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Climate change twitterstorm blowing gale force, pls join in by tweeting #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

Climate change twitterstorm blowing gale force, pls join in by tweeting #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

Twitter is really great at letting you know about the weather. Twitter may be less great at impacting it. But two initiatives aim to try. Activists from 350.org and partner organizations have launched a “twitterstorm,” encouraging people to tweet the hashtag #endfossilfuelsubsidies today. Their aim is to both draw attention to government underwriting of the fossil fuel industry and to put pressure on participants at the Earth Summit in Rio to take effective action on climate change. They have a benchmark in mind: to best a record set by Justin Bieber fans in which the same message (wishing him a happy birthday) was tweeted 322,000 times in one day. Tracking the hashtag , it looks like they have a ways to go — but any contest that aims to diminish the dominance of Justin Bieber is obviously one that receives my hearty endorsement. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the Department of Tr...

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