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Clean Car Rule Rolled Back This Week – Perfect Timing

Clean Car Rule Rolled Back This Week – Perfect Timing

This week’s cartoon says it all.  The President rolled back the Obama Clean Car rule during a pandemic that causes people to lose their ability to breathe.  How could he?

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Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

The Washington Post did a beautiful piece on the importance of preserving wildlife corridors in the face of climate change and other man-made threats. Interstate 80 is a vital transportation link that connects the east and west coasts, but it also blocks the historic migration routes through the Rocky Mountains for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn — some of the most iconic species of wildlife in the American West.

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One Stimulus Thing: Do It For the Workers

One Stimulus Thing: Do It For the Workers

Congressional Democrats didn’t get the green strings attached for the airline industry bailout this week, but we can always hope for the next round of stimulus funding. At least the bill’s not bailing out the oil industry? Cartoon by Alex Bowman (check out more of her art here)

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Stimulus Package Passes Senate With Major Green Groups’ Support

Stimulus Package Passes Senate With Major Green Groups’ Support

The $2 trillion stimulus package the Senate passed unanimously late last night contained neither the funding the President sought to fill up the tank on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve nor the provisions that would have required the airline industry to become more sustainable in exchange for large grants. 

Why This Matters:  The most important thing, in the end, was the aid for workers, small businesses, hospitals, and state and local governments so direly needed at this moment.

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McConnell Blasts Dems’ Demand That Latest Stimulus Package Include Green Provisions

McConnell Blasts Dems’ Demand That Latest Stimulus Package Include Green Provisions

The Senate was unable to agree on a bipartisan stimulus bill yesterday — negotiations apparently stalled because, among other things, the Democrats demanded that bailouts for airlines be conditioned on their lowering their emissions and that tax credits for wind and solar projects be extended.

Why This Matters:  After dragging his feet on immediate economic relief and adjourning the Senate over the weekend ten days ago, now Senator McConnell seems in a big rush to give billions to corporations while leaving workers and the environment out of the deal.

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Coronavirus: Americans Struggle to Stay Home

Coronavirus: Americans Struggle to Stay Home

Around the world cases of COVID-19 reached 300,000 and in the United States they topped 34,000 with 400 total deaths. Those statistics are jarring however one of the most concerning news stories this past weekend was the fact that Americans are still refusing to stay home and take social distancing seriously. From beaches in Northern […]

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Happiness in the Age of COVID-19

Happiness in the Age of COVID-19

By Beth Allgood,  U.S. Country Director, IFAW In 2013, the United Nations (UN) marked March 20th as the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of happiness and well-being in the lives of people around the world. Last year, I attended the launch of the annual UN World Happiness Report in New York. This […]

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Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Former Vice President Biden continued to rack up primary victories on Tuesday, winning big in both Florida (where Biden won every county) and Illinois, while Sanders lost ground versus his vote totals in both states compared to 2016. Biden also won Arizona.  Young voters are not turning out in the numbers Sanders’ campaign expected — […]

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Dem Debate, Bernie vs. Biden, Leadership vs. Ideology

Dem Debate, Bernie vs. Biden, Leadership vs. Ideology

Last night’s Democratic primary debate was the first time in this election that we saw just two candidates go head-to-head: Former VP Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. With the nation in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the primary focus of the conversation centered around the need for a swift, calculated, and coordinated response […]

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Trump Goes On Gas Buying Spree To Boost Fossil Fuel Companies

Trump Goes On Gas Buying Spree To Boost Fossil Fuel Companies

The President announced on Friday that the government will buy up to 92 million barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which would be the equivalent of buying the entire output of Texas in approximately 18 days, according to The Washington Post The President plans to “top off” the Reserve’s tank because he wants to prop up crude oil prices to help U.S. oil drilling companies — he claims this is because of the coronavirus but in fact, U.S. oil producers are being battered by a price war with the other major producers who are surging their production now.

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A Preview of the Head to Head Debate Between Biden and Sanders

A Preview of the Head to Head Debate Between Biden and Sanders

In his press conference this week explaining why he is staying in the Presidential race, Senator Sanders promised in the upcoming Debate on Sunday night to ask Vice President Joe Biden “How are you going to respond to the scientists who tell us we have 7 or 8 years remaining to transform our energy system before irreparable harm takes place to this planet because of the ravages of climate change?”  We believe that the candidates will be asked about their climate change plans and that their differences will become more apparent.

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Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

As Christopher Flavelle wrote for the New York Times yesterday, “eminent domain — the government’s authority to take private property, with compensation, for public use — has long been viewed as too blunt a tool for getting people out of disaster-prone areas. Even when the purpose of eminent domain is seen as legitimate, elected officials […]

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