Biden Commits to Rescinding Keystone XL Permit–Spelling the End for the Pipeline

Biden Commits to Rescinding Keystone XL Permit–Spelling the End for the Pipeline

To put it bluntly, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has been a 12-year catastrophe. From when the pipeline (stretching from Alberta to Nebraska) was first proposed in 2008, to when it was vetoed by President Obama in 2015, to the Trump administration’s fractured attempt to reinstate construction, the pipeline has been the embodiment […]

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Why Prioritizing Climate Action Is A Winning Strategy in 2020 for Democrats 

Why Prioritizing Climate Action Is A Winning Strategy in 2020 for Democrats 

by Miro Korenha Shortly after he was elected president in 2008, Barack Obama sternly explained to a gathering of governors that reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be a priority for his administration. Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama talked about the need to transition to a clean energy economy but climate change, in and […]

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Climate Power 2020 Seeks to Change the Politics of Climate Change

Climate Power 2020 Seeks to Change the Politics of Climate Change

Today, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club announced the launch of Climate Power 2020 — an independently run campaign dedicated to changing the politics of climate in 2020. One of the group’s stated goals is to dispel misinformation put out by the Trump campaign on […]

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One 2020 Thing: 80 Leading Scientists Endorse Biden

One 2020 Thing: 80 Leading Scientists Endorse Biden

Yesterday 80 scientists signed onto an open letter endorsing Joe Biden for president. According to the Biden campaign’s press release, the letter includes some of the most prominent scientists and public health experts in the country, including: Five Nobel Laureates or National Medal of Science winners; Several MacArthur Genius Grant Award Winners; More than 20 […]

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Biden Gains First major Endorsement from Environmental Group

Biden Gains First major Endorsement from Environmental Group

When Senator Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, his supporters lamented that former Vice President Joe Biden–the presumptive Democratic nominee–did not have a climate plan that was bold enough to meet the breadth of the climate crisis. As a result, progressive climate action groups like the Sunrise Movement did not endorse Biden […]

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Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign, Progressive Groups Now Look to Biden on Climate Leadership

Sanders Suspends Presidential Campaign, Progressive Groups Now Look to Biden on Climate Leadership

by Miro Korenha Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign thus making former VP Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee. For many progressives and especially progressive youth voters who overwhelmingly supported Sanders, the decision was disappointing. In response, a coalition of progressive youth groups sent Joe Biden a letter outlining a list of commitments […]

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Dem Debate, Bernie vs. Biden, Leadership vs. Ideology

Dem Debate, Bernie vs. Biden, Leadership vs. Ideology

Last night’s Democratic primary debate was the first time in this election that we saw just two candidates go head-to-head: Former VP Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. With the nation in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the primary focus of the conversation centered around the need for a swift, calculated, and coordinated response […]

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Biden Wins Big in “Mini Super Tuesday,” Especially in Michigan

Biden Wins Big in “Mini Super Tuesday,” Especially in Michigan

Last night former Vice President Joe Biden handily won the Michigan primary, defeating Senator Bernie Sanders and amassing 53 delegates to Sanders 35. As of writing this last night Biden also claimed Idaho, Mississippi, and Missouri while Washington State and  North Dakota had not fully reported their votes. Michigan was arguably the most important state […]

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How to Turn Skiers into Climate Voters

How to Turn Skiers into Climate Voters

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains has been alarmingly low this year and while the rest of the West hasn’t had as dire of a situation, since 1982, some parts of the West have a 41% reduction in the yearly maximum mass of snow. For the skiing industry, climate change is a true existential threat–though […]

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Biden’s Big Super Tuesday Success

Biden’s Big Super Tuesday Success

Last night was Senator Bernie Sanders’ night to lose, and he walked away disappointed. Super Tuesday was a comeback story for Joe Biden, who just a week ago was expected to lose handily to Sanders. Biden swept the South winning Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the big prize of Texas (he also […]

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Cable News Won’t Talk Climate During Super Tuesday Coverage, Here’s What They’re Missing

Cable News Won’t Talk Climate During Super Tuesday Coverage, Here’s What They’re Missing

Super Tuesday is just a day away and there’s been a glaring omission from the pundit analysis happening on cable news: how climate change will shape the vote in California, the looming prize that will help (barring an unforeseen circumstance) either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders clinch the Democratic nomination. While several polls have shown […]

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Dem Debate Meant Address Issues for Black Voters Makes No Mention of Environmental Justice

Dem Debate Meant Address Issues for Black Voters Makes No Mention of Environmental Justice

Last night was the second Democratic primary debate that made no mention of climate change. Despite the fact that the debate took place in Charleston, SC and was co-hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the moderators asked no questions about environmental justice or the fact that South Carolina’s rising seas disproportionately affect poorer, black […]

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