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By Kelly Jacobsen on September 23, 2009

In May of 2007, Greensburg, KS was struck with tragedy. A colossal tornado ripped through the town of 900, killing 11 people and destroying 95 percent of the community.

Left with nothing, the town made the decision to rebuild as the “greenest town in rural America.” But now, as reported in the New York Times, Greensburg’s efforts are setting them apart as one of the most environmentally-advanced towns in the country.

Mike Estes owns a John Deere dealership in Greensburg that has received the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification, the highest level possible and a goal that has yet to reached by some of the country’s biggest cities. Greensburg is also home to a LEED platinum certified arts center and six other buildings anticipate to reach this level.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on September 22, 2009

The Senate is expected to vote on an amendment today [ed. note - soon. tomorrow?] that would take away the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit green house gas emissions from oil refineries, coal-burning power plants and other industry polluters.

As reported in Environment and Energy Daily, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has filed a proposed amendment to annual spending legislation for the EPA that would prohibit the agency from using funding for regulating global warming pollution except those from cars or other “mobile” sources.

Ironic, considering that the proposed exempted sources are responsible for the lion’s share of U.S. carbon pollution.

Senator Murkowski’s amendment to block the EPA’s ability to regulate global warming pollution from power plants would let corporate polluters ignore the agency’s recent endangerment finding on greenhouse gases until a more convenient time. Unfortunately, when it comes to protecting public health, there is no such thing as a "more convenient" time.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on September 9, 2009

Check out the brand new video from The League of Conservation Voters and vote for the person you think is best at dancing around the issue of clean energy.

Is it an oil loving Member of Congress like John Boehner or Michele Bachmann? How about far-right talking heads like Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck?

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By Kelly Jacobsen on September 2, 2009

According to a new poll, targeted at 2010 likely voters in key swing states, 63% of those sampled said they support the climate bill and 60% said they would be more inclined to vote for their senator if he or she voted in support of the bill.

Just 26% of those sampled said they would be less likely to re-elect their senator based on a vote in support of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on August 24, 2009

Shortly after the Obama family moved into the White House, First Lady Michelle broke ground on the South Lawn and planted a garden with a group of elementary school students to stress the importance of eating fresh, organic foods.

Now, the President and First Lady have another idea for how to provide Washington DC residents with fresh foods while also boosting the revenue of local farmers.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on August 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - This afternoon, the White House Council on Environmental Quality held a live chat to answer questions on how the administration is handling green initiatives across the nation.

Van Jones, special advisor on green jobs, discussed everything from small business grants to energy efficient public housing in an easy-to-understand way and provided listeners with resources to join the green recovery movement. If you missed the chat, check out Jones’ answers to few of the questions below.

How can we get involved in the training for green jobs?

Jones pointed out that many community colleges and trade schools across the country are beginning to offer programs to train workers in the latest green manufacturing and technology. But he also said it doesn’t stop there.

“Whatever you are passionate about, you’ll have an opportunity to do that in a green way."

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By Kelly Jacobsen on July 20, 2009

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a round table discussion hosted by Senators Thomas Carper (D-DE) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters. The topic of the discussion was the future of coal in the context of H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) and panelists from across the country testified about their knowledge of developing clean coal technologies.

During the discussion, panelists stressed the unavoidable need for coal in our country’s energy future. Ben Yamagata, Executive Director of the Coal Utilization Research Council, echoed the other speakers by saying our country cannot be powered on increased efficiency alone, and Senator Voinovich said any bill that doesn’t include coal is “fundamentally short sided.”

While LCV believes that America's energy future should focus on clean, renewable sources of power like wind and solar, all agreed that lawmakers need to place a high importance on developing carbon capture and sequestration technology since no coal production is "clean" and sequestration is possibly decades away from fruition.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on July 11, 2009

“This isn’t a wait until we grow up kind of thing. Our country needs our leadership now.”

On July 8, I had the privilege of attending the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington DC. Together with 1,000 young progressives from across the country, I listened to speeches made by some of our nation’s most inspiring leaders and participated in discussions about my generation’s role in our country’s most progressive battles.

Without a doubt, there are two issues that dominated nearly every conversation – climate change and healthcare. For the millennial generation, these issues are very real. We are, or know someone who is, uninsured. We know that the effects of climate change will begin during our lifetime if we don’t act now. We are ready to get involved and our country’s new leadership is ready for us to play a vital role.

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 26, 2009

The following is part two in a series reviewing my favorite things to see, do, eat, and hear in Washington DC.

Visit The Capitol as many times as you can.

No matter how many times I see The Capitol, the magnificence of the structure never gets old. Hang around during the week and you might even spot a Member of Congress (or a group of friendly League of Conservation Voters interns and staff.)

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By Kelly Jacobsen on June 25, 2009

The US House of Representatives in scheduled to vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act tomorrow and Representative Dennis Moore (KS - Third District) is still considered to be a swing vote.

If you are one of Rep. Moore's constituents, please call his office today to encourage him to strengthen and support this historical piece of environmental legislation.

Washington D.C. Office
(202) 225-2865
FAX: (202) 225-2807

You can also send an e-mail to his office using this form.

Watch President Obama's statement on the American Clean Energy and Security Act here.

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