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The Buffalo River, TN- photo credit to Tim Hobbs

Some of my most treasured memories of growing up and living in Tennessee involve Boy Scout camp-outs, and one trip always stood out above the rest. Every August, my brothers and I would hop in Dad’s Ford F-150 pick-up truck and make the trek with the rest of Dresden’s Boy Scout Troop #40. We’d drive past field after field of corn and soybeans as we drove across West Tennessee and would arrive two hours later at Grimes Canoe Base on the Buffalo River. We’d camp out that Friday night and then spend Saturday canoeing 20 miles down the river, all the while swimming, hiking, jumping off rope swings, and everything in between. It was a beautiful and precious thing to spend that time having those adventures and revelling in the incredible natural beauty of that place with my family and my fellow Scouts.

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I'm writing from Charlotte, NC where the Democratic National Convention is in full-swing.

You can feel it in the convention hall, in the streets, and on Facebook--the pressure is mounting for Duke Energy to stop playing dirty politics and dump ALEC for funding voter suppression.

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Our own David Rickless did a great job of concisely summarizing the highlights (or, rather, lowlights) of the Romney/Ryan energy plan in the latest This Week in Green Politics.

I wanted to expand on his work and provide a post with links to some of the more in-depth coverage and commentary for folks with the time and inclination to do a deep dive into the GOP nominee's recently released energy white paper:

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It's time again for the Week in Green Politics, and what a week! Imaginary presidents, imaginary facts… and a hurricane.

I will admit that I did not watch much of the Republican National Convention, as I found my calculus homework more tasteful (and this coming from a writer). But I did find time to look up the climate and energy highlights (you're welcome). It turns out there weren't many. Actual policy of any kind was scarce and overshadowed by Clint Eastwood's chair routine.

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Today, as part of the Power Vote campaign, Energy Action Coalition joined a group of environmental, civil rights, and democracy reform groups in sending a letter to the CEO of Duke Energy Jim Rogers to demand Duke Energy Dump ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) and stop funding ALEC's attacks on voting rights and climate & energy policy.

Dear Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers,

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Lawmaker Proposes Carbon Pricing Bill

The big news this week: Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced legislation that would…wait for it…tax carbon emissions. McDermott's plan, the Managed Carbon Price Act, would set a price per quarter-ton of CO2, creating an economic incentive to cut pollution. Of the revenue produced, 25 percent would go toward deficit reduction, and 75 percent would go back to the public.

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