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This week it seemed as if all that Washington could talk about was the Mueller hearings. And don’t get us wrong, we’re not discounting its importance we just wish that the same amount of attention would be given to the biggest threat facing humanity. Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii sums up our sentiment pretty well. As a nation we can walk and chew gum at the same time, Congress can investigate any alleged wrongdoing by President Trump while also giving climate change the political capital that it deserves. Keep reading to see what the House is planning on doing on climate, for many, it’s not enough.
Why This Matters: According to the UN we have 12 years to take meaningful action on climate change and while it may not garner the same media frenzy as Trump, we have to keep the issue elevated and not waste any time. Speaking of which, tomorrow Sen. Schatz, the Chair of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis, will convene a hearing titled “The Right Thing To Do: Conservatives for Climate Action” at 11:30 a.m. ET. The special committee, which is affiliated with the DPCC, will hear from conservatives who are focused on climate action, and learn how they are working to decrease the partisanship surrounding this issue and find a collective path forward. You can live stream here.
After the New York Times reported that the proposal would be forthcoming, yesterday, allies of both former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders released a joint set of policy recommendations to tackle the climate crisis. The recommendations signal a commitment to cooperation among the progressive wing of the party with the more mainstream base. […]
E&E News led with a story yesterday about the numerous environmental groups who received government support under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) even as they were suing the government over policies they believed the Trump administration got wrong.
Why This Matters: The E&E story seems to imply that environmental groups should not be suing the Trump administration — they sought comments from numerous groups as to they were taking the money while continuing to file lawsuits.
In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]
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