The Skywriter

Blog Archives

The clean energy majority

1
Jul
pew-poll-graph-200px.jpg
By 1Sky blogger Nick Santos. See Nick's bio at the end of this post. -- Luis

A recent poll from Pew Research Center (subscription required) reminds me of why I'm proud to be a young person in this political climate. The poll shows a clear trend toward support for the environment and clean energy amongst younger people. The poll surveyed 1,010 adults and has a 4 point margin of error (but larger for subpopulations). The sample was then split into subgroups of ages 18-29,30-49,50-64, and 65+.

Share |

Weekly Round-Up 7/02/10: Climate loses a potential champ in Byrd

2
Jul
senator-byrd-200px.jpg

Earlier this week, legendary West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd passed away. It is unlikely that an environmental organization would have written positively about a pro-coal senator, but in recent years the late Senator Byrd realized the toll that the coal industry was taking on the environment and his beloved West Virginia. Robert C. Byrd, who once fought hard for coal mining and against regulating it in his early years, had an epiphany:

The industry of coal must also respect the land that yields the coal, as well as the people who live on the land. If the process of mining destroys nearby wells and foundations, if blasting and digging and relocating streams unearths harmful elements and releases them into the environment causing illness and death, that process should be halted and the resulting hazards to the community abated.
Share |

"Hands Across the Sand" a huge success -- thanks to you!

2
Jul
Hands_across_sand_200px

By 1Sky intern Florencia Foxley. -- Luis

All we’ve heard about this week here at 1Sky are fantastic stories of the 50-plus Hands Across the Sand events from this Saturday. The creativity and dedication that went into these events is truly impressive. Our folks in the field really went all out! It’s no wonder that Hands Across the Sand, as an international effort, was a success. Here's a slideshow with some picture we've been receiving from events all over the country:

Share |

1Sky Policy Update 7/6/2010 - Senate Home for Recess, Then Back to Work for Four Weeks

7
Jul
US Capitol small

The packed legislative calendar and upcoming November elections make July a crucial month for addressing clean energy and climate legislation. Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration remain committed to pivoting off of the oil disaster in the Gulf and passing a clean energy bill, but a concrete legislative package has yet to emerge in the Senate.

Share |

The Saddest Thing: First-hand Encounter of Oil on Florida and Alabama Beaches (PHOTOS)

7
Jul

Post by Dr. Stephen A. Smith from Cleanenergy.org, cross-posted with permission from our allies Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. -- Ines

Share |

Guest blog: Empowering people key to cutting climate pollution

8
Jul
andrew-moore-viable-earth-200px.jpg
By Andrew Moore, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer for Viable Earth Enterprises. -- Luis

I founded Viable Earth to empower people and enterprise (including communities, business, schools and organizations) to make the right green decisions, in order to accelerate our transition to a green, clean and carbon-free society.

Share |

The BP oil spill: An ecological disaster

8
Jul
seabird-oil-spill-200px.jpg

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

Yesterday, a guest blog at 1Sky posted a heart-wrenching story about oil from the BP spill coming ashore at Florida's Gulf Island National Seashore, one of 15 special places identified as at-risk in a report by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report, which can be downloaded as .pdf files at this link, was written in late May to summarize a just few of the many, many national parks, wildlife refuges, and seashores at potential risk from the BP oil spill that has now been flowing for over 2 months.

Share |

Stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (UPDATED)

9
Jul
tar-sands-200px.jpg

By 1Sky intern Emma Fernandez. See update below -- Luis

Earlier this week, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman warned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter that approving the Keystone XL pipeline would be “a step in the wrong direction” and criticized the State Department’s limited environmental impact statement about the pipeline.

Share |

Weekly round-up 7/9/10: Solar energy rocks!

9
Jul
solar-impulse-night-flight-200px.jpg

Solar power is all over the news this week. President Obama announced a major influx of federal money into the solar industry, while Bill McKibben announced a campaign to get world leaders (including Obama) to lead by example on clean energy.

Share |

Weekly Policy Update 7/12/10 - Senators Return to DC

12
Jul
US Capitol small

Senators return from the Independence Day recess today with a packed schedule awaiting them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will be working with committee chairs this week to chart a path forward on clean energy legislation in hopes of attracting 60 votes.

Share |