Archive - Feb 2010

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February 26th

Blog & news round-up 2/26: The good, bad, and tentative in Congress, the world underwater, and more

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With preparations underway for a massive, multi-organization calling initiative (72 Hours for Clean American Power), all eyes are on the Senate. This week the Senate-climate news online came in the good, the bad, and the… legislative. What we learned is that the climate bill's chances are not gone, but it seems that the Hummer is.

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February 24th

Guest blog: The President's power tools

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-- By William Becker, Executive Director at the Presidential Climate Action Project.

On Capitol Hill, the ship of state is so bereft of rudder and sail that the crew is jumping overboard. The latest to abandon ship is Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, who minced no words about the dysfunctional Congress he is choosing to leave.

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February 23rd

Guest blog: Sen. Levin answers my question on climate legislation

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From 1Sky Michigan Climate Precinct Captain Mark Miller. You can read more from Mark on his blog.

During last week's President' Day Actions, a number of 1Sky coordinators, organizers, and volunteers met up with senators while they were back home in their states. The goal was to deliver our message loud and clear: Americans (and voters!) want strong federal legislation to curb carbon emission and transition to a clean renewable energy future now -- and we oppose Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) efforts to gut the Clean Air Act!

Senator Carl Levin spoke last Monday morning, President's Day, at the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Connection event. I went primarily to ask him about his support for climate and energy legislation. I had written to him last year about this issue, and his written reply... well, I touch on that in my question to him.

As the Senator came in, I shook his hand, and reminded him that I had sat next to him one night at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. So, when we came to question time, he called on me first. (The video does not capture my question or the first few words of Sen. Levin's answer.)

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February 22nd

DC Hill Update 2/22: Senate returns after snow days and recess

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Members of Congress were on recess last week. 1Sky organizers all over the country showed up at in-state events to ask members of Congress to support strong climate legislation and defend the Clean Air Act. In the meantime, the Obama administration announced funding for new nuclear reactors, attacks on the Clean Air Act continue, and health care reform got some new momentum with several senators pushing to pass a public option through a process that requires only 51 votes. This week, the Senate is also poised to vote on a jobs bill.

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February 19th

Blog & news round-up 2/19: Learning from MLK Jr., "global weirding," & video from Pew's new climate project

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This was a good week for climate change thought leadership online. The head of Green for All wrote about what the 60s civil rights movement can teach us, Thomas Friedman wrote on new ways of talking about climate science, and Pew released a new video about how the military has a stake in stopping climate change. Read on for some of the week's best.

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February 18th

Guest blog: Want jobs? Start solving climate

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From guest blogger Kristen Sheeran, director of Economics for Equity and the Environment Network (E3), a nationwide network of more than 150 economists, developing new arguments for environmental protection with a social justice focus.

There is no argument that job creation should be the top priority of the Obama administration. Many economists believe that due to the global downturn, the U.S. will experience high rates of unemployment for a number of years to come. But there is no evidence that solving the climate crisis will compromise job creation.

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February 17th

Vote for the 1Sky Solutions on Change.org by Feb. 25

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In the fight to stop a global climate catastrophe, we have more than science on our side: we have the best ideas to tackle climate change and create millions of clean energy jobs. But for those ideas to become a reality, we need to make them a priority for decision-makers in Washington. Today you can help us do that today with just a few clicks.

Change.org (with 1Sky as a partner) recently launched the 2010 Ideas for Change in America competition, which empowers citizens to identify and build momentum around the most innovative ideas for addressing the challenges our country faces. The top ten ideas will be submitted to the Obama Administration, and Change.org will mobilize their community around those ideas. We have submitted the 1Sky Solutions as our ideas to tackle two of those urgent challenges: climate change and job creation. But the voting deadline for the first round is February 25, so we need you to act fast. Help put the 1Sky Solutions in Change.org's top ten: click on all three and vote for them today!

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February 16th

DC Hill Update 2/16: Extreme weather shuts down Capitol Hill

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Everything in the nation's capital took a backseat to two major snowstorms that dumped over 32 inches of snow on DC last week. Congress fell behind and climate deniers took advantage of the storm to stir up baseless controversy. Momentum is still building behind a much-anticipated Senate jobs bill, but members of Congress are home this week for the President's Day Recess, and won't take it up until February 22. Throughout this week 1Sky organizers and volunteers will be out in force talking face-to-face with their representatives and senators about protecting the Clean Air Act and passing a comprehensive climate and energy bill this year.

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Guest blog: Raising our voices during the President's Day recess

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By 1Sky Colorado Organizer Micah Parkin.

Across the nation this week, 1Sky volunteers and organizers are attending events where members of our congressional delegations and people close to them will be to deliver our message loud and clear: Americans (and voters!) want bold federal legislation to curb carbon emission and transition to a clean renewable energy future now -- and we oppose Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) efforts to gut the Clean Air Act!

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February 12th

New poll: Perriello's climate vote not a political death sentence

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The conventional wisdom inside some corners of the snowed-in Beltway for months has been that a vote in favor of cap and trade -- or any sort of comprehensive climate bill that sets a price on carbon -- is a quick ticket to political oblivion for anyone not in a safely Democratic seat. Thankfully, there’s a new poll out today (.pdf -- first reported on over at Swing State Project) that can hopefully show such wisdom to be as in touch with reality as industry-supported talking points on the practicality of "clean" coal technology.

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