Archive - Nov 2010

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November 30th

Policy Update 11/30/10: Back to work and looking toward Cancun (PICS)

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Today Congress returned from a brief Thanksgiving recess for the final three weeks of session. Time is short, so they are expected to take up only a handful of measures: an appropriations package to keep the government running, Bush tax cuts and a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia. Though energy legislation remains highly unlikely, Obama Administration officials will be representing the U.S. in Cancun this week, hopefully reiterating their commitment to climate action despite gridlock on Capitol Hill.

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November 24th

The elections sucked, but don't despair

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Nov
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Sure, there are a bunch of new folks in Congress who don't even believe that climate change is happening or that it's due to our carbon emissions. Things were so bad this year that we're lucky the Lisa Murkowski was reelected, since Joe Miller was even worse.

Andy Silber is a astrophysicist, engineer, project manager, husband, father, and energy activist living in Seattle. Visit Andy's blog on Sustainable West Seattle. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.
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November 23rd

1Sky Policy Update 11/23/2010: Thanksgiving edition

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Nov
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The lame duck Congress is back at home for the holiday week, but will return in the coming week for the last few weeks of this session. Topics to be discussed include the Bush tax cuts, a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, and a measure to keep funding government programs for the next couple of months. Major energy policy is unlikely to come up in the lame duck, and will need to be bipartisan to pass in the next couple of years, given the composition of the new Congress.

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November 19th

Weekly roundup 11/19/10: An economic focus (VIDEO)

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Nov
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This week, we heard from the U.N. climate chief about impending talks in Mexico, some strong arguments for climate change legislation - from our wallet's perspective -- and learned why a national coal survey is long overdue.

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November 18th

Defending climate science on Capitol Hill

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Nov
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Climate science was the subject of a congressional hearing yesterday in what might have been the last reasonable discussions on climate science on Capitol Hill for quite awhile. Some used the day to lash out against those who question the science. Case in point: outgoing representative Bob Inglis (R-SC 4th District).

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A House built on (climate) denial

18
Nov
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It seems that everyone is talking about where the movement for climate change legislation goes now that the Republicans have picked up 60 seats in the House and a handful in the Senate.

Nick Santos is a former 1Sky policy fellow and now works with The Environmental Consumer in California. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.
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November 17th

November 16th

Policy Update 11/16/2010: Congress reconvenes for lame duck session

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Nov
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The midterm elections have resulted in a less ambitious than anticipated lame duck session of Congress. Members of the House and Senate will return this week to debate the Bush tax cuts, an appropriations bill, and possibly some smaller energy provisions involving natural gas vehicles. New members are in town for orientation as parties sort out new leadership positions and strategy for the coming year.

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November 15th

Obama must keep his climate promises to world's poor

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Nov
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The world's poorest nations are on the front lines of catastrophic climate change. The recent floods in Pakistan and droughts in Africa are just the most recent examples of how the world's poor are suffering because of our leaders' indifference to the climate crisis. Now that we face a Congress full of climate deniers and shills for big polluters, President Obama must become a true global climate leader to help the world's poorest nations cope with climate chaos.

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November 12th

Weekly roundup 11/12/10: Coal, mad scientists and a moon bounce (VIDEO)

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Nov
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This week we're looking across the board from scientists to politicians to the EPA and how we spent our Veterans Day. But first, let's look at some developments in coal.

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