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ActivismYoung people especially, disillusioned by the failure of established institutions to act on climate change, are taking to the streets in growing numbers. They are the reluctant inheritors of potential catastrophes they want to avert.
Environmentalists are optimistic that the electoral defeat of 11 of a targeted 'dirty dozen' sends a signal and opens new possibilities for action.
Statistically, the November elections seemed a win for the status quo in Washington—neither chamber...
Nov 27, 2012 | Read More
Washington State Gov.-elect Jay Inslee
Enviros say Gov. Jay Inslee, a pioneer of the U.S. clean economy, gives them a shot at blocking NW coal terminals. Is it wishful thinking?
Washington State will have perhaps the nation's greenest governor when Jay Inslee, an early...
Nov 26, 2012 | Read More
Protesters rally against the Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 18 in Washington D.C.
Continuing protests will spotlight the danger of burning fossil energy reserves containing 2,795 gigatons of CO2.
Karen Bagdes-Canning felt a sense of déjà vu when she marched past the White House on Sunday...
Nov 19, 2012 | Read More
Anti-nuclear protest in Freiburg, Germany, in March 2011.
Clean Break: Chapter 4 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Bonn, Germany—On the afternoon of April 29, 1986, West Germany's Interior Minister Friedrich...
Nov 16, 2012 | Read More
Markus Bohnert, co-director of Bürger Energie St. Peter.
Clean Break: Chapter 3 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Sankt Peter im Schwarzwald, Germany—The Abbey of St. Peter in the Black Forest has had its ups and...
Nov 15, 2012 | Read More
Landowner Eleanor Fairchild (right) and actress Daryl Hannah (left) were arreste
Eleanor Fairchild, 78, is among more than 30 activists arrested since August for using nonviolent civil disobedience to protest the Keystone XL in Texas.
Eleanor Fairchild has been arrested twice: once outside the White House in August 2011 and again...
Nov 14, 2012 | Read More
Bill Clinton and Prop 3
Prop 3 is the only clean energy issue on a state ballot. Michigan's standing as a battleground state is putting the measure under a national spotlight.
Update at 1:00 ET on Nov. 7, 2012: Proposal 3 was defeated at the polls Tuesday. Roughly 36 percent...
Nov 2, 2012 | Read More
Tree protesters in Winnsboro, Texas
Protests against the Keystone XL pipeline have led to arrests and headlines. But TransCanada says construction is moving along as planned.
Tree-sitters blockading the path of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas closed the first month of...
Oct 26, 2012 | Read More
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Amid puzzling indifference shown by elected officials over Enbridge's pipeline plans, townships are stepping up, opponents say—and giving them some hope.
At first, Katy Bodenmiller was dumbfounded by the response from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a two-...
Oct 17, 2012 | Read More
Sign advertising a 'Stop the War On Coal' rally in Franklin, Pa.
What’s driving the decline of the U.S. coal industry? Turns out there’s no simple answer—even though some politicians want one.
Power plant operators are shuttering aging coal facilities at record rates—a trend presidential...
Oct 16, 2012 | Read More