Archive - May 2009

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Climate blogs and news roundup: EPA Hearing and Green Jobs

31
May

Last week, the EPA rally in Seattle made the news all over the Northwest and across the nation: Relive it here.

Do you ever wonder what the opposition is doing to keep things the way they are? So polluters keep polluting while the oil industry makes record profits? This Roll Call story fills you in on the campaign to stop the clean energy bill.

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May 29th

Last day of our awesome 1Sky internship

29
May
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By 1Sky interns Florencia Foxley and Emma Fernandez, soon-to-be graduates of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Thanks for your hard work! -- Luis

Today is our last day as interns at 1Sky. Over the past four weeks, we’ve had a lot of fun and learned a lot about running a grassroots environmental campaign. Among other things, we prepared spreadsheets, sat in on staff meetings, and called people across the country.

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Climate refugees: the view from the Carteret Islands

29
May
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I keep wracking my brains with getting members of Congress -- and really, how to get all Americans -- active on helping to pollute less and diminish the climate crisis. Before I came to 1Sky, I was like most people in what I call the "mushy middle." I knew about the climate crisis, and yet, I was not motivated to act beyond changing my own behavior. Now I can’t understand why there are not riots in the streets demanding that we limit carbon emissions.

I have an idea: if we could bring some people from the islands that are likely to be under water first (like the Maldives) and get them to lobby Congress, then maybe Congress will understand? Something about meeting victims tends to move people in a way that statistics and graphs and pictures of icebergs melting do not.

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May 28th

Register for the first 1Sky Regional Leadership Summit

28
May
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By 1Sky interns Florencia Foxley and Emma Fernandez, soon-to-be graduates of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

We're really excited here at 1Sky for our first ever Regional Leadership Summit! We have been planning it for weeks: organizing meals, finding places to stay, and best of all, putting together an amazing training agenda. It's going to be a great opportunity for climate leaders to get to know each other and improve their activism skills.

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ExxonMobilsaurus Carnifex doubles down on oil

28
May
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Fossil fuel dinosaur ExxonMobil decided yesterday to boldly look back to the 19th century and double-down on the energy source we love to hate: oil:

Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest refiner, said the transition away from oil-derived fuels is probably 100 years away.

Petroleum-based fuels including gasoline and diesel, as well as hydrocarbons such as coal and natural gas, will remain the dominant sources of energy for factories, offices, homes and cars for decades because there are no viable alternatives, Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson told reporters today after Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholders meeting in Dallas.

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Go Sisters!

28
May

A group of religious Chevron investors asked the giant oil company to track its products’ carbon contents and Chevron agreed to do it. Go sisters. According to a story today in Greenbiz from oil country in Dallas, Texas:

The Sisters of St. Dominic commended Chevron for being the largest company to voluntarily track product carbon content, and pointed out another oil giant -- ExxonMobil -- is still resisting similar proposals.

“As shareholders, we appreciate the difficulties that Chevron management faces in the long-term in confronting the task to reduce GHG emissions,” Sister Patricia Daly, executive director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment and a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), said in a statement. “The recent advancements Chevron has made in reducing its carbon footprint and preparing the company for viability in a low-carbon business environment cannot be ignored.”

Shareholder pressure is making a difference: More than 60 climate change resolutions were filed with nearly 60 U.S. companies and one Canadian company as part of the 2009 proxy season, according to the nonprofit group and 1Sky partner Ceres.

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May 27th

Green jobs are a win-win for all

27
May
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By 1Sky interns Florencia Foxley and Emma Fernandez, soon-to-be graduates of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran an article about the Obama administration’s new plan to fund and train workers in clean energy jobs. Part of the $4 billion budgeted to renovate public housing will be set aside to create jobs that make the houses more energy efficient. The project highlights the administration’s dedication to making our economy green.

This plan is a perfect example of how going green is win-win. It will not only make public housing more energy efficient, but also lower energy costs for the residents and provide jobs to out-of-work Americans that cannot be easily outsourced.

Greening public housing is one important step toward creating millions of new jobs, breaking our dependency on foreign oil, and pulling ahead in the world-wide race to develop a green economy. Did you know that China’s government is investing $12.6 million every hour towards a green economy? This new program shows that the Obama administration has chosen a clean energy plan instead of sticking with the Bush-Cheney policies that led to $4 gas and a continued dependence on foreign oil. Obama knows that a green economy is the only thing that can "help pull the U.S. out of its worst downturn since the Depression."

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2,000 rally at an EPA hearing--no, really!

27
May
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EPA hearings are usually sleepy and sparsely-attended affairs, but the May 21st hearing on the greenhouse gases endangerment finding was anything but sleepy. An estimated 2,000 people rallied outside the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, WA, urging the Obama Administration to take action on reducing global warming pollution.

That's two-thousand people. For an EPA hearing. Wow.

1Sky’s close partner and ally, Climate Solutions, played a key role in organizing the rally. They helped bring students, the faith community, environmental leaders, politicians and others to make noise on the issue. They called for a clean energy economy and the need to regulate global warming pollution. Congratulations to 1Sky Northwest for an amazing turn-out and powerful message!

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May 22nd

Climate blogs and news roundup: Waxman-Markey markup edition

22
May

There is just too much good material to get it all in this week, so let's dive in!

Brad Thompson at Think Progress had some fun with some video of Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, before and after the climate bill markup:

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We got her, babe: Bono-Mack votes 'yea' on ACES

22
May
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By 1Sky interns Florencia Foxley and Emma Fernandez, soon-to-be graduates of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C.

Thank you to Representative Mary Bono Mack! Bono Mack (R), representing California's 45th District, was the only Republican to vote for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee last night (four Democrats voted against the bill). Her vote was a big step towards a clean energy future and bipartisan cooperation. Plus it is a big win for her beautiful district, which has plenty of sun to help power America with clean renewable energy.

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