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Will Obama Sell Out the Clean Air Act for a Deal With Congress?

1
Apr
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I was going to devote this blog exclusively to the energy speech President Obama delivered at Georgetown University, but there are some disturbing reports in the press today that I need to address first.

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Building a climate movement to rival the power of dirty coal

24
Feb
Boston Storms Congressional Offices: Movement Building.

I recently attended the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference, and I was struck by a number of things. The first thing was the attendance – we were filled to capacity! As an organizer, however, what really got me was the intense focus on movement building from all involved – panel speakers, moderators, and participants alike.

We are beginning to realize that our strength lies in our numbers, and that we need to get organized! I knew that’s what we were doing here at 1Sky, but it was hugely inspiring and empowering to hear that goal echoed across the community.

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Weekly roundup 2/18: Climate champs, Kentucky rising, modern marvels and more

18
Feb
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So much of our time has been taken up with defending the Clean Air Act from the likes of Fred Upton (R-Coal/Oil) that it's easy to forget there are lawmakers out there willing to speak out strongly in its defense. People like Barbara Boxer, who has been giving Fred Upton her own version of Ian McKellen's 'you shall not pass!' speech from Lord of the Rings in reference to the Clean Air Act.

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Who wants to cash in on gutting the Clean Air Act?

11
Feb
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The latest attacks on the Clean Air Act are not about policy or even politics; they're about corruption, plain and simple.

We see these attacks coming from both Republicans and Democrats, but nearly all of them are coming from lawmakers who have received large infusions of cash or pressure from big polluters like the coal industry.

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Why climate change is an essential part of our argument for clean energy

3
Feb
Climate Change Blackboard

The Obama administration seems to think "climate change" is too divisive to mention, but underwriting clean energy tech? That's bipartisan.

Surprisingly, conservative commentators didn't seem to buy it. Why? Government intervention, absent a large-scale emergency, goes against basic conservative philosophy. All they see is needless government intervention into energy technology, and they have a point. Absent climate change, where is the urgency?

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Sen. Rockefeller's latest attack on the Clean Air Act

1
Feb
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Today, there were a lot of not-so-big surprises in energy news.

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Missing from the State of the Union: The Clean Air Act

27
Jan
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President Obama has been lavished with praise for his focus on competitiveness and clean energy in his State of the Union Address. In the midst of that praise, however, I must bring up some clear issues of concern.

First, the President has not actually made a concrete promise to protect the Clean Air Act from impending congressional attacks; he has only alluded to it.

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Responding to the State of the Union

26
Jan
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Following President Obama's State of the Union address, 1Sky Campaign Director Liz Butler responds to his words on a clean energy future and the Clean Air Act...

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Senator Brown: Protect Ohio by protecting the Clean Air Act

24
Jan
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Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH) has built a reputation of standing up for Ohioans and all Americans in the face of runaway corporate greed. But now, corporate polluters are pushing leaders like Senator Brown into gutting the Clean Air Act -- a political compromise that would cost lives and hamstring efforts to cut climate pollution nationwide.

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Weekly roundup 1/07/11: Keeping up with Boxer (VIDEO)

7
Jan
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Let's start the New Year off right. While Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has taken a firm stance in keeping the EPA's regulation in place at the start of this year, Kyle Gracey at Grist explains his top resolution is to use his words carefully and correctly, starting with calling carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions exactly what they are: pollution. He calls on everyone to take the neutral word out of deadly substances.

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