DC Climate Rally, February 17, 2013

Thousands Rallied Against Keystone Pipeline Presidents’ Day Weekend

The Go Forward on Climate rally held in front of the White House brought all ages of Americans together from shore to shore to send a message to President Obama to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The time to act is now, as the phrase goes, “on the right side of history.” Do you agree?

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Bold New Senate Bill Addresses Climate Change

The Climate Protection Act of 2013 proposes a “fee and dividend” structure. The plan would tax carbon-emitting fossil fuels at the sources, but, 60% of the money raised by this levy would be distributed to the American people, to offset the additional charges they would incur at the gas pump or on their utility bills.

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Under Tesla vs NYT Spat, EV Charging Network Takes Root

Reporter John Broder had a bad experience driving a Tesla Model S, but the Tesla vs New York Times argument hides a growing EV charging network, and chargers will soon become far more commonplace and convenient than gas stations.

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Sharing is the Rational Economic Choice

The barriers to a sustainable future are many and complex, and no single entity has all the answers. In a sharing society, organisations and individuals alike can pool the vast wealth of collective know-how, ideas and experiences and put them to excellent use.

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SOTU: Will Actions Follow Strong Words on Climate Change?

The New York Times reported this morning on a study showing that “of legislative requests presidents have made during the State of the Union address since 1965, just under half were at least partially successful.” If this would be the case with the climate and energy legislative requests President Obama made last night we’re good. Even very good.

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Salt Lake City Buys Solar in Bulk

Participants in regional rooftop PV systems sponsored and supported by the DOE’s Rooftop Solar Challenge have reaped big savings via bulk buying plans.

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Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to L.A. Clean Truck Program

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trucking industry challenge to rules that Los Angeles adopted five years ago designed to curb truck emissions at the nation’s busiest port. The question centers on whether cities and states have authority to limit pollution from trucks moving long-haul cargo.

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Climate Change Reaching Human and Geophysical Tipping Points

There seems top be some evidence to suggest that as the storm tide swept over the East Coast last Fall, it lifted the tide of public opinion in its wake. As scientists warn of a global warming tipping point driven by positive feedback loops such as the declining albedo effect of ice turning to water or the liberation of methane gas from thawing permafrost, are we finally reaching, in the aftermath of yet another temperature record-breaking year, featuring another deadly storm, a tipping point of public opinion?