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Fifth National Climate Assessment

  2023-11-14 (or before) in nca2023.globalchange.gov

The Fifth National Climate Assessment is the US Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. It is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change Impacts | USA


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U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry is giving up the job title — but not the fight

  2024-03-07 in NPR

Outgoing climate envoy John Kerry talks about leaving the job, how another Donald Trump presidency could impact the fight against climate change, and how he remains hopeful.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


John Kerry: US committed to tackling climate crisis despite fossil fuel growth

  2024-03-04 in The Guardian

Outgoing climate chief says he is ‘not ready’ to give up on 1.5C target he helped negotiate in Paris agreement

  Tagged under: The Paris Agreement | US Politics


‘Huge tax breaks’: private equity prepares for a boon from Congress

  2024-03-01 in The Guardian

Billions in private equity and corporate taxes could be rolled back, along with what critics say is a sop for child tax credits

  Tagged under: US Politics


First Thing: Populism imperils fight against climate breakdown, says John Kerry

  2024-02-28 in The Guardian

US climate chief hits out at ‘disinformation’ and ‘demagoguery’ by special interests to delay climate action. Plus, the lost 80s song baffling the internet

  Tagged under: Politics | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | US Politics


Congress torpedoes a Biden nominee and casts doubt on nuclear safety

  2024-02-06 by in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Biden’s decision to drop Jeff Baran's nomination for another term with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a blow to the independence of the agency—and the safety and security of the country.

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power | US Politics


‘In a word, horrific’: Trump’s extreme anti-environment blueprint

  2024-02-06 in The Guardian

Allies and advisers have hinted at a more methodical second term: driving forward fossil fuel production, sidelining scientists and overturning rules

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Georgia senate passes bill curtailing charitable bail funds for protest groups

  2024-02-02 in The Guardian

Bill passed by Republican-dominated state senate may exacerbate deadly overcrowding in Fulton county jail

  Tagged under: US Politics


DOUBT

  2024-01-24 (or before) in YouTube

Join us and stand up for reality. http://climaterealityproject.org - This film exposes the parallels between Big Tobacco's denial of smoking's cancer-causing...

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | US Politics | Health


Mississippi quits child food program amid Republican ‘welfare state’ attack

  2024-01-13 in The Guardian

Critics condemn ‘cruelty’ of state opting out of federal program to feed children from low-income families during summer break

  Tagged under: US Politics | Women and Children


New breed of climate protesters vows to take fight to ‘cowards’ of US politics

  2023-12-26 in The Guardian

Climate Defiance, trying to make the climate crisis a top issue in 2024 election, isn’t afraid to anger ‘cowards’ and ‘criminals’

  Tagged under: US Politics


Why the U.S. Is Pumping More Oil Than Any Other Country in History

  2023-12-20 by in The Atlantic

The politics of solving climate change may, paradoxically, require producing more fossil fuels for a while.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Joe Biden | US Politics | Saudi Arabia


Rep. Mike Johnson - Campaign Finance Summary

  2023-12-13 (or before) in Open Secrets

Fundraising profile for Rep. Mike Johnson - Louisiana ( District 04)

  Tagged under: US Politics | Louisiana | Finance


US joins in other nations in swearing off coal power to clean the climate

  2023-12-02 in Associated Press News

The United States is now committed to the idea of phasing out coal power plants, joining 56 other nations in kicking the coal habit. Saturday's announcement by U.S.

  Tagged under: COP28 | US Politics | USA | Coal | Electricity | Middle East | Renewable Energy


Fifth National Climate Assessment

  2023-11-14 (or before) in nca2023.globalchange.gov

The Fifth National Climate Assessment is the US Government’s preeminent report on climate change impacts, risks, and responses. It is a congressionally mandated interagency effort that provides the scientific foundation to support informed decision-making across the United States.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change Impacts | USA


Washington Consensus - Wikipedia

  2023-11-08 (or before) in Wikipedia

  Tagged under: US Politics


Congress shuts down state efforts to ban toxic chemicals

  2023-11-04 (or before) in act.represent.us

Surprise, surprise: the chemical industry’s fingerprints (and money) are all over it.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Lobbying | Pollution


‘Tax Cheat Twelve’ Vote to Cut IRS Funding in Israel Bill

  2023-11-04 (or before) by David Dayen in The American Prospect

The 12 House Democrats received a combined $8 million in campaign support from AIPAC and its affiliates last year.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Israel | Middle East | Finance


Speaker Mike Johnson's corporate backers - by Judd Legum

  2023-10-30 by in Popular Information | Judd Legum | Substack

Last Wednesday, Republicans selected Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the next Speaker of the House. Johnson is the most radical member ever selected as Speaker, championing a host of far-right causes. Some experts describe Johnson's views as emblematic of Christian nationalism

  Tagged under: US Politics


Billion-dollar prisons: why the US is pouring money into new construction

  2023-10-28 in The Guardian

Studies show incarceration does not improve public safety but ‘tough-on-crime’ Republicans are driving investment in prisons

  Tagged under: US Politics | Alabama


Mike Johnson's First Big Bill Cuts Biden's Climate Funding - Bloomberg

  2023-10-26 in Bloomberg

The first major legislation House Republicans passed under newly installed Speaker Mike Johnson would cut billions of dollars in consumer rebates for energy efficiency upgrades included in President Joe Biden’s signature climate law.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Legislation | Joe Biden | Renewable Energy | Louisiana


Climate change could devastate household finances, U.S. Treasury warns

  2023-10-14 (or before) in CNBC

Between 2018 and 2022, weather and climate disasters cost more than $617 billion in the U.S., a Treasury Department report found.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Finance


‘There won’t be anything left’: Florida teens battle city over plan to loosen wetland protections

  2023-10-05 in The Guardian

Youth environmentalists take on Republican-led city commission over proposal to hasten development in fragile wetlands

  Tagged under: Wetlands | US Politics | Florida


US behind more than a third of global oil and gas expansion plans, report finds

  2023-09-12 in The Guardian

Study highlights conflict between Washington’s claims of climate leadership and its fossil fuel growth plans

  Tagged under: COP28 | Fossil Fuels | US Politics | Russia | Iran | Washington State


Biden administration cancels years-long attempt to drill in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge | CNN Politics

  2023-09-06 by in CNN

The Biden administration announced Wednesday it will cancel seven Trump-era oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and protect more than 13 million acres in the federal National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, stymieing a years-long attempt to drill in the protected region.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife | Joe Biden | US Politics | Health | Alaska | Finance


Green Groups Are Divided Over a Proposal to Boost the Nation’s Hydropower. Here’s Why - Inside Climate News

  2023-09-01 by in Inside Climate News

America’s hydropower industry is hoping to reestablish some of its former glory by making itself central to the nation’s transition to clean energy—and it’s turning to Congress for help. The era of big dams arguably ended long ago. At one point referred to as “white coal,” hydropower was once a major source of electricity around […]

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics | Electricity


Pressure grows on Clarence Thomas after more gifts from rightwing donor

  2023-08-31 in The Guardian

Disclosures detail more flights and stays with Harlan Crow as Democrats vow to investigate scandal ‘in which this court is enmired’

  Tagged under: US Politics


Why the US and Europe Still Buy Russian Nuclear Fuel - Bloomberg

  2023-08-28 (or before) in Bloomberg

The US and its European allies moved fast to choke exports of Russian oil, natural gas and coal after Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine. When it comes to atomic energy, however, Kremlin-controlled Rosatom Corp. continues to be the dominant source of fuel for the world’s nuclear power stations — supplying about half of global demand for enriched uranium. Western nations are racing to reconstitute their own processing capacity, much of which withered amid a growing aversion to nuclear pow

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power | Vladimir Putin | US Politics | Russia


‘It’s a beast’: landmark US climate law is too complex, environmental groups say

  2023-08-23 in The Guardian

Biden’s bill includes $60bn for environmental investments, but organizations that would benefit most face hurdles in accessing funding

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


Oil companies are hiring TikTok influencers to court young people - The Washington Post

  2023-08-17 in The Washington Post

More than 100 influencers have used their platforms to promote fossil fuel companies since 2017.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Republican LIE Causes BIG Problems…This Expert Can STOP Them | The Weekend Show

  2023-08-16 (or before) in YouTube

Umair Haque joins Anthony Davis for an honest discussion about the effects of the climate crisis on the world economy after the devastating wildfire in Maui....

  Tagged under: US Politics | Wildfires


Joe Manchin vows ‘unrelenting fight’ against US climate law he helped pass

  2023-08-16 in The Guardian

Democratic West Virginia senator calls the Inflation Reduction Act, hailed as ‘biggest step on climate crisis’, a ‘radical agenda’

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


We bailed out the banks but we’re not prepared to bail out the planet | Larry Elliott

  2023-07-30 in The Guardian

US and UK must use financial firepower of the state to put economies on a saner course

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


‘We are damned fools’: scientist who sounded climate alarm in 80s warns of worse to come

  2023-07-19 in The Guardian

James Hansen, who testified to Congress on global heating in 1988, says world is approaching a ‘new climate frontier’

  Tagged under: US Politics


US Republicans oppose climate funding as millions suffer in extreme weather

  2023-07-13 in The Guardian

Nearly 90 million Americans are facing heat alerts this week, yet GOP members are wrangling over spending to reduce emissions

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


‘Cascading impacts’ warning as Farmers becomes latest insurer to quit Florida

  2023-07-12 in The Guardian

State’s efforts unable to persuade company to stay amid growing risk for carriers as climate crisis increases strength of storms

  Tagged under: Insurance | US Politics | Florida


Remaining “Calm” About Climate Change Will Kill Us

  2023-07-10 in The Lever

Anyone insisting that you “calm down” about climate change is living in denial about the catastrophes at our doorstep.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


White House cautiously opens the door to study blocking sun’s rays to slow global warming

  2023-07-02 (or before) in Politico

A Biden administration report required by Congress outlines research options for a last-ditch effort to slow the heating of the planet. But the White House says it's not changing its climate strategy.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Senate examines role of ‘dark money’ in delaying climate action

  2023-06-23 in The Guardian

The budget committee hearing looked into alleged misinformation from big oil that covered up ‘massive’ risks of the climate crisis

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


G.O.P. Targets Researchers Who Study Disinformation Ahead of 2024 Election

  2023-06-19 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Judiciary | US Politics


Power companies quietly pushed $215m into US politics via dark money groups

  2023-06-15 in The Guardian

Donations have helped utilities increase electricity prices, hinder solar schemes and helped elect sympathetic legislators

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | US Politics | Electricity


‘Game changing’: spate of US lawsuits calls big oil to account for climate crisis

  2023-06-07 in The Guardian

Next week the first constitutional climate lawsuit goes to trial amid signs fossil fuel companies are facing accountability tests

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | US Politics


'Pretty depressing weekend': Key net zero policies face fresh wave of criticism

  2023-06-05 in Business Green

From oil and gas licenses to heat pumps and recycling to active travel, crucial planks of the government’s climate policy framework are coming under attack from all sides

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Net Zero | US Politics


The Biden administration sees hydrogen as a game-changing climate technology. The reality is far more complicated | CNN Politics

  2023-06-05 by in CNN

The Biden administration on Monday announced a goal to produce 50 million metric tons of clean hydrogen fuel by 2050 – a roadmap that, if successful, would cut around 10% of the country’s planet-warming pollution by the same date.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Hydrogen | Joe Biden | US Politics | Electricity | Health | Finance


Why the Senate's loudest climate advocate may vote to approve a fracked gas pipeline

  2023-06-02 (or before) by in HEATED | Emily Atkin | Substack

In an interview on Thursday morning, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said he doesn't believe the Mountain Valley Pipeline's approval will automatically derail the nation's climate goals.

  Tagged under: Fracking | US Politics


West Virginia governor Justice suggests coal empire lawsuit is political attack

  2023-05-31 in The Guardian

DoJ files lawsuit against companies linked to Jim Justice, also a Republican Senate candidate, seeking unpaid penalties of $7.6m

  Tagged under: US Politics


Texas Senate Moves To Shut Down Renewable Energy Permanently - Reform Austin

  2023-05-26 in Reform Austin News - Drawing Attention to What Matters

With only days left in the legislative session, Texas Republicans in the Senate are hoping to permanently cripple the renewable energy industry in the state with amendments on a must-pass bill.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Texas | US Politics


Alarm after lawyer who aided Trump’s 2020 election lie attacks campus voting

  2023-05-08 in The Guardian

Rightwing lawyer Cleta Mitchell faces criticism after comments to GOP donors urging new rules to make voting harder for students

  Tagged under: US Politics


‘Toxic trail of pollution’: states step up to curb the use of ‘forever chemicals’

  2023-05-02 in The Guardian

Partisanship has thwarted Congress’s attempts to limit PFAS, but a patchwork of state laws is pushing for their phase-out

  Tagged under: PFAS aka Forever Chemicals | Legislation | US Politics


A Sociological View of the Effort to Obstruct Action on Climate Change | American Sociological Association

  2023-04-29 (or before) in asanet.org

When then-NASA climate scientist James Hansen delivered his landmark testimony to the U. S. Senate in 1988, declaring that human-caused global warming had

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


Biden approves Alaska gas exports as critics condemn another ‘carbon bomb’

  2023-04-14 in The Guardian

Energy department gives green light to exports from liquefied natural gas (LNG) program, after Willow project approved last month

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Joe Biden | US Politics | Alaska


Rise of the Climate Rating Agencies

  2023-04-12 by in The American Prospect

Government and the private sector rely increasingly on risk-modeling firms that claim they can zero in on exposure to climate change.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


Tomlinson: Experts slam $10B grid plan, GOP approves anyway

  2023-04-10 (or before) by in Houston Chronicle | Breaking News, Houston, Texas, US, World News

Texas Republicans approved a $10 billion plan for backup electricity after industry experts and executives told them it was a bad idea, urged alternatives.

  Tagged under: Insurance | US Politics | Electricity | Texas | Electricity Grid


Dark money groups push election denialism on US state officials

  2023-04-05 in The Guardian

Groups have created incubator of policies that would restrict ballot access and amplify election fraud claims

  Tagged under: US Politics


Which States Generated the Most Renewable Energy in 2022?

  2023-03-17 in governing.com

Even though no congressional Republican voted for the biggest climate bill in the country’s history, red states were among the leaders in green power generation last year.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | US Politics


Biden administration sides with climate lawsuit against fossil fuel companies

  2023-03-16 in The Guardian

DoJ brief argues that Colorado case against energy giants ExxonMobil and Suncor should be heard in state court instead of federal

  Tagged under: Exxon | Fossil Fuels | US Politics | Colorado State


Norfolk Southern’s call to burn derailed train cars ‘jaw-dropping’, Senate hears

  2023-03-09 in The Guardian

Local official tells panel of chaotic response Ohio derailment and operator’s chief executive makes first appearance before Congress

  Tagged under: US Politics | Cars | Trains


DOUBT

  2023-03-05 (or before) in YouTube

Join us and stand up for reality. http://climaterealityproject.org - This film exposes the parallels between Big Tobacco's denial of smoking's cancer-causing...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Fossil Fuels | US Politics | Health


Ohio senator condemns train operator and lobbyists over toxic derailment

  2023-02-19 in The Guardian

Democrat Sherrod Brown says derailment, which released toxic chemicals, was caused by Norfolk Southern

  Tagged under: US Politics | Trains


‘A national scandal’: how US climate funding could make water pollution worse

  2023-02-08 in The Guardian

The Inflation Reduction Act was hailed for its climate funding – but some are concerned several provisions will worsen a growing environmental disaster

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


Bills to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’ died in Congress – with Republican help

  2023-01-13 in The Guardian

Lobbying industry flexed muscle to ensure bills that aimed to set stricter standards on PFAS compounds went nowhere

  Tagged under: US Politics | PFAS aka Forever Chemicals


The New York Times: Digital and Home Delivery Subscriptions

  2022-12-30 in The New York Times

Discover the value of independent Times journalism today.

  Tagged under: US Politics


US fails to give money promised for developing countries to ease climate impacts

  2022-12-23 in The Guardian

Spending bill passed by Senate includes less than $1bn in climate assistance for poorer nations even though Biden promised $11.4bn

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


Conservative donors pour ‘dark money’ into case that could upend US voting law

  2022-12-16 in The Guardian

Groups submitting amicus briefs to supreme court case in support of Republican lawmakers received $90m in anonymous donations

  Tagged under: US Politics


The people behind the bizarre non-profit trying to kill Biden's climate agenda

  2022-12-14 (or before) by in Popular Information | Judd Legum | Substack

For more than a week, a group called United for Clean Power has run an extensive online advertising campaign arguing the reconciliation package negotiated by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), which contains historic investments in clean energy, doesn't go far enough. The ads, which have run on social networks like Facebook and at the top of prominent publications like Politico, urge progressive Democrats in Congress to "demand environmental justice

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Climate Justice


'Like a hostage negotiation': Indiana bill on renewable energy standards dies after pushback

  2022-11-23 (or before) in indystar.com

An Indiana bill that would have established statewide standards for wind and solar projects died on the Senate floor over concerns about local control

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | US Politics | Wind Power


Latest sobering news on climate change is more reason for cities, states to step up against global warming

  2022-11-10 in chicago.suntimes.com

The closely divided U.S. House and Senate that will emerge after the midterms do not appear poised to enact strong legislation.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Legislation | US Politics


Natural gas-linked super PAC drops $1 million backing Republicans

  2022-11-04 (or before) in Cleveland OH Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather

An opaque political entity has backed Republicans including J.D. Vance for U.S. Senate and a range of state legislative candidates.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Florida Leaders Rejected Major Climate Laws. Now They’re Seeking Storm Aid. (Published 2022)

  2022-10-04 in The New York Times

Discover the value of independent Times journalism today.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Greenhouse Gases | US Politics | Florida


With rights at risk, Indigenous Brazilians get on the ballot to fight back

  2022-09-27 in Mongabay

It was 35 years ago that Ailton Krenak, while painting his entire face with the black dye of the jenipapo fruit, protested against violence against Indigenous peoples in one of Brazil’s highest seats of power: the speaker’s podium in the lower House of Congress. “There is Indigenous blood in every hectare of Brazil’s 8 million […]

  Tagged under: US Politics | Brazil


Senator Joe Manchin unveils bill that would expedite federal energy projects

  2022-09-21 in The Guardian

The centrist Democrat believes he has votes to pass the measure, which has met with resistance from the left

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

  2022-09-17 in The Guardian

Fury as ‘explosive’ documents reveal largest oil companies contradicted public statements and wished bedbugs upon critical activists

  Tagged under: BP | Shell | Activism | Exxon | Chevron | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Revealed: rightwing US lobbyists help craft slew of anti-protest fossil fuel bills

  2022-09-14 in The Guardian

Legislation drafted by Alec part of backlash against Indigenous communities and environmentalists opposing oil and gas projects

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Legislation | US Politics


‘Transformational’: could America’s new green bank be a climate gamechanger?

  2022-09-11 in The Guardian

Long championed by climate activists, the green bank would provide funding to expand clean energy use across the US

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Climate Change | US Politics | Activism


Bannon is not finished: his ‘precinct strategy’ could alter US elections for years

  2022-09-10 in The Guardian

One longtime Bannon watcher says it’s too early to count him out – even a prison term could enhance his status among the Maga crowd

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Big business groups lash out at Manchin-Schumer deal

  2022-07-28 in The Hill

Lobbying groups representing large corporations swiftly criticized a revamped reconciliation deal announced by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wedn…

  Tagged under: US Politics


Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy

  2022-07-27 in The Guardian

One industry consulting firm has influenced politics across Florida, Alabama and at least six other states

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | US Politics | Florida | Alabama


Extreme Weather Cost U.S. Taxpayers $99 Billion Last Year, and It Is Getting Worse

  2022-07-25 (or before) in Center for American Progress

The financial toll of extreme weather events fueled by climate change is at an all-time high and requires that Congress take bold action to move the country toward a 100 percent clean future.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Extreme Weather | Climate Change


How One Senator Doomed the Democrats’ Climate Plan

  2022-07-15 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Greenhouse Gases | Coal | Climate Change | US Politics


More than 200 congressional staffers urge Pelosi and Schumer to act on climate or risk dooming younger generations | CNN Politics

  2022-07-13 by in CNN

For Democratic Congressional staffers -- many of whom are young -- passing massive investments in clean energy tax credits to deal with the climate crisis is especially urgent.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | US Politics | Climate Change | Legislation


It’s democracy v plutocracy – this is the endgame for our planet | George Monbiot

  2022-07-06 in The Guardian

The US supreme court is helping to destroy our climate. But it was a much smaller decision, closer to home, that was the final straw for me, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Rivers | Wildlife | US Politics


California Assemblyman Kills Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill

  2022-06-28 by in DeSmog

The California legislature was close to passing a bill that would require the state’s two massive pension funds to divest from fossil fuels, but on June 21 the legislation was killed by one Democratic assemblyman who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the energy industry. Senate Bill 1173 would have […]

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Legislation | US Politics | California


White House official blasts 'outrageous' oil profits, leaves door open to windfall profit tax | CNN Politics

  2022-06-09 by in CNN

A White House official is strongly criticizing Big Oil for banking huge profits in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which the administration has blamed for soaring gas prices.

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics | Russia | Finance


Climate Deniers in the 116th Congress

  2022-06-04 (or before) in Center for American Progress Action

A new CAP Action analysis finds that 150 members—and 60 percent of Republicans—in the 116th Congress do not believe in climate change.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change


Top oil and gas companies increase lobbying spending amid global energy crisis - OpenSecrets News

  2022-04-21 in Open Secrets

Oil and gas companies spent millions lobbying Congress as the war in Ukraine spurred concerns over energy security.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Manchin Just Delivered Another Blow on Climate. He’s a Threat to Humanity.

  2022-03-16 by in Truthout - Fearless Independent Journalism

The absence of Manchin's support was a death knell for Sarah Bloom Raskin's nomination. Her crime: caring about climate.

  Tagged under: Rivers | US Politics


Manchin ‘very reluctant’ on electric cars in ominous sign for Biden’s climate fight

  2022-03-15 in The Guardian

Centrist Democrat, who holds key swing vote in US Senate, has poured scorn on the idea of phasing out gasoline and diesel cars

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Electric Cars | US Politics | Cars


Biden Could Score a Climate Victory in a Single Word: Plastics - Inside Climate News

  2022-02-28 in Inside Climate News

With Biden’s ambitious climate agenda blocked in the Senate, the administration now has an opportunity to look for a win through diplomacy, while at the same time addressing one of the most pressing problems facing the planet. The plastics industry has exploded in recent decades, with plastic products becoming ubiquitous in daily life. But plastic […]

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


Electrify

  2022-02-11 (or before) in MIT Press

An optimistic—but realistic and feasible—action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everything.Climate change is a planetary emergency. We have to do something now—but what? Saul Griffith has a plan. In Electrify, Griffith lays out a detailed blueprint—optimistic but feasible—for fighting climate change while creating millions of new jobs and a healthier environment. Griffith's plan can be summed up simply: electrify everything. He explains exactly what it would take to transform our infrastructure, update our grid, and adapt our households...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Electric Cars | US Politics | Cars | Health | Electricity Grid | Finance


DOUBT - Climate change and manufactured doubt

  2022-02-03 (or before) in YouTube

Join us and stand up for reality. http://climaterealityproject.org - This film exposes the parallels between Big Tobacco's denial of smoking's cancer-causing...

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change | Fossil Fuels | Health


Time is running out. Here’s how the climate movement can level up.

  2022-01-10 by in Vox

The high-risk, high-reward stakes of building a more radical movement.

  Tagged under: Activism | Joe Biden | Climate Change | US Politics


How the politics of prosecco explain what took the fizz out of the Democrats | Mark Blyth

  2021-12-31 in The Guardian

Joe Manchin torpedoed his own party’s key bill for the same reason interwar Italy protected the sparkling wine, says political economist Mark Blyth

  Tagged under: US Politics


Why the collapse of Biden’s Build Back Better would be a major blow to the climate fight

  2021-12-22 in The Guardian

It would be almost impossible for the US to comply with its greenhouse gas reduction pledges without the $1.75tn package that Manchin refuses to support

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Greenhouse Gases | Collapse


Joe Manchin's blind trust does not include his family's coal company, contradicting his claims as he votes on climate bills - The Washington Post

  2021-12-13 in The Washington Post

Contrary to his public statements, documents filed show that the senator's blind trust is much too small to account for all his reported earnings from the coal company.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


The role of public relations firms in climate change politics - Climatic Change

  2021-12-04 (or before) in Springer Verlag

Climate change policy has long been subject to influence by a wide variety of organizations. Despite their importance, the key role of public relations (PR) firms has long been overlooked in the climate political space. This paper provides an exploratory overview of the extent and nature of involvement of PR firms in climate political action by organizations in five sectors: Coal/Steel/Rail, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Renewable Energy, and the Environmental Movement. The analysis shows that the engagement of public relations firms by organizations in all of these sectors is widespread. In absolute terms, the Utility and Gas &...

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Coal | Climate Change | US Politics


Republicans are quietly rigging election maps to ensure permanent rule | David Pepper

  2021-11-28 in The Guardian

The past decade in Ohio shows how bad it can get – and how quickly. Despite the state’s voters often swinging Democratic, 75% of its congressional delegates are Republican

  Tagged under: US Politics


How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

  2021-11-21 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Congo | China | Greenhouse Gases | Cobalt | Barack Obama | US Politics


Fossil fuels made our families rich. Now we want this industry to end | Aileen Getty and Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert

  2021-11-06 in The Guardian

Congress must help usher in a new energy age - a clean energy age with the same level of support that fossil fuels companies have received for over a century

  Tagged under: US Politics | Fossil Fuels


Q&A: A Republican Congressman Hopes to Spread a New GOP Engagement on Climate from Washington, D.C. to Glasgow - Inside Climate News

  2021-10-29 in Inside Climate News

The founder of a new Conservative Climate Caucus is part of a Republican delegation headed to the international climate talks in Glasgow next week. Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) said his party should have a seat at the table when climate change is being discussed at home and abroad. Republicans, including those in the new caucus, […]

  Tagged under: US Politics | COP26 | Climate Change


Big oil CEOs just lied before Congress. It’s time they’re held accountable | Jamie Henn

  2021-10-29 in The Guardian

The top oil executives claim they never approved a disinformation campaign. That is simply not true

  Tagged under: US Politics | Disinformation and Misinformation | Fossil Fuels


Supreme Court to Hear Case on E.P.A.’s Power to Limit Carbon Emissions

  2021-10-29 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: US Politics


How Joe Manchin controls the climate - by Emily Atkin

  2021-10-25 (or before) by in HEATED | Emily Atkin | Substack

The fossil fuel loyalist is supported by more than just oil money.

  Tagged under: US Politics


It’s Joe Manchin vs. the World, and Manchin Is Winning

  2021-10-18 by in Truthout - Fearless Independent Journalism

For the time being and the foreseeable future, Manchin and his corporate sponsors hold the top cards.

  Tagged under: Rivers | US Politics


Over 650 People Arrested in D.C. During Week of Indigenous-led Climate Action Calling on Biden to be the Climate Leader he Promised to be

  2021-10-18 by in DeSmog

As environmental advocates from across the United States converged in Washington, D.C. last week to take part in the five day “People vs. Fossil Fuels” action, President Biden’s infrastructure package remained stalled, in part, by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s push to cut its largest climate measure. The series of fossil fuel protests were organized by a coalition of over […]

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Coal | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


‘Climate change is fundamentally altering the Colorado River,' congressional panel hears - Colorado Newsline

  2021-10-17 in Colorado Newsline

States in the Colorado River Basin are adjusting to the reality that their rights outstrip the available water by nearly one-third.

  Tagged under: Colorado River | US Politics | Climate Change | Rivers | Colorado State


GM Blows Past Biden Renewable Energy Goals With 100% By 2025

  2021-09-30 in Cleantech News #1 In EV, Solar, Wind, Tesla News

GM unleashes its latest renewable energy announcement just in time to pressure Congress on climate action.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Joe Biden | US Politics


Congress is debating its biggest climate change bill ever. Here's what's at stake | MPR News

  2021-09-16 (or before) in Minnesota Public Radio

Climate measures in a massive $3.5 trillion economic plan would transform the U.S. energy system. They are crucial for meeting President Joe Biden's ambitious climate goals, but face powerful opposition.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Climate Change


The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was in the Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns - Inside Climate News

  2021-09-15 in Inside Climate News

James Hansen, a climate scientist who shook Washington when he told Congress 33 years ago that human emissions of greenhouse gases were cooking the planet, is now warning that he expects the rate of global warming to double in the next 20 years. While still warning that it is carbon dioxide and methane that are […]

  Tagged under: US Politics | Greenhouse Gases | Methane


Report Reveals How Joe Manchin Made Millions of Dollars Pushing Coal and Relaxing Environmental Regulations | The Smirking Chimp

  2021-09-06 (or before) in The Smirking Chimp | News And Commentary from the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

News and commentary from the vast, left-wing conspiracy

  Tagged under: Coal | US Politics


Our leaders look climate change in the eyes, and shrug | Hamilton Nolan

  2021-08-04 in The Guardian

It is not good to be too pessimistic on the climate crisis. That said, it sure does seem like we’re screwed

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


Why Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas

  2021-07-23 by in The Hill

The prevailing political opinion is keeping these key moderate senators happy.

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Climate Change | Fossil Fuels | Public Opinion | US Politics


How a powerful US lobby group helps big oil to block climate action

  2021-07-19 in The Guardian

The American Petroleum Institute receives millions from oil companies – and works behinds the scenes to stall or weaken legislation

  Tagged under: Shell | Fossil Fuels | Legislation | US Politics


Exxon Lobbyists Paid The 6 Democrats Named In Sting Video Nearly $333,000

  2021-07-13 in HuffPost - Breaking News, U.S. and World News | HuffPost

A new analysis takes a wide look at the company's influence in Arizona, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and West Virginia.

  Tagged under: Exxon | US Politics


Republicans new favorite study trashes Biden's climate plans – but who's behind it?

  2021-03-09 in The Guardian

Wyoming representative Liz Cheney says the study proves Biden’s policies would destroy state economies. But it has the oil and gas industry’s fingerprints all over it

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


The geopolitical fight to come over green energy

  2021-03-05 in Engelsberg Ideas

The struggle for sustainable energy will soon put China, the US and Europe on a geopolitical collision course. But moving away from fossil fuels is a Herculean task, and a greener politics will not transcend tragedy.

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must catch up

  2021-03-01 by in The Hill

It’s time to reconsider dated stereotypes regarding which communities are leading the environmental movement and start imagining what could be accomplished if our policymakers tap into the ingenuity of rural Americans surviving on the front lines of climate catastrophe.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Climate Change | Climate Justice


Republicans criticizing Haaland's nomination have ties to fossil fuels

  2021-02-26 in The Guardian

The congresswoman has faced hostile questioning from senators during her confirmation for interior secretary. Some of them are personally invested in fossil fuels

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Fossil Fuels


Texas freeze shows a chilling truth – how the rich use climate change to divide us | Robert Reich

  2021-02-21 in The Guardian

The Lone Star State is aptly named. If you’re not part of the Republican oil elite with Cruz and Abbott, you’re on your own

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Texas | US Politics


This popular and proven climate policy should be at the top of Congress’s to-do list

  2021-02-04 by in Vox

The case for a national clean electricity standard.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | US Politics | Joe Biden | Climate Change | Electricity


Republicans introduce long shot bill to circumvent Biden on Keystone XL

  2021-02-02 by in The Hill

Republicans in both chambers of Congress are taking on a long shot bid to reinvigorate the Keystone XL pipeline after President Biden canceled a key permit for the oil pipeline project last month.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden


American Petroleum Institute Chief Promises to Fight Biden and the Democrats on Drilling, Tax Policy - Inside Climate News

  2021-01-14 in Inside Climate News

It’s a tough time for the nation’s oil and gas industry. Last year was among its least profitable in memory, and companies are bracing themselves for a new president focused on climate change, a Congress controlled by Democrats who increasingly shun their financial support and a world beginning to look past fossil fuels towards a […]

  Tagged under: US Politics | Joe Biden | Climate Change | Fossil Fuels


Trump loyalists aim to block Biden's goal to rejoin Iran and Paris agreements

  2020-12-22 in The Guardian

Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham urge Trump to submit Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate agreement to Senate to undercut future attempts to revive them

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power | Joe Biden | Donald Trump | US Politics | Iran


The Pollution Paradox

  2020-11-24 (or before) in George Monbiot

Dirty industries spend more on politics, keeping us in the fossil age. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th January 2017 Make America Wait Again. That’s what Donald Trump’s energy policy amounts to. Stop all the clocks, put the technological revolution on hold, ensure that the transition from fossil fuels to clean power is…

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Revealed: Trump officials rush to mine desert haven native tribes consider holy

  2020-11-24 in The Guardian

Administration seeks to transfer ownership of Arizona area to mining company with ties to the destruction of an Aboriginal site

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


The 'market' won't save us from climate disaster. We must rethink our system | Robert S Devine

  2020-11-19 in The Guardian

Expecting the free market to fix global warming is like trying to pound nails with a saw

  Tagged under: Economics | Economic Growth | US Politics


Revealed: Covid recovery plans threaten global climate hopes

  2020-11-09 in The Guardian

Exclusive: analysis finds countries pouring money into fossil fuels to fight recession

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Billionaire casino boss Sheldon Adelson splashes the cash in bid to help Trump

  2020-10-31 in The Guardian

The magnate, 87, is expected to have spent $250m this election cycle to support conservative causes, fundraisers say

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


'Just like propaganda': the three men enabling Trump's voter fraud lies

  2020-10-26 in The Guardian

The hysteria over voter fraud has reached an alarming pitch – and this dangerous moment in US democracy wouldn’t be possible without the work of these men

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | Donald Trump | US Politics


Academic Citations on the Pitfalls of Congressional Transparency

  2020-10-15 (or before) by in The Congressional Research Institute

Via increased transparency Congress has gotten more corrupt and lobbyists have gained power. This dynamic drives climate change, the debt, incarceration and partisanship. We compile academic on this topic and investigate its roots in the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change | Finance


Trump's public lands chief refuses to leave his post despite judge's order

  2020-10-10 in The Guardian

William Perry Pendley says ‘I have the support of the president’ despite court ruling he is serving illegally as head of the Bureau of Land Management

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


The US supreme court may soon become plutocracy's greatest defender | David Sirota

  2020-10-02 in The Guardian

An Amy Coney Barrett court will push the US to new levels of pro-business cronyism

  Tagged under: US Politics


Trump's final phone call to Woodward: 'Nothing more could have been done' - CNNPolitics

  2020-09-15 (or before) by in CNN International

On August 14, the coronavirus pandemic was on fire in the US. More than 168,000 Americans had died, with more than 1,300 deaths that day alone. But when President Donald Trump called legendary journalist Bob Woodward, it was to find out one thing: He had recently learned that Woodward's new book "Rage" was done and would be coming out in September, and Trump wanted to find out how he'd be portrayed.

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Joe Biden if president will push allies like Australia to do more on climate, adviser says

  2020-09-07 in The Guardian

Jake Sullivan says the former vice-president, if elected, won’t ‘pull any punches’ on what is a global problem

  Tagged under: Joe Biden | US Politics


Big oil remembers 'friend' Trump with millions in campaign funds

  2020-08-09 in The Guardian

Donations to support the president’s re-election have flooded in from a fossil fuel industry that has enjoyed three years of energy deregulation and tax cuts

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Think 'sanctions' will trouble China? Then you're stuck in the politics of the past | Ai Weiwei

  2020-08-06 in The Guardian

The complex history of how China and the US once embraced each other should inform how the current showdown is tackled, says artist and activist Ai Weiwei

  Tagged under: Economics | US Politics


New York unveils landmark antitrust bill that makes it easier to sue tech giants

  2020-08-05 in The Guardian

The legislation comes as a federal panel is investigating the market power of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google

  Tagged under: Legislation | US Politics


With big rallies cancelled, young climate activists are adapting election tactics

  2020-08-03 in The Guardian

Phone banks, social media and friend-to-friend campaigning are the new focus ahead of this year’s US elections

  Tagged under: Activism | US Politics


How the global climate fight could be lost if Trump is re-elected

  2020-07-27 in The Guardian

The US will officially exit the Paris accord one day after the 2020 US election and architects of that deal say the stakes could not be higher

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


New climate group will offer district-specific policy 'menus' to every congressional candidate | CNN Politics

  2020-07-02 by in CNN International

As concern over climate change grows and high profile progressive political figures embrace ambitious ideas, candidates with limited resources and time are facing a new challenge: how to craft winning political messages tailored to their districts and backed by the most recent science, health and economic data.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Legislation | US Politics | Health


Revealed: conservative group fighting to restrict voting tied to powerful dark money network

  2020-05-27 in The Guardian

Honest Elections Project, part of network that pushed supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh, is now focusing on voting restrictions

  Tagged under: US Politics


The FEC is back, but challenges await the divided commission

  2020-05-19 in Open Secrets

The Senate restored Federal Election Commission quorum. But the ideologically divided commission is unlikely to find a consensus on issues.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Trump admin slaps solar, wind operators with retroactive rent bills | Reuters

  2020-05-19 (or before) in Reuters

The Trump administration has ended a two-year rent holiday for solar and wind projects operating on federal lands, handing them whopping retroactive bills at a time the industry is struggling with the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak, according to company officials.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | USA | Donald Trump | Solar Energy | Climate Change | Wind Power | US Politics | California | Alaska


Republicans devote $20m and 50,000 people to efforts to restrict voting

  2020-05-18 in The Guardian

The RNC is seeking people in 15 key states to serve as poll watchers and challenge the registration of voters they believe ineligible

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Could 'rogue electors' tilt the balance of the US election? | Lawrence Douglas

  2020-05-17 in The Guardian

The supreme court just debated how American presidents are actually chosen. Its decision will have powerful ramifications

  Tagged under: US Politics


Steve Linick: State Department official investigating Pompeo is fired

  2020-05-16 in The Guardian

Latest move against independent executive branch watchdogs who have found fault with Trump administration

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Republican Congress members upset banks dropping support for fossil fuels

  2020-05-12 (or before) in Ars Technica

A letter to the president ignores the fact that wind and solar employ people, too.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | US Politics | Fossil Fuels | Wind Power


'It's all rigged': Trump foreshadows how he could undermine presidential election

  2020-05-12 in The Guardian

Trump accusations shed light on how he could use the Covid-19 pandemic to undermine the results of the November election

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics | California


Trump dismantles environmental protections under cover of coronavirus

  2020-05-11 in The Guardian

Administration is weakening protections ahead of the election, making changes that could take years for a Democratic president to undo

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Trump's 'juggernaut' re-election bid like the Death Star, campaign boss boasts

  2020-05-07 in The Guardian

Brad Parscale raises eyebrows with Star Wars comparison: ‘In a few days we start pressing FIRE for the first time’

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


There is no point talking to Trump. We need to talk past him | Jan Werner-Muller

  2020-04-25 in The Guardian

Governors, officials and Democrats should start proposing concrete plans to deal with the crisis. It’s time to build a ‘parallel polis’

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


The coronavirus pandemic is a dress rehearsal for what awaits us if governments continue to ignore science | John Hewson

  2020-04-21 in The Guardian

Leaders have failed to listen to clear warnings and predictions, but the response to Covid-19 is an inspiring indication of what we’re capable of

  Tagged under: Bushfires | Predictions | US Politics


The Guardian view on the climate and coronavirus: global warnings | Editorial

  2020-04-12 in The Guardian

Editorial: Steep falls in emissions have been the pandemic’s immediate effect. But what’s needed is a green recovery

  Tagged under: Wildlife | US Politics


Oil and gas companies invest in legislators that vote against the environment

  2020-02-26 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

Do campaign contributions from oil and gas companies influence legislators to vote against the environment, or do these companies invest in legislators that have a proven antienvironmental voting record? Using 28 y of campaign contribution data, we find that evidence consistently supports the investment hypothesis: The more a given member of Congress votes against environmental policies, the more contributions they receive from oil and gas companies supporting their reelection.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Oil and gas industry rewards US lawmakers who oppose environmental protections – study

  2020-02-24 in The Guardian

Companies spent $84m on congressional campaigns in 2018, analysis of votes and political contributions shows

  Tagged under: US Politics | Fossil Fuels


‘Blatant manipulation’: Trump administration exploited wildfire science to promote logging

  2020-01-24 in The Guardian

Revealed: emails show Trump and appointees tried to craft a narrative that forest protection efforts are responsible for wildfires

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Extreme Weather | Wildfires | US Politics | California | Trees


Politics & Global Warming, November 2019 — Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

  2020-01-23 (or before) in Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Our latest report describes how Democratic, Independent, and Republican registered voters view global warming and related issues.

  Tagged under: Public Opinion | Global Warming | US Politics | Climate Change


Trump weakened environmental laws after BP lobbying

  2020-01-23 in The Guardian

Letter suggests oil firm pushed for changes whereby fewer projects would need impact assessments

  Tagged under: BP | Donald Trump | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | US Politics


Warren calls on big U.S. banks for steps on climate risk | Reuters

  2020-01-22 (or before) in Reuters

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a contender for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, is asking the biggest U.S. banks for details on their assessments of and preparations for risks related to global warming.

  Tagged under: USA | Wildfires | Forest Fires | US Politics | Trees


Federal judge blocks North Carolina's voter ID law, citing its discriminatory intent

  2020-01-01 by Sam Levine in The Guardian

The decision could have a big impact in a state that is key to the 2020 presidential election

  Tagged under: Democracy | Litigation | US Politics


Voter purges: are Republicans trying to rig the 2020 election?

  2019-12-31 in The Guardian

Controversies in Wisconsin and Georgia show how the mass removal of voters from the rolls has become a key part of the fight to win

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


US Congress commits to act on climate crisis, despite Donald Trump

  2019-12-02 in The Guardian

Nancy Pelosi tells UN conference in Madrid that commitment is ‘iron-clad’

  Tagged under: US Politics | Donald Trump | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change


John Kerry launches coalition to fight climate crisis: ‘We are way behind’

  2019-12-01 in The Guardian

Bipartisan bloc aims to convince people that rapid action is required to halt carbon emissions within 30 years

  Tagged under: Coal | US Politics


Green New Deal Author Wants To Expand Anti-Corruption Laws To Cover Climate

  2019-11-25 in Huffington Post UK

Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey's latest bill could extend the kind of financial sanctions the U.S. slapped on Russia and North Korea to countries such as Brazil.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change | Russia


Charles Koch talks environment, politics, business and more

  2019-11-20 (or before) in news.kochind.com

What does one of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs really think about the current state of politics, the economy, the future of business, and the environment?Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, sat down with best-sell...

  Tagged under: US Politics


Twitter political ad ban could silence climate activists, warns Warren

  2019-11-06 in The Guardian

US presidential hopeful says fossil fuel firms will be free to promote themselves while critics are barred

  Tagged under: Activism | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action | Reuters

  2019-10-26 (or before) in Reuters

Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict "incalculable human suffering."

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | Wildlife | US Politics


Exxon sowed doubt about climate crisis, House Democrats hear in testimony

  2019-10-23 by Emily Holden in The Guardian

Subcommittee laid out four decades of evidence just a day after oil behemoth began a trial over misleading investors

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Exxon | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Political polarisation over climate crisis has surged under Trump

  2019-10-11 in The Guardian

Revealed: divide exacerbated by fossil fuel industry’s record contribution to Republicans

  Tagged under: US Politics | Donald Trump | Greenhouse Gases | Fossil Fuels


The obscure law that explains why Google backs climate deniers

  2019-10-11 in The Guardian

Company wants to curry favour with conservatives to protect its ‘section 230’ legal immunity

  Tagged under: US Politics


Greta Thunberg: I have a dream that the powerful will take the climate crisis seriously

  2019-09-20 (or before) in The Independent

In a highly anticipated speech in Congress after travelling half the way across the Atlantic by boat, Greta Thunberg urges US senators to learn from the sacrifices of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists in the fight against climate change. Here is the transcript

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Activism | US Politics | Climate Change


Greta Thunberg to Congress: ‘You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry’

  2019-09-17 in The Guardian

The Swedish environmentalist was one of several who spoke at a Senate climate crisis taskforce

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | US Politics


'Coal is over': the miners rooting for the Green New Deal

  2019-08-12 in The Guardian

An area desperately in need of an economic transformation looks to new promise after Trump’s prove empty

  Tagged under: Coal | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Pseudo scientific hysteria is the wrong answer to climate change

  2019-08-03 in New York Post Breaking News, Top Headlines, Photos & Videos

A year ahead of the US presidential election, exaggeration about global warming is greater than ever. While some politicians continue (incorrectly) to insist it’s made up, far more insist (also inc…

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics


How Florida’s summer of slime turned Republicans into eco-warriors

  2019-07-09 in The Guardian

After toxins in the water killed animals and left humans scared to swim, the state’s future governor made cleanup a campaign issue

  Tagged under: Florida | US Politics


Trump to claim US is environmental leader in spite of ripping up protections

  2019-07-03 in The Guardian

Exclusive: On Monday president will likely tout America’s clean air and water, even though he’s rescinded rules to cut pollution

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


How Republicans killed Oregon’s climate crisis bill – by fleeing the state

  2019-06-29 in The Guardian

After legislators fled the state, rightwing groups pledged their support and protesters demonstrated outside the state house

  Tagged under: Oregon | US Politics


The supreme court's shameless - and shameful - endorsement of gerrymandering | David Daley

  2019-06-28 in The Guardian

The next redistricting cycle, which begins in 2021, will be a frightening and unfettered orgy of stolen partisan advantage

  Tagged under: US Politics


Elizabeth Warren thinks corruption is why the US hasn’t acted on climate change

  2019-06-22 by in Vox

Here’s how she intends to fight greenhouse gases and money in politics.

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | US Politics


White House physicist sought aid of rightwing thinktank to challenge climate science

  2019-06-14 in The Guardian

William Happer contacted Heartland Institute, one of the most prominent groups to dispute that fossil fuels cause global heating

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


‘Socialism for the rich’: the evils of bad economics

  2019-06-06 in The Guardian

The long read: The economic arguments adopted by Britain and the US in the 1980s led to vastly increased inequality – and gave the false impression that this outcome was not only inevitable, but good

  Tagged under: Economics | US Politics


Donald Trump tells Prince Charles US has 'clean climate'

  2019-06-05 in The Guardian

President blames other countries for environmental crisis, in long talk with prince

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Climate Change | US Politics | Health


There's a climate crisis – but Trump's cabinet continues to backtrack on science | Kate Aronoff

  2019-05-29 in The Guardian

Conservative donors and fossil fuel companies have the most to lose from large-scale decarbonization – and they know it

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science (Published 2019)

  2019-05-27 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Greenhouse Gases | US Politics


Dare to declare capitalism dead – before it takes us all down with it | George Monbiot

  2019-04-25 in The Guardian

The economic system is incompatible with the survival of life on Earth. It is time to design a new one, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: Capitalism | US Politics


Trump administration sabotages major conservation effort, defying Congress

  2019-04-08 in The Guardian

Revealed: federal support to research centers cut off as scientists fear years of successful work will go ‘down the drain’

  Tagged under: US Politics | Donald Trump


Don't trust the adults in the room on climate change | Kate Aronoff

  2019-02-25 in The Guardian

Older politicians are too quick to write off younger climate activists. But where are their solutions to the climate crisis?

  Tagged under: Activism | Climate Change | US Politics


Fighting pollution: Toledo residents want personhood status for Lake Erie

  2019-02-19 in The Guardian

The controversial legal bill will allow citizens to sue a polluter on behalf of the lake and for penalties to be imposed

  Tagged under: US Politics


A Green New Deal can give us the freedoms to allow humanity to flourish

  2019-02-07 in The Guardian

Franklin Delano Roosevelt sought to redefine freedom in the face of war. The Green New Deal imagines goals for a colorful democracy

  Tagged under: Climate Change | US Politics | Health


Trump replacement for Obama climate plan worse than doing nothing – study

  2019-01-16 in The Guardian

Administration’s alternative to clean power plan would let emissions ‘rebound’ via coal-fired power plants, researchers find

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Coal | Barack Obama | US Politics


Protesters disrupt US panel's fossil fuels pitch at climate talks

  2018-12-10 in The Guardian

Official event praising coal, oil and gas met with laughter and chants of ‘shame on you’

  Tagged under: Coal | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


Why water will be the next battleground in the fight against climate change

  2018-11-28 in The Guardian

In the third part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we look at its alarming projections for our water supplies

  Tagged under: Drought | Climate Change | US Politics | California


The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us | George Monbiot

  2018-11-14 in The Guardian

We can no longer tinker around the edges and hope it will help, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

  Tagged under: US Politics


Top White House aide 'fired' after Melania Trump intervention, report says – as it happened

  2018-11-13 by Lauren Gambino in The Guardian

First lady called for Mira Ricardel, top aide to John Bolton, to go after the two had a dispute over plane seating during Africa trip

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Africa | US Politics


Big Oil spent big and won big in Washington and Colorado

  2018-11-08 (or before) in ThinkProgress

  Tagged under: Lobbying | US Politics | Oil Industry | Colorado State | Washington State


Conserving oil no longer necessary for US, says Trump administration

  2018-08-19 in The Guardian

New policy threatens to undermine decades of campaigns for efficient cars and other conservation programs

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics | Cars


'Truth isn't truth': Giuliani trumps 'alternative facts' with new Orwellian outburst

  2018-08-19 in The Guardian

President’s lawyer keeps up attack on Mueller investigation, leading NBC host Chuck Todd to say: ‘This is going to become a bad meme’

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics | Russia


US interior secretary's school friend blocking climate research, scientists say

  2018-08-17 in The Guardian

Trump administration forces some scientific funding to be reviewed by adviser who was high-school football teammate of Ryan Zinke

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | US Politics


Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change (Published 2018)

  2018-08-01 by in The New York Times

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

  Tagged under: CO2 | US Politics | Climate Change | Exxon | Greenhouse Gases | Coal | Economics


Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing 'miserably’ to address climate change

  2018-06-19 in The Guardian

James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | US Politics


Hackers Eviscerate Election Tech Security...Who’s Surprised? - WhoWhatWhy

  2017-08-01 in WhoWhatWhy - Nonprofit, citizen supported journalism

DEF CON attendees remind us just how easy it is to bypass laughable voting machine safeguards. At least they got the mainstream media to cover this issue for once.

  Tagged under: US Politics


Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Spends Millions To Influence Elections - PopularResistance.Org

  2016-09-09 in PopularResistance.Org

By Kit O'Connell for Mint Press News - AUSTIN, Texas — The corporation behind the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline also operates its own political action committee that has a record of donating to the campaigns of candidates who support the company’s pro-corporate, pro-fossil fuels agenda in Congress. However, the political war chest of the Energy Transfer Partners PAC amounts to pennies compared to the wealth of Kelcy Warren, the chairman and CEO, who has spent millions becoming one of the most politically powerful oil tycoons in Texas.

  Tagged under: US Politics | Texas | Fossil Fuels


Google, GE and others contribute to climate-change deniers in Congress, report finds

  2014-09-22 in The Guardian

What’s behind pro-sustainability companies’ donations to climate-change deniers in Congress?

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change | Legislation | Sustainability


House Republicans cut funding to UN climate science body

  2011-02-21 in The Guardian

Funding ban to IPCC part of cuts package that would slash spending on environmental protection

  Tagged under: IPCC | Climate Change | US Politics


Democrat opens fire, literally, on Obama's climate change agenda | Suzanne Goldenberg

  2010-10-12 in The Guardian

Suzanne Goldenberg: Democrats facing a tough fight in mid-terms are distancing themselves from Obama. Now one says he will stand and fight

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Barack Obama | US Politics


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