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Local and national groups stand firmly against offshore drilling

3
May
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As the damage caused by the BP offshore oil rig spill continues to spread, a group of 39 environmental and civil society organizations (including 1Sky) delivered a letter to the Senate this morning, urging senators to reconsider plans to allow expanded offshore oil and gas exploration in future legislation. These organizations, representing millions of concerned Americans, make the case that as the BP oil rig disaster shows, offshore drilling poses an unacceptable risk to the health, livelihood and environment of millions of Americans. Read the entire letter with the list of signatories below.

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Guest blog: Crude awakening in the Gulf

3
May
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By Toni Reale, Coastal Program Coordinator at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and cross-posted with their permission from their blog. -- Luis

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DC Hill Update 5/4/10 - Climate bill tensions ease as drilling disaster ravages the Gulf Coast

4
May
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After a week of friction amongst Democratic leadership, the legislative calendar is coming into focus. The Senate is on the verge of passing Wall street reform, which if done quickly will leave space for a comprehensive energy and climate bill to be considered this spring. Co-sponsors of the draft legislation have yet to set out a new timeline for the bill's release, but tensions have eased considerably since the initial disagreements began last weekend.

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Weekly roundup 5/7/10: BP's greenwashing, Home Star almost home, and more

7
May
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By far the biggest environmental and climate story this week has been the unfolding tragedy along the Gulf Coast caused by the explosion of a BP offshore oil rig. Despite ongoing efforts, the oil keeps leaking into the Gulf at a rate of between 210,000 - 1 million gallons a day, depending on whose estimates you believe. As you would expect, the oil spill is affecting the politics of passing (or not) a climate and energy bill this year -- and predictions are all over the place. But even during this grim week, the House of Representatives delivered some good news on energy efficiency.

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On Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination

11
May
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There was a lot riding on President Obama's second Supreme Court nomination. With a closely-divided court that recently issued the blatantly pro-corporation Citizens United v. FEC decision, Justice John Paul Stevens' replacement could have enormous influence over the future of the climate movement -- and not necessarily for the better.

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DC Hill Update 5/12/10 - Kerry and Lieberman expected to release climate bill today (UPDATED)

12
May
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Update:: Senators Kerry and Lieberman released their "American Power Act" earlier today. Read our reaction here. -- Luis

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Our reaction to the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill (UPDATED with bill analysis)

12
May
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Update: Our analysis of the American Power Act of 2010 (PDF, Updated 5/17/2010) is now online. -- Luis

Our campaign director Gillian Caldwell just issued a press statement about the release by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman of their highly-anticipated American Power Act:

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How big does the BP Oil slick look from the other side of the country?

13
May
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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.-- Garth

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Organizing Tip #5: Make your visuals memorable

13
May
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Nothing screams fun at an event more than having bright and memorable visuals. These can also help to distinguish your action and organization to potential new volunteers and the press. The great thing about visuals is you don’t have to be an artistic, barefoot college student with windswept hair pulling all-nighters to design them (although you get extra points if you meet those criteria). Nor do you need to have a professional photographer nearby to convey how great they are. Anyone can do these!

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The inside scoop on the America Power Act (AUDIO)

13
May
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The climate movement is facing a challenging moment. From the appalling Gulf Oil Catastrophe to the West Virginia coal mining disaster to yesterday’s American Power Act bill draft, the movement has a lot on its plate right now. Today, 1Sky and experts from our allies Green For All, the Sierra Club, and Oxfam America put these issues up for discussion in an hour-long national call-in on climate, energy, green jobs, and international adaptation.

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