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Renewable energy and the need for grassroots action

5
Aug

A few weeks ago, we began signing up volunteers to visit their Members of Congress during the August recess and convince them to act boldly on climate change. Why is this kind of grassroots action necessary? Here's an classic example: Last week, the Senate failed to pass a bill extending renewable energy and energy-efficiency tax credits—for the eighth time this year.

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Climate news roundup - 8/1

1
Aug

This week, the U.S. Senate failed (yet again) to pass legislation that would help us tackle global warming and revive our stagnant economy:

U.S. legislation extending renewable energy and energy-efficiency tax credits failed a key procedural vote on Wednesday and lawmakers will now set the bill aside, at least temporarily.
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Around the Blogs this Week-- 8/1

1
Aug

Don’t be fooled by billionaires helping out big oil! Brad from the Wonk Room reports that the same men that helped get George W. Bush into office in 2000 and 2004 are working to forward Newt Gingrich’s multimillion dollar front group called American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF).

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Short-term carbon cuts and the 1Sky Ruler: How we're measuring up

1
Aug
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While discussions of climate change proposals often revolve (rightly) around meeting long-term goals to reduce carbon emissions drastically by 2050, it's easy to forget that we have an urgent need to meet short-term goals as well. Without short-term goals that hold our government accountable in the near-term, it will become increasingly difficult to meet the necessary long-term goals.

We've prepared a one-page comparison (PDF) of what the science demands we do in the short-term vs. the major proposals being floated in Congress and by the presidential candidates.

Download the 1Sky ruler here (1 pg PDF):
http://www.1sky.org/files/1sky-warming-ruler.pdf

This simple graphic (PDF) shows how the current plans measure up (or don't) with what the latest science demands we do right now.

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Filming Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis

30
Jul
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Imagine if you had one minute in an elevator to tell our next President why climate change matters. What would you say?

1Sky and Brighter Planet are teaming up and we want you to film your message and upload it now to our new national video message competition -- Climate Matters: Inspire Your Next President! Winners will win cash prizes and their ads will be broadcast nationwide and delivered to the Presidential candidates and members of Congress.

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Climate news roundup - 7/25

25
Jul

There was no shortage of significant news on the climate front this week, so let's just dive in and take a look at the week that was.

In a familiar pattern, the states continue to lead the way in climate policy. This time, it's Texas:

Texas regulators have approved a $4.93 billion wind-power transmission project, providing a major lift to the development of wind energy in the state.
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Around the Blogs this Week - 7/25

25
Jul

This week, the climate blogs exploded with hilarious video clips, crazy non-violent protests, and major climate news. Sit back and relax as we take you through this week’s hottest climate blog posts.

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Climate news roundup - 7/18/08

18
Jul

Believe it or not, other things did happen on the climate front this week other than Al Gore's speech on energy and climate change.

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The answer to Gore's challenge: Action!

18
Jul
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Al Gore and the U.S. EPA packed a double wallop yesterday. The question is whether you and every one of your family and friends will get out from behind your computers and respond by breaking down the doors of Congress. Today.

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Climate blogosphere roundup: the all-Gore edition - 7/17/08

17
Jul
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By far the biggest news on the climate front this week was Al Gore's much-anticipated speech—and the blogosphere was all over it. In the highly unlikely case you haven't read about it, Gore challenged America "to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years." While some climate bloggers quibbled with the details and the feasibility of Gore's goal, the speech drew wide praise for its boldness and ambition.

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