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DC Hill Udate 6/8/10: Murkowski "Dirty Air Act" vote this week

8
Jun
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The Senate returned from recess on Monday and, according to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), discussing energy-related legislation is at the top of their agenda. The BP spill has the potential to transform the energy debate in Congress. Leadership in the Senate and the White House have an opportunity to pivot off of the BP spill and drive our energy policy in a new direction.

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Weekly roundup 6/4/10: Day 46 of the BP oil disaster

4
Jun
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I really, really wish I didn't have to lead today's roundup with more on the BP oil disaster, but since the oil spill is now in its 46th day, I'm afraid I have no choice. I also wish I didn't have to nag you again about Lisa Murkowski (R-Exxon/BP/Shell/etc.) and her seek-and-destroy mission against the Clean Air Act, but you deal with the senators you have, not the ones you wish you had. Thankfully it's not all doom-and-gloom in Roundupville: this week we heard some of the strongest language in favor of a comprehensive climate and energy bill from President Obama than we've heard in awhile.

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Guest blog: SACE flies over Gulf spill

4
Jun
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By Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and cross-posted with their permission from their blog. -- Luis

Yesterday I flew with SACE board member Enid Sisskin and former board member Michael O’Donovan, a professional photographer. Both are Gulf coast residents with a long history of fighting offshore drilling. We flew out of Gulf Shores, Alabama over the beautiful Gulf of Mexico to the site of this tragic oil disaster, where BP’s drill rig Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20. The site is located approximately 100 miles from Gulf Shores.

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Murkowski takes "The Cheney" prize for energy lies

3
Jun
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By 1Sky blogging working group member Andy Silber. -- Luis

Breaking news: Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has just been awarded "The Cheney" -- an award given to the politician who comes up with the most bald-faced lies on energy issues. The award is named after former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was incapable of NOT lying about anything related to energy policy. Murkowski won for her attempt to repeal the EPA's “endangerment finding", which showed that carbon dioxide emissions are a threat to human health and the environment. Her award-winning lies fall into two categories:

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DC Hill update 6/1/10: Murkowski Dirty Air Act vote set for June 10th

1
Jun
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Last week, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) struck a deal with the Democratic leadership that will allow her to force a vote on her “disapproval resolution” on the Clean Air Act on next Thursday, June 10. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that he will make a climate and energy bill a priority after the Memorial Day recess, huddling with key chairmen and working to chart out a path forward on "energy-related" legislation. At a high-profile press event President Obama identified comprehensive legislation as the long-term fix for preventing further oil-related disasters. Members of Congress are back in their states and districts all week for Memorial Day recess.

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How big does the BP Oil slick look from the other side of the country?

13
May
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Andy Silber is a astrophysicist, engineer, project manager, husband, father, and energy activist living in Seattle. Visit Andy's blog on Sustainable West Seattle. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.-- Garth

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DC Hill Update 5/12/10 - Kerry and Lieberman expected to release climate bill today (UPDATED)

12
May
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Update:: Senators Kerry and Lieberman released their "American Power Act" earlier today. Read our reaction here. -- Luis

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Weekly roundup 5/7/10: BP's greenwashing, Home Star almost home, and more

7
May
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By far the biggest environmental and climate story this week has been the unfolding tragedy along the Gulf Coast caused by the explosion of a BP offshore oil rig. Despite ongoing efforts, the oil keeps leaking into the Gulf at a rate of between 210,000 - 1 million gallons a day, depending on whose estimates you believe. As you would expect, the oil spill is affecting the politics of passing (or not) a climate and energy bill this year -- and predictions are all over the place. But even during this grim week, the House of Representatives delivered some good news on energy efficiency.

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DC Hill Update 5/4/10 - Climate bill tensions ease as drilling disaster ravages the Gulf Coast

4
May
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After a week of friction amongst Democratic leadership, the legislative calendar is coming into focus. The Senate is on the verge of passing Wall street reform, which if done quickly will leave space for a comprehensive energy and climate bill to be considered this spring. Co-sponsors of the draft legislation have yet to set out a new timeline for the bill's release, but tensions have eased considerably since the initial disagreements began last weekend.

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Guest blog: Crude awakening in the Gulf

3
May
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By Toni Reale, Coastal Program Coordinator at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), and cross-posted with their permission from their blog. -- Luis

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