President Obama issued an executive order on Dec. 5, calling for an increase in solar, wind, and other renewable energy for federal agencies, to 20 percent by 2020 - three times more than the agencies currently use.
Parts of the East Coast are finally adopting solar energy projects, and New York City is leading the charge, the Fresh Kills development is seen as a major victory.
"We urge the TVA not to choose to rely on natural gas. It's time to leapfrog over dirty fossil fuels that will continue to exacerbate environmental/health issues."
The movement, called Fossil Free, features the motto, "It's wrong to profit from wrecking the climate."
President Obama included job creation in his climate change speech June 25, while Los Angeles launched the largest-ever urban solar rooftop program.
Many climate scientists, such as James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute, believe that any sustained period of time with higher than 350 ppm threatens catastrophic global warming.
Students and concerned citizens from a variety of organizations held a protest at a conference of the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy. The institute promotes use of tar sands, oil shale and coal.
Oil and coal companies are using their already powerful leverage with brutal disregard for working people and the environment.
For years, the NV Energy-owned Reid Gardner coal plant just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada has been poisoning the Moapa tribe of Paiute Native Americans.
Goodbye diesel generators, hello sunshine and coconuts!