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And the award goes to President Obama

Update:  read the President's acceptance speech with direct references to climate change action here. This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced a surprise decision to honor President Barack Obama for his "extraordinary…

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Will the last one (to leave the Chamber of Commerce) turn off the lights?

Apple Computer is the latest in a long-line of American businesses leaving the Chamber of Commerce over climate policy. They resigned today with a letter stating: “We strongly object to the chamber’s…

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Senate unveils new climate and clean energy legislation

Today, Senators Kerry and Boxer kicks off the Senate's efforts to pass a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill by introducing the Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act. Many climate advocates…

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The Road to Copenhagen with Climate Week in the USA and Beyond

As the name implies, global climate change is an issue impacting the entire planet.  While scientists have reached consensus about the importance of drastically reducing global warming pollution, government leaders have yet…

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Lessons from the Road in Coastal North Carolina

In late August, I embarked on a trip to coastal North Carolina to meet business-owners, citizens and local decision makers to involve them in the regional climate and energy work that we…

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Climate Change and Peak Oil, Two Problems with One Solution

While reading about peak oil recently, it became clear to me why peak oil advocates and climate action advocates should be natural allies.  While the challenges of peak oil may be different…

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Choosing Sides in the Climate Debate

While many Americans and most of the media remained focused on the issue of health care policy, corporate giants are quietly and not-so-quietly choosing sides in another national debate: energy and climate…

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Blocked phone lines, forged letters, staged rallies - oh my!

What a busy summer Big Energy and its allies have had! First, as the House of Representatives began to debate the clean energy/climate bill in June, legions of lobbyists hit Capitol Hill…

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Time flies when you are having fun: a year in review from an energy advocate

It's been a whirlwind of a year since I accepted the position as SACE's  Tennessee Valley Energy Policy Associate here in Knoxville.  So much has happened, both good and bad, that it…

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UPDATE: NC Senate Refers Wind Energy Ban Back to Committee

Updated July 17th, 2009: A welcome victory on the Senate floor occurred on Wednesday when Senator Goss submitted an amendment that would reinstate language into SB 1068 allowing for utility-scale wind turbines…