Last week President Obama delivered a tone-setting State of the Union
Speech before the new Congress and 48 million viewers nationwide.
Widely regarded as a move to the political center, Obama's speech
addressed many criticisms levied on the president by Republicans and
the business community. The president spoke at length about the
promise of "clean" energy, yet he included nuclear, natural gas and
"clean" coal in his definition (everything but old coal plants).
The Obama administration seems to think "climate change" is too divisive to mention, but underwriting clean energy tech? That's bipartisan.
Surprisingly, conservative commentators didn't seem to buy it. Why? Government intervention, absent a large-scale emergency, goes against basic conservative philosophy. All they see is needless government intervention into energy technology, and they have a point. Absent climate change, where is the urgency?
This week we're celebrating an early spring prediction from Punxsutawney Phil, the great students at Purdue University, developments on the electric car and President Obama's threat to veto all the Clean Air Act roadblocks.
The leading story this week comes out of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where a local groundhog has come into the center of a climate change debate.
Climate scientist have for years complained of their inability to educate the public about the dangers of global warming.
Some of you might not know it, but I was born and raised in the great state of Alaska. In good old Anchorage, Alaska, there isn’t a lot of sun. Sometimes, local residents find themselves staring hopefully into the sky at a small spot of blue. Up north, we refer to that small patch as a “sucker hole.” Why? Because it doesn’t mean the sun is coming out, and believing anything else makes you a sucker.
The greatest thing about being a part of a growing movement is the opportunity to work with very cool and creative people. Chief among them for me are the organizers and participants of Climate Ride, which started in 2008 and will add 300 miles to the tires this May. The organizers are hard-core bicyclists and travel adventure leaders who are also passionate about addressing climate change. By putting those pieces together, Climate Ride was born.
A little snow and record low temperatures aren’t enough to keep Coloradans from coming together in homes, churches, and cafes across the state to build 1Sky action teams and plan rallies to defend the Clean Air Act. We know that the snowfall and fluctuating temperatures are all part of the climate crisis, and that our children’s futures are threatened. But we aren’t just going to sit around and talk about it; we are going to get to work.
Micah Parkin has served as the Colorado/Southwest Regional Organizer for 1Sky since August 2009, while concurrently serving on both the Clean Energy Technical Team for the City of Boulder and the planning team for Boulder's Clean Energy Future campaign. She formerly served as Program Director for the New Orleans-based Alliance for Affordable Energy and Energy Chair of the Sierra Club Delta Chapter. Micah is the mother of two young daughters who fuel her passion to build a powerful climate and clean energy movement.
We had an action packed week. The Koch brothers are buying dirty policy; the gust of support for wind power is sweeping the nation; 1.5 million green jobs are headed our way and you still have time to visit Greenpeace's matchmaking site before Valentine's Day.
The latest attacks on the Clean Air Act are not about policy or even politics; they're about corruption, plain and simple.
We see these attacks coming from both Republicans and Democrats, but nearly all of them are coming from lawmakers who have received large infusions of cash or pressure from big polluters like the coal industry.
Over the past few weeks, 1Sky house parties have been popping up faster than electric carcharging stations across the U.S. -- and with about the same amount of energy. This week we're celebrating these fantastic throw-downs for climate organizing.