Politics
Cross-party Cooperation on a Green Recovery in the UK, There’s Still Hope for the US to Do the Same

Cross-party Cooperation on a Green Recovery in the UK, There’s Still Hope for the US to Do the Same

by Kate Cullen  “A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress pushes for an economic stimulus that dramatically scales-up the transition to a net zero emissions”  Today, this feels like an unthinkable headline, but after working on these issues in the U.K., I’ve come to believe that bipartisan action to decarbonizing the U.S. economy may not […]

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House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

House Dems Pack the “Minibus” Government Funding Bill With Environmental Fixes

It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.

Why This Matters:  There are more than 100 environmental amendments that the House will debate and many will pass only on party lines.

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Dems Demand Assurances NOAA’s Weather Forecasters Will Be Insulated From Politics

Dems Demand Assurances NOAA’s Weather Forecasters Will Be Insulated From Politics

With hurricane season about to enter its peak, The Hill reported that six Democratic Senators demanded that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide them assurances that they will put tougher rules in place to prevent another “Sharpie-gate” from interfering with the work of the weather and climate scientists at the agency.

Why This Matters:   Dems are right to demand that there will be no political interference with agency forecasts during this hurricane season — the public’s safety must be paramount.

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European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

European Commission Agrees To Green Deal Stimulus, But Is It Green Enough?

The Guardian and S&P Global reported that after days of haggling, the European Commission settled on an $864 billion USD recovery fund for the next 3 years, plus a five year budget with a target of spending 30% of that to support the EU’s climate commitments.  

Why This Matters:  Activist leader Greta Thunberg immediately criticized the deal as not being good enough.

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Centrist Democrats Support Deficit Spending, A Good Thing for a Potential Biden Climate Agenda

Centrist Democrats Support Deficit Spending, A Good Thing for a Potential Biden Climate Agenda

At the start of 2019, Chairman of House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth, said he and other senior Democrats aimed to write a fiscal blueprint that would cut annual budget deficits by 50% in the next 10 years. We even heard deficit reduction discussed at length in the Democratic primary debates this past winter. For […]

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It’s the Nature Economy, Stupid

It’s the Nature Economy, Stupid

by Monica Medina and Miro Korenha President Trump is the Climate Denier- in-Chief. He says wind turbines cause cancer (they don’t), that energy-efficient light bulbs make him look bad (what doesn’t?), we need more water to wash our dishes (that’s expensive and wasteful), and that energy-efficient building have no windows (wrong again). He promised to […]

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