President Barack Obama is in full media blitz mode, hitting the airwaves and the Internet to rally support for his economic stimulus package. By now you probably read his op-ed in the Washington Post. But did you notice how much ink (or pixels) he devoted to green priorities? Some excerpts:
This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending -- it's a strategy for America's long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, health care and education.
Last week, the House passed an economic recovery bill containing over $100 billion for green projects--thanks to activists like you who took the time to write, call, and visit Congress. That's the largest investment in green projects we've ever seen, and it could create over 2 million jobs that this country needs urgently. But now the action moves to the Senate, where those green projects are in grave danger of being axed from the stimulus bill. Please call your senators today and tell them to keep the economic recovery package green.
Just how involved should scientists be in shaping policy?
This question recently popped up in the blogosphere after the American Meteorological Society (AMS) awarded its highest honor, the Carl Gustaf Rossby Research Medal to James Hansen of NASA's Goddar Institute for Space Studies. Hansen is one of the country's most respected climate scientists, as well as one of the most visible figures pushing for greenhouse gas reductions, so his award was rather controversial.
The following comes to us from Lauren Shuster, a 1Sky organizer in NY. -- Luis
My name is Lauren Schuster and I am the 1Sky organizer and environmental campaign coordinator with the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). NYPIRG is New York State’s largest social justice organization with offices at 21 college campuses across the state. We have a long history of working on environmental issues at the City and State level and we’re very excited to partner with 1Sky and join the fight against global warming on the federal level.
Residents of the Coal River Valley, accompanied by supporters from across Appalachia, took a stand this morning against the impending destruction of their mountain in the name of coal. Five activists with Climate Ground Zero and Mountain Justice chained themselves to an excavator and a bulldozer at the Massey operation near Pettus, West Virginia.
If you plan to be in the Washington D.C. area this Thursday, make sure you drop by the Green Jobs Expo at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (closest subway is the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro station). The green economy is one of the few bright spots in in the global economy today, so this may be a good opportunity for you to look into switching your career to a green field. From the Expo website:
Expo attendees can visit over 85 booths from academic institutions, manufacturers, non-profit agencies, corporations and governmental agencies highlighting interactive and dynamic displays that portray a multitude of career options in the emerging green economy.
Here's a list of all the exhibitors at the Expo (PDF). If you can swing by, keep an eye out for the 1Sky table where volunteers will be handing out literature, collecting names and talking to attendees about the campaign and the climate movement.
In 2007, I was one of 6,000 students who participated in Power Shift, the largest youth climate conference in the history of the world. Thinking back on it now, I'm feeling rather nostalgic because Power Shift undeniably changed my life.
Along with several other organizations, we've sent a letter to Congress to keep the coal and nuclear industries from getting $50 billion in loan guarantees. In the letter, which you can read in whole below, we explain the need to invest the recovery money in clean jobs and clean renewable energy. There are numerous reasons why nuclear and liquid coal loan guarantees do not belong in an economic stimulus bill and in the attached letter we, along with many of our partners and allies, urge Senators to oppose loan guarantees for non-renewable energy.