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What Is Progress?

George Monbiot recently wrote a piece in The Guardian about what a new international climate treaty should do. His piece is below:When you warn people about the dangers of climate change, they call you a saint. When you explain what needs to be done...

Posted December 6, 2007    

Pelosi Cobbles Together Strong Energy Bill - Heading for Showdown in Senate

After long hours of negotiations that have stretched long into the night for the past week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to have cobbled together a deal that will send a strong energy bill out of the House, likely tomorrow. Rumors last month...

Posted December 6, 2007    

Keeping Up the Power Shift: Time to Ask Congress for a Down Payment on the Future

by Natasha Chart (cross-posted from PacificViews):The House has a new energy proposal out that you should support. Not because it's perfect, but because it's the right thing to do right now, to recognize the tremendous efforts it required of Speaker...

Posted December 5, 2007    

Beating Back the Coal Rush: Proposed Washington Coal Plant Halted!

Great news from Washington state!State energy facility siting regulators in Washington announced yesterday that they have halted permitting for a proposed coal-fired power plant near Kalama on the Columbia River in southwest Washington.Before the...

Posted November 28, 2007    

Google Wants Green Energy, Cheaper, Faster

Today, Google announced it's newest initiative: RE<C.RE<C aims to develop energy from renewable energy sources rather than more costly coal; initially focused on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, enhanced geothermal...

Posted November 27, 2007    

Two Year Anniversary of International Action: Montreal to Bali

February 16th, 2005 saw the Kyoto Protocol go into effect, with its ratification by Russia. When the United States rejected the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, some feared that international climate actions would fail, but 36 countries are now working to...

Posted November 23, 2007    

Stopping the Coal Rush - Map of Challenges (and Victories!)

Here's a great resource I just stumbled across (hat tip to Alex Tinker). Sierra Club has compiled a Google Map (Google Earth version available too) of 138 proposed coal-fired power plants in the United States.Clicking each icon brings up lots of...

Posted November 21, 2007    

Ten Midwest Leaders Sign A Regional Climate Agreement

From ItsGettingHotInHere.org, by Juliana Williams:Today the Governors of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas, Ohio, South Dakota and the Premier of Manitoba signed the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord...

Posted November 19, 2007    

Global Warming After Gore: Power Politics for the Power Shift

Global Warming After GoreBy Teryn NorrisPublished: Alternet.org, Nov 10th Al Gore’s Nobel Prize was a momentous event we should all applaud. Now it is time to move on and get smart about the climate movement’s next steps. First, we should deal with...

Posted November 10, 2007    

Youth Climate Activists Featured on House Select Committee, Discovery Channel, MTV, Treehugger, and Sierra Club Radio

With the wrap-up of Power Shift, youth activists are getting the attention they deserve - testifying before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and being featured on Treehugger, Discovery Networks, and Sierra Club...

Posted November 10, 2007    

Legislative Shenanigans Underway on Congressional Energy Bill

At Power Shift this past weekend, we heard that the Congressional Energy Bill was a critical down payment on a clean and prosperous energy future, and Nancy Pelosi and Ed Markey promised to deliver it this fall. They called for our help pushing it...

Posted November 9, 2007    

Majora Carter Says Showing Up For Climate Solutions is MORE Than Half the Battle

GI Joe has got it wrong, according to Majora Carter, the dynamic Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx. Carter, who works to connect poverty alleviation and the environment in ways that benefit both concerns, argues that "showing up is more...

Posted November 1, 2007