The 1Sky Board of Directors wishes to express its deep gratitude to Van Jones for his exceptional vision, leadership and commitment to our nation. He has also been a tremendous colleague and ally in the development of 1Sky.
Last week Senator Kerry (D-MA), and Senator Boxer (D-CA) announced that they will delay the release of their climate bill draft until "later in September." This draft bill was intended to kick off three weeks of committee action from as many as five committees, in time for a committee markup deadline of Monday, 9/28 -- that deadline, which was originally set by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), has now been scratched.
The weight of the world sat on the shoulders of ten people last night. Hidden from the cameras, far from the controversy and devoid of the politics as usual, ten people wrestled with their role and their responsibility to change the paradigm of how we consume energy.
Van Jones, the White House's top advisor on Green Jobs, resigned this morning in the wake of a focused campaign by the right wing to unseat him. In all the stories swirling around Glenn Beck/Fox's smear campaign on my long time friend and colleague Van Jones, I hardly recognized who they were talking about.
The summer is slowly winding down before the Labor Day weekend, but who's been relaxing? While senators were getting shouted down all week at town halls and rallies, 1Sky groups and supporters were out in force this week with real, honest grassroots actions.
We just posted this press release about our Back to D.C. nationwide actions this week. The pic on the right is from an event in Iowa, and I've also included a slide show below made up of more pics from this week's actions. This is what real grassroots clean energy action looks like!
Blues legends Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal rocked “The Lawn” at White River State Park on Tuesday, August 25, with a concert that partly benefited local organizations that work for safe and sustainable energy practices. Their summer tour continues, and upon its conclusion, the aptly named “BonTaj” will contribute to partnering organizations whose work is voted on by measure of public popularity.
"Americans are against climate and health care legislation." These are overwhelming themes of the summer, according to certain segments of the mainstream media. Over and over, we hear that the only groups and organizations mobilized and motivated this summer are a motley assortment of "Tea Party" protesters, "Birthers", far-out conspiracy theorists, and well-paid lobbyists skilled (or unskilled) at manufacturing Brooks Brothers riots and sending fraudulent letters to members of Congress. Yesterday we saw the latest version of the story, in a very one-sided Washington Post piece that put an Astroturf-generated oil industry "event" on the same level as the thousands of grassroots events throughout the country in favor of clean energy legislation.