A national conversation about getting Wired for Progress

Investing in a Clean-Energy Smart Grid is a critical step towards addressing both our economic and energy crises [see “A smart, green grid is needed to enable a near-term renewable revolution“]. Clearly, we need energy policies for the 21st century that will increase jobs and help us become more competitive, while reducing our use of foreign oil and curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases.

A National Conversation about the Clean-Energy Smart Grid
If we build a modern interstate energy transmission system, we will strengthen our national security, create quality jobs, and provide the backbone for broad economic growth, just like building the Interstate Highway System did in the 1950s and 1960s. And since this is a national problem that requires a national solution, it is important to make this a national conversation.

If we can get people across the entire country talking about the need for a clean-energy smart grid, the odds we can get it built will go up dramatically. That is why the Center for American Progress Action Fund is promoting a week-long national conversation about the clean-energy smart grid Monday, April 13 through Sunday, April 19 [See to participate].

Will you join the conversation?

This national conversation will take place across the social web, on Twitter, Facebook, and on several of our blogs and websites. The central home for this conversation will be on Twitter. You can monitor the conversation by searching for the #grid hashtag on and join in by including the #grid hashtag in to own Tweets.

Bracken Hendricks, author of the Center for American Progress’s Wired for Progress report will be live Tweeting on Monday, April 13, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and checking in for more on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bracken will be posting on the @IAmProgress Twitter account for the live TweetUp.

Also, on Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, check out the Internet Advocacy Roundtable live online. You can stream it here and ask questions via Twitter by adding the #iar hashtag to your posts (in addition to the #grid hashtag). The panel includes online organizers from 1Sky, Environmental Defense, MoveOn’s Power Up America, the Energy Action Coalition, the Pickens Plan, and the Wonk Room’s energy/climate blogger.

After the Roundtable, the panelists will continue on the #grid Twitter conversation through Sunday.

Again, to get the full rundown on where and how you can participate in the national Wired for Progress conversation, visit So spread the word and start talking.

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3 Responses to A national conversation about getting Wired for Progress

  1. Alex Tinker says:

    Focus the Nation is also holding a nationwide conversation this week – on building the Clean Energy Future. 103 events covering 150 congressional districts have confirmed participation from 50 members of Congress including Senator Arlen Specter, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and numerous key swings in the house and senate.

    More at

  2. The first day of the Get Wired for Progress tweetup was great. Bracken Hendricks live tweeted for an hour and will be back on line throughout the week. Thursday (3-5p EST), follow the Center for American progress Action Fund’s Internet Advocacy Roundtable program Getting Wired for Progress, featuring online organizers from Energy Action Coalition, 1Sky, Environmental Defense Fund, Pickens Plan, the Wonk Room, and MoveOn’s Power Up America. We are using 2 hashtags on Twitter for the Roundtable: #grid and #iar… the #iar is necessary if you want to ask a question during the event and the #grid is for the Get Wired for Progress tweetup.

    More info at

    On Twitter, follow @iamprogress, @CAPBracken and @drdigipol for updates.

    And on Friday, from 2-3pm, Peter Swire will discuss his report on the smart grid and broadband (

  3. Twice I heard IMPORTANT people say that the warming effect of pollution will last “about a century”, with the a similar indifference.
    The Carbon Dioxide in Venus has not gone away in hundreds of thousands of years and its CO2 atmosphere is around 842 Deg. Fahrenheit.
    If the half-life of a CO2 molecule was “about a century”, Venus would be a lot cooler.
    Recent data indicates all the Polar ice floes will be gone much earlier than was recently predicted, the floes are not expected to be around 50 years from now.
    The Obama Administration may be the last one with a choice. After the temperature increases take off, nothing will stop it.
    In 10 or 20 years there will be no further choices that will make a difference. We can play the Excuse Game or the Surprise Game, you know, “I did know that!” Maybe it is too late already!