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Tom Weis
Tom Weis is a social change agent with more than 25 years of environmental and political organizing experience. He currently serves as president of Climate Crisis Solutions, a mission-driven environmental consulting firm dedicated to solving the global climate crisis through the creation of a green energy paradigm for America. In 2011, Tom led a 2,150-mile “rocket trike” ride from the U.S./Canada border to the Texas Gulf Coast in support of farmers, ranchers and tribal communities fighting TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In 2010, he rode 2,500 miles from Boulder, CO to Washington, DC calling for a green energy "moon shot" for America: a 100% renewable electricity grid by 2020. Prior to conceiving the Ride for Renewables, Tom spent six years in the wind industry working as a public outreach consultant to enXco, one of the nation’s largest renewable energy companies. During this time, he helped permit 600 megawatts of wind energy projects and served as Strategic Advisor to the president of the board of the American Wind Energy Association, where he received the organization’s 2009 Special Achievement Award for his role in co-creating the American Wind Wildlife Institute.

Tom earlier served as National Field Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility; designed and directed a recycling center for Eco-Cycle; and served as Executive Director of the National Forest Protection Alliance. He also directed a statewide “Save the Everglades” campaign for Clean Water Action in Florida, where he played a key role in launching a multi-million dollar ballot initiative against the sugar industry and generated extensive print, radio and television coverage as campaign spokesperson. He also worked on Capitol Hill as an environmental legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and directed field operations for presidential campaigns in Iowa and Texas.

Tom is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he earned a B.A. in Environmental Conservation. An avid adventurer and cyclist, he enjoys frequent camping, backpacking, and whitewater float trips throughout the U.S. and abroad. When not pedaling his rocket trike across the country, Tom resides in Boulder, CO.

Entries by Tom Weis

Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America

(328) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 12:02 PM

"Instead of attacking him," writes Weis, the insiders of the Democratic Party "should be thanking him, for he is energizing the base and attracting Independents." (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc)

If you're lucky, once in your lifetime, maybe twice if you're really lucky, you'll get an opportunity to support a...

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A Historic Climate Win, Keystone XL's Unfinished Business and Obama's Shaky Climate Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Future generations may look back on November 6, 2015 as the day the climate tide started to turn. For that was the day when people power trumped corporate greed in a historic climate win.

President Obama nixed the northern section of the...

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The Pope & Obama's Climate Legacy

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 11:40 AM


History will be made this week when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Only the Pope and his closest advisors know what he will say, but if his remarkable 184-page climate encyclical, "On Care for Our Common...

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America's Zero Emissions Imperative

(7) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Last fall, we wrote an article explaining why zero has become the most important number for humanity. Since that time, zero emissions has been embraced as an idea that's time has come by nearly 120 countries, leading European companies, high-profile CEOs, two...

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What About Keystone South?

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 7:29 PM

You could feel it in the air during last April's historic tipi encampment on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and the feeling is even stronger today: "We've got this. Keystone North is not going through."

We cannot let up until Keystone North is vanquished,...

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A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:54 PM

"Zero emissions is an ambitious but achievable goal."
--UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Zero has become the most important number for humanity. Why?

Any chance of stabilizing the climate hinges on transitioning to zero greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as humanly possible. Simply slowing the...

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As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 6:35 PM

We've got this.

Thanks to the courageous and indefatigable efforts of pipeline fighters everywhere, the tide has finally turned on Keystone XL. As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all

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'Moccasins on the Ground' Aims to Shield People from 'Black Venom' of Keystone XL

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 4:09 PM

First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada's poisonous tar sands mining. Indigenous leaders now vow to end the Keystone XL fight by vanquishing, once and for all, the northern leg of TransCanada's "

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Senate "Talkathon" on Climate Crisis: Is Congress Ready to Get Real?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 11:07 AM

28 United States senators are pulling an all-nighter Monday night to, in the words of Senate Climate Action Task Force Co-Chair Senator Barbara Boxer, "wake up Congress to the disturbing realities of climate change." Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, the other Co-Chair of the Task Force, declares there is a...

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Climate Youth Lead #XLDISSENT Civil Resistance to Ensure Our Civil Existence

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 8:21 PM

More than a thousand climate youth leaders and allies converged on Washington, DC this weekend for the largest student-led civil resistance action at the White House in a generation. They came to register their dissent against extreme fossil fuel exploitation and to demand that President Obama reject the northern leg...

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Going to Jail on MLK's Birthday to Stop Keystone XL South: 'The Fierce Urgency of Now'

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 12:25 PM

Cross-posted with EcoWatch

You wouldn't know it from the lack of focus and attention by the environmental establishment, but the 485-mile southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been built, is being filled and is scheduled to start up on Jan. 22. Front...

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Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:41 AM

This is the story of how a climate justice activist, who has dedicated the past two years of his life to stopping the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, found himself fasting nine days in a tent on the National Mall in support of immigrant families.

My story begins with pedaling...

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Obama Must Be Called Out, Not Coddled, on Keystone XL Bait-and-Switch

(7) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Cross-posted with Truthout

Now - not after the tar sands spigot is turned on - is the time to support the efforts of courageous Texas landowners who could stop Keystone XL's administration-approved southern leg in its tracks.

Twenty-five environmental leaders recently signed on to an...

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Has TransCanada Labeled You an "Eco-Terrorist"?

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 5:11 PM

I am one peace-loving patriot who is not going to stand for having my integrity impugned by a foreign corporation I never invited into my country in the first place. If you haven't heard the disgusting news about TransCanada's collusion with a Federal Bureau of Investigation/Department of Homeland...

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Last Hours for Humanity?

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 6:54 PM

Cross-posted with EcoWatch

"Consider this: Nearly all life on Earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change." -- Thom Hartmann

Internationally syndicated talk show host and bestselling author Thom Hartmann released a devastatingly powerful new film, Last Hours. A jolting wake-up call for humanity, this...

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If Movement Fails to Draw the Line Against Keystone XL in TX & OK, We All Flunk the Climate Test

(6) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 11:29 AM

Cross-posted with EcoWatch

I had a chance to read FAIL: How the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Flunks the Climate Test, a recent report issued by the Sierra Club and Oil Change International and endorsed by a dozen other environmental organizations. The...

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Boulder's 100-Year Flood & Weather Weirding

(10) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 11:32 AM

I have lived in Boulder for nearly 30 years and have never seen anything -- weatherwise -- like what I've witnessed these past two years.

Last summer, standing in the front yard of my friends' home in east Boulder, I watched pine trees near the iconic Flatirons burst into...

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President Obama's Climate Action Plan: Not Even Close

(19) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 12:51 PM

In June, after more than four years as president, President Obama finally proposed a climate action plan for America. True to form, the president gave an eloquent speech, with strong words for those still in denial about the severity of the crisis we face: "We don't have time...

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The Keystone XL Shuffle

(4) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 6:28 PM

For the past year, most blog posts, action alerts and appeals to "Stop Keystone XL," "Reject Keystone XL," "Fight Keystone XL" and "Resist Keystone XL" have focused on blocking the pipeline's northern leg, while ignoring President Obama's support for the 485-mile southern segment. During this time, TransCanada has...

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Re-Igniting America's Solar Impulse

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 7:01 PM

First came the Wright Brothers. Then it was Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis. In 1990, Eric Raymond made aviation history to much less fanfare with the first solar airplane crossing of the United States. Now it is

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