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Folks in Tennessee get rude reminder of just how dirty coal is

24
Dec

Greenpeace wants a criminal investigation in to coal ash spill

Yesterday, the people of Tennessee got a real-life reminder that coal is a dirty fuel. More than 500 million gallons of coal ash sludge spilled into the Emory River yesterday. The spill followed the breach of a dike at a coal-fired power plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and covered as many as 400 acres of land with potentially toxic ash as high as six feet deep.

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More good news from President-elect Obama: A Science Advisor to Speak Truth to Power on Climate Change

22
Dec

In this week's radio address, President-elect Obama has an inspiring message for 1Sky and our allies. He was introducing his science and technology team

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Climate news this week: EPA on coal, technological solutions, collapsing auto industry--12/22

22
Dec

Last month we were excited about the EPA’s decision to say no to dirty coal plants.  Sadly, this week we saw this position reversed.

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Climate blogs exposed: Greening the Holiday Season--12/21

21
Dec

I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and remind you (if you haven't already) not to miss your chance to send a 1Sky Holiday E-card!

Can you think of any better way to put the biggest Scrooge in the holiday mood than carols from Stephen Colbert? I can't! Nor can Dave Roberts from Grist who wrote:

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New poll indicates that 75 percent of Americans support Green Energy policies

21
Dec

According to today's Washington Post, 75 percent of Americans said that President-elect Obama should implement policies to reduce global warming -- including half of Republicans.

It's not just that the public wants to see serious changes, they actually are optimistic about those changes occurring: More than two-thirds of Americans polled by the Washington Post and ABC News think that President-elect Obama, once in office, will be able to implement policies to reduce global warming.

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Jump-starting “an era of innovation”

16
Dec

President-elect Barack Obama made the long-awaited announcements about his picks to head up his new administration’s energy, environment and climate change programs. His choices indicate that he is poised to take bold strides in addressing climate change in a way that acknowledges the interdependency of the economy and energy choices.

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Message from Poznan: time for mass mobilization to stop global warming emissions

15
Dec
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It’s going to take a lot more than the bureaucratic and chaotic process I watched in Poznan over the past two weeks for us to cut global warming emissions as deeply and quickly as scientists say is necessary.

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Vote "yes" for green jobs

15
Dec

Yesterday (12/15) Parade Magazine (page 8) ran a green jobs article called "Could Going Green Create Jobs?"

The article includes important facts about new green jobs (jobs that save energy and help the country convert from fossil fuel addiction to use of renewable power and alternative fuels) like:

  • Retrofitting old buildings to meet environmental standards could replace many of the 800,000 construction jobs lost recently.

  • A recent report from Duke University shows growth at firms producing energy-efficient windows and light bulbs. The report predicts future growth in states like Indiana, Ohio, and California.
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A taxpayer-funded fiction

14
Dec

We were tipped off by blogger Adam Siegel that Sen. James Inhofe, (R-OK) the ranking Minority member on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, released a deceptive report purporting that doubts exist among scientists about global warming.

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Climate blogs exposed: Clean coal carolers, green inaugural galls & a gift-free holiday--12/12

13
Dec

Clean, cuddly coal? I don't think so, but the coal industry continues to try and create the allusion. Although the 'Clean Coal Carolers' are no longer on the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity's (ACCCE) website, ThinkProgress picked up on the story early noting:

It is not clear if ACCCE will expand its new holiday campaign beyond their website, but in the past ACCCE has spread its falsehoods on TV, radio, and in print, often spending millions. In early 2008, ACCCE’s clean coal campaign reportedly had $50 million to spend on pro-coal, anti-climate initiatives.

The Wall Street Journal recently credited ACCCE’s misleading campaign with convincing politicians, the media and the public that “clean coal” is a cure-all for global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants. Even President-elect Obama has taken the bait.

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