September 2009

Southern Governors Hear Warning September 2, 2009 : 1:38 PM

The Richmond Times Dispatch recently reported:

“Global climate change over the next 20 years will cause intense droughts in the Southwest, floods in the Northeast threatening the coastline and urban areas, and significant storm damage along the Gulf Coast, a panel of Southern governors was told yesterday.”

“Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard Engel, director of the Climate Change and State Stability program of the National Intelligence Council, told the governors that the changes could also affect U.S. national-security interests -- aggravating poverty, degrading the environment and destabilizing fragile government regimes of nations around the world.”

When the Senate returns to Washington this fall, they need to take action to immediately address the climate crisis. Our failure to act will have wide-ranging and catastrophic consequences. Take action today and call the Repower America Hotline to leave a message for your Senators.

Call 1-877-9-REPOWER right now.


ACCCE Loses a Member September 15, 2009 : 5:22 PM

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the scandal involving Bonner & Associates sending fraudulent letters to Congress on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. ACCCE is nothing more than a coal industry Astroturf group and today they are weaker. One of their major partners, Alstom Power, left the coalition.

While ACCCE continues to lobby for dirty energy, Alstom has joined the “U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a coalition of environmental groups, auto companies, utilities, and other corporations that are pushing Congress to pass a cap and trade bill.”

It’s easy to get disenchanted by the legislative process, but slowly and surely we are winning.


The cost of pollution September 16, 2009 : 8:10 PM

According to Time Magazine:

“Scientists at the University of Michigan, led by Dr. Robert Brook, found that the quality of air you breathe can immediately increase your blood pressure, and cause unhealthy changes in your blood vessels that last for hours and perhaps even days. The study measured the effect of air pollution in healthy people in two cities -- Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toronto -- where participants were exposed in the lab to the same amount of particulates and ozone that would be found near a local highway. People who breathed in polluted air registered higher blood-pressure readings a short time after exposure, compared with those who breathed filtered air, and their blood vessels showed impairment as long as 24 hours later. Such prolonged hypertension is a known risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.”

Our economy, the environment and our health are all at risk if Congress fails to act. Right now, your Representatives are back in Washington and the Senate is about to go to work on the most comprehensive piece of environmental and climate legislation of our lives. In March 2007, as we launched, I wrote:

“The reason Congress has so far failed to act is not because there are no solutions to the problem. Nor is it because the majority doesn't believe that the climate crisis is real. They have failed to act, because they have not yet faced a sufficient expression of political will on the part of the American people demanding they confront our climate crisis head on. You and I know that political will is a renewable resource, and enough already exists to start solving this crisis. We just have to communicate that forcefully to the political leaders of our country.”

Since that time, more than two million Americans have joined our movement. We have the numbers; we have built the political will. Now we need our leaders to act. Send a message to your Senators today by clicking here.


Who's using Green Power? September 17, 2009 : 4:11 PM

Major corporations have already seen the benefits of using clean, renewable electricity. According to the Inspired Economist, here “is a list of the top 10 green energy purchasers” compiled by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership:

PepsiCo (various sources) -- 100% power
Whole Foods (solar, wind) -- 105% power
Dell (biogas, solar, wind) -- 158% power
The Pepsi Bottling Group (various sources) -- 100% power
U.S. EPA (biogas, biomass, geothermal, wind) -- 100% power
Pepsi Americas (various) -- 100% power
Vail Resorts (wind) -- 100% power
The World Bank (wind) -- 100% power
Mowhawk Fine Papers (wind) -- 100% power
The Dannon Company (wind) -- 100% power


$1 Trillion September 18, 2009 : 1:41 PM

According to the Washington Post:

“China potentially could be a $500 billion to $1 trillion a year market for environmentally sustainable ‘green technologies,’ a group of businesses and experts said in a report Thursday that urges governments to ease the way for such initiatives.”

We can create these green jobs right here in America and become a technological leader in the field. The bill being debated in the Senate will help create these green jobs. In fact, according to the Center for American Progress:

“Investments in a clean-energy economy will generate major employment benefits for the entire U.S. economy. Our research finds that spending $150 billion on clean-energy investments would create roughly 1.7 million jobs. This is even after assuming a reduction in fossil fuel spending equivalent to the increase in clean-energy investments.”

Our investments now will determine our economic and environmental health for the next century. We cannot afford inaction.


Veterans for Clean Energy September 21, 2009 : 1:56 PM

VoteVets has a new ad featuring Iraq War veterans talking about the need for clean power.

I encourage everyone to heed these veterans’ advice and call their Senators. Ask them to support legislation to repower America today.


Waxman-Markey: Benefits far outweigh the cost September 23, 2009 : 9:29 AM

According to NYU Law School’s Institute for Policy Integrity:

“From almost any perspective and under almost any assumption, H.R. 2454 is a good investment for the United States to make in our own economic future and in the future of the planet.”

In fact, the study concluded that the bill “provides $2.27 in benefits for every dollar spent.”

The facts are clear and the time to act is now. Call your Senator today and demand they pass legislation to repower America.


The Climate Project is making a difference September 23, 2009 : 11:02 AM

So far The Climate Project has trained more than 3,000 people to deliver my slide show. A study conducted by Milepost consulting found that the presentations these dedicated volunteers are giving have made a huge impact.

For example, the report found “that those who previously did not identify as ‘environmentalists’ underwent the greatest mental shift, becoming more likely to support emissions reduction and to reduce their carbon footprint.”

I want to congratulate all of The Climate Project’s presenters. You are really making a difference.

If you want to see these incredible volunteers in action, schedule a TCP presentation in your community by clicking here. [Link]


New Mileage Standards September 25, 2009 : 11:22 AM

Last week the Obama administration proposed new rules that would increase the average fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by 40%. I absolutely agree with the Alliance for Climate Protections’ CEO Maggie Fox, who stated:

"The historic proposed fuel standards announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation will bring us leaps and bounds closer to repowering America and ending our dependence on foreign oil. The Obama Administration’s plans will mean cleaner, more efficient vehicles that emit less pollution, get American families savings at the pump, and promote even greater breakthroughs in clean transportation technology."