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April 16, 2010

Video: Youth Activists Confront Coal CEOs with the Dirty Truth

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 3:29 pm
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This video is from a Congressional hearing about the future of coal and it’s current impacts today.

March 24, 2010

Define our Decade Column in the Diamondback

A member of UMD for Clean Energy has a guest column about the Energy Action Coalition’s “Define Our Decade” campaign.  I’m posting it below

Guest column: Focusing our energy

I am part of a phenomenon. My generation is one of the most politically active and powerful in history. My generation takes part in an unprecedented level of activism, and it is gaining traction and power as it goes. One of the things that can make us stronger as this generation reaches its peak of political activism is if we can all come together to define our goals for the next decade. Right now, it’s being defined for us.

We came together and voted for change in 2008 at every level of politics. Right now, one of the major issues that we concentrated on is being ignored. Instead of the clean energy we asked for in 2008, the United States is following a costly path that still includes nuclear and coal energy, costly to our pocketbooks, our health and our future.

If we can convince our political leaders to focus on clean energy policy, we can create significant positive change. Clean energy policies will let this country break free of its dependence on foreign oil, which could be phenomenal for our national security. Not only will it allow us to stop polluting our country and preserve it for future generations, it will also help us slow the rate of global climate change and even avert some of the consequences that come with it.

We need to make sure our generation is not only heard, but also listened to. The Democrats in office owe their positions in large part to us, and it is time our ideas are taken into account. This is why student leaders at this university have launched a campaign to collect the views and opinions of this region’s students and to show them to the leaders who we helped vote in.

This next week, you will see student leaders all across the campus asking you to fill out two quick questions about your opinions on clean energy, one of the most important issues facing our nation in years. When you take three minutes out of your day to fill it out, remember you are making your voice heard and are adding strength to our campaign to affect some real change on energy policy. After the surveys have been filled out, leaders from this university will join with leaders from across the state to deliver the results to our representatives in Washington.

This will be one of many movements that are taking place across the nation in the coming week, movements that will be noticed by lawmakers and that will ensure our voice is heard.

Schools across the country are voting this week and delivering the results to local elected officials. Add your voice! Vote online now at, stop at a table this week and come have fun at our open-mic night on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Baltimore Room at Stamp Student Union. There are still spots available for performers. If you would like to perform, contact

The time to make your voice heard is now. Join us and help to define our decade.

Jacob Dinerman is a senior economics major. He can be reached at jdin at umd dot edu

March 2, 2010

Great Video of 2009 Climate Movement

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:46 pm

I wanted to share an excellent video from freelance photographer Robert van Warden of some of the memorable snapshots of the climate movement in 2009.  Enjoy!

February 2, 2010

Youth Climate Activists get question on Obama

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 10:26 am
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In the Citizentube Q & A on the State of the Union speech, President Obama was asked a tough question about youth climate activists about the contrast between his calls for clean energy development versus what he said in the state of the union about fossil fuels.  Check it out below, and on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

December 9, 2009

US Youth Crash Climate Denier Live Webcast in Copenhagen

This sounds great!

US Youth Crash Climate Denier Event in Copenhagen
Young Clean Energy Advocates called “Hitler Youth” by Climate Denier Lord Monckton

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Fifty young Americans took over a climate denier conference hosted by a prominent conservative organization this evening in Copenhagen, rushing the stage and telling the live TV audience that a clean energy future is the real road to prosperity in America. The young people, merely a fraction of the more than 350 US youth in Denmark for the UN climate negotiations, entered a session of the Americans for Prosperity “Hot Air Tour” speakers series and were able to drop two banners and gain access to the conference’s stage. The live event was webcast to over forty climate denier rallies in cities across the United States.

The students entered the event in small groups, joining a paltry audience of five conference attendees, who had come to hear climate denier Lord Christopher Monckton speak about the Copenhagen climate negotiations. After the first five minutes of the event, student representatives from SustainUS, the Sierra Student Coalition, the Cascade Climate Network, and other American youth NGOs displayed banners reading “Climate Disaster Ahead” and “Clean Energy Now.” After security agents at the event took the banners, the young attendees began a chant of “Real Americans for Prosperity are Americans for Clean Energy.” The chant lasted five minutes, as the youth took the stage and displayed their message for the live video feed being sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, despite evasive action on the camera crew’s part. As they left the stage, Lord Monckton repeatedly called the activists “Hitler Youth” and “nazis.”

“Clean energy creates jobs,” says Rachel Barge, a 24-year-old entrepreneur from San Francisco, CA who was the first young person to raise her voice at the event, “These climate action delayers and science deniers are  stealing bold, new economic opportunities from the American public.” Laura Comer, 21, of Strongsville, OH, seconded Barge, saying, “We’re representing the majority of Americans on this, particularly young Americans. The real America wants clean energy – not more fossil fuel-funded lies about the science.”

For More Information, contact Ben Wessel, +45 50 11 12 48,

**New Video Update**

September 15, 2009

Youth Poll: Intense Support for Climate Legislation

Not that it should be any surprise that young people want climate action.

New National Youth Poll Shows Strong Support for

Comprehensive Clean Energy & Climate Plan

Youth Show Intense Interest in Senate Action on Climate, Clean Energy

(Washington, D.C.)— The Clean Energy Works campaign today released a new national poll of American youth that underscores their strong support for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.  The poll also reveals that youth are demanding a voice on energy and environmental issues and are paying attention to what Washington is doing on issues they view as top priorities requiring urgent action.

“The results of this poll are crystal clear,” said Joel Benenson, President of Benenson Strategy Group and pollster for the Clean Energy Works campaign.  “Younger voters are intensely passionate about energy and environmental issues, very strongly support the comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation now working its way through Congress, and are ready and willing to hold our leaders accountable for their votes on the plan.”

“Poll after poll shows that the American public strongly backs comprehensive clean energy legislation,” said Maura Cowley, Clean Energy Works campaign youth coordinator.  “This latest poll shows that America’s youth—regardless of their party affiliation—stand strongly behind the president’s clean energy agenda and are now looking to Congress for urgent action.  It’s time for the Senate to act on a clean energy and climate plan that delivers more jobs, less pollution, and greater security.”

A summary of the poll’s key findings appears below.  A full memo on the poll’s findings is available online at:

Energy Independence & Environmental Issues A Top Priority

  • After education, investing in renewable energy and protecting our environment emerge as the most important issues for youth when deciding whether or not to reelect their Senator.
  • Similarly, 68% say “investing in renewable energy to create new jobs” should be an important priority for their Senator to address and 63% say “reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil” should be (both 6+7 on 7-point scale).

Extremely Strong Support for Comprehensive Clean Energy & Climate Legislation

  • Youth show intense and widespread support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), with 75% saying they support the bill and only 14% opposing it.
  • Support for this bill largely transcends party lines:
    • Democrats: 87% support/3% oppose
    • Independents: 76% support/14% oppose
    • Republicans: 58% support/30% oppose

Senator’s Vote on ACES Would Be Meaningful Factor in Re-election

  • About two-thirds will reward Senators who vote in favor of the bill and make Senators pay for a “no” vote.
    • 69% say they would be more likely to re-elect their Senator if he or she votes for the bill (just 19% would be less likely to re-elect).
    • 65% say they would be less likely to re-elect a Senator who votes against it (just 22% would be more likely).
  • Independents and even Republicans would punish a “no” vote:
    • 75% of Democrats would be less likely to re-elect a Senator who voted against the bill.
    • 66% of Independents would be less likely to re-elect.
    • 48% of Republicans would be less likely to re-elect.
  • Youth are vehement about holding their Senators accountable for campaign promises they made to support Obama’s plan to pass clean energy legislation, with 89% agreeing that “if a U.S. Senator promised in last year’s election to support President Obama’s plan to pass clean energy laws that create jobs and address climate change, he or she should be held to that promise now.”

The Benenson Strategy Group conducted 601 interviews nationwide with registered voters age 18-29 who are likely to vote in the 2010 U.S. Congressional elections.  All interviews were conducted between August 25-29, 2009 by telephone, using a sample of registered voters.  The total data set has a margin of error of ± 4.00% at the 95% confidence level, and it is larger among subgroups.

A full memo on the poll’s findings is available online at:
About Clean Energy Works

Clean Energy Works is an unprecedented grassroots coalition of more than 65 faith, labor, veterans, environmental, sportsmen, farm, business, youth, community, and other groups representing more than 12 million Americans.  The campaign is mobilizing the voices of the millions of Americans who want urgent action on a comprehensive clean energy and climate plan that delivers more jobs, less pollution, and greater security.

For more information, please visit:

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March 6, 2009

Couldn’t Resist

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 2:50 pm
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Okay here’s some can’t miss videos from Powershift 2009.  After the Saturday night Roots concert, a lot of people were so energized they decided to rally in the DC Convention Center, and then storm the white house.  If the special interests and politicians on the other side want to get an idea of what they are dealing with, these videos should provide a clue.

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