Will Green Jobs Be YOUTH Jobs?

While young people have been some of the biggest advocates for green jobs, no one has really tried to answer the question of whether green jobs will be youth jobs? Will more green jobs mean more jobs for youth, or will young people miss out on the very green jobs we’ve worked so hard to create?

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One Year to Earth Summit 2012: A New Generation Goes to Rio

Rio 1992 was a watershed moment for the global environmental conscience. Treaties were signed, commissions created, and action plans drafted. Yet one of the most memorable speeches from the two-week conference was by a 12-year old girl (here’s what she’s doing now).

Now, a generation later, my generation is faced with two seemingly insurmountable challenges: the world is changing at a rate never before seen, and the current governance structures are insufficient to meet even the environmental problems of the 1970s.

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Weekly Mulch: Conservatives and Liberals Remain In Denial About Climate Change

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
The negative impacts of climate change are coming on more quickly than anyone expected. According to a new NASA study, ocean waters are creeping steadily upwards, at rates faster than predicted, Maureen Nandini Mitra reports at Earth Island Journal:
“That ice sheets will dominate future sea level rise is not surprising – they [...]

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Weekly Mulch: With D.C. in GOP Hands, Environmentalists Must ‘Fight Harder’

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger
For the environmental community, this coming year offers a chance to regroup, rethink and regrow. Two years ago, it seemed possible that politicians would make progress on climate change issues—that a Democratic Congress would pass a cap-and-trade bill, that a Democratic president would lead the international community toward agreement on [...]

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Weekly Mulch: Why Energy Reform is on Shaky Ground

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
Since national energy reform is on the rocks, ethanol subsidies for the Midwest and ballot propositions to roll back progressive energy legislation in California are the most important policy fights to watch right now.
Neither will revolutionize the way Americans get power, and in both cases, moving forward could actually mean [...]

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If money mattered…………

I was thinking this afternoon about the BP mess and the figures being tossed about pertaining to – clean up bill – a few billion, lost revenue in the gulf – ten’s of billions, seemingly big figures and yet – BP stock is up about 25% from its “spill” lows.  BP stock is up something [...]

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Weekly Mulch: How Reid’s Energy Bill Undermines Senate Climate Efforts

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced a limited energy bill that responds to the oil spill and promotes energy efficiency. Reid’s action is a signal that the Senate will not pass climate legislation before November, although Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said that a climate bill could come up [...]

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Congratulations – Big Oil & King Coal!

What an amazing day, month, year….
In the midst of the biggest oil spill in our nations history, and the warmest summer on record – our leaders in Washington have finally caved in and “shelved” (killed) Cap and Trade.
Big Oil and King Coal must be thrilled!  The one serious device we could use as a nation [...]

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What is Cap and Trade?

The following is a short description of “Cap and Trade” that can be found on the US EPA web site.  In addition to being a nice explanation of Cap and Trade, the site reminds us that there are several very successful Cap and Trade programs in place, which have worked well at reducing specific types [...]

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The Beginning of the End?

It seems as though we are starting to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel in the Gulf Oil Spill. But as Rahm Emanuel aptly once said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”

As sad as the phrase is, it rings true. The oil spill is a horrible tragedy that I [...]

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