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EPA’s Gina McCarthy Delivers Obama Administration Position on Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure With Green Jobs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EPA’s Gina McCarthy, a teacher from Boston, delivered one of the keynote addresses on repairing America’s infrastructure with green jobs Monday afternoon at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs annual conference, delivering the Obama administrations position before a new and powerful coalition of unions and environmentalists under the umbrella of the Blue…

Sierra Club’s Michael Brune Delivers Keynote Address at Green Jobs Conference

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Sierra Club’s Michael Brune delivered one of the keynote addresses on repairing America’s infrastructure with green jobs Monday afternoon at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs annual conference, put on by the Blue Green Alliance, a coalition of unions and environmental non-profit groups. With more than 15 million members through 14 affiliated…

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Kicks Off at the Washington Hilton

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The opening session of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference for 2014 kicked off Sunday night with a dynamic panel of speakers who are at the forefront of the national discussion about how to address the country’s crumbling infrastructure, while at the same time beginning to deal with…

Eyes on the Prize: 100 Percent Clean Energy

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – I’ve written a lot about the consequences of relying on fossil fuels for energy, but the chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River still comes as a shock. Almost a week later, thousands are still without drinking water, and many of those who’ve been given the “all clear”…

Sierra Club Demands that Governor Bentley Release Water Policy Report

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Letter to the Editor – By Margo Rebar – Chair, Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club The people of Alabama need to know what the recommendations are for securing our water resources from the threats of outside neighboring states and inside competing uses. But it seems water in Alabama is something of a political football.…

The Year In Review for 2013

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Facebook users are faced with a new link on their pages promoting them to “See Your 2013 Year in Review: Look back at your 20 biggest moments from the past year.” The problem is, as usual with new technology, programming code is choosing those big moments for…

Water Wars Meeting Reveals One Way Alabama Power Controls Water Policy

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Mitch Reid with the Alabama Rivers Alliance reveals one way Alabama Power controls water policy in the state. By Glynn Wilson – The Bevill technology training center at Gadsden State Community College was the scene Friday for a collaborative effort on the part of government, industry, citizens and environmental groups to form a legal water…

A Government Shutdown Game Without Winners

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – As the shutdown of the federal government drags on, Americans are angry. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching with nervous disbelief as we edge toward defaulting on our debts. And with each additional day the shutdown continues, the damage gets worse. The national parks, of course,…

The Butterfly Effect and Climate Change

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By Glynn Wilson – LAKE GUNTERSVILLE STATE PARK, Ala. — In a scene near the end of the film Havana, Robert Redford as the professional poker player Jack Weil mentions the Butterfly Effect from Chaos Theory when saying his final goodbye to Lena Olin as Bobby Durán. “I believe it,” he says. “I believe a…

Citizens Fight Off Plan to Turn Mobile Alabama Into A Tar Sands Mecca

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By Julie Dermansky – It took a while for the Alabama public to understand that their state is being transformed into a tar sands Mecca. Proposals for rail and pipeline transport and tar sands storage facilities were first presented in 2010, and by 2012, most were rubber stamped with no public input. But in 2013,…

Time to Draw the Line on Climate Change

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – Some great things have happened since that freezing day last February when I marched to the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., with 50,000 of my closest friends. Looking back, it did feel like the start of something big. From the stage, the sight of that sea…

Yes, Virginia, There Are Climate Solutions

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – This year, Virginians will elect a new governor, one of only two gubernatorial elections this year, the other being in New Jersey. At the moment, Terry McAuliffe is leading climate denier and attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in the polls, but a lot can happen between now and November…