22 Apr '11, 12am

Power Shift 2011: the End of Business as Usual

Power Shift 2011: the End of Business as Usual

Money pollution and the distorting effect on US politics was prioritized over carbon pollution. Bill McKibben got roars from the crowd as he stood in front of a banner reading “The US Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t speak for Me”, focusing on the political arm of big coal, oil, and industry as the biggest obstacle to climate action. In fact, leaders of the youth climate movement broke another taboo, when they got an invite to the White House after a week of bad press about how former youth Obama campaign staff were disappointed with the President’s endorsement of dirty energy technologies. Instead of being content with an audience and equating access with influence, one youth leader interrupted President Obama after being talked to for fifteen minutes and asked for bold leadership on climate.

Full article: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2011/04/21/power-shift-201...

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