Champions of National Security, Champions of Change

Sierra Club Compass

Today the White House reminded us that those who serve our country in the military are sometimes also on the front lines of our clean energy economy. She and Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff, who delivered the opening remarks, both called to mind the President's commitments to act on climate -- through his Georgetown University speech from this summer and last week's executive order to create a climate task force. It's an American issue."

Catholics in Virginia finance solar energy for churches and schools

Green Prophet

Doing change is much more important than just talking change: seven Catholic community groups in Virginia support renewables through investing in solar energy. The churches there are building and investing in solar energy to power the communities’ churches and schools, creating 1.6

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Cleaner Tailpipe Standards - It's Time to Act

Sierra Club Compass

Although we've taken many steps to clean up our air over the last few decades, four in ten Americans still live in places where the air is sometimes dangerous to breathe. They would save lives, clean up our air, and create jobs. Unfortunately, the oil industry is opposed to anything that would make them clean up their act. Groups like the American Petroleum Industry are asking their friends in Congress and the White House to delay cleaner tailpipe standards.

The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this year, as a result of a settlement with the Sierra Club, American Electric Power announced it would add enough wind energy to power 200,000 homes in Oklahoma. "   #2)  COLORADO DOUBLES DOWN ON CLEAN ENERGY This year, Colorado took a major step toward elevating clean energy in the Rocky Mountains, when Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law new legislation that will double the state's renewable energy standard.

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What Has the Endangered Species Act Ever Done for Us? More Than You Think.

Nature Conservancy - Science

99% of species protected by the endangered species act have been saved from extinction. Since the Endangered Species Act became law in 1973, only 10 species protected by it have been declared extinct, and eight of those may have been extinct before they were listed. Evidence is mounting that biodiversity helps to shield people from disease , is essential for food security , and is good for the economy. Adult American Burying Beetles.

A Billion Acts of Green® Gears Up For Earth Day

Green (Living) Review

The Earth Day Network is hosting "A Billion Acts of Green®" in 2012. April 2012 : The Earth Day Network is hosting "A Billion Acts of Green®" in 2012. The Earth Day Network will also participate in helping to secure political commitment for more sustainable development, assess progress towards internationally agreed commitments and continue to address new and unforeseen challenges. It's possible to register an act of green at act.earthday.org.

A Big New Milestone Reached in Coal Retirement, Public Health.

Sierra Club Compass

« VIDEO: The Sierra Club Stands with the Fight to Protect the Voting Rights Act | Main. | Millions of Americans are breathing easier these days as we announce that the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign has crossed the halfway mark toward meeting our goal of securing the retirement of a third of the nation ' s coal-fired power. Earlier this week, we announced the three coal retirements by American Electric Power that put us across this halfway mark. Compass.

VIDEO: Wait Until China Acts on Climate. What? They Are!? | Mother.

Mother Jones

VIDEO: Wait Until China Acts on Climate. Ella Chou, an analyst for Brookings and a clean-energy consultant, points out in this great post that the tax is "puny," and local governments may still try to skirt it: Local governments would continue to come up ways to give industries tax rebates and subsidies to attract them to their own jurisdictions, so the effect of the environmental tax or the carbon tax on the industries would be negligible. Skip to Navigation.

Bill on Renewable Energy Omits Huge Source

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Clearing biomass from nation's forests will keep them healthy Despite pending federal legislation that promotes renewable, clean energy and creates new jobs, hard-working people in rural areas are being denied the promise of a green economy, according to the American Loggers Council (ALC). A sustainable biomass industry will keep our forests healthy and provide clean energy and green jobs."

DOE Announces Recipients of Smart Grid Stimulus Fund

Green Life Smart Life

ARCADIA, FLORIDA – Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama today announced the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. The end result will promote energy-saving choices for consumers, increase efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar. million smart meters and other technologies that will cut energy costs for its customers.

Another reason to hate Duke*

Environmental Economics

3, 2013, the outgoing congressman will start lobbying for Duke Energy. According to the release, Shuler's focus in 2013 will be "building the federal affairs team and working with leaders in energy associations in which Duke is involved to support federal issues important to the company's customers and shareholders." For all you Redskins fans: The day after Rep. Heath Shuler's third term expires on Jan.

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Carbon Falling, Economies Rising: Expectations for the Paris Climate Summit

Conservancy Talk

To date, more than 150 countries have submitted their INDCs (intended nationally determined contributions), most focused on measures to increase energy efficiency, scale renewable energy and halt deforestation. Just last month, the White House documented commitments from 81 companies signing on to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. Climate change represents an immediate risk to global prosperity, security and human well-being.

Fuel Economy Standards Are Essential to Our Health, Environment and Economy

Conservancy Talk

At a time when national policies seem to fail time and again on budgets, taxes, immigration, health care, your income security and our national security, it is sometimes hard to believe that the federal government can ever do anything right. That is the air pollution control programs of the Clean Air Act. The auto companies railed against the law, saying that it would cost untold billions for American consumers. jobs in the clean car states.

The Costs of Sequestration

Sierra Club Compass

When Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the midst of the debt-ceiling crisis and crushing gridlock, it was a small compromise, delaying economic catastrophe by kicking the can down the road and stopping the bleeding. The bill set up a series of dramatically harsh spending cuts in the far-off year of 2013 with the idea that the pain those cuts would inflict on our economy and our families would be too great for Congress to fail to act. Clean Air and Water.

Unpacking the Shale Gas LNG Export Boom | PR Watch

PR Watch

While the North American shale gas boom continues full-steam ahead, so too does another boom receiving less of the spotlight: the LNG export boom. Department of Energy (DOE). Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A lesson in North American LNG export terminals is, in actuality, a lesson in the entire geography of the North American unconventional oil and gas infrastructure put on the map, so to speak, by the documentary film, " Gasland.".

What If Polluters Paid and You Got the Money?

Sightline Daily

Northeast states and California invest in energy efficiency and transportation. If Oregon passed a polluters-pay-plus-dividend bill, the air would no longer be a free dumping ground for pollution, clean energy would be on an even playing field with fossil fuels, and each Oregonian would get a check for $500-$1,500 every year. Clean air is a shared asset. Would charging polluters and paying dividends to Oregonians really help Oregon transition to clean energy?

Why We March for Science

Conservancy Talk

We owe this skill to our mastery of empirical science — the power that comes from using millions of observations and data to decipher trends, and act on that knowledge to preserve and enhance the world in which we live. Take the outdoor recreation industry, which supports millions of American jobs. That decline was reversed by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

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Fighting Coal in the Down Under

Sierra Club Compass

Through this movement, communities are voting to Lock the Gate , refusing to allow gas companies on their land for exploration in acts of direct action to protect their land and water. With all this impressive action going on, what were a bunch of Americans doing leading an organizing training? To say we were humbled by the energy and creativity of the activists we met in Australia is an understatement.

Port of Long Beach -- Putting California communities at risk

Sierra Club Compass

California leads the nation in solar energy generation. But while most of California continues moving the clean energy transition forward, the Port of Long Beach has taken a huge step backwards, promoting the interests and protecting the wallets of the toxic fossil fuel industry. The plan, which will have devastating consequences for local and overseas communities, secures dirty fossil fuel exports for the next 15 years.

Smart Grid Coalition Presents Views to House Democratic Caucus on Job Creation and Support for Economic Recovery

Green Life Smart Life

“And the clean energy jobs of the future are created by smart grid companies every day. Senior Executives from DRSG member companies Whirlpool, Honeywell, Landis + Gyr, EnerNOC and Ice Energy represented DRSG, with each company giving an overview of their respective role in smart grid development and how they are adding jobs and contributing to economic recovery as a result of the new business opportunities being created by smart grid policy developments.

Put a Face on Climate Change

Sightline Daily

We’ve often heard that the best communications strategies drive home how climate change impacts—as well as the co-benefits of smart energy solutions—are local, concrete, and personal. A recent study by Matthew Nisbet and Edward Maibach, and colleagues, compared the effectiveness of three different frames for stirring audiences to support climate solutions—the standard “environmental consequences” frame, a national security frame, and a public health frame.

Martian technology on Earth in trillion-dollar opportunity

Green Prophet

The practice of distributed agriculture, it is endeavored, could make the US food secure. Climate change, countries in conflict, and acts of terror could all upend the American way when food gets involved. The company is currently building out the first North American indoor agriculture research park in the quaint town of Brattleboro, Vermont , and is negotiating contracts to build food parks all over the United States. US Food Security as National Security.

It Gets Better: Why 2015 Feels So Different On Climate

Conservancy Talk

We do still have a ways to go in this area – while the media is starting to care more about climate change, and nearly two thirds of Americans believe it’s happening, almost 40 percent of Americans are either not too worried, or not worried at all about climate change. Third , the clean technology economy is a real thing now, bringing much-needed innovation into the marketplace. Clean energy companies bring real jobs and facilities (in Congressional districts!),

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A 1600 foot tower that can power a small city

Eco Friendly Daily

Davey, chief executive of Melbourne renewable-energy company EnviroMission, aims to break ground here early next year on the world's first commercial "solar tower" power station. "The Acting as a giant greenhouse, the solar collector will superheat the air with radiation from the sun. The result: enough clean, green electricity to power some 100,000 homes without producing a particle of pollution or a wisp of planet-warming gases. "We're

C'mon Chamber! - 5 Utilities That Rejected Attacks on Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

The much-anticipated safeguards to clean up carbon pollution from existing power plants have finally been announced , and just as expected, both support and opposition for the protections is all over the airwaves. Even before the Clean Power Plan was proposed, the conservative Chamber of Commerce came out punching with debunked, inaccurate attacks about the plan, claiming we’d see rate hikes and job losses while ignoring the massive economic and public health benefits.

A 1600 foot tower that can power a small city

Eco Friendly Daily

Davey, chief executive of Melbourne renewable-energy company EnviroMission, aims to break ground here early next year on the world's first commercial "solar tower" power station. "The Acting as a giant greenhouse, the solar collector will superheat the air with radiation from the sun. The result: enough clean, green electricity to power some 100,000 homes without producing a particle of pollution or a wisp of planet-warming gases. "We're

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5 Important Reasons To Air Your House Out

Green Prophet

You pour yourself another cup of coffee, hoping caffeine will pump up the energy levels so you can focus better. You might resolve to improve your sleeping habits, eat more healthily, learn to de-stress through meditation… but the simple act of opening the windows might be the only thing you need. According to the American Lung Association , air pollution exists indoors too. Now in the summer, open bedroom windows before you sleep, with due consideration to security.

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Why the Paris Agreement is in the U.S.’s Best Interest

Conservancy Talk

This flexible, bottom-up agreement that engages all countries to act in their own self-interest on climate stands in sharp contrast to the Kyoto Protocol. Both administrations understood that the only way to achieve domestic support for an international climate change agreement was to secure appropriate emissions reductions pledges from developing countries. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune.

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Today We Take Part in Civil Disobedience for the Climate - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

' We couldn't agree more that the time to act is now.  He must double down on clean energy and cut carbon pollution from smokestacks across the country. And we’re telling him that our planet and the American people can’t wait for the political dust to settle, for Congress to wise up, or for another devastating storm to strike before we do something.   Unless we act now, and act with strength, this could become the new normal. Compass.

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Climate Change Bill Passed

Green Earth Journey

The House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 by a vote of 219 to 212. The legislation also includes provisions to create alternative energy sources and cleaner technologies, as well as more efficient building standards.

Markey Campaign Built on Climate Action

Sierra Club Compass

Congressman Ed Markey has been an outspoken and tireless  champion on climate and clean energy issues since first being elected to the U.S. There, he has lead the charge to hold big polluters responsible for the damage they do to the people and places we care most about, and acted time and time again to pursue climate solutions. Senator just like he does - if we continue the fight to ensure they have a safe and secure future.

Despite Solyndra Bankruptcy, Solar Grew 69% From Obama Policy

Green Prophet

Republicans want you to believe that Americans hate clean energy. They’ve seized on one bankruptcy to prove that all clean tech companies are doomed to failure, and government shouldn’t invest in them. But Californa’s Solyndra was just one innovative clean tech investment among $90 billion worth of clean tech investments by the Department of Energy under the Obama administration’s Recovery Act.

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SNAP: Announcing Six New Working Groups & New RFP

Nature Conservancy - Science

Science for Nature and People (SNAP) announces the selection of six new Working Groups that will bring science to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges involving nature and human well-being — from urban water security to hydraulic fracturing’s impact on water quality , from the sustainable management of fish stocks to feeding 9 billion people without destroying the planet. Urban Water Security: Prioritizing Investments in Nature.

The Sage-Grouse’s Next Dance: What the Recent Decision Means for the Bird and Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

But suddenly, because of all the national new coverage, this species was now in the consciousness of many other Americans, too. The peril to the sagebrush isn’t just energy development or ranchers or urban sprawl. This is a favorite saying of my friend Paul Hansen, who was a conservation champion of the Clean Air Act in the 1960s—an era when we seemed to know how to do collaborative conservation better.

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Don’t Just Complain, Blame, or Worry. Do Something: How You Can Take Action for a Sustainable Planet

Conservancy Talk

Can we have a future where people get the food, energy, and economic growth they need without sacrificing nature? Under President Nixon we got the EPA, The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act. Take the Clean Air Act, for example. The Act required tail pipe emissions to be reduced by 75% in just five years. Today, thanks mainly to the Clean Air Act, cars are 99.5

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Start the Year Off Right: Take Action on Climate Change Now

Conservancy Talk

Just before the end of 2017, I had the chance to speak to a group of college students about what they can do to act on climate change. Climate change is a huge challenge to human health, access to food and water, security, and the economy, too. This may sound obvious, but—sadly—less than 37% of Americans voted in the last mid-term election—the lowest levels since WWII. Or stand up for renewable portfolio standards and other smart energy policies.

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Innovative Solutions for Nature and Climate

Conservancy Talk

In most respects, environmental policy has been more successful than budget policy, energy policy, foreign policy, education policy—you name it. Gina McCarthy probably summed it up best at a recent 40 th anniversary celebration for the Safe Drinking Water Act. Here’s what she said, and I quote: “Americans drink a billion glasses of tap water every day. Before the Safe Drinking Water Act, 40 percent of that water didn’t meet basic health standards.

Sierra Club Turns to Civil Disobedience to Stop Keystone Pipeline.

Mother Jones

→ Climate Change , Energy , Environment , Interview. While staff and board members have previously participated in acts of civil disobedience in a personal capacity, this is the first time that the organization will take part. When it's used rarely, in extraordinary conditions, American history shows that it has done a great deal in helping to address injustices. MJ: So, what sort of acts of civil disobedience to you foresee taking part in? Skip to Navigation.

Top 4 Reasons the US Still Doesn't Have a Single Offshore Wind.

Mother Jones

Energy , Environment , International , Regulatory Affairs , Tech , The Climate Desk , Top Stories. But Americas small-yet-dedicated entrepreneurial corps of offshore developers are still chasing "wet steel," as they call it, while their European and Asian colleagues forge ahead on making offshore wind a basic component of their energy plans. Obama Administration Says President Can Use Lethal Force Against Americans on US Soil. Secure, Discreet and Reliable.

Sustainable Cleveland, Sustainable Future

Conservancy Talk

Under President Nixon we got the EPA, The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act. Take the Clean Air Act, for example. On December 31, 1970, President Nixon signed the Clean Air Act as the first Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Ruckelshaus and the Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Russell Train look on. Today, thanks mainly to the Clean Air Act, cars today are 99.5

12 steps to unite to combate Climate Change

The Green Changemakers

Telling people you will reduce carbon emissions may seem simplistic, but even simple actions like announcing your commitment to going carbon neutral can be effective, while the simple act of asking for ideas can lead to creative and innovative solutions. Most homes or businesses can reduce energy use by 10 per cent—which almost always results in a 10 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—with a one year payback or less. Reducing this energy can create instant savings.

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A Just Foreign Policy Resource Guide

The Green Changemakers

and Russian arsenals) still pose one of the greatest threats to human security. government accountable for clean up, waste management, and warhead dismantlement programs. www.shundahai.org The Union of Concerned Scientists organizes a global security campaign that advocates for the elimination of nuclear weapons. www.ajmuste.org American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world.

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The mass media and our environment

Green Blog

And in an effort to increase their incomes and securing their profit-margins the corporate media is cutting their costs wherever they can. A Gallup survey released last year shows that an increasing number of Americans (41%) believe that global warming is being "exaggerated" in the media. The same survey also shows that Americans have started to feel a bit less worried about climate change. Or that renewable energy is both expensive and damaging to the environment.

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