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Power Shift '09's rockin' opening night

28
Feb
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I'd been led to expect big things from my first night at a Power Shift conference--and I gotta say, it didn't disappoint! Having been to my share of progressive conferences in the past, I can say that this was an entirely different animal. Thanks to the sheer size of the crowd and its energy, the excitement in the air was contagious. (Check out the slide show at the end of this post!)

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Climate blogs exposed: climate policy is a-changin'--2/27

27
Feb

This week, President Obama presented his budgetary plan for the United States stating that our government must “invest in the three areas that are absolutely critical to our economic future: energy, health care, and education." Obama's energy policy marks a sea change away from the archaic energy regulations of George W. Bush. Think Progress' Wonk Room reports on the details of Obama's energy plan:

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The Coen brothers' "clean coal" ad

26
Feb

More anti-coal campaigning news: the Oscar-winning Coen brothers directed the latest "clean coal" TV ad from the Reality Coalition (h/t to TreeHugger):

If the tide keeps turning this way against dirty coal, even The Dude may become an anti-coal activist.

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Our climate wins in 2009 so far--and how we can keep winning

24
Feb

I recorded this short video earlier today before heading out to the airport, with some thoughts on what we've achieved together so far this year and what lies ahead in 2009:

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Watch the "National Clean Energy Project" LIVE today @ 10AM

23
Feb

This is going to be a great week for important steps toward solving the climate crisis. Starting with this summit of climate leaders and ending with Power Shift '09!

Some big energy policy movers and shakers are gathering for a forum called "National Clean Energy Project: Building the New Economy" at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. The half-day event will be streamed live online from 10 AM-12:30 PM:

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Gillian invites you to Power Shift '09 (VIDEO)

12
Feb

A few days ago, 1Sky Campaign Director Gillian Caldwell recorded this video inviting you to come to Power Shift '09. Take a look:

Power Shift '09 is only two weeks away! Register today and make sure to pick 1Sky as your coalition member-group affiliation.

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Boxer's principles: a good start

5
Feb
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Senator Barbara Boxer's climate change principles, which she announced in a press conference last Tuesday, are a solid basis for action to tackle the climate crisis. Senator Boxer is the Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and will be a key player on any legislation to stem global warming. (You can watch a replay of the press conference on the committee's website.)

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The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions: join the conversation

2
Feb
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Here's yet another way for you to get involved in the grassroots movement for bold climate solutions: The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions.

On Thursday, February 5th, hundreds of colleges, K-12 schools, churches, and other organizations will host day-long dialogues on how America should tackle global warming. From the website:

February 5th, 2009, at the beginning of the first 100 days of the new administration, the National Teach-In on Global Warming will engage over a million Americans in solutions-driven dialogue. As educators, students and citizens, we owe our nation a focused conversation about the critical decisions that will determine if our descendants will inherit a prosperous or an impoverished planet.

As a prelude to Thursday's events, the National Teach-In has put out a 45-minute "Solutions for the First 100 Days" webcast featuring some of the climate movement's leading lights -- including 1Sky Board President Betsy Taylor. Check for a teach-in near you, or plant a flag on the map and organize your own. There's no such thing as too much education--especially when it comes to climate change.

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Climate blogs exposed: the economic recovery package

30
Jan

Since the inauguration, the world has watched intently as President Obama has hit the ground running. This week, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009--the much needed economic recovery package--and now the bill goes over to the Senate for a vote. As I said in my last post, this stimulus package begins a green transition for America--a transition that will put millions of Americans back to work and simultaneously green our economy by investing in weatherization, efficiency, as well as improved mass transit. According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's website, the bill passed by the House includes the necessary facets to start laying a foundation for a new green economy and includes the following:

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A green economic recovery package--a jumpstart to our economy

29
Jan

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This recovery package will help to create and save nearly 4 million jobs and revive our struggling economy, as well as invest in necessary public works which will better position the United States for a prosperous future. The stimulus package begins a green transition for America, investing in an estimated 500,000 green-collar jobs that will simultaneously put Americans back to work and help to end our dependence on fossil fuels, significantly reduce global warming pollution and save businesses and individuals money on energy bills.

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