Politics

Tweet of the Week: David Axelrod fact checks Andrew Wheeler’s climate denial

“Most of the threats from climate change are 75 years out.” -EPA Director Andrew Wheeler#tellthefarmershttps://t.co/KbG98FgzrU — David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 20, 2019 As ABC News reported, in remarks in Washington to mark World Water Day, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said safe drinking water, plastic pollution and other litter in the oceans, drought in western states, […]

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We Must Stand Up For Science

We Must Stand Up For Science

I am one of many members of Congress who count on them and appreciate their work. I worked closely with this community on a bill I introduced with Congressman Paul Tonko this week on scientific integrity. The Scientific Integrity Act (S.775) would protect government science from political interference. It would make data and findings off-limits for political appointees and managers, and make sure scientists follow careful processes for review.

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GOP attacks on GND based on false stats

GOP attacks on GND based on false stats

The GOP response to the Green New Deal (GND) has been largely negative–well, that’s an understatement considering that Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, recently called the ideas behind the Green New Deal “tantamount to genocide.” The main argument from Republicans has been that implementation of the GND […]

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Governor Inslee Campaigns on Climate Change

Governor Inslee Campaigns on Climate Change

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington is sticking to his promise of making battling climate change the centerpiece of his campaign for President. 

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Tweet of the week: Greenpeace fact-checks Trump

Patrick Moore was not a co-founder of Greenpeace. He does not represent Greenpeace. He is a paid lobbyist, not an independent source. His statements about @AOC & the #GreenNewDeal have nothing to do with our positions. https://t.co/u0chD1Ne0H pic.twitter.com/TfwtwYZ98R — Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) March 12, 2019 This week President Trump addressed climate change for the first […]

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Vox Argues The Media’s Coverage of the GND Lacks Substance

The Green New Deal has been the subject of an avalanche of media coverage.  But other than the bumper sticker labels that have been applied to it — Socialism, Communism, Unrealistic, Infeasible, Unaffordable — what exactly is it?  That is the $64 trillion dollar question.

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Climate Change Is An Important Issue For Iowans

Climate Change Is An Important Issue For Iowans

The straw poll of Iowa Democrats conducted by CNN and the Des Moines Register last week yielded at least one surprising (to some) result — climate change is a very important issue to Democratic voters in the state — 80% said they wanted to hear it addressed by the candidates. 

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Another Green New Deal, and Darling Is the Wind Blowing Today?

The “New Green Deal — or whatever the hell they call it” — remained in the news over the weekend.  Speaking at the CPAC conference on Saturday (for 2.5 hours no less), President Trump said he “encourages it” and “thinks it’s really something” but “takes the other side of the argument” because he is “mandated to.” 

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Climate Change and GND Get Heated On the Hill

Climate Change and GND Get Heated On the Hill

Forty-two members of the Sunshine Movement were arrested for unlawfully demonstrating in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Monday, where they were urging him to support the Green New Deal (GND).   Senator McConnell has refused to meet with the young protesters but has promised to bring the GND Resolution to a vote in the Senate as soon as later this week. The students came to Washington to present Senators with a petition of 100,000 signatures of GND supporters from around the country.  

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The Green New Deal Remains In the News

We worried that the Green New Deal might be like other environmental proposals — they make the news once or twice and then vanish.  But the Green New Deal (GND) remains on the front pages and a topic of conversation that is getting attention widely and beyond the liberal elites.

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One Partisan Thing: Yale Climate Maps Reveal Extent of Divide

One Partisan Thing: Yale Climate Maps Reveal Extent of Divide

For all of us “green” nerds who are fascinated by the politics of climate change, not to mention all those Democratic candidates for President, the Yale Program on Climate Communications has a great data visualization site that will provide endless hours of entertainment.  Check out their partisan climate opinion survey results for 2018, and the […]

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Feel the Bern on Climate Change Again

Feel the Bern on Climate Change Again

Senator Bernie Sanders threw his hat into the ring yesterday for the Democratic nomination, and he turned to climate change about halfway through his launch video, saying that he is “running for President because we need to make policy decisions based on science, not politics.  We need a President who understands that climate change is real, is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet, and that we can generate massive job creation by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy.” 

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