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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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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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Quotatious: Rush Limbaugh Blames Japan's Environmental Consciousness for the Earthquake

Rush Limbaugh says that "Gaia" was trying to tell Japanese environmentalists something with the earthquake and tsunami.

\n\n\n\n At roughly 0:33 in the clip above, a caller—let's call him callous Chris in Indianapolis—asks Limbaugh, "If these are the people that invented the Prius, have mastered public transportation, recycling, why did mother earth, Gaia if you will, hit them with this disaster?"

After playing (and mocking) an audio clip about Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims recycling in their temporary disaster housing, Rush goes on to answer Chris's question:

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