Archive - Jun 2009

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June 24th

Guest Blog: A town hall in South Carolina

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From guest blogger Jan Hammett, a Climate Precinct Captain in South Carolina.

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On Monday, June 22, 2009 Representative Bob Inglis held a town hall Meeting at the Spartanburg Main Library. As a Climate Precinct Captain with 1Sky, and in light of the fact that this week the House would most likely be voting on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, I phoned several people and asked them to attend. It was good to see Amy Coker Pascoe and Jonathan Blanton show up in support of the Waxman-Markey bill.

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Clean energy bill vote in the House this week

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According to what we are hearing from Hill sources and confirmed in several newspaper stories -- including this one from Roll Call -- we expect that there is likely to be a vote on the clean energy bill this week.

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June 23rd

Guest Blog: The economics support ambitious climate policy

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From guest blogger Kristen Sheeran, director of Economics for Equity and the Environment Network (E3), a nationwide network of more than 150 economists, developing new arguments for environmental protection with a social justice focus.

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June 22nd

A summer of service kicks off today--join us!

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Jun

1Sky is taking part in United We Serve, a national effort launched by President Obama to engage more Americans in serving their communities this summer. We're encouraging our climate precinct captains to volunteer and recruit volunteers for energy efficiency projects. United We Serve kicks off today and runs through September 11th, which will be marked for the first time as a national day of service and remembrance. The initiative focuses on four key areas: education, health, energy and the environment; and community renewal. 1Sky’s participation (along with Grist) is part of the energy and environment initiative.

Check out this video from First Lady Michelle Obama about United We Serve (transcript at the end of this post):

To sign up for an event, just go to 1Sky's Summer of Service signup page.

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June 19th

DC Hill update: ACES floor vote next week?

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Jun

As leadership integrates input from committee chairs, vote counts mount, but we still do not have certainty that there will definitely be a House floor vote on the Waxman-Markey bill next week. We'll know one way or another early next week. In the meantime, we're continuing to build momentum for a stronger bill with 1Sky rallies taking place at Congressional offices around the country taking place today; more than 900 people nationwide signed up and we have phone banked and confirmed at least 154 actions in 83 Congressional districts, 33 of which are swing districts.

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Blog & news round-up June 19th: Climate report, energy week, and light rails

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This week all eyes have been focused on the upcoming House vote on the clean energy and climate bill and, as is to be expected, there were a sizeable number of news-worthy happenings.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released a new report, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States," which

focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. It’s also a report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.
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June 18th

Senate committee passes disappointing energy bill--here's how to make it stronger

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A disappointing version of the energy bill was voted out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday. We opposed this version of the American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 in its present form. Working with 13 of our close allies, we sent a letter (PDF) opposing the bill, but it passed anyway (full text of the letter available at the bottom of this post).

It’s not all bad: We support the bill’s appliance efficiency and building code provisions, but we will work to convince Senators to strengthen the bill in several important areas:

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June 16th

New climate report underscores need for strong emissions reductions

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released a new report today on the impact of global climate change. The report's release coincides with the potential vote next week on the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) bill.

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DC Hill update: the looming ACES vote

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Jun

This is only the second week Congress is back in session, and already we're seeing swift movement toward the House floor vote for ACES. House leadership has encouraged other committees to move the climate bill at breakneck pace, in hopes of getting a vote before the July 4th recess in two weeks. Meanwhile, a number of progressive and almost all environmental groups have been working to strengthen the bill in a few key areas, a strategy which is not entirely conducive to passing a bill as soon as possible.

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June 12th

Blog & News Round-Up: advocacy, ACES, green jobs, ACES, and Burger King

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Jun

This has definitely been one busy week! With the House vote quickly approaching (hopefully) everything and everyone is focused on the bill. Unless, of course, you have been without internet, newspapers, or the like, in which case you are in luck, as this post is chock-full of ACES (that’s the American Clean Energy and Security Act) information. In fact, check out this guide to everything ACES. If you are up-to-date with the ACES happenings, there has been a lot going on this week, so, you’ll still find this informative.

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