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Warming to the fight: Experts warn that U.S. risks economic might without an energy and climate plan

December 1st, 2010

Climate change deniers have sprung up like volcanic mud pots in the U.S. Congress in the last few years, burbling about how climate change is either not happening or not caused by the carbon pollution that scientists around the world blame for arctic ice melts, glacier loss, rising seas, stronger storms, drought, wildfires and other dramatic climate changes.

The deniers gained strength after the last elections when many politicians perceived that much of the public agreed climate change was either not happening or not caused by human pollution. A post-election study by the Wonk Room in collaboration with a Daily Kos reporter found that virtually every state now has representatives lodged in Congress who says climate change is a myth. Many of them have vowed to stop U.S. action against climate change.

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PowerShift 09 youth vow to keep up the pressure for climate change laws

March 6th, 2009

By Sommer Saadi
Green Right Now

Despite the white snowfall in Washington, D.C. this past weekend, the Capitol was deluged with green demonstrators who didn’t let the snappy weather chill their enthusiasm for fighting global warming.

An estimated 12,000 clean energy youth activists met in D.C. for PowerShift ’09, a four-day summit to raise environmental awareness and lobby Congress for the passage of climate control legislation. Participants, most between the ages of 18 and 26, traveled from all 50 states, every province in Canada and a dozen other counties to take part in the event.

Quashing any stereotypes that this millennial generation is unmotivated or unconcerned, the long weekend featured roomfuls of rapt young environmentalists at seminars and panel discussions concerning a range of green issues. (Check out their energy in this You Tube video. Global Power Shift.)

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