Joe Lieberman

Making Sausage of Climate Policy

8
Oct
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By 1Sky blogger Andy Silber. See Andy's bio at the end of this post. -- Luis

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.

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Weekly Round-Up 7/02/10: Climate loses a potential champ in Byrd

2
Jul
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Earlier this week, legendary West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd passed away. It is unlikely that an environmental organization would have written positively about a pro-coal senator, but in recent years the late Senator Byrd realized the toll that the coal industry was taking on the environment and his beloved West Virginia. Robert C. Byrd, who once fought hard for coal mining and against regulating it in his early years, had an epiphany:

The industry of coal must also respect the land that yields the coal, as well as the people who live on the land. If the process of mining destroys nearby wells and foundations, if blasting and digging and relocating streams unearths harmful elements and releases them into the environment causing illness and death, that process should be halted and the resulting hazards to the community abated.
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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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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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Our reaction to the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill (UPDATED with bill analysis)

12
May
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Update: Our analysis of the American Power Act of 2010 (PDF, Updated 5/17/2010) is now online. -- Luis

Our campaign director Gillian Caldwell just issued a press statement about the release by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman of their highly-anticipated American Power Act:

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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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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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DC Hill Update 4/06/2010: Obama Administration Expands Offshore Drilling, Congress Still on Recess

6
Apr
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With Congress on recess, this week was marked by big news from the Obama Administration, including a disappointing announcement about offshore oil drilling and a more encouraging one about mountaintop removal coal mining. Meanwhile, 1Sky supporters turned out in impressive numbers to "storm" in-state Congressional offices nationwide, demanding that members of Congress oppose the "Dirty Air Act" proposals currently under consideration.

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