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Last weekend, roughly 10,000 young climate and clean energy activists gathered in Washington D.C. for Power Shift, a four-day series of rallies, training workshops, lobbying missions, and inspiring speeches. One thing clear at Power Shift, and evident in the recent merger of 350.org and 1Sky.org, is that there's a new cooperative spirit in environmentalism that has been somewhat lost in the older "big logo" environmental NGOs. The main organizers of Power Shift embody that spirit: Energy Action Coalitionis a coalition of over 50 youth-led environmental and social justice organizations. Here's a founder of EAC:

"We're going to work in a united way, we're not going to fight against each other for resources—like some of our elders in the environmental movement do—but to share best practices and strategize together.”

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Ed Markey Worries that the GOP Will Repeal Gravity

Watch the Democratic rep sarcastically call out House Republicans for their draconian anti-scientific new bill.

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Representative Ed Markey (D-MA), speaking at the Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing two weeks ago, uses some sardonic humor to point out the dreadful, cynical attack on science that the Upton-Inhofe bill represents.

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Jeff Bingaman Is the Only Politician Speaking Truth About Gas Prices

The New Mexico senator is the only one in Washington, D.C. who will tell the uncomfortable truth about gas prices and oil supply and demand.


Gasoline prices have everything to do with the international price of crude oil, and pretty much nothing to do with with our domestic policy. (We have only 2 percent of the world's total reserves.) That doesn't stop plenty of politicians and other know-nothings from crowing on about how Democrats and U.S. environmentalists are to blame for the current high (relatively) gasoline prices. Except Jeff Bingaman, the Democratic Senator from New Mexico, who delivered some honest-to-goodness truth about oil supply and demand in a speech last week.

But what can Congress do to help ease the burden of high prices for U.S. consumers, when oil prices are determined mostly outside our borders? I think a realistic, responsible answer has to be focused on becoming less vulnerable to oil price changes over the medium- and long-term. And we become less vulnerable by using less oil.

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