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Are We Winning the Clean vs. Dirty Energy Battle?

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” -Thomas Edison, 1931 I’ve been doing just about all I can for the last 10 years to help build the climate movement. For virtually all of that time I’ve done so without much hope that we can defeat Dirty Coal, Oil and Gas in enough time to prevent massive climate disruption. In all honesty, many times I’ve felt that I was doing this work mainly to be able …

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Obama: “All of the above,” again and again

The day after the November 6 election I wrote about Obama’s electoral victory over Romney, which I was glad for. My column was about the need for the climate movement to “make it impossible for the Obama administration not to speak up and take action on the rapidly deepening and most important issue human civilization has ever faced. The world is crying out, almost literally, for smart, determined and visionary leadership on the climate crisis.” When I heard a few weeks later that Obama had directed White House staff to come up with proposals for what he should be doing …

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Interfaith CD Action at White House March 21

Palms, Matzah, Our Planet, and the White House: A Religious Call to Civil Disobedience at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, March 21st  At noon on March 21st, religiously and spiritually rooted Americans of all traditions will gather at the White House for a moral act of loving nonviolent civil disobedience.  This action, organized by the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC), will make clear to President Obama that his inspired pledge to halt the destruction of the Earth from climate change requires that he take bold and courageous actions, including rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. As religious leaders and individuals …

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No Fracking, No Fracking Pipelines

Something is happening in the Delaware River watershed, something important and inspiring. Yesterday over 100 people from dozens of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware groups joined together in one of the most empowering actions I’ve been part of in a long time. For two and a half hours, led by Maya Van Rossom and Tracy Carluccio of the Delaware Riverkeepers Network, we nonviolently and creatively took over the latest meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission. We took this action because of the DRBC’s complete failure, so far at least, to deal with the 13 natural gas pipelines …

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Our Lunch Counter Moment

“Dark and cold we may be, but this Is no winter now. The frozen misery Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move; The thunder is the thunder of the floes, The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring. Thank God our time is now when wrong Comes up to face us everywhere, Never to leave us till we take The longest stride of soul we ever took. Affairs are now soul size.” -Christopher Fry, A Sleep of Prisoners Rev. Lennox Yearwood, leader of the Hip Hop Caucus and the MC at yesterday’s massive Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., talks …

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Big Steps Forward for US Climate Movement

There are two major events being organized by the US climate movement over the next month. The first and most immediately significant event is what is being described (accurately) as the biggest climate demonstration in US history, taking place February 17th in Washington, D.C. Tens of thousands of people have already signed up indicating their intention to take part, and momentum is building. This action was called by the Sierra Club soon after the November elections. The official call to action that went out in December came from them, 350.org and the Hip Hop Caucus. Since that time close to …

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Ken Cuccinelli and Dominion Power Move to Repeal Virginia RPS

Breaking: Cuccinelli and Dominion Move to Repeal Virginia’s Clean Electricity Standard Proposed legislation would harm environment and, opponents say, constitutes a confession that Dominion has accepted $77 million from ratepayers without properly fulfilling intent of current law RICHMOND—Dominion Virginia Power has informed environmental groups that the company has reached a tentative agreement with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to support legislation that would effectively repeal the state’s signature clean energy law.  The move, environmentalists said, would not only harm the environment but also represents a de facto admission of guilt by Dominion. The company has already accepted $77 million from …

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Multifaith Action at White House on Jan. 15

To bring attention to the urgent need for action on climate change, Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC) will be leading “A Pray-in for the Climate” in front of the White House on Tuesday, January 15th, the 84th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Leaders and individuals from Buddhist, Christian (Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant), Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and other faith traditions will gather to call for immediate and comprehensive action to address the greatest moral and social issue of our time: climate change. Events for the day include: — 11:00 am - Multi-Faith Service - New York Avenue …

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Promised Land, a movie review

Promised Land, the new movie starring Matt Damon, is a movie in part about fracking, the new and extremely problematic way of getting natural gas out of shale rock far below the earth’s surface. It’s a very good movie, with good acting, particularly by Damon in a very different role than, for example, his Jason Bourne trilogy. Instead of  being a kick-ass former CIA assassin on a mission to reclaim his memory and the truth about what was done to him, in Promised Land Damon is a conflicted, conscience-stricken, corporate hot shot “land man” using bribes and threats, when necessary, …

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Pray-in at the White House Jan. 15

We are facing a Climate Cliff, and we need you - our religious and spiritual leaders, other believers and all people of good will - to join us in addressing its danger by participating in “A Pray-in for the Climate” in front of the White House on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, following the agenda listed below.    To date, the religious and faith leaders who have agreed to be with us include:            Rev. Richard Cizik, President of The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good             Rev. Bob Edgar, CEO, Common Cause; Former head of National Council …

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