A Pair of Capitol Hill Hearings Making News

A Pair of Capitol Hill Hearings Making News

Yesterday President Trump’s nominee to run the Interior Department, David Bernhardt, had his confirmation hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and he was questioned hard by the Democrats about his alleged conflicts of interest and how his close ties to the oil and gas industry might color his views as Secretary. 

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Drinking Water Woes Spread

Drinking Water Woes Spread

The midwestern floods are responsible for a new threat to drinking water supplies, according to the Associated Press the flooding could contaminate more than 1 million private water wells.  The National Ground Water Association, a trade group for the industry that includes well systems, told the AP that “there are 1.1 million private wells in 300 flooded counties in 10 states: Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Kentucky.” 

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Tweet of the week: Luke Skywalker doesn’t suffer climate fools

Tweet of the week: Luke Skywalker doesn’t suffer climate fools

Please tell me this is photoshopped. 😩#CongressionalTauntaunPawn https://t.co/oDIuw2bd6x — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 26, 2019 After Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) bizarre rant on the Senate floor this Tuesday where he attempted to ridicule the Green New Deal by showing visual props of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor, his invoking an image from Star Wars: The Empire […]

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Democrats won’t be trolled over the Green New Deal, despite McConnell’s efforts

Democrats won’t be trolled over the Green New Deal, despite McConnell’s efforts

In an effort to put Senate Democrats on the record regarding their support for the Green New Deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a procedural vote on the resolution yesterday, and for the most part, Democrats didn’t take the bait. As Vox reported, “nearly all members of the Democratic caucus voted “present” when the […]

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New Poll: Most Americans Support Reducing Fossil Fuel Use

New Poll: Most Americans Support Reducing Fossil Fuel Use

In the latest Gallup poll, 60% of Americans favor reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, including 37% of Republicans and 60% of Independents.  Interestingly for the prospects of passing Green New Deal legislation, 60% of Americans also believe it is “very likely” (22%) or “likely” (38%) that the country will dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage in the next 10 to 20 years, and roughly the same percentage favor policy proposals that aim to do it. 

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A Climate Action Alternative To the Green New Deal

A Climate Action Alternative To the Green New Deal

Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko of New York laid out his vision for a climate action plan that is an alternative to the Green New Deal — one that he hopes will appeal to a wider segment of the American public, including Republicans. Representative Tonko said in laying out his plan, “We agree that climate change is real. We agree humans are driving it. We agree that we need to build solutions that meet the scale and urgency of the crisis we face. The principles outlined [here] are meant to provide a framework that moves the lines of our agreement forward and helps us build a comprehensive national climate action plan together.”

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