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Many State Governors With US House In Blocking Climate Action

On Tuesday, one big handy graphic appeared online detailing what every state governor really believes about climate change. The Center for American Progress released an interactive map of the 50 states. It details the sad fact that half of America’s 29 Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress. Tiffany Germain And Ryan Koronowski, who wrote the […]

July 3rd

President Takes Down Congress For Climate Timidity (video)

On Wednesday, June 25, President Obama gave a one-year progress report for his climate plan. He presented the original speech on the climate change plan at a dinner with the League of Conservation Voters. On MSNBC, politics commenter Rachel Maddow showed a series of clips of the President’s LCV talk, saying she wasn’t sure if […]

June 30th

Military: Climate Strategy Vital, Not Political Chicken Game

A panel of extraordinary military leaders—16 men and women generals and admirals, including prior commanders, commandants, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—came to a pretty devastating conclusion recently about climate strategy. The Military Advisory Board of the Center for Naval Analyses, a 70-year-old federally funded think tank, says that current actions by the […]

May 28th

UCS Examines Climate Change From Sea To Shining Sea

More imminent than deadly viruses or terrorists at national events is the phenomenon of climate change, a force examined in a groundbreaking new report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Titled National Landmarks at Risk: How Rising Seas, Floods and Wildfires are Threatening the United States’ Most Cherished Historic Sites, the study examines […]

May 20th

America, We Have A Problem!

I just ran across a couple of shocking stats, especially when combined: Congressional approval ratings dropped to a then-record-low 10% in 2012. Nonetheless, 90% of the representatives in the House of Representatives were re-elected. America! Why you haz so dumb? In all seriousness, here’s the good news: the US somehow realizes that Congress is broken. But […]

May 9th

Funding More Fire Suppression Won't Do The Trick

A firefighter pauses at the $2013 Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park, August-September 2013 (Calfire photo on facebook). President Obama released the federal budget for 2015 last week. Overall, it involves the lowest deficit ($514 billion) of his five-year tenure in office and restores some funding cut in last year’s sequester. Parts of the new […]

March 9th

The GOP And The ACA

On October 1st, folks all across the country, regardless of their health, can begin signing up for the Affordable Care Act mandated health insurance co-ops, which offer substantial savings via pooling and government support for these new healthcare options. Obamacare, as it’s commonly called, officially kicks in on January 1st, 2014. Let’s not mistake this […]

September 30th

Make-believe "Polarization" In 1st Hearing On Climate Plan

President Obama’s Plan to Fight Climate Change has an initial Congressional hearing (whitehouse.gov). Here’s what happened: Perhaps the second great step the Obama Administration has made this year with respect to climate change–after the President’s June 25 iteration of his sketchy but essentially solid outline for a new climate plan–happened this past week. The House […]

September 30th

Yes, There's A HUGE Difference Between Democrats & Republicans (Get Out & Vote!)

To my friends, family, acquaintances, and readers who think that there isn’t enough of a difference between Democrats and Republicans to bother voting (i.e. for the Democrats), let me be absolutely 100% clear — actually, there are HUGE, HUGE differences between these two parties these days, and in nearly every situation I’m aware of, Democrats […]

November 6th

Chris Murphy For Senate (Connecticut)

  Wrapping up my short series on 4 Senate candidates you should support and vote for (if you can), Chris Murphy of Connecticut is last but not least. Murphy has one of the best intro statements I’ve ever seen, maybe the best: “Chris has a real record of fighting for Connecticut’s working families and middle class. His […]

November 5th

Elizabeth Warren For Senate (Massachusetts)

  If you’re voting in the Massachusetts election today or tomorrow, you should be voting for Elizabeth Warren without any hesitation — she’s one of the best politicians I’m aware of. Here’s a quick rundown of how her and her opponent, Scott Brown, differ: Not many politicians are so dedicated to the people as Elizabeth […]

November 5th

Climate Change Policy Gap Between USA and Europe Widens, as Norway Announces World's Largest Carbon Tax

  In the latest example of the widening gap in climate change policies between the USA and Europe, the Government of Norway last week announced the world’s largest new tax on carbon emissions, stating in explicit terms its desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate against global warming — just two weeks after the […]

October 17th

In Historic Reversal, US House of Representatives Cling to 20th Century Loyalty to Fossil Fuels — While Saudi Arabia Goes Solar

Over the past few days, a strange and unexpected role reversal has come into focus in the realm of international energy policies. On September 21, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of the “Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act,” an aggressively anti-environment call which, despite the lofty title, represents a shrill […]

September 27th

Wind & Solar Are Shining Examples of US Economic Success, Potential, & Jobs (but Under Threat)

  Recent reports from IMS Research and the Energy Department suggest that energy production from solar and wind in the United States are set to rapidly increase in the coming years. Though China and Germany have dominated the race to create a robust clean energy sector so far, the United States has taken steps to […]

September 25th

"Worst Environmental Bill" Now Before Congress: Denying Science & Health, Written by Coal Industry Lackey

  Tomorrow, the US House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3409, the “Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act.” The bill has been called the “single worst environmental law” proposed by the most virulently anti-environmental US legislators in history. The bill is aggressively anti-science and anti-public health. Its priority is made clear: […]

September 20th

Green Politics News (VIDEO)

Today’s top green politics stories: Congress’ Failure to Act on Energy & Climate is a National Security Threat A new post by Bill Becker of Third Generation Environmentalism on Climate Progress indicates how lack of action, by Congress, on energy and the climate threatens our national security, in more ways than one. “The most serious threat […]

February 28th

Green News Daily (VIDEO)

Top green news from around the internet (video is followed by photos and short excerpts on the news): Catastrophic Global Warming & Climate Change Underestimated Yep, catastrophic global warming predictions by climate scientists have underestimated probably warming if we don’t curb emissions fast. (Not a surprise that another study has found this — I’ve covered […]

February 27th

Top U.S. Senators Discuss Global Warming (Emphasize that It Is Real but Has Been Politicized by Fossil Fuel Industry)

  There was a beacon in the smog surrounding the U.S. Capitol building this week. While the House and Senate pushed for arctic drilling, attempted to revive the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and tried to delay rules on mercury emissions standards — all while failing to extend a key tax credit for wind — […]

February 18th

800,000+ Keystone XL Petitions Delivered to Congress (SLIDESHOW)

350.org uploaded over a dozen photos of activists delivering over 800,000 petitions against the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline to Congress, petitions which were gathered in 24 hours! Here’s the slideshow of that delivery, followed by text from 350.org: “On Tuesday, February 14, representatives from a coalition of over 30 environmental and progressive groups […]

February 17th

House GOP Pushing Dirtiest Fuel on Planet, Oil Shale (Much Worse than Tar Sands)

Oh my, they just can’t stop. The House GOP seems dead set on destroying the country and destroying the planet. Here’s the latest, via Climate Progress, on its push to develop the dirtiest fuel on the planet (you thought tar sands were bad?!): by Joe Romm Rep. Cantor (R-VA):  In addition, Chairman Hastings will add provisions […]

February 3rd