Happy New Year, climate readers! If you haven't noticed already, the Skywriter is publishing on a lighter schedule and will return to its normal rotation after the New Year.
On behalf of the 1Sky internet team and all the 1Sky staff members who contribute to the Skywriter, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for visiting the blog, commenting and acting with the climate in mind.
The climate blogs were filled this week with reports on the widespread damage in Tennessee when a dike broke releasing a catastrophic surge of coal ash into the surrounding waterways. Although this news failed to steal most of the mainstream media headlines, it's actually turning out to be a bigger mess than the authorities initially predicted. Dave Roberts from Grist notes:
Greenpeace wants a criminal investigation in to coal ash spill
Yesterday, the people of Tennessee got a real-life reminder that coal is a dirty fuel. More than 500 million gallons of coal ash sludge spilled into the Emory River yesterday. The spill followed the breach of a dike at a coal-fired power plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and covered as many as 400 acres of land with potentially toxic ash as high as six feet deep.
This is a guest post by Juan Reynosa, a 1Sky Organizer in New Mexico, who was just featured in The Nation--check out the article here! Below is a short post by Juan introducing himself and his work.--Andrew
It’s been a tumultuous year. From witnessing ongoing war to fighting climate change to the nation’s economic decline, we’ve all had to endure many struggles this year. Yet despite all of these ongoing battles it’s good to try and maintain a positive frame of mind. That’s definitely the mind state I’ve tried to keep throughout the year, because I know that many people like me are working to make a change in our world.
According to today's Washington Post, 75 percent of Americans said that President-elect Obama should implement policies to reduce global warming -- including half of Republicans.
It's not just that the public wants to see serious changes, they actually are optimistic about those changes occurring: More than two-thirds of Americans polled by the Washington Post and ABC News think that President-elect Obama, once in office, will be able to implement policies to reduce global warming.