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Harry Reid Calls for Ending Filibuster, Making Climate Change #1 Priority

Harry Reid Calls for Ending Filibuster, Making Climate Change #1 Priority

In an interview with the Daily Beast this week, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that should Democrats win the Senate in 2020 they should scrap the filibuster and bring climate change legislation to the top of their agenda. Reid explained that “[T]he No. 1 priority is climate change. There’s nothing that affects my […]

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Senate Dems Ask Conservatives for Help in Messaging Climate

Senate Dems Ask Conservatives for Help in Messaging Climate

Yesterday the members of the Senate Democrats Special Committee on the Climate Crisis interviewed Republican witnesses during a hearing about how Democrats might reach out to conservatives on the issue of climate change. No Republican senators participated and committee chair Senator Brian Schatz drove the point home in his opening statement: “Today we continue to […]

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Interview of the Week: Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Interview of the Week: Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)

Senator Udall has served the state of New Mexico in the United States Senate since 2009 and in that time has been a staunch champion of wildlife. The senator recently introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 and was kind enough to sit down with us to tell us a bit about his bill. […]

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Tweet of the Week: Sen. Schatz of Hawaii

My prediction is that even the redacted Mueller Report will demonstrate that the last five years were all the hottest on record and that climate change is costing us tens billions of dollars. — Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) April 16, 2019 This week it seemed as if all that Washington could talk about was the Mueller […]

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GOP Senators Tried to Squash Climate Training for Meteorologists

GOP Senators Tried to Squash Climate Training for Meteorologists

Climate Central is a nonprofit website that brings scientifically rigorous information about climate change to people in easy to read graphics and statistics. While we often cite them, meteorologists have been big consumers of their data, much to the chagrin of some Senate Republicans who want to nix this source of climate training for meteorologists. […]

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Tweet of the Week: Leader McConnell’s Senate Graveyard

“On all the big issues of the day:❌ Climate Change❌ Health Care❌ Voting Rights❌ Election Security The Senate has turned into a legislative graveyard.” —@SenBrianSchatz explains the Senate under @SenateMajLdr McConnell pic.twitter.com/aMSi7aTT6X — Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) June 4, 2019 The Senate Majority Leader has made it clear that he won’t even allow debate of climate […]

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Dem Senators Announce Senate’s First-Ever Environmental Justice Caucus

Dem Senators Announce Senate’s First-Ever Environmental Justice Caucus

Yesterday, on Earth Day, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE) announced the creation of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus which will help enhance the Congressional response to climate justice issues in America. The caucus will raise awareness of the many environmental and pollution issues that have created public […]

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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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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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Deputies Rising

Deputies Rising

With the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency now before the Senate, and David Bernhardt likely to be nominated as Secretary of Interior, these two agencies are poised to “make the most” of the next two years of the Trump Presidency. As former Deputies of their respective agencies, they have the contacts, the inside-baseball knowhow, and the drive to achieve much more than their high profile former bosses. Beware of these do-ers.

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Out of this world candidate being recruited for Senate race

Out of this world candidate being recruited for Senate race

314 Action, a nonprofit political action committee that recruits and supports scientists and candidates with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) backgrounds to run for office has launched a campaign to recruit retired astronaut Mark Kelly to run for the Democratic nomination for Arizona’s 2020 Senate race. As the Arizona Republic reported, Kelly, the husband of former U.S. […]

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