Members-only and Volunteer discounts at 10,000
Lakes Music Festival at Soo Pass
Ranch, Detroit Lakes, MN. RtE Members receive a $20 discount,
volunteers can receive a $40 discount!
an eye on our website for more dates to come!
us at Membership@RockTheEarth.org
to learn more about discounted festival tickets and other
great membership benefits like 20% off SCIGear and Bamboosa
products, 10% off Eco-express gift baskets and Members-only
sale items for this month!
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by Dave Vann
Roo is the village within Centeroo dedicated to preserving
the environment as well as promoting sustainable and healthy
living. Nonprofit organizations, eco-friendly vendors, and
performers on the Solar Stage gather to interact and educate
the public about what we can all do to protect the health
of the planet.
of that mission, Bonnaroo, in conjunction with Rock the Earth
will be holding a series of panel discussions and artist environmental
question and answer sessions live on the Solar Stage each
day. Moderated by Rock the Earth Executive Director, Marc
Ross, the theme of the panel discussions will be "Social
Change Through Music," and will explore the synergies
between the artists that create music and its interconnectedness
to the environment and the world around us.
confirmed panelists include Al Schnier (moe.), Victor
Wooten and Futureman (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones),
John Medeski (MMW), Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits),
Zac Matthews (Hot Buttered Rum), Anna Borofsky (Clean
Vibes), Liz Berlin (Rusted Root) and a special, one-hour,
a one-on- one interview with the legendary Bonnie Raitt!
More artists to be announced soon!
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month's members-only sale includes photography from Tobin
Poppenberg, a professional music photographer
who truly captures the beauty of the moment in his images.
RtE has a limited supply of Tobin's photograph of Michael
Franti from the Eureka Municipal Auditorium in Eureka,
California on March 31st, 2004. Each photograph is signed
by both Tobin and Michael Franti and numbered out of a series
of 10. These rare and limited photographs are available on
a first come basis to our members for only $75.
available for members this month are copies of ALO's
new CD Fly Between Falls signed by the band for
only $17! Their new release is described as "laid-back
and funky" and "a soulful arrangement of quirky-yet-thoughtful
songs." It also features special guest Jack Johnson on
the international love anthem "Girl, I Wanna Lay You
us at Membership@RockTheEarth.org
to order today!
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Earth Day celebrations now lasting for a full week in different
parts of the country, Rock the Earth expanded our outreach
efforts during this national holiday. We kicked off our Earth
Week activities on April 15, in Boulder Colorado, by participating
in Dirt Days for the second year. Dirt
Days is an Earth Day celebration sponsored
by the Boulder
Adventure Film Festival, and brought together other
nonprofits and green businesses to help educate the public
about new environmental technologies and the missions of the
nonprofits who participated. On April 20, we participated
in the University of Denver's Earth Day celebration
with a movie and talk by the producers of Mama
Earth, a funny, inspiring and thought provoking
film about how we as individuals can help protect the planet.
of our Earth Week activities was the Green
Apple Music Festival in New York City. In conjunction
Day New York, Rock the Earth Staff and volunteers
spent two days outside of Grand Central Station, educating
attendees about the organization, our current projects and
signing up members. Over the course of the two days, 20 folks
signed up for membership including musical artist extraordinaire,
Bela Fleck! To get a taste of the Green Apple Music Festival,
out this short video. Meanwhile, that same
weekend, a team of RtE Staffers and volunteers worked at the
annual Earth Day Festival in Fort Collins, CO. As one
would expect, as our Earth Week activities reached a new all-time
high, our success at these events matched it. As our corps
of volunteers continues to grow, we will look for new opportunities
to participate in Earth Week activities in greater numbers
and in more places next year.
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do YOU Rock the Earth?
Rock the Earth's engaged members, we wouldn't be able to have
nearly the impact that we do. Rock the Earth members consistently
send project ideas, help table at events, and have recently
helped us choose our inaugural Planet Defender Award winners.
asking our members to step up once again. One of the features
in each month's newsletter is a Rockin' the Earth photo,
with members and friends in unique natural or concert settings.
The next time you head out to one of these special places,
bring along your Rock the Earth gear and a camera.
a photo of you, your friends, or your favorite musicians wearing
a RtE shirt, along with a description of where and when the
picture was taken. Winners will receive a FREE RtE tote
bag to sport around town and we'll feature you in an upcoming
newsletter! Send your photos to Membership@RockTheEarth.org
by June 30th and show us how you Rock the Earth!
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Jon Gelbard Rocks the Earth: Interview
Jonathan Gelbard sits on the Rock
the Earth Advisory Board. For over a decade, Jon
has worked to gain insights into how different interest groups
approach environmental issues from different perspectives.
He has worked with The Nature Conservancy's New Mexico Natural
Heritage Program and ranchers in the grasslands, shrublands,
and woodlands of southern New Mexico and Arizona, with agencies
and environmental groups in Colorado's Rocky Mountains, with
academics, ranchers and agencies in California's grasslands,
and with consulting firms and environmental groups in the
forests and deserts of Oregon. He is an expert in the science
and management of biological invasions, as well as in the
ecological effects of roads and livestock grazing on natural
systems. He is keenly interested in helping to improve the
translation of sound environmental science into appropriate
management and policy decisions, in particular by improving
communication of the importance of maintaining a healthy environment
to decision makers, businesses, and the public. Jon is also
the Founder and Executive Director of Conservation
Value, whose mission is to improve public awareness
of and access to practical information about steps that people,
families, businesses, tribes and government officials can
take to benefit our environment that will also improve our
finances, health, and quality of life. Through Ursos, Dr.
Gelbard offers private consulting in conservation biology
and management, invasive species management, policy guidance,
communicating conservation, and event planning.
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most
critical at this time?
to go out on a limb here and say the lack of awareness among
decisionmakers and the (voting) public about how we can benefit
not only the environment, but also the economy, public health,
national security, and our overall quality of life by solving
our environmental problems. That environmental issues aren't
just about saving some distant wild place that they're never
going to see. That it's also about protecting the safety of
the air we breathe and the water we drink, the health of ecosystems
that bring people everything from critical natural services
like water filtration by intact forests and protection of
homes and businesses from hurricanes by intact wetlands, to
natural resources (food, medicines, lumber, etc.), to spiritual
has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your
As a conservation
biologist, it's frustrating to know about all the opportunities
available NOW to simultaneously improve our environment, economy
and quality of life, while so little of the general public
seems to be aware of them. Unfortunately, most people and,
especially, decisionmakers, still fall for the misperception
that protecting the environment will always harm the economy.
Or they want environmentally friendly products and information
about sustainable living and business practices, but don't
know where to find them.
that having lots of friends in the music industry is truly
a gift that affords tremendous opportunities to get this type
of information about and access to practical environmental
solutions out to the masses. People look up to and emulate
their musical heroes.
is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?
trail that runs deep into the heart of the Klamath/Siskiyou
bioregion, through pristine old growth forest, along one of
the few California creeks still flush with wild salmon. It
is a magical place buzzing with the energy, biological diversity,
and healing powers of true wilderness.
the Bay Area, I maintain a rotation of about 15 trails for
weekend hikes, which are critical for emptying my cup of the
muck of the civilized world so that I can refill it with fresh
ideas and inspiration. One of my favorites is the Cataract
Falls trail up in Marin.
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the Earth on PGA Tour: Photo
Jeffrey Ross of PGA Tour Sunday on the USA Network, winner
for Best Editing at the 27th Annual Sports EMMY Awards.
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