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+.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.