by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher, Our Daily Planet These days the tone in Washington is ominous. For those of us who are unnerved by what we perceive to be the unraveling of our democratic institutions, some of our only comfort has come from the voices that remind us of what we’re fighting for. […]Continue Reading 905 words
We were really hoping that we would get to write a recap of the climate change conversation that was had at the 4th Democratic Presidential Debate last night but unfortunately there is literally nothing to write about.
What Happened? In 3 hours of coverage, there was not one question posed by the moderators on the single greatest threat our world is facing.Continue Reading 456 words
The risk of wildfires in California and across much of the West is an escalating problem during the summers and dry fall season. Unfortunately, measures to prevent these fires (like the PG&E blackout fiasco last week) haven’t been very effective and have left officials scrambling for solutions. Although we’ve known that Native tribes have managed […]Continue Reading 505 words
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Environmental issues are breaking into the top tier for the 2020 election cycle as evidenced by the Sierra Club’s new digital advertising campaign calling on five senators and President Trump to address the climate crisis impacting communities across the country. The ads highlight the poor environmental track records of President Trump and U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) — click on each name to watch the ad.
Why This Matters: Environmental issues are much more important to voters now than in prior electionsContinue Reading 445 words
Kim Kardashian isn’t a climate activist (not yet at least!) but in an exclusive interview with Reuters, she revealed that she would like to get lunch with Greta Thunberg. Kardashian said of Thunberg, “She (Thunberg) is such an amazing young girl, and so brave and courageous to stand up to these grown-ups that can be […]Continue Reading 89 words
The latest Morning Consult/Sierra Club 2020 Climate Voter Tracking Poll is in. Here’s who climate voters are supporting in the primary:
- Joe Biden 31%
- Elizabeth Warren 25%
- Bernie Sanders 19%
Why This Matters: For the first time, climate change is at the forefront of political issues for U.S. Democratic voters.Continue Reading 470 words
Rick Perry on Dancing with the Stars in 2016 Rick Perry is said to be leaving his post by the end of the year, which may be why President Trump alleged over the weekend that Perry was behind his now-infamous call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. And finally, there is a tie between climate change […]Continue Reading 135 words
There is a growing interest in climate change among Iowa voters and as a result, according to Time Magazine, Democratic candidates have become increasingly attuned to climate issues as they crisscross the state.
Why This Matters: For Democrats in Iowa and across the country, climate change as an issue ranks second only to health care. As Time put it, “[t]hrow a dart at a map of the state, and you’re likely to hit a place that has flooded in recent years. In the past year alone, nearly 40% of Iowans have personally experienced anxiety over extreme weather or know a family member who has, according to a July survey from Climate Nexus.”
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Last Friday, in the midst of a snowstorm that dumped up to four feet of snow in some areas of Montana, Governor Steve Bullock announced the second major policy proposal of his Presidential campaign, a policy on public lands management and ownership. Bullock’s plan has three main principles: (1) tackling climate change; (2) honoring our heritage of public land ownership by restoring and increasing public lands; and (3) making sure that all Americans get a fair shot at enjoying the opportunities that public lands provide.
Why This Matters: As a western governor whose state consists of some of the nation’s most beloved and beautiful national parks, Bullock is in a good position to speak to the issue of whether the federal government should own and should conserve (rather than develop) more land.Continue Reading 434 words
Although the hottest story in the media right now is impeachment it’s important not to forget that a worsening drought is affecting Southern states from Texas to Georgia. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has extended a drought disaster declaration to numerous counties in the state due to significantly low rainfall and prolonged dry conditions that continue […]Continue Reading 530 words
As Climate Week drew to an end on Friday, Tom Steyer announced a detailed plan for restoring U.S. leadership on climate change globally if he were to be elected President, including a “Global Green New Deal Fund” of $200 billion over 10 years. Steyer said he will “prioritize strong working relationships with allies and potential […]Continue Reading 551 words
The Washington Post editorialized yesterday that EPA is “out of control” and abusing its power brazenly to wage a regulatory war against the state of California, and experts argued that EPA had little to back up its accusation. “No self respecting EPA scientist or regulatory staffer is going to claim there’s a direct connection between […]Continue Reading 555 words