National lawmakers did next to nothing about climate change over the August congressional recess, but climate activists and their fossil-fuel foes were busy.  Here are highlights from their summer antics:

activists with clean-energy signsClean-energy activists at a Maine rally.Photo: 1Sky

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The climate activists

  • The Alliance for Climate Protection’s Repower America campaign and the Blue Green Alliance kicked off a Made in America Jobs Tour to promote the benefits of a clean energy economy.
  • 1Sky organized more than 100 “Back to D.C.” events during the last week of the congressional recess, pushing lawmakers to pass a strong climate and energy bill; earlier in August, it organized “beach parties” to make the same point. 
  • 350.org got events scheduled in more than 100 countries for Oct. 24, the International Day of Climate Action.
  • Operation Free launched a campaign that encourages veterans to support climate legislation and clean energy. 
  • The League of Conservation Voters started running ads critical of reps who voted against the House climate bill. 
  • The Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Center for American Progress Action Fund, NAACP, and AAUW launched a tip line through which citizens can report deceptive acts by polluters who are seeking to stymie climate and clean-energy legislation.  (For more on such deceptive acts, keep reading …)

The dirty-energy interests

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