Archive - Apr 2009

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April 30th

Lisa Jackson Is Leading Where We Want to Go: To a Clean Energy Future

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I love Lisa Jackson. Yes, I love the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) administrator. It's not just that she came to PowerShift`09 and rallied the crowd like a rock star, or that she was real with me back stage about what needs to be done. It's also that she has every intention of doing what the law requires her to do to protect the environment and our public health, and that she is ratcheting up the pressure on Congress to pass the clean energy legislation the President has requested this year. That's a considerable change of pace from last year's EPA and the White House that hobbled them.

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A call to Congress really counts

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Apr
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Most of us have probably never called our congressional representative's office before. We’ve attended rallies or sent e-mail, but a phone call is different. It’s difficult to know what to say, when to call, and to find the time to do it. But making a call for a timely, critical issue is the best way to make your voice heard.

Now is the time to make that call.

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April 29th

We'll be watching...

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Apr
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Tonight, President Obama is expected to go to bat for his key priorities including energy, health care, and education in a national primetime press conference. We need him now more than ever to enlist every state in this country in the challenge to rebuild a clean, green economy.

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April 28th

60 Minutes and the “Coal” Story

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Apr

Yesterday's blogs teemed with reactions to Sunday’s 60 Minutes segment, “Powered by Coal.” The segment profiled Duke Energy, the third-largest energy utility in the Unites States (and emitter of more than 100 million tons of CO2 every year). CEO Jim Rogers discusses his company’s transition to “decarbonize” his business by 2050.

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April 27th

Green jobs: The jobs of the future

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Apr
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An economy that runs on clean energy needs green jobs. There have been questions about the most basic terms: what are "green jobs" and how will they affect low-income families, blue-collar workers, or the private sector.

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April 25th

Climate Blogs Exposed--Pollution (de)Regulation, Climate Bill, & Earth Day

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Apr

The latest breaking news around the Markey-Waxman Climate Bill reveals Democrats may be working to ease the emissions rules and essentially give allowances to the polluters. If you don't want to pay for pollution and end the giveaways for polluters, call Congress today for free thanks to 1Sky! Juliet Eilperin from the Washington Post writes:

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April 24th

NYT must-read on how big polluters "Madoffed" the American people

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Apr

When former VP Al Gore said at the hearing today that big polluters perpetrated a bigger fraud on the American people than Bernie Madoff, this is what he was talking about:

For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming.

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But a document filed in a federal lawsuit demonstrates that even as the coalition worked to sway opinion, its own scientific and technical experts were advising that the science backing the role of greenhouse gases in global warming could not be refuted.

Keep this story in mind next time you see another ad on how ExxonMobil is going "green." More on the Times story at Climate Progress.

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Al Gore's testimony at today's Waxman-Markey bill hearing

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Apr
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Former VP and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore testified before Congress about an hour ago on the American Clean Energy and Security Act. I've reposted the whole thing below for your reading pleasure, but here's a key passage:

By Repowering America with a transition to a clean energy economy and ending our dangerous over-reliance on carbon-based fuels, which is the common thread running through all three of these crises, this bill will simultaneously address the climate crisis, the economic crisis, and the national security threats that stem from our dependence on foreign oil.
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Newt Gingrich to shill for big polluters at today's Waxman-Markey hearing

24
Apr

Today, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will testify in the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee with his take on what government should do about America’s energy future. Former Vice President and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore, will testify first, along with former Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia -- Newt is a mere side-show.

I must note it is the two distinguished statesmen (Gore and Warner) who support the Waxman/Markey bill draft to usher America in to a clean energy future, while Gingrich will suggest the usual higher profits for oil companies approach to energy. It might be entertaining to watch Gingrich back-pedal from this ad he made for the "We Can Solve It" campaign sponsored by Gore's group, the Alliance for Climate Protection:

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April 23rd

Mayor of Braddock, Pa. to Congress: Be Bold!

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Apr

This is a must-watch! At yesterday's hearing Mayor John Fetterman of Braddock, Pennsylvania, asked Congress on behalf of blue-collar workers across the country to be bold in capping pollution and investing in a clean energy economy:

Here's the last portion of his testimony, where he asks Congress to 'be bold':

So I respectfully ask this Congress to be bold. To overhaul our economy and free us from our addition to imported oil. I ask you to ignore the scare tactics of the well funded interests – and answer the call of Braddock to build a new energy future, and a New American Century, with the ready hands of America’s workers.

And I've pasted the entire thing from the Subcommittee's PDF after the jump:

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