I just posted online this press release with our reaction to the Waxman-Markey draft climate bill unveiled this morning. Here are some excerpts:
“This is the first bill to come out of Congress that reaches for science-based targets in reducing global warming pollution, and we look forward to working hard with our allies in Congress to strengthen it in the coming months.”
A clean energy title that promotes renewable sources of energy, carbon capture and sequestration technologies, low-carbon fuels, clean electric vehicles, and the smart grid and electricity transmission;
An energy efficiency title that increases energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, including buildings, appliances, transportation, and industry;
A global warming title that places limits on emissions of heat-trapping pollutants; and
A transitioning title that protects U.S. consumers and industry and promotes green jobs during the transition to a clean energy economy.
We had a great retreat here with our co-located organizers who traveled to Takoma Park from all over the country. We spent the day really digging in deep with the organizers on moving our targets, engaging allies, recruiting and engaging Climate Precinct Captaions, lobbying, earning media, coordination within the 1Sky campaign and other organizations, and creating the face to face relationships we need to have for our team in 2009. The organizers went to Capitol Hill yesterday for meetings with their members of Congress.
I'm here at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
in Oxford and just got out of a
private discussion with Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Chair of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He described being
"anguished" that governments had not come to some agreement regarding
threshold concentration levels of carbon in the atmosphere and how to
mitigate further increases.
I'm writing today from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to tell you about the Reform Jewish Movement’s newly launched Greening Reform Judaism web portal. This online project encourages congregants, synagogues and anyone else who might happen upon the site to go green! The Web portal includes educational curricula, tools for an energy audit, best practices from "green synagogues," environmental holiday guides, and resources on Israel and the environment.
Last week we asked you to take 30 seconds and spare one mouse (or trackpad) click to help fund the climate movement--and you came through with flying colors!
Thanks to you, the 1Sky entry in the Green Mountain Coffee/Just Means Changing Climate Change Challenge rocketed from 8th place to third place -- just 66 votes short of second. The vote itself won't determine which entries receive the four $200,000 grants, but your votes will show that 1Sky's role in the climate movement has strong support. The contest now moves on the next stage, so we will keep you posted.
Thanks again to all of you who voted for our and all the other entries, including our good friends at Energy Action Coalition. It's your continued willingness to step up that keeps this movement strong.
As climate legislation in 2009 seems more and more possible (presuming we make it so), the climate bill is coming under increasing fire from the right. Meanwhile, the climate community is getting better and better at linking the economy to a cap on carbon - that's the name of the game with congressional swing votes right now.