Archive - 2009

March 10th

Déjà vu all over again: Another coal ash spill

10
Mar

Here we go again: Pete Altman at NRDC's Switchboard reports yet another coal ash spill--and this one could reach the nation's capital:

The Maryland Department of the Environment just reported that a ruptured pipeline carrying wet coal ash has spilled 4,000 gallons of the toxic-laden stuff into the North Branch of the Potomac River, in Allegheny County, PA.

I don't know how long it'll take for the spill to reach DC proper, but its a hell of a way to send a message about how much we need to regulate the handling of this stuff. All the more reason to thank the Obama Administration for announcing plans to propose federal regulations for coal waste.

Is that what it will take for Congress to finally clamp down on new coal power plants? For the coal sludge to literally reach their doorsteps? I guess it's time for another round of these: Tell Congress to pass a federal moratorium on new coal power plants!

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It's official: Van Jones going to the White House

10
Mar
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They say elections have consequences--and this is one of the best to come from Obama's election yet:

Author and activist Van Jones will be a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation in the Obama administration.

Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a release Monday that Jones will start work next week to help direct the administration's efforts to create jobs and help the environment. Sutley said Jones will work on "vulnerable communities."

Here at 1Sky, we couldn't be happier about Van's move to the White House, especially since he joins what many hail as a "Green Dream Team" of advisers. The president couldn't have chosen a better person to steer his efforts to green the economic recovery. His list of credentials is just too long to list here in full, but to sum up: Van is a member of 1Sky's Board of Directors, founder of an amazing organization called Green for All, a Senior Fellow at the Center of American Progress, author of the New York Times best-seller The Green Collar Economy (which I read and can't recommend enough), and one of the most inspirational public speakers I've ever seen. Check out his keynote speech at Power Shift '09:

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March 6th

Climate news this week: Post-Power Shift edition--3/6

7
Mar

In the aftermath of Power Shift ’09, it’s been a week of some good and some bad news.

Echoing the demands of the 12,000 youth who demanded bold climate legislation last weekend, Todd Stern, the top U.S. negotiator of international climate agreements, urged Congress to pass legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, his support was not as strong as we would have liked.

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Climate change solutions, one cup of joe at a time

7
Mar
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Our friends at Green Mountain Coffee have joined with our other friends at JustMeans.com for the Changing Climate Change Challenge. Green Mountain is making four separate grants, each for $200,000, to support work on reducing climate change--and we need your help to win one of the grants!

Please go to our competition entry page (we're listed as One Sky) in the “Building Political Will” section. Vote for us, and please post a comment. Part of the criteria to get to the final round is getting a lot of votes.

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Climate blogs exposed--Power Shift '09, green stimulus, & so-called "clean coal"--3/6

6
Mar

Power Shift 2009 was a huge success thanks to you! Last week 12,000 youth climate activists from all over the country flooded the Convention Center in Washington, D.C. to meet other activists and lobby for bold climate solutions. Check out some more photos from Grist! Due to snow that blanketed the entire eastern seaboard from Alabama to Maine, Speak of the House Nancy Pelosi's flight was delayed, preventing her from speaking to the Power Shift attendees.

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March 5th

Tell Sen. Menendez to lift hold on Obama science advisers

5
Mar
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The Washington Post reported that the nominations of two of President Obama's top science advisers have stalled in the Senate, posing a challenge to the administration as it seeks to frame new policies on climate change and other environmental issues.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has placed a "hold" that blocks votes on confirming Harvard University physicist John Holdren, who is in line to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, Obama's nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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March 2nd

Watch LIVE video of march and civil disobedience at the Capitol Power Plant

2
Mar

The Capitol Climate Action team is serving up live streaming video of today's march and civil disobedience at the coal-powered Capitol Power Plant:

More goodies from today's action (Twitter feed, Flickr stream, etc.) on Greenpeace's website.

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March 1st

Liveblogging Power Shift '09 day 3: talking town halls

1
Mar
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We just wrapped up a work shop here at Power Shift called "Propel Your Community's Energy with a Town Hall Forum." The workshop, moderated by Focus the Nation's Alex Tinker and featuring FTN's Garrett Brennan, Brian Wagner and our own Adi Nochur, walked participants through the ins and outs of organizing a successful town hall meeting.

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February 28th

Liveblogging Power Shift '09 day 2: a table under siege

28
Feb
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It's relatively quiet now here at t 2nd floor lobby of the DC Convention Center, but 15 mins. ago it was controlled chaos. At tabling central, dozens and dozens of climate activists young and old(er) swarmed tables from all kinds of organizations: We Campaign, Green for All, Sierra--and of course 1Sky.

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Power Shift '09's rockin' opening night

28
Feb
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I'd been led to expect big things from my first night at a Power Shift conference--and I gotta say, it didn't disappoint! Having been to my share of progressive conferences in the past, I can say that this was an entirely different animal. Thanks to the sheer size of the crowd and its energy, the excitement in the air was contagious. (Check out the slide show at the end of this post!)

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