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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Congressman Ed Markey: "There's a giant Green Wave sweeping Washington D.C."

[Update, 3/16/09: Video of Congressman Ed Markey's keynote address at Power Shift 2009 added, as well as intro video produced by Power Shift 2009/EAC video team (at end of post)]

Jack Hidary at HuffingtonPost grabbed an excellent video interview with Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming and the point person in the House, along with Henry Waxman for energy and climate policy.

"I think the course of history is so dramatically different now," Markey said, calling for an ambitious agenda on climate and energy. "I don't think we should be anything less than really ambitious on the high goals we set," Markey said, speaking about a renewable electricity standard the House and Senate are set to debate.

Here's Hidary's introduction to the video...

We interviewed Congressman Markey at Powershift09 which took place in DC with over 12,000 students from across the US advocating for cleaner energy and climate change action.

Markey gave a rousing speech to the students -- probably one of the most dynamic speeches a congressman has given - and got them on their feet holding up their cell phones as symbols of all the new solar panels and wind turbines that will come in the next few years [Editor's note: you can watch the speech at end of post below].

Here is the interview (below the fold):

Introducing Congressman Ed Markey:

Congressman Ed Markey speaking at Power Shift 2009:

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