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Why Don't We Name Hurricanes After Climate Deniers?

Despite overwhelming evidence of man-made climate change, some members of Congress just haven't gotten the message.

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Extreme weather, supercharged by climate change, has been pounding the U.S. In 2012, there were 11 climate disasters that cost more than $1 billion each, according to NOAA. And as I write this, Yosemite—where modern environmentalism was arguably born—is on fire.

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Why I'll Be Riding 300 Miles to Washington D.C., and What That Has to Do With Climate Change

Our environment editor is off on a 5-day ride from NYC to DC for climate change awareness. Here's why he thinks activism still matters.


Today I'm setting out with a bunch of fellow climate hawks to pedal our way down from New York City to the nation's capital. Along the way we intend to show some support for smarter energy policies and an earnest mobilization to combat climate change. The trip is called ClimateRide, and it's unique in that it combines bullhorn-style advocacy, actual grassroots lobbying, and fund-raising for some very deserving nonprofits.

Someone too cynical (or too lazy) might gripe that a rolling gang of cyclists in goofy spandex aren't going to change anyone's mind about climate change. Personally, I'm of the opinion that actions and stunts and awareness really do matter. When you start to feel defeated and quiet down, you pretty quickly get forgotten, and a perfect example of that is the climate bill that fell dead in Congress last year. We don't have a decent climate law today because a lot of swing state senators felt more pressure from the fossil fuels industry than they did from those of us who demand clean air, clean water, and a safe climate. If there is ever to be hope for a real nationwide mobilization on climate, politicians are going to have to feel vulnerable for voting against anything that compromises our climate and our future. Showing up at their offices (we'll have changed out of the goofy spandex for that) and telling them to their faces that they will lose your vote is one pretty powerful way to make them feel vulnerable.

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Moving Planet: A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels

Our good friends at 350.org just announced the plan for their next big global day of climate action. Get the details here.


Our good friends at 350.org just announced the plan for their next big global day of climate action. On September 24th, people in countries literally all around the world will organize thousands of events with a common theme: moving the world beyond fossil fuels. It's called Moving Planet.

Now you might be asking: Wasn't Power Shift just a couple weeks ago? Didn't we do this last year? And the year before? Does the world really need another climate change action?

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Everything That's Wrong About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in One Infographic

Learn how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is nothing but a front group for big polluters in under 30 seconds.

If you don't know already, GOOD is partnering with 350.org on the "The U.S. Chamber Doesn't Speak for Me" campaign. (See our initial announcement post, or all our Chamber coverage.) The basic message is simple: when it comes to climate and energy, the US Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of big polluters, not everyday American business.

A local organizer told the command center at 350.org that they needed a good, "simple way to explain the whole campaign in 30 seconds or less." So they created this amazing graphic below, chock full of need-to-know facts and figures about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's nefarious ways.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. Our Air: A Brief History

Learn exactly how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce--not the mom and pop shops in your local organization--have mounted a decades-long assault on our air.


As I wrote a couple weeks back, we've signed on to help out with 350.org's "The U.S. Chamber Doesn't Speak For Me" campaign. The message of the effort is simple enough: When it comes to climate and energy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of big polluters, not everyday American business.

Currently, efforts to gut the Clean Air Act of its core pollution protections are underway in Congress and the U.S. Chamber is advancing the cause. This isn't a new development. The U.S. Chamber has been fighting clean air and public safety regulations for decades.

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Money Pollution: The Chamber of Commerce Darkens the Skies

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a front for the biggest corporations and polluters. Small businesses are saying "the chamber doesn't speak for me."


In Beijing, they celebrate when they have a “blue sky day,” when, that is, the haze clears long enough so that you can actually see the sun. Many days, you can’t even make out the next block.

Washington, by contrast, looks pretty clean: white marble monuments; broad, tree-lined avenues; the beautiful, green spread of the Mall. But its inhabitants—at least those who vote in Congress—can’t see any more clearly than the smoke-shrouded residents of Beijing.

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