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Steve Valk is communications director and regional manager for Citizens Climate Lobby. Before joining Citizens Climate Lobby, he was an editor for 31 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. For 25 years, he has volunteered as a citizen lobbyist with RESULTS, which works to create the political will to end poverty.

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On TV, They Talk About the Weather, but Not Climate Change

(23) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:13 PM

Superstorm Sandy was a huge wake-up call on climate change for America. Many of our nation's TV meteorologists, however, missed that call, and with it the opportunity to educate the public about the impact global warming has on our weather.

For some unfathomable reason, the majority of folks who deliver...

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TV Forecasters: Connect Climate and Extreme Weather!

(18) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 1:43 PM

This summer, as the melting Arctic turned into an hourglass marking the time we have left to address climate change, it became obvious we have reached that "Pearl Harbor moment" on global warming.

Actually, it's been more of a "Pearl Harbor year" -- unusually warm winter, destructive wildfires out West,...

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Coal and Oil Have Their Lobbyists, but the Earth Has YOU

(35) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 6:27 PM

It hit 109 degrees in Nashville over the weekend, but don't worry; ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson tells us we can keep extracting and burning fossil fuels to our heart's content, because we crafty humans can deal with anything nature throws at us:

"We have spent our...

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Climate Deniers Hit New Low With Vicious Attacks on Scientists

(301) Comments | Posted January 15, 2012 | 3:42 PM

The climate deniers are kicking puppies now.

That was my reaction when I heard that Katharine Hayhoe was being deluged with hate mail after stories surfaced that she had written a chapter on climate change for Newt Gingrich's upcoming book, a chapter quickly dropped when conservative commentators began...

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At Last, a Bill to Tax Carbon

(94) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 12:54 PM

Admittedly, it's a long shot that Rep. Pete Stark's (D-CA) Save Our Climate Act of 2011, introduced Monday, will ever make it out of committee, but having been a Mets fan in 1969, I do believe in miracles.

If nothing else, Stark's bill reopens the conversation that abruptly...

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We the People... Want to Price Carbon

(11) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 12:34 PM

I've never put a lot of stock in online petitions. Ask any member of Congress why they voted for a particular piece of legislation, and chances are they won't say, "It was the 20,000 signatures on that Internet site that won me over." I've always held that a dozen personal,...

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Huntsman's Climate Stand Smarter Than You Think

(30) Comments | Posted July 29, 2011 | 3:40 PM

I'll say this for Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman: He's not afraid of getting in hot water with the Tea Party, the extremist wing of the GOP that is vetting potential nominees for the White House.

Thursday evening, at a dinner in Washington sponsored by Republicans for Environmental...

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It'll Take a Mom to Save Mother Earth

(8) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 1:46 PM

Elli Sparks does not look like the kind of person who strikes fear in the hearts of fossil fuel lobbyists. But woe be to they who underestimate this diminutive mother of two from Richmond, Virginia.

Given a hundred Ellies, I have no doubt that the movement to stop climate change...

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Jury Won't Hear the Real Story in DeChristopher's Trial

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 9:39 AM

With a backdrop of snow-capped mountains providing a reminder of the natural world threatened by climate change, hundreds came from far and wide on a chilly late-winter morning in Salt Lake City to march to the federal court house, where they kept a day-long vigil in support of climate activist...

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Come to Utah to Stand With Bidder 70: Tim Dechristopher

(10) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:00 AM

If there's nothing more dangerous than a person who has nothing to lose, then the coal and oil companies of America have much to fear from Tim DeChristopher.

DeChristopher's much-anticipated federal trial for disrupting an oil and gas lease auction in 2008 begins on Feb. 28. His story, already the...

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We Can Still Price Carbon With a Republican House

(34) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 5:38 PM

Now that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. House, environmentalists are wringing their hands, seeing no possibility that Congress will enact effective climate and energy legislation in the near or distant future.

In his post-election news conference last week, President Obama all but declared cap-and-trade dead: "There...

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How to Bring Down the Coal and Oil Goliath: A Million Personal Letters

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 12:05 PM

Lobbyists for the fossil fuel industry can expect more than a lump of coal in their stockings this Christmas. Their clients are tickled pink that legislation to curtail greenhouse gases vanished in a puff of smoke during the 111th Congress.

Of course, when you have the power to bludgeon politicians...

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As Cap and Trade Dies, It's Time To Bury Offsets With It

(21) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 1:53 PM

Senate Democrats pulled the plug on climate legislation Thursday, but it's not the end of the world. In fact, the demise of cap-and-trade might be the best thing that could happen for the Earth's climate.

Although the proposal from Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was...

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Record Flooding is Pearl Harbor Moment for Climate Change

(7) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 12:49 PM

It's been said it will take a Pearl Harbor-type event for America to get serious about addressing climate change. Well, the bombs are falling, but Congress hasn't declared war on carbon-dioxide.

I'm not talking about the uncontrolled gusher in the Gulf of Mexico that has many people re-evaluating our dependence...

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350 Goal Will Never Be Achieved With Kerry-Lieberman

(25) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 6:20 PM

The details have finally emerged on the American Power Act, the climate and energy legislation rolled out Wednesday by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT). More telling than the details, however, is a number not mentioned in the bill - 350.

You remember 350, don't you?

Environmental activist...

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KGL and the Shell Game Known as Carbon Offsets

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 4:32 PM

As details emerge about the long-awaited climate bill from senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, I find it increasingly easier to contain my enthusiasm for their proposal.

The latest disappointing news is that Kerry plans to drop the tax on transportation fuels. This leaves utilities as...

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A Climate Bill That's Good for the Earth as Well as the American People

(21) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 4:32 PM

It looks like the climate and energy bill from senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman won't be released for several weeks at the earliest. Funny how slowly legislation develops when you're trying to secure the blessing of the American Petroleum Institute.

Let's face it: Any...

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