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Guest blog: A Murkowski win would embolden Big Oil & Dirty Coal

10
Jun
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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.-- Luis

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Dirty Energy Hunt: Your impact on Capitol Hill (UPDATED)

10
Jun
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UPDATE: The Murkowski Resolution was just defeated in the Senate 47-53. Thanks to all of you who made it possible!

By 1Sky policy fellow Gabriel Elsner. -- Luis

The BP Gulf Disaster began 51 days ago, and the oil spewing from the ocean floor continues unabated. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the dirty energy industry is trying to pass Senator Murkowski's (R-AK) "Dirty Air Act.” Senate Joint Resolution 26 will be voted on later today; if enacted, it would increase our reliance on oil by 1.8 billion barrels (.pdf) and allow the dirtiest coal plants to continue spewing dangerous carbon pollution. In other words, today may prove to be the biggest vote on climate change and energy in 2010.

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Guest Blog: "Dirty Air Act" actions on Capitol Hill

11
Jun
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This post is from 1Sky intern Emma Fernandez, a former intern from last year. Emma returned to 1Sky for the summer, so we gave her and all our interns a grueling assignment: head to Capitol Hill on a hot DC morning, put on a stifling oil barrel costume, and speak out against Sen. Lisa Murkowski's appalling "Dirty Air Act" resolution as it was being debated on the Senate floor. Emma -- along with Florencia Foxley, Amy Plovnick, and Ines Ware -- did a great job and we're proud of their efforts on the Hill yesterday. --Garth

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"Dirty Air Act": The vote that should've never happened

11
Jun
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I remain outraged and horrified that during the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the U.S. Senate considered giving a bailout to Big Oil and Dirty Coal.

And many senators voted to do just that!

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DC Hill Update 6/14/10: With Murkowski defeated, Senate turns to climate and energy legislation

14
Jun
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Last week we won an important victory by beating Senator Lisa Murkowski's "Dirty Air Act" 53-47. While it's good that Murkowski was defeated, it's outrageous that a measure like this -- which would have been the equivalent of allowing the Gulf oil disaster to gush for another 250 years -- made it to the Senate floor. This week, the Senate will discuss proactive responses to our energy challenges, including the drilling disaster and our overall reliance on dirty fossil fuels.

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Guest blog: Silver linings in the muck

15
Jun
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-- By William Becker, Executive Director at the Presidential Climate Action Project.

It seems insensitive to talk about silver linings in the middle of the life-killing oil spill in the Gulf. But in fact, there are a couple we should recognize and act upon now.

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Our reaction to Obama's BP speech

15
Jun
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1Sky Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell just released this statement in reaction to President Obama's Oval Office address on the BP Gulf Coast oil disaster and our fossil fuels addiction:

We applaud President Obama for using the first Oval Office Address of his presidency to level with the American people about the key underlying cause of the Gulf oil disaster -- our overwhelming addiction to fossil fuels that leads us to drill for oil in ever more dangerous places, and to look the other way when safety concerns are raised.

Read the rest of the statement here. We'll have more reactions soon. Stay tuned!

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Obama's BP speech: a call to action

17
Jun
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By Janelle Corn, Ph.D. See bio at the end of this post. -- Luis

Tuesday evening, President Obama gave a prime-time speech to our nation from the Oval Office, an 18-minute outline of the status of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, "the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced," and a look forward.

The President summarized the facts of the oil spill and actions taken by BP and the Administration to date to contain the damage. The battle plan he laid out included commitments by the government and by BP to clean up the spill. But the critical parts of his speech, in my opinion, were the challenges to restore the Gulf region and to move beyond oil.

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Volunteers give Sen. Brown the "Oily Bird Award"

18
Jun
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By 1Sky summer intern Amy Plovnick. -- Luis

Yesterday afternoon, some volunteers from Massachusetts and 1Sky interns walked into Senator Scott Brown’s (R-MA) D.C. office armed with a stuffed flamingo covered in what looked like oil. The look on the staffer’s face shifted from amusement to dismay as we presented her with this “Oily Bird Award” to condemn Senator Brown for voting in favor of the Murkowski resolution, which would have gutted the Clean Air Act and increased our dependence on dirty fossil fuels like coal and oil. Here's a video capturing the moment:

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Weekly Round-Up 6/18/10: Joe Barton's backward thinking

18
Jun
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Earlier this week, President Obama made his fourth trip to the Gulf of Mexico to have another firsthand look at the catastrophic damage that the BP oil disaster has caused. He spent two days touring the oil spill damages in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. There, Obama gave a speech and took a ferry ride to the oil stricken islands outside of Alabama. He made the urgency of now clear about reducing the nation's addiction and dependence on fossil fuels.

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