Archive - 2009

January 21st

Obama's inaugural and new White House website bring good climate news (mostly)

21
Jan
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In his inaugural address, President Obama made clean energy and global warming a priority. He said, "…each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet." He also said, "We will restore science to its rightful place." Nice to hear.

And that's not all: On the White House website… the Energy and Environment section is prominently featured – above the fold.

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January 16th

Van Jones advocates for green jobs on the Hill

16
Jan

It's not every day that a witness during a Congressional hearing gets a round of applause. But 1Sky board member Van Jones earned applause in the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming yesterday. Here is the video of his testimony where he lays out why green jobs and a clean economic stimulus are so vital for our country. Please enjoy and share:

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DC Hill climate update, pre-Inauguration edition--1/16

16
Jan

With Congress gearing up for an exciting couple weeks, we've seen a lot of action on the Hill lately. Our friends and allies are working hard as well, pulling all-nighters drafting stimulus language, creating a unified call for bold action in the press, and pushing our newly-elected leaders to act on their mandate for change. We're all very excited, but as this list demonstrates, there is still much work to be done.

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January 15th

The recovery bill will only work if it goes green

15
Jan
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Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering the economic recovery package. This is a pivotal opportunity to invest in green jobs and clean energy infrastructure, which will give our economy a jump start and invest in the fundamentals of a new clean energy America.

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SoS Clinton would make climate change a top priority

15
Jan
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During her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton sent a strong signal that climate change and energy will be a crucial part of her agenda (h/t to Climate Progress):

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Democratic New York senator vowed to make energy policy a central part of the State Department’s diplomatic mission. She also said the State Department under President-elect Barack Obama will participate in the U.N. negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, aimed at finalizing a new global emissions treaty by the end of the year.

“We will pursue an energy policy that reduces our carbon emissions while reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” Clinton told the panel.
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January 13th

Will a climate denier get the Best Science Blog award?

13
Jan

Awards season is well underway, and the blogosphere is no exception. Voting for the 2008 Weblog Awards has been going on since December of last year; naturally, we're interested in who will receive the Best Science Blog award this year. Over at DeSmog blog, Kevin Grandia has some suggestions on how to cast your vote and why:

There once was a little known website fighting the so-called "global warming alarmism" being spread by that underground cabal of conspirators some of us call "scientists." But the site was no longer little after the Matt Drudge, Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity right wing echo machine got through with it.

Since it's anointment, the Watt's Up With That blog run by former TV weatherman Anthony Watts has become quite the sensation amongst the climate denial blog comment trolls. And now it seems that the site is about to win the award for "Best Science Blog" in this year's Weblog Awards.

Has it seriously come to this? Are there really no blogs out there more worthy than one that spends its days trumpeting the likes of Junk Science as a reason we should ignore the dire warnings of climate scientists at the top science academies in the world?

Kevin recommends voting "strategically" for the excellent Pharyngula, but there are other worthy candidates too, like the NASA scientist-run Real Climate. Make sure to cast your vote by the end of the day today, January 13. I don't think it's too much to ask that the Best Science Blog award go to a blog based on good science, do you?

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January 9th

DC Hill climate update--1/9

9
Jan

With Congress just beginning it's 111th session this Tuesday, not much has happened just yet, but the new political landscape is still unfolding. This is a summary we prepared for our field organizers nationally, but some of you might find it useful as well. I will post these DC Hill updates weekly on Fridays moving forward.

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Dirty coal strikes again--this time in Alabama

9
Jan

On the heels of the Tennessee coal sludge disaster last month, dirty coal has struck again:

TVA is investigating a leak from a gypsum pond at its Widows Creek coal-burning power plant in northeastern Alabama, a spokesman said at about 10:45 a.m. Central Time.

The leak, discovered before 6 a.m. has been stopped, according to John Moulton, with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“Some materials flowed into Widows Creek, although most of the leakage remained in the settling pond,” he said.

How many of these "leaks" will our communities have to endure before Congress finally supports a moratorium on new coal power plants? Over 8,600 people (and counting) have already sent nearly 30,000 letters to Congress asking for such a moratorium. Send your own message today!

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The House must act NOW on cap-and-trade legislation

9
Jan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this week that she has enough votes to pass cap-and-trade legislation aimed at curbing the effects of global warming, but would not commit to holding a vote in 2009. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Pelosi said she has backing in the Democratic-controlled House to move a cap-and-trade bill, but will not force the issue. When Congressman Ed Markey, since identified as the new Chairman of the new Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment in the Energy and Commerce Committee, was approached on timing, he said “to be determined.”

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January 7th

Tennessee Coal Sludge Disaster: Think this could not happen to you? Think again.

7
Jan
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On December 22 (2 weeks ago), over 1 billion gallons of toxic coal sludge came cascading through Eastern Tennessee. The tidal wave of sludge toppled houses and dirtied rivers and streams. This toxic coal ash has been stored in an open 40-acre pond next to the 50-year-old power plant.

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