Archive - Mar 2009

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Our reaction to the Waxman-Markey draft climate bill

31
Mar

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.”
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Reps. Waxman & Markey release draft of climate bill

31
Mar

Reps. Henry Waxman Ed Markey just released their long-awaited climate bill draft (PDF). The Committee's press release outlines the bill's four titles:

  • 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.

You can find the draft bill at the House Energy and Commerce Committee website (including a summary -- PDF) where the Committee has also published a schedule for consideration of the bill.

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March 30th

Why we need strong 2020 emissions targets

30
Mar

Earlier this month, we called on you to ask President Obama to strengthen his 2020 carbon emissions reduction targets. Then we invited you to meet with your members of Congress and ask them to support a strong climate bill--including strong 2020 targets--this year. But why is it so important that we pass a bill with strong short-term targets?

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DC Hill climate update, Markey-Waxman preview edition--3/30

30
Mar

This week we're expecting a the first piece of legislation this Congress introduces in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and it’s a very important one.

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March 27th

A slam poetry call for bold climate action

27
Mar

What a day we had on Wednesday!

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.

To give you an idea of wha the retreat was like, here's a clip from Adi's 1Sky slam poetry call for bold climate action. This is a must watch! I've also included the text of Adi's poem--enjoy!

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March 26th

A chat with Dr. Pachauri at the Skoll World Forum

26
Mar
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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.

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March 25th

Reform Judaism goes green

25
Mar
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The following is a guest blog from Rachel Cohen, Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. -- Luis

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.

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March 24th

BREAKING: EPA halts over 100 new mountaintop removal mines

24
Mar
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Terrific breaking news on the mountaintop removal front!

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting on hold hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits until it can evaluate the projects' impacts on streams and wetlands.

The decision was announced Tuesday by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. It targets a controversial practice by coal mining companies that dump waste from mountaintop mining into streams and wetlands.

It could delay 150-250 permits being sought by companies wanting to begin blasting mountaintops to access coal.
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Update on Green Mountain Coffee climate grants contest

24
Mar
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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.

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DC Hill climate update: the climate bill--3/24

24
Mar

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.

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