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Let's lead by example and enact a greenhouse gas emission fee

The business community, civil society, indeed people all around the world are waking up to - and speaking out about - the fact that if we sincerely care to address human induced climate change we no longer can externalize the cost of our greenhouse gas emissions but rather we must put an escalating price on the carbon dioxide and methane pollution that pervades our economy. See the article below on the host of responsible voices including business leaders that are pressing for progress on…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on September 23, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

President Obama deserves credit and congratulations for spearheading leadership on climate change

President Obama stepped up yesterday June 25, 2013 and delivered a speech on human induced climate change that is worthy of commendation and worth a read (check it out at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/-we-need-to-act-transcript-of-obama-s-climate-change-speech.html). His statement at Georgetown University was not just words or empty promises. He…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on June 26, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Help a community leader fulfill a lifelong dream

I am asking you to help one of our community's most inspiring PE teachers named Ted fulfill a life-long dream of his to participate in the Hawaiian Kona Iron Man. 
Go to
then click Explore Entries and click on the entry of Ted in the gym wearing a white shirt with the slogan "Persistence, P.Ee Pushing Your Limits - An Inspiration to All" 
Ted has dedicated himself for the last…
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Added by Robb Hirsch on May 8, 2013 at 11:31am — No Comments

Focusing on positives and our possibilities

Among the skepticism that has abounded regarding the United States' climate and clean energy leadership, there are some remarkable glimmers of hope of late that are worth not only acknowledging but giving our energizing attention to - as follows:

(1) The Federal Government and US Auto industry have established outstanding fuel efficiency standards over the coming decade(s) that will lead the world and effectively double our fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. “This is truly…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on August 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Lift the (Fracking) Fog America and come March for Responsible Energy on May 14th to preserve New Mexico's Pit Rule

The Students for a Sustainable Future (SSF) and the Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) are together leading a 2012 direct action project called LIFT THE FOG which stands for Launching Integrity and Facing Truth in Fracking for Oil & Gas. It is vital that we the people hold the oil and gas industry accountable for practicing sustainable development in the extraction of these fossil fuels and likewise we must call on our elected officials to regulate fracking to comply with the…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on May 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Let's ensure New Mexico remains a leader in addressing human induced climate change!

What: Come speak at the Environment Improvement Board Hearing for 3 minutes on why New Mexico should not repeal the cap on greenhouse gas emissions for the largest power plants 

When: Tuesday and Wednesday (tonight and tomorrow), December 6th & 7th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Where: PERA Building,1120 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, Apodaca Hall

All of our voices are needed to show how much we the people care about this matter. 

The Climate…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on December 6, 2011 at 9:22am — No Comments

McKibben at Lensic; CCLI presents him the 2011 Climate Courage Award; Keystone Pipeline delayed; Realizing the power of direct action

Bill McKibben spoke eloquently at the Lensic last night about the grim realities of human induced climate change playing out harmfully all over the world including in the form of extreme droughts in the Southwest; but he also spoke of the real hope (spurred on by groups like his own called http://www.350.org/) when people bear…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on November 10, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Climate Ride!

Come out for the Climate Ride (see event details and links below).

It's a beautiful fall day, perfect for biking and supporting a great cause.

Come to the Tesuque Village Market later this morning.

Bike rides depart at 10am (for the 60 miler), 11am (for the 40) and Noon (for the 20 and Chidlren's guided loop)and the after ride luncheon starts at 2pm.

Join us!…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on October 16, 2011 at 5:52am — No Comments

Common sense trumps all at the American Renewable Energy Day conference

The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) participated in the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) conference in Colorado this past weekend with many clean energy leaders from civil society (including Ted Turner, General Wesley Clark and T. Boone Pickens), the non-profit sector (including the National Wildlife Federation, Center for Public Integrity) and business sector (including GE Water & Power and Shell WindEnergy) along with the all important active citizenry as well as media…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on August 23, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

We must dig deep and revitalize ourselves in this lagging economy.

The state of the economy is grim. The DOW has plummeted, the US credit rating has been downgraded (because of political ineptitude and inability to address our long term structural deficits), fears have heightened of slipping back into recession and, most concerning of all, the unemployment rate remains unacceptably high and may be climbing. These are very tough times for a vast majority of Americans (not to mention people the world over), and we all should be humble and offer foremost…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on August 10, 2011 at 3:41pm — 1 Comment

Our energy is the way we strike the greatest and most lasting blow to terrrorism

The most recent and successful US covert operation against the terrorist mastermind is justice. President Obama, who made this his number one CIA priority and who made the call with all the risks involved, deserves the most credit along with all the military, spies and Navy seals who carried it out: these service members deserve our abiding gratitude. Also CIA Director Leon Panetta and Defense Secretary Gates along with the whole national security team (who kept…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on May 6, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Continue Protecting the Environmental Protection Agency

Our House of Representatives and our US Senate just tried and failed to pass legislation to bring down our Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and with it the protection of our clean air, clean water, safe soil and hospitable climate: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-20110407,0,3087158.story. These are the basic foundations of life itself. Without them it…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on April 8, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Worldwide Turmoil in Conventional Energy Underscores Value of Scaling Renewables & Conservation

Our hearts go out to the Japanese people as they deal with the nuclear crisis and the aftermath of their most devastating earthquake and tsunami. We offer our support and affection as they nobly begin the long process of rebuilding their country.

It's clear that this very sad and unfortunate nuclear crisis will deeply affect the nuclear industry as far as safety perceptions and permitting of new projects go. And while it is also clear that nuclear offers the world a major way forward…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on March 18, 2011 at 9:32am — No Comments

The Middle East should be a wake up call for economic freedom, clean energy independence and democracy in America

Our economic recovery is in serious jeopardy because of our dependency on foreign oil coming to the forefront now from the high price of crude oil with the turmoil in the Middle East. Even Saudia Arabia, and its immediate neighbors, are not immune to major changes from within which could lead to brutal retaliation from the top and then who knows what will ensue. We at CCLI applaud…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on March 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Our future pays the price for the fossil fuel industry's irresponsibility; imagine if America shouldered the real price today...

While natural gas could serve as an interim energy source that could among other things help in our vehicle fleet as we transition away from the dirtier C02 emitting fossil fuels of oil & coal and while it can also help provide us energy independence, the natural gas industry must come clean with the American public.  President Obama's inclusion of natural gas as a "clean energy" in his State of the Union is untrue and inappapropriate because the industry is concealing the truth and…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on March 4, 2011 at 10:59am — No Comments

INTRODUCING COOL THE CLIMATE - CCLI'S 2011 EDUCATION/ACTION PROJECT

The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI) invites you to Cool the Climate at www.takeresponsibility.us.

As the politics of global warming heats up, as fossil fuel interests fight to keep a stranglehold on our economy, we the people must stay cool-headed & focused on the facts regarding human-induced climate change. Fear will govern us to be divided and in denial about this…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on January 31, 2011 at 2:11pm — No Comments

US President's clean energy goal is ambitious and worthy of our full-on support

Clean energy was the major focus of innovation leadership that President Obama called for in the State of the Union address -- see more details in the Daily Energy Report and Climate Solutions: http://www.dailyenergyreport.com/2011/01/obama-state-of-union-address-80-clean-power-by-2035/  ;  …

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Added by Robb Hirsch on January 28, 2011 at 11:54am — No Comments

No giant national leaps (yet) but still some important progress at year's end on climate and clean energy stewardship.

In 2010, our nation regrettably did not enact meaningful climate legislation, we did not institute a price for emitting carbon dioxide, nor did we enact a national renewable energy~electricity standard -- all of which are critical to our future success and sustainability. But the United States did make some incremental progress which is worth noting, protecting and building on in 2011.

Vital tax incentives were extended for renewable energy development (see the NYTimes story…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on December 28, 2010 at 11:24am — No Comments

Eco Flight + Clean Energy Workshop at Santa Fe Indian School = Bright Eyed Students

On Wednesday Eco Flight (http://www.ecoflight.info/) which gives politicians, business leaders and students an eagle eye perspective of the polluting and non-poluting energy projects around the country, Bill Brown a Taos based renewable energy expert with the Climate Project (http://www.theclimateprojectus.org/ourpresenters.php?id=61) and CCLI (…

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Added by Robb Hirsch on November 11, 2010 at 3:09pm — No Comments

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