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Why It's Time for You to Demand a Smart Meter

Developing a smart grid would save consumers money and conserve energy. But utility companies are dragging their feet.

Smart people want to save energy: It keeps utility bills down and is good for the planet. A smart grid, which gives feedback to both consumers and electricity producers on how much energy is being used and when it’s most in demand, can help make those energy savings happen. But smart, profit-motivated utility companies don’t all share the goals of smart people. Right now, they have more control over when and how the smart grid will develop, and they’re losing interest in moving forward.

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Bill McKibben: "I Dare the Media to Cover This"

Forget symbolic acts and solar panels. Bill McKibben wants to shame political leaders by showing them what real work on climate change looks like.

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The author has launched an effort to shame our political leaders—by showing them what actual work looks like.

We’re holding a Global Work Party on 10-10-10. All over the world, people will be putting up solar panels, digging community gardens, and laying out bike paths, all in an effort to show some actual leadership in fighting climate change. It’s an effort, in part, to shame our political leaders—to show them what actual work looks like.

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Rahm Emanuel, Climate Change's Public Enemy Number 1

Edward Morris argues that the White House Chief of Staff is to blame for not prioritizing climate change policy in the United States. Here's why.


You may have noticed reports percolating here and there that Rahm Emanuel might leave the White House. To anyone who still holds out hope in the Obama administration and, more importantly, to anyone who still holds out hope that we will come to our senses and address the biggest threat to global security we have ever faced, this is great news. Bye, bye, Rahm, it’s nice to see you go. And the sooner the better.

The greatest threat to our global security is climate change. Floods in Pakistan, fires in Russia, drought in Niger—all events we can expect more of with a climate increasingly in chaos. Not only do these catastrophic events diminish food supplies, kill thousands, raise world food prices, and force people to become refugees, they threaten to destabilize governments. And each government I cited is either a nuclear power or in possession of uranium that makes nuclear weapons.

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