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Trash and biomass incineration are far worse for the climate than coal, per unit of energy produced.

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Trash incineration releases 2.5 times as much CO2 as coal, and 55% more if you pretend that the biogenic* part doesn't count.  Biomass is nearly 50% worse than coal.  This is based on the latest U.S. EPA eGRID 2012 data (2009 data, released in May 2012).

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“Fear is the Weapon” was inspired by the story of Tim DeChristopher, who went to federal prison in order to save 22,000 acres of land from criminal drilling by the fossil fuel industry. The video, directed by industry veteran Ron Sperling, represents so much more than one man. It represents a global movement, united by a common goal: to bring lasting social and environmental justice to this world.

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The Will Steger Foundation is proud to congratulate the following eight Midwest youth organizations for receiving competitive funding for climate solutions in partnership with the RE-AMP network.

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Guest post by Eric Moll

A few weeks ago I was arrested for locking myself to Keystone XL heavy machinery and helping stop construction for most of the day. I had never done direct action before, but at Tar Sands Blockade’s last Mass Action and training camp, I got the skills and legal knowledge to take action. I invite you to join our next Mass Action and Training Camp in Southeast Texas, January 3-8th.

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math 01At times, momentum can feel like a rare thing, kind of an endangered species. As an organizer and youth worker, I’ve learned that it’s typical for hours of emails, meetings, and phone calls to result in smaller-than-desired attendance and engagement. Sometimes our rallies, marches, lobby days, or conferences consist of a few dedicated young advocates, and not the revolutionary multitudes that we had initially hoped for.

But on Saturday December 1st at the University of Minnesota, this was not the case. Thanks to the momentum built by 350.org’s dynamic presentation on campus the night before and by the beautifully executed organizing efforts of MN350, MN Youth Environmental Network (MNYEN), and YEA! MN, a program of the Will Steger Foundation, the Climate Math that Works conference was full of energized high-school and college students from around the state, elders, and other community members.

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"You get a permit! And you get a permit! And you get a permit!"

No, attending a meeting of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission is not as exciting as being in the Oprah audience, that is, unless your water trucks are thirsty for servicing fracking operations in Pennsylvania. The representatives for governors O'Malley (D-MD), Cuomo (D-NY), Corbett (R-PA), and President Obama (D) don't *intentionally* rile up the crowd into a frenzy, although that's often how the meeting ends.

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