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UPDATE: Free Call to Senators to Save Climate Change Legislation


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson UPDATE is below. If you just got here and haven’t read my post about the Senate’s murder of climate change legislation, I wish you’d do it now, and then come back here. Repower America will pay for a  free phone call to the office of one  your Senators. Get a pencil […]

A Free Pass for Senate Republicans


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. –William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” With the help of Democrats in the White House and the Senate “leadership,” Republicans have killed hope for legislation on climate change, or even meaningful energy efficiency, for this year and probably […]

Senate Energy Legislation Showdown Next Week


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring some kind of energy bill to the floor during the week of July 26. Just what it will contain is still open for conjecture. But it’s a sure bet it will be less than environmental activists want, and more that industrial activists will […]

Crash Course Meets Transition Town


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by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Great minds think alike. Or at least some of them do, some of the time. So it is that Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell each invented the telephone, Albert Sabin and Jonas Salk each found a vaccine for polio, and Alfred Russell Wallace and Charles Darwin each developed a theory […]

Role Models on Wheels


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson There were no bikes to be bought, new or used, where we lived during World War II. I didn’t get a two-wheeler until I was 11, two years after the war was over. For me, riding a bike was never something I could do without thinking. I worried about every car […]

Moose – Update 7/11/10


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Used to be, if you wanted to see moose you drove 200-300 miles north from here into Northern Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. This year they’re here in Warwick ( Mass.). Yesterday, three miles from my house, I came upon this young fellow. If I’d been speeding I’d have hit him; […]

Menu Choices for Climate Change Legislation


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I probably shouldn’t be reading Bill McKibben’s new book, Eaarth, while I work on an overview essay on climate and energy-related legislation pending in the U.S. Senate. McKibben, you know, is the founder of 350.org, the organization that tells us that the upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, if […]

Dick Lugar’s Practical Plan


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson On June 9, the day before the Murkowski Dirty Air resolution was defeated, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) filed what he calls a “possible bipartisan framework” for energy legislation. It’s an open question how bipartisan this framework will be. At this writing Lugar’s Practical Energy and Climate Plan, S. 3464, has two […]

The Crisis is Now


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By Daphne Bishop The people at RuralVotes work for progress. We strive to create a better future for our communities and are actively engaged in the world around us. We write about seemingly intractable problems and highlight people who are finding innovative solutions. Sometimes, we discover that our words and our efforts join a larger […]

UPDATE: Senate Votes Thursday on Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson At 3:52 pm ET Thursday, the Senate rejected Lisa Murkowski’s bid to reject the science that says fossil fuels contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming, harming the public health and well being, thus gutting the EPA and the Clean Air Act. The vote that killed SJR 26– technically on the […]


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