Archive - Oct 2009

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October 30th

Blog & news round-up 10/30: The flat-earth senator, science smackdown on "global cooling", and more

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This week's big news was the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearings on the new Senate climate bill, S. 1733 (PDF). Ben Wessel of our policy team wrote a great post on the top five moments of the first day. This week's climate news continues from there with Senator Inhofe as the lone flat-earther and reflections on the great indirect benefits of the bill. Also this week, the AP came out with a rigorous study disproving the "global cooling" fallacy, California is allowing solar users to get paid for their power, and the 350.org crew put out an amazing video wrapping up the international actions from October 24.

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October 29th

Cutting carbon makes sense for your profit (and the planet)

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Guest blog by Victoria Bembibre, New Media / Communications Coordinator at Global Observatory.

Dealing with climate change is not just an environmental matter, but also an economical issue. In order to stop or reduce global warming we need to think – governments and businesses must – about investment in development of new technologies and renewable energies, international trade and competitiveness, jobs, growth, new industries, etc. And in times of world economic crisis and key climate change challenges, both these issues need to be addressed at a global level.

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October 28th

Time to stop talking and start acting

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I know that many of us are mainly focused on climate action (almost to the point of obsession). But you would have to be living under a rock to avoid realizing that right now a large number of citizens, media, and politicians are entirely focused on health care reform. Personally, I think that is an important issue; in fact I worked on it back in 1992 and early 1993. But right now the climate movement has a lesson to learn from the recent developments on health care reform.

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Reps. Filner and Kucinich run with the 350 baton and urge Obama to action

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Last Saturday was a fantastic day for climate change awareness, but it wasn't the end of the race for the 350 parts per million CO2 goal – it was just the starting pistol. As we hoped, some members of Congress agree and have joined the race with us.

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October 27th

Climate Bill Hearing Day One: Top 5 EPW Champs

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Post written by Ben Wessel of the 1Sky Policy Team

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held their first hearings on the Kerry-Boxer climate bill this morning and it was a doozy! The Senate is proud of its reputation of being the world's greatest deliberative body and this morning's hearings were no exception to the rule. Two of the most important provisions in the Kerry-Boxer bill -- the 2020 pollution reduction targets and the EPA's ability to regulate dirty coal -- were called into question numerous times.

Luckily, climate advocates have a bunch of champs on the EPW committee who stood up for what they believed in and wouldn't be bullied by the obstructionist tactics or oppositional name-calling of clean energy opponents. Here's a Top 5 list of the most strong, hard-hitting, and all-around awesome moments from this morning's hearing:

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Recapping D.C.’s International Day of Climate Action Event

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With chants like “Rain or shine, all the time, we got 350 on our minds!” and “What do we want? 350! When do we want it? NOW!” most likely anyone near 16th Street NW on Saturday heard the cries of hundreds of climate activists marching south toward the White House. The torrential rain was only a petty distraction for most marchers, soggy shoes being a small price to pay for the chance to help show President Obama and the rest of the world the importance of saving the planet from catastrophic climate change.

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October 26th

Bike rides and rallies for 350 in Boulder, CO

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Why is that dog smiling? He's smiling because of the thousands of actions that took place across the world this past Saturday as part of the International Day of Climate Action. These events were coordinated by 1Sky ally 350.org, but organized on the ground by 350 as well as other groups and thousands of individuals taking a stand in creative ways.

1Sky supporters were there for many of these actions, and we're happy to keep seeing them send in stories and images from Saturday's events. One such event happened in Boulder, Colorado.

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October 23rd

Another busy week at 1Sky

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We've seen a lot of momentum on climate here at the 1Sky campaign in the last week. I realize that the whole world was watching the Senate’s movement on healthcare (and the insane media coverage of balloon boy/gate in Colorado). But while all of that was happening in the limelight, we were seeing real movement on the clean energy and jobs front.

In the last few weeks, 1Sky has leveraged this momentum to support a strong clean energy jobs bill in the following ways:

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Blog & news round-up 10/23: Obama at MIT, fact checking SuperFreakonomics, the Yes Men stick it to the Chamber, and more

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With the 350 International Day of Climate Action coming up tomorrow, it's appropriate that there were a number of highly visible climate related events this week. Bloggers had a field day rebutting climate change-denying authors of the new "SuperFreakonomics" book, and the Yes Men got lots of attention for taking on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The week ended with a big speech by President Obama at MIT today looking forward to the United States' clean energy future. All that, and SurvivaBalls.

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October 22nd

VIDEO: Maybe you didn't know...

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1Sky supporter Leah Lamb over at Current recently featured 1Sky's Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell in a video blog discussing some repercussions of climate change you may not be aware of. Reposted with permission from Current.com:

Join in on the 350 International Day of Action this Saturday, October 24 to help make the kind of change Gillian talked about. Click here to find actions near you.

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