Moving Beyond Dirty Energy

Recently the Tar Sands Blockade campaign in Texas has seen first-hand that when ordinary people unite we have the power to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. In the last several weeks we've delayed construction on this toxic pipeline for 2 entire days -- we did it all with good ole fashioned people power. Lets keep the momentum going! We need more people to rise up and help defend our homes.

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I encourage every reader of this post, pro-Obama or not, to call the Obama For America campaign HQ in Chicago at 312-698-3670, send the campaign a comment online, Tweet the president @BarackObama, comment on his national campaign's Facebook page and the page for your state, "I'm from [your state] and I am opposed to fracking for natural gas. I want the President to vote "no" on more fracking water withdrawals on the Susquehanna River Basin Commission at their next meeting on September 20. We will be watching."

On September 20, as thousands of anti-fracking protesters, including 350.org founder Bill McKibben, mass outside of the Marcellus Shale Coalition's industry conference in Philadelphia for the Shale Gas Outrage rally and march, President Obama has an important decision to make that day regarding his policy on natural gas.

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I encourage every reader of this post, pro-Obama or not, to call the Obama For America campaign HQ in Chicago at 312-698-3670 and tell them, "I'm from [your state] and I am opposed to fracking for natural gas.

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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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Cross-posted at ChesapeakeClimate.org

As excited motorists, bicyclists, and people on foot passed by, local citizens and I held up a banner telling the president than his "all of the above energy will not stop climate change." Even the air tingled with excitement, as the crowd's cheers echoed from the pavillion and the ever-present security forces barely hid their anticipation. After getting politely removed to a nearby location on Market, I knew that the moment I was waiting for, when the president was see the message for more clean energy, was near.

At around 3 PM, there was a hushed, anticipated silence and in a couple seconds police motorcycles appeared right in front of us. Holding the banner with a volunteer, I knew that in just a minute the president would drive right by. With cries of "he's here!" the crowd cheered as the president's motorcade roared by. As the president's vehicle came and went, I smiled in approval, knowing that the president had just seen my banner calling for wind and solar. The day's mission was accomplished. Indeed, after the speech, Obama for America's Virginia team sent out the tweet: "POTUS: Ignoring inequalities don't make them go away. Denying climate change won't make it stop."

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