Opponents of clean energy sank pretty low while whipping up opposition to the Waxman-Markey bill -- we just didn't know they'd sunk this low:
Today's big news is reported by the Charlottesville Daily Progress, which reports that opponents of the ACES climate bill hired a DC lobby firm to manufacture grassroots opposition to the bill, using tactics that include writing fake letters ostensibly from real organizations, as the board member of one such organization said:
"They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to our congressman without our authorization."
The firm in question is Bonner and Associates, a long-time presence in DC known for its capacity to manufacture constitutencies for its clients.
Undeniably, all of us must do more to meet it. But China and America—the world’s largest emitter today and history’s largest cumulative emitter—have a special responsibility. 192 nations will gather this December in Copenhagen to hammer out a new global climate treaty. Two will set the tone and define what is possible. The crucial question is: can America and China forge a partnership capable of acting boldly enough to prevent a climate catastrophe? Science tells us, the answer had better be “yes.”
Energy efficiency has long been touted as the core climate and energy solution. It has been called limitless, astoundingly cheap, and the answer to all of our climate woes -- and according to McKinsey’s most recent report, it is even more limitless, cheap and redeeming than we previously could have imagined.
With two more weeks left in this session, members of Congress are beginning to posture with respect to climate in preparation for a busy fall. The delay in healthcare will likely influence progress of the climate bill, and the opposition is ramping up their efforts on both agenda items. To win this fall, we need a sustained effort in August to ensure that Senators come back in September determined to work for the strongest possible climate bill. To kick things off, 1Sky is starting the recess with clean energy beach parties nationwide outside congressional offices on August 10th.
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Would your utility company ask you to take a specific position on a bill? Apparently they do in Colorado. Customers of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA), a member-owned electric distribution cooperative, are receiving an odd request -- to lobby their senators!
With the August congressional recess coming up and health care reform dominating the headlines, it may seem like climate and energy are off the national radar. In fact, there's plenty going on, both in and out of Capitol Hill.
I just had an amazing weekend working with 1Sky as a Climate Precinct Captain (CPC). With other CPCs from Maryland, I took to the streets to send a message to our Senator, Ben Cardin, an Environment and Public Works Committee member. We urged him to become a champion for a strong clean energy bill. After attending the 1Sky Leadership Summit, we learned from Cardin’s office that the Senator is receiving twice as many letters from the opposition as they are from us, so we decided to hit the streets and amass letters of our own.