Politics
Vislack Returns as Ag Secretary, Vows to Right Past Injustices

Vislack Returns as Ag Secretary, Vows to Right Past Injustices

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer While some of President Biden’s cabinet nominees have had tumultuous hearings this week, but Tom Vilsack was easily confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture yesterday. Vilsack held the same post for the entirety of the  Obama administration and spent the interim years working as a dairy industry CEO. During his […]

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Haaland Faces Tough Opposition from Oil State Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

Haaland Faces Tough Opposition from Oil State Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, faced a grueling Senate confirmation hearing. As secretary, Haaland would be the first Indigenous person to hold a cabinet position, yet even before she had a chance to answer senators’ questions, a handful of Republican members expressed concern over her “radical” views and […]

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The Worst Conservation President In History By The Numbers

The Worst Conservation President In History By The Numbers

It will surprise no one that a group of scientists and conservationists have concluded that former President Donald Trump was the worst President in our nation’s history when it comes to conservation.  They recently concluded that he had caused “profound” damage to the environment in a report in which they ranked Trump’s top “100 environmental […]

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One Goopy Thing: Oil State Senators Vow to Block Haaland Nomination

One Goopy Thing: Oil State Senators Vow to Block Haaland Nomination

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) is President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior and if confirmed, she would become the first Indigenous person to serve in the cabinet. Haaland has been a steadfast champion of conservation and environmental justice in the House, from opposing mining in national forests to supporting the protection of 30% of […]

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Biden’s Climate Rhetoric Is A Necessary Roadmap for Democrats

Biden’s Climate Rhetoric Is A Necessary Roadmap for Democrats

by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher of Our Daily Planet   When it comes to public policy and diplomacy, the most contentious proposals are often won and lost on the merit of word association. In past decades, the Affordable Care Act was pilloried by the right for its alleged “death panels,” the Iraq War was […]

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Battle Lines Being Drawn on Biden Climate Plan

Battle Lines Being Drawn on Biden Climate Plan

The Biden administration’s climate change Executive actions have drawn fire from Republicans in confirmation hearings, on Twitter, and in conservative media.  The opposition arguments focused on partisanship, process, security and jobs.  The Republicans argued that the President’s order “takes a sledgehammer to the economy” and was politically motivated to hurt schools in red states and threatened to sue.  Senate Republicans blamed climate leaders at the White House.  For example, four Republican Senators voted against Governor Jennifer Granholm for Energy Secretary, even though they say she is qualified, in protest over the President’s clean energy agenda, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Why This Matters:  It is really rich to call ending subsidies and other government goodies for fossil fuel companies an “attack” on kids and the economy

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