Politics
GOP’s Monty Python Moment

GOP’s Monty Python Moment

This week, President Trump said that having the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world is a “badge of honor,” but we saw it differently.  As we approach 100,000 deaths and more than 1,600,000 Americans have fallen ill with COVID, it’s hard to imagine how Republicans can defend his handling of this crisis.  And […]

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Coronavirus: Fauci Paints a Grim Reality

Coronavirus: Fauci Paints a Grim Reality


As AP reported yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a blunt warning Tuesday that cities and states could “turn back the clock” and see more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage alike if they lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders too fast — a sharp contrast as President Donald Trump pushes to right a free-falling economy. Doubling down on […]

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Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

As cities across the United States were shutting down in response to COVID-19, rural communities often saw these measures as being overblown. In California especially, the rural/coastal divide on containment measures was a microcosm for the rest of the nation–it could also serve as a lesson for how to grapple with this issue nationwide. But […]

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Plastic Companies Want $1B in Bailout Funds For Recycling

Plastic Companies Want $1B in Bailout Funds For Recycling

Pointing to the rise in plastic being used during the COVID pandemic, an alliance of the nation’s largest chemical companies called the “Recover Coalition” is requesting that Congress give them $1b to deal with the current lack of a functioning recycling system in the U.S.  The industry group, in a letter to legislators, explained that […]

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Exclusive Earth Week Interview With John Podesta, Center for American Progress

Exclusive Earth Week Interview With John Podesta, Center for American Progress

John is an original Friend of the Planet, and the Founder of the Center for American Progress, a member of its Board of Directors, and a law professor at Georgetown University’s Law School.  Not to mention a hero of ours! ODP:  Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  What will it take to recreate […]

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Trump Earth Day Announcements: Watered Down Clean Water Rule and Parks to Re-Open

On the eve of Earth Day, the Trump Administration published its final rule greatly narrowing the scope of the landmark Clean Water Act (CWA), known as the “waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS rule. Environmental groups immediately announced their intention to challenge it in court and thereby limit its impact. 

Why This Matters: The new rule puts in place an interpretation of the CWA first articulated by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, even though it is not clear that Congress intended it to have such a limited scope.

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One 2020 Thing: 80 Leading Scientists Endorse Biden

One 2020 Thing: 80 Leading Scientists Endorse Biden

Yesterday 80 scientists signed onto an open letter endorsing Joe Biden for president. According to the Biden campaign’s press release, the letter includes some of the most prominent scientists and public health experts in the country, including: Five Nobel Laureates or National Medal of Science winners; Several MacArthur Genius Grant Award Winners; More than 20 […]

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Biden Gains First major Endorsement from Environmental Group

Biden Gains First major Endorsement from Environmental Group

When Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, his supporters lamented that former Vice President Joe Biden–the presumptive Democratic nominee–did not have a climate plan that was bold enough to meet the breadth of the climate crisis. As a result, progressive climate action groups like the Sunrise Movement did not endorse Biden […]

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Coronavirus: Trump Halts Immigration

Coronavirus: Trump Halts Immigration


Late last night, President Trump made an announcement that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States. There were few details about when the executive order would go into effect or how it would be enforced. However, the President did state that his motivation for this decision was based on […]

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The Original Earth Day Led to a Lasting Movement and Fundamental Change

The Original Earth Day Led to a Lasting Movement and Fundamental Change

This week we celebrate 50 years since the first Earth Day. It was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, led to a “cascade” of groundbreaking laws and a much greater societal awareness of the environment and conservation that persists today.

Why This Matters:  Despite the President’s efforts to divide the nation by creating a false dichotomy between economic growth and conservation, ensuring a clean environment and addressing climate change have bipartisan support.

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Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Almost as Ugly as the Virus Itself

Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Almost as Ugly as the Virus Itself

The spread of coronavirus is frightening especially because there is still so much we don’t know about the virus. This has created an environment where conspiracy theories have exploded across social media creating a dangerous scenario for governments seeking to build trust, and an opportunity for those wanting to create chaos. As Foreign Policy Magazine […]

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Coronavirus: Industry Leaders and Health Officials Urge Trump to Listen to Data

Coronavirus: Industry Leaders and Health Officials Urge Trump to Listen to Data

Global cases of COVID-19 topped 2 million and at least 134,000 people have died worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. Yet despite this, the White House has circulated a draft plan that advises areas with low numbers of coronavirus infections to begin pulling back on social distancing measures after May 1st if they meet certain […]

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