Politics
Pete Buttigieg Releases A Plan to Conserve Nature

Pete Buttigieg Releases A Plan to Conserve Nature

Last Friday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed his presidential plan to protect public lands including a stated goal of protecting 30% of all U.S. lands and waters by 2030. Goals of the proposal include: Ensuring consistent and robust conservation funding for federal land management agencies, states, and tribes–including securing full, permanent funding for the Land and […]

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Western Voters, Nevadans In Particular, See Climate and Pollution As Top Issues In Election

Western Voters, Nevadans In Particular, See Climate and Pollution As Top Issues In Election

A new poll released Thursday by Colorado College just before the Nevada Democratic caucuses shows that for residents of both parties in Western states care deeply about a wide range of conservation issues from battling climate change and pollution, to protecting federal lands and parks and endangered species, and ensuring clean and plentiful water. 

Why This Matters:  If history is a guide, climate change will drive Latinos to vote in the caucuses and in the general election in Nevada this year.

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Democrats Debate Climate Change Issues in Las Vegas — Finally

Democrats Debate Climate Change Issues in Las Vegas — Finally

At the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas last night, the moderators asked a series of questions on climate change and environmental issues, and the candidates had a chance to both explain their plans and to talk about their priorities.

Why This Matters:   The MSNBC moderators recognized that climate change is one of the most important issues to the Democratic voters and gave it at least 15 minutes — it got one of the longest time blocks of the debate, albeit in the second hour.

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Mike Bloomberg: Now on the Debate Stage, But Where Does He Stand?

Mike Bloomberg has a very strong record of environmental accomplishments as Mayor of New York and since he left office, and he has detailed proposals on climate change, but fewer plans for what to do about other environmental problems like clean water and toxic waste, endangered species and other natural resource issues. 

Why This Matters:  Bloomberg has the means to develop detailed policy plans on the full range of conservation and environmental issues and the ads to go with them, but the “green” plans on his web site are not as broad as the other candidates’ — at least not yet.

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One Cool Thing: Al Gore Vows to Register Climate Voters

I’m excited to launch a new voter registration campaign with @ClimateRealAF focused on engaging youth to vote on #climate this November. We start with a visit to @TexasSouthern tomorrow with my friend @DrBobBullard. https://t.co/omvFoSelxO — Al Gore (@algore) February 18, 2020 As Buzzfeed reported yesterday, former vice president Al Gore is launching a voter registration […]

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“Honoring” President Trump – The Worst Environmental President in U.S. History

“Honoring” President Trump – The Worst Environmental President in U.S. History

When it comes to being bad, we know that President Trump excels. He has told more lies, he is one of only three presidents to be impeached, he has flouted the rule of law, and he has retaliated against many in government who dared to defy him, and used his power as President to harm […]

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Trump’s Border Wall a Big Knope!

Trump’s Border Wall a Big Knope!

The Trump Administration has begun blasting through a Native American cultural site called Monument Hill in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona. What’s worse is that the administration had begun the construction without any consultation with the Tribe about the impact it would have on this sacred burial site. Then yesterday, as […]

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Carbon Capture Tax Credit a Bust — So Far

Carbon Capture Tax Credit a Bust — So Far

Congress in 2018 gave a lucrative tax credit to the nascent and controversial carbon capture industry, but so far, according to The New York Times, the Internal Revenue Service has yet to promulgate the regulations that would allow businesses that qualify to get the tax benefit. 

Why This Matters:  The Republicans’ big plans on carbon capture and sequestration won’t mean bupkis if the Trump Administration won’t implement them.

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One Pooch Thing:  The Best Dog At Westminster Is Siba the Poodle

One Pooch Thing: The Best Dog At Westminster Is Siba the Poodle


The 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog show crowned its winner late Tuesday night and Siba, a Standard Poodle, was named Best in Show — with the Standard Poodle now one of only four breeds with five or more wins in the annual competition, making all poodle owners just a little prouder today.  We are always […]

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One Keep You Cool Thing: A Desalination Machine for Under $100

One Keep You Cool Thing: A Desalination Machine for Under $100


Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, have developed a simple technology that is powered by the sun and can turn seawater into drinkable water — a solution for small islands that don’t have enough fresh water, and arid coastal areas that lack a reliable electricity supply but […]

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Trump Budget Slashes Environmental, Clean Energy Funding

Trump Budget Slashes Environmental, Clean Energy Funding

Yesterday, President Trump released his FY2021 budget, and the proposed cuts to federal agencies and research programs were severe. As Science Mag summarized, Trump’s budget proposes the following cuts: National Institutes of Health: a cut of 7%, or $2.942 billion, to $36.965 billion National Science Foundation (NSF): a cut of 6%, or $424 million, to […]

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One Political Thing: IA Caucuses to NH Primaries and the Climate Anxiety in Between

One Political Thing: IA Caucuses to NH Primaries and the Climate Anxiety in Between

As we move on (to put it one way) from the Iowa Caucuses into the New Hampshire primaries, climate change is still a major political issue for voters in both states. In Iowa, the positions of the candidates on climate change mattered most to more than one in five caucus-goers when choosing who to support, coming […]

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