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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)