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  • Trump is Not the First to Assault Environmental Protection
    History of US Presidential Assaults
    on Environmental Health Protection

    Apr. 26, 2018 American Public Health Association - The Trump administration has undertaken an assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency critical to environmental health. This assault has precedents in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

    The early Reagan administration (1981–1983) launched an overt attack on the EPA, combining deregulation with budget and staff cuts, whereas the George W. Bush administration (2001–2008) adopted a subtler approach, undermining science-based policy.

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  • Some Republicans Support Carbon Fee/Dividend
    Exceeding Paris

    Contain Forewords by: Ted Halstead, George P. Schultz, Lawrence Summers, Rob Walton, Christine Todd Whitman and Janet Yellen.

    The Baker-Shultz plan would achieve approximately 32% in greenhouse gas reductions by 2025, thereby exceeding our Paris commitment by a wide margin

    The Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan is not only the most environmentally ambitious plan, but also the most politically-viable. Why? Because it addresses the legitimate concerns of all key stakeholders in the climate debate and enables each to realize an important victory.

    Click to read the PDF from the
    Climate Leadership Council.

  • Wash. State to Decide on a Carbon Fee in Nov.
    Washington Initiative 1631, Carbon Emissions Fee Measure (2018)

    Fall, 2018 -Washington Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emissions Fee Measure is on the ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, a type of initiated state statute, on November 6, 2018.

    Click now to read
    more from Ballotpedia.

  • Attention Humanists: You Have a Role to Play
    Ask What You Can Do for Your Climate(1)

    Apr. 18, 2017 -While the federal government is becoming a follower rather than a leader on climate change, humanists can fight on the state, local, and personal levels

    IF THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL, then climate change is personal, too. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump campaigned against the Paris Agreement negotiated in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. With President Trump signing an executive order to roll back federal efforts to reduce global warming, humanists must do more at the state and local levels to fight climate change. If you’re up for it, there are many things you can do to help.

    Click now if you’re ready to learn more.

  • We Can Take Active Role in the Climate Crisis
    Ask What You Can Do for Your Climate<2>

    Join a Climate Reality Chapter,and be part of a sustainable future. You’ve heard about “the future.” It’s not that far away, and your children and grandchildren will be living in it, long after you’re gone.

    Chapters give you the opportunity to draw on Climate Reality’s support and expertise, while creating and executing plans for climate action that make the most sense for your community.

    Already, Climate Reality chapters have become a vital force for progress, helping expand clean energy alternatives, tackling the legacy of fossil fuels in low-income communities, and pushing for carbon pricing policies, to name just a few of the many campaigns underway across the US.

    Click now if you’re ready to take action too.

  • Dems to Fossil Fuel Contributions: No Thanks
    DNC Votes to Ban Fossil Fuel Company Donations

    June 12, 2018 -The move is a step toward purging oil, gas and coal industry influence on the Democratic Party’s climate policies.

    The Democratic National Committee voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies, HuffPost has learned.

    The resolution — proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter — bars the organization from accepting contributions from corporate political action committees tied to the oil, gas and coal industries. The executive committee voted unanimously to approve the motion.

    Click now for more from the Huffington Post.

  • Clean Energy Research Not a Priority
    White House Seeks 72% Cut to
    Clean Energy Research,Underscoring
    Its Preference for Fossil Fuels

    Feb. 1, 2018 -The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post.

    Many of the sharp cuts would probably be restored by Congress, but President Trump’s budget, due out in February, will mark a starting point for negotiations and offer a statement of intent and policy priorities.

    Click now for the story
    from the Washington Post.

  • No Lessons Learned From Deepwater Horizon
    Trump Plan Would Open Nearly All
    the Gulf of Mexico to Oil Drilling

    Jan. 4, 2018 - The Trump administration on Thursday (Jan. 4) announced plans for the largest expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. history, putting up for lease federal waters in the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans and millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico, including protected areas in the eastern Gulf.

    Click now for article from azCentral.

  • Clean Energy and Electric Cars Hit By GOP
    Tax Overhaul Hammers
    Clean Energy and Electric Cars

    Dec. 8, 2017 - Legislators from both chambers are now hashing out their differences in the reconciliation committee in hopes of delivering a final bill to the White House before the end of the year. Clean-energy lobbyists are scrambling to push back on provisions they and others fear could stunt development or deployment of technologies needed to lower the nation’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

    Click now to read the M.I.T. Technology Review story.

  • The Top Ten Toxic Threats
    The E.P.A.’s Top 10 Toxic
    Threats, and Industry’s Pushback

    Oct. 21, 2017 - The E.P.A.has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under a law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals.

    They are among 90 chemicals identified by the agency that may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, contaminate the environment, accumulate in the bloodstream or show up in consumer products. As the review begins, industry and other interest groups are urging the E.P.A. to limit any restrictions.

    Click for the list that should
    not be on your top ten.

  • CC Advisory Committee Dropped
    Administration Disbands Climate
    Change Advisory Committee

    Aug 20, 2017 - The Trumpv administration of has decided to disband a federal advisory panel on climate change - in a further sign of the White House's view on environmental policy.

    The panel is part of the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping officials and policy makers integrate the US Government's climate change analysis into their long-term planning.

  • Climate Skeptic Heads Top Science Post
    New USDA Research Head
    Thinks Climate Science Is 'Junk'

    July 20, 2017 - President Trump has nominated a well-known climate change doubter to the top science job at the Department of Agriculture.

    The nomination, which had been expected, was announced in a statement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Sam Clovis, an early campaign adviser to Trump, will serve as undersecretary for research, education and economics.

  • The Great Lakes a State Problem?
    Trump Says 'Yes' - Congress Says 'No'

    July 14, 2017 - Together, the five lakes hold nearly one-fifth of the earth’s surface freshwater. They’re home to 3500 species of plants and animals, including 170 species of fish. Not to mention the drinking water for about 35 million people, in eight states plus Canada. They have been a major highway for transportation, trade and migration. And more than 1.5 million jobs are directly connected to the lakes.

    But the Trump administration views the health of the Great Lakes as a local issue. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow and budget director Mick Mulvaney squared off at a budget hearing a couple months ago on the topic. You can watch the exchange here:

  • Shades of White House Climate Denial
    5 Shades of Climate Denial,
    All on Display in the White House

    June 9.2017 - - From ‘it’s not real’ to ‘it’s not urgent,’ take a tour through the many shades of climate change denial wielded by Donald Trump's administration.

  • LCV Scorecard (Keeping Track of Congress)
    How Congress
    Voted on Environmental Issues

    The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) keeps track of how our elected officials are (or not) protecting us.

    Click now to catch up.

  • Bi-Parisan Climate Solutions Caucus
    Republicans Who
    Care About climate change:
    'They are done with the denial'

    Apr. 27, 2017 - The failure of American politics to deal with, or even coherently discuss, climate change was perhaps best illustrated when James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, took to the floor of the US Senate in February 2015 with a Ziploc bag and a mischievous grin.

  • Temporary EPA Grant Ban Lifted
    The Admin. Lifts Temporary
    Freeze on EPA Grants

    Jan. 30, 2017- The Trump administration has lifted a temporary freeze on billions of dollars of grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the programs will continue as planned.

    An email sent late Friday from the EPA’s acting administrator, career official Catherine McCabe, informed staffers that officials had completed a review of the agency’s extensive list of grants and that all "are proceeding normally, and nothing has been delayed," including revolving grants to states and Native American tribes.

  • Make Your Voice Heard in Washington
    5 Ways to Make Your Voice
    Heard, and 2 That
    Are Not Worth Your Time

    Jan. 30, 2017- As a new era in American politics begins, citizens across the political spectrum may find themselves engaging in some collective hand-wringing. No matter your political leanings, times are changing, and many people are clamoring to make their voices heard.

  • Mr. Trump - Are You Listening?
    Trade Group Outlines
    Benefits of Geothermal in
    Paper for Trump Administration

    Jan. 23, 2017 - In the paper, “Geothermal is Good for America,” GEA said that there are 104 operating geothermal plants in the U.S. with a capacity of 3.7 GW, and there are more than 80 new projects in development.

    ”Geothermal delivers a triple bottom line to our energy system: It is an abundant domestic energy source, it brings economic benefits in the form of taxes and long-term, high-paying jobs, and it has one of the lowest Levelized Costs of Energy of all power sources in the United States,” the paper said.

  • Sen. Inhofe, Big Oil and Big Problems
    Only a Slight Conflict?

    Senator James Inhofe is Chair of the Energy Committee. We should question how he can serve the best interests of the people he is supposed to be protecting, while his camaigns have been mostly funded by the fossil fuel industry.

    Click now to see what we mean.

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Environmental (or Anti-Environmental)
Politics News Stories

  • Six Things to Know About The 'Green New Deal’
    The 'Green New Deal’:
    Six Things to Know

    Jan. 15, 2019 Yale Climate Connections - When the decks seem stacked against a nation – whether it’s extreme weather or soaring asthma rates, dismal job prospects, or plummeting stocks – there may be an opportunity to reshuffle the cards.

    History offers precedent. “I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people,” nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed during his 1932 acceptance speech to the Democratic convention. Over the following eight years, his administration went on to devise and unleash an array of experimental programs that would pull the country out of the Great Depression.

  • Elizabeth Warren to Fossil Fuel Interests: Keep Your Money
    Elizabeth Warren Is the
    First 2020 Candidate Who Won't
    Accept Fossil Fuel Money

    Jan. 14, 2019 Earther Gizmodo - Climate change continues to be a focus of Elizabeth Warren’s nascent presidential campaign. The latest sign came on Saturday when activists approached her at a campaign event in New Hampshire to sign a pledge not to take fossil fuel donations for her presidential bid. She did, becoming the first to sign the pledge for a 2020 presidential campaign.

    It’s becoming increasingly clear climate change will be one of the defining issues of the Democratic presidential primary. Candidates have staked out positions early on, including Warren who has said through a spokesperson that she “supports the idea of a Green New Deal.” Signing onto the no fossil fuel pledge is an even bigger step toward staking out her position.

  • Arctic Drilling Continues During the Govt. Shutdown
    The Govt. Wont Let the Shutdown
    Get In The Way of Arctic Drilling

    Jan. 8, 2019 VOX -As the partial government shutdown stretches on and on, leaving piles of garbage in national parks to grow and scientific experiments in limbo, the Interior Department is deploying its staff to advance fossil fuel extraction on public lands.

    The Bureau of Land Management, the office at Interior that handles permitting for oil and gas on 700 million acres of public lands, is closed for the shutdown. Yet it’s still continuing its work on permitting mining and drilling, as Elizabeth Harball at Alaska’s Energy Desk first reported Friday.

  • Young Members of the New Congress Want to Fight Climate Change
    Liberal Freshmen Are Shaking the Capitol Just Days Into the New Congress

    NY Times Climate Forward, Jan. 6, 2019 - It took less than 48 hours into the new Congress for some of the most liberal freshmen of the now Democratic-controlled House to upend Capitol Hill — and they see no reason to slow down.

    They have pressed for an ambitious and costly climate change proposal that would eliminate the use of fossil fuels in 12 years and provide a job to anyone who wants one. After conservatives tried to embarrass Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York with old footage of her dancing, she faced them down by videotaping new footage of her dancing — outside her new congressional office.

  • Look Who’s Minding the Renewable Energy Store
    Is a Fossil Fuel Fox Guarding The Renewable Energy Henhouse?

    CleanTechnica, Jan. 5, 2018 - Early in his tenure at the White House, President* Trump nominated a notorious fossil fuel fan to head up the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Clean power stakeholders were rightfully horrified. And yet, the agency’s renewable energy mission appears to be reasonably intact.

    For those of you keeping score at home, the head of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is also an Assistant Secretary of Energy, which is the reason why the post requires Senate confirmation.

  • Green Things Are Coming to the 2019 Congress
    A Greener U.S. Congress for 2019

    Living On Earth, Jan. 4, 2019 - In the 116th United States Congress seated January 3, 2019, Democrats now hold a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade.

    Under Speaker Nancy Pelosi the House leadership now recognizes the science of climate change and has created a new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the League of Conservation Voters, Tiernan Sittenfeld, joins host Steve Curwood to discuss this new environmental majority in the House and related incoming committee chairs.

  • Floridians: Ask Ron DeSantis Will Do For the Environment
    A To-do List for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on the Environment

    SunSentinel, Jan. 4, 2019 - As a member of Congress, Ron DeSantis opposed price supports for sugar. And as a candidate for governor, he emphasized water quality and said “I don’t want to wait 15 more years” for action.

    If you knew only these positions, you might think Ron DeSantis is a Democrat. But DeSantis is a Republican who ran away from the lousy environmental records of fellow Republicans Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who hoped to succeed Scott. Like the outgoing governor, Putnam was joined at the hip with the sugar industry, one of Florida's biggest polluters.

  • The Trump EPA Doesn’t Think Mercury is Toxic
    Trump EPA Says Mercury Limits On
    Coal Plants Too Costly, Not 'Necessary'

    Oregon Public Broadcasting , Dec. 28, 2018 - In another proposed reversal of an Obama-era standard, the Environmental Protection Agency Friday said limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from coal and oil fired power plants is not cost-effective, and should not be considered ‘appropriate and necessary.’

    The EPA says it’s keeping the 2012 restrictions in place for now, in large part because utilities have already spent billions to comply with them. But environmental groups worry the move is a step toward repealing the limits, and could make it harder to impose other regulations in the future.

  • E.P.A.? We Don’t Need No Stinking’ E.P.A.
    Smithsonian, EPA Ready to Close as Shutdown Toll Deepens

    Bloomberg News , Dec. 28, 2018 - More lights are going out in U.S. government offices as the partial federal shutdown heads toward a second week and entities from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Smithsonian Institution run out of money.

    Nearly 14,000 workers at the EPA prepared to be furloughed at midnight, the seventh day of a shutdown that showed scant signs of ending. The Smithsonian said all museums, research centers and the National Zoo will close starting Jan. 2 unless the shutdown ends. The Federal Trade Commission in a tweet said it had closed.

  • The Farm Lobby: Fighting Climate Science and Policy
    The Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed
    Ally Fighting Climate Science and Policy

    Dec. 21, 2018 Inside Climate News - When Republican Rep. Steve Scalise stepped to the dais in the U.S. House of Representatives in July and implored his colleagues to denounce a carbon tax, he didn't reach for dire predictions made by the fossil fuel titans that pushed for the resolution. Instead, he talked about America's farmers.

    Advocacy groups with close ties to the oil billionaires Charles and David Koch had urged House leaders to get the anti-tax resolution approved.

  • Trump Delivers on His Promise: To Hell With Water
    What’s At Stake Under the
    New Trump Water Rule?

    The Allegheny Front , Dec. 20, 2018 - When President Trump started his tenure he promised to repeal something called the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule. And this week he made good on that promise.

    The revised definition of “Waters of the United States” was released by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on Dec. 11.

    On the latest episode of the Trump on Earth podcast, we spoke with Ariel Wittenberg, who covers the Clean Water Act for E&E News, about the major changes to the Obama-era rule and their implications.

  • A Democrat and a Republican Introduce Carbon Dividend Act
    Senate Version of Energy
    Innovation Act Introduced

    Citizen’s Climate Lobby , Dec. 18, 2018 - Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the Senate version of bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House several weeks ago.

    Like the House bill, the Senate bill is a climate solution that goes further than any national policy to date, creating over 2 million new jobs, lowering health care costs, promoting energy innovation, and encouraging consumer spending.

  • Zinke Might be Replaced By Someone Even Worse
    Zinke’s Likely Successor Is a
    Former Oil Lobbyist Who Has
    Influenced Trump’s Energy Policy

    NY Times Climate Forward, Dec. 15, 2018 - With Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke departing at the end of the year, the agency will likely be run, at least for a time, by its deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist who has played a central role in enacting President Trump’s agenda of rolling back conservation measures and opening up public lands to drilling and mining.

    Mr. Bernhardt’s supporters and detractors say that while Mr. Zinke has been the public face of some of the most significant reversals of public land protections in the nation’s history, behind the scenes it has been Mr. Bernhardt pulling the policy levers to enact Mr. Trump’s aggressive energy agenda.

  • John Kerry Tells Us to Act on Climate Change
    John Kerry: Forget Trump. We All
    Must Act on Climate Change.

    New York Times Opinion Page, Dec. 13, 2018 - This week is the third anniversary of the Paris climate agreement. The Trump administration marked it by working with Russia and Gulf oil nations to sideline science and undermine the accord at climate talks underway in Katowice, Poland.

    While I was in New Delhi this week, where I met with solar energy advocates, a comment made thousands of miles away by the journalist Bob Woodward almost jumped off my iPad: The president, he said, “makes decisions often without a factual basis.” This isn’t a mere personality quirk of the leader of the free world. It is profoundly dangerous for the entire planet.

  • The Oil Industry’s Attempt to Control Congress
    The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign
    to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

    NY Times Climate Forward, Dec. 13, 2018 - When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. The changes, they said, went too far even for them.

    But it turns out that there was a hidden beneficiary of the plan that was pushing for the changes all along: the nation’s oil industry.

  • Trump and Zinke: Get the Frack Out of Our Public Lands
    Trump, Zinke to Auction Away 700,000
    Acres of Western Public Lands for Fracking

    EcoWatch, Dec. 12, 2018 - President Trump and Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke are continuing their onslaught against American public lands this holiday month and moving forward with plans to auction off 700,000 acres for fracking, endangering clean air and water, the climate and sacred lands.

    "First it's our cherished national monuments, now Trump and Zinke are set to give away even more public lands to the fossil fuel industry," said Becca Fischer, climate guardian for WildEarth Guardians. "Rather than giving back this holiday season, this administration is proving that it will stop at nothing to put our public lands in the hands of dirty energy executives and sell off our rights to clean energy and a healthy environment."

  • Trump’s Environmental Threats Now Extend to Polar Bears
    Government Scientists Warned
    Trump’s Oil Plan Would Threaten
    Alaska’s Polar Bears

    Mother Jones, Dec. 11, 2018 - In an internal memo circulated within the Interior Department earlier this year, government scientists issued a stark warning: The Trump administration’s plans to allow oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) could further jeopardize the region’s already fragile polar bear population.

    The document, authored in September by the head of the state’s US Fish and Wildlife Service office, noted that the threat posed to the bears could make it legally challenging for the agency to authorize a series of seismic surveys of the area’s petroleum reserves—even if steps were taken to mitigate the project’s environmental impact.

  • New EPA Rule Would Sabotage Clean Water Act
    New EPA Rule Would
    Sabotage Clean Water Act

    EcoWatch, Dec. 10, 2018 - In a move environmentalists are warning will seriously endanger drinking water and wildlife nationwide, President Donald Trump's U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reportedly gearing up to hand yet another gift to big polluters by drastically curtailing the number of waterways and wetlands protected under the Clean Water Act.

    "As a result of the change, an estimated 60-90 percent of U.S. waterways could lose federal protections that currently shield them from pollution and development," The Intercept's Sharon Lerner reported on Friday, citing an analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. "The new Trump administration rule imposes the most substantial restrictions on the Clean Water Act since its passage in 1972."

  • Trump Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks
    Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks.
    Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.

    NY Times Climate Forward, Dec. 10, 2018 -Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks here offered an unapologetic defense of fossil fuels on Monday, arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic.

    While that stance brought scorn from environmentalists and countries that favor stronger action to fight global warming, there are signs that the administration is finding a receptive audience among other major fossil-fuel producers, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

  • What the Midterm Elections Did For Wind Energy
    Analysis: Wind Sector Takeaways from the U.S. Midterm Elections

    Windpower Monthly, Dec. 7, 2018 -Climbing a wind turbine was a key image of Michelle Lujan Grisham's successful campaign for election of governor in New Mexico in the US midterm elections

    Grisham was subsequently elected in the midterm elections in November, and will take office in January along with a slew of other candidates across America who have advocated for clean energy.

  • Trump Puts the Sage Grouse on His Enemies List
    Trump Drilling Plan Threatens
    9 Million Acres of Sage Grouse Habitat

    New York Times Politics, Dec. 6, 2018 - The Trump administration on Thursday detailed its plan to open nine million acres to drilling and mining by stripping away protections for the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that oil companies have long considered an obstacle to some of the richest deposits in the American West.

    In one stroke, the action would open more land to drilling than any other step the administration has taken, environmental policy experts said. It drew immediate criticism from environmentalists while energy-industry representatives praised the move, saying that the earlier policy represented an overreach of federal authority.

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  • Michael Bloomberg Would Challenge the Coal Industry
    Michael Bloomberg, Focusing on
    Climate Change, Says He Would
    Battle the Coal Industry

    New York Times Politics, Dec. 4, 2018 - On a wintry day, Michael R. Bloomberg stood in black tassel loafers in melting snow while he inspected solar panels on a rooftop, then said he would make climate change “the issue” of the 2020 presidential race.

    Mr. Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is mulling a run for president, was blunt about his determination to combat the impact of human activity on the environment, and he made clear once again his willingness to take on the coal industry.

  • Trump Seeks Energy Dominance, But…
    Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Doctrine
    Undermined by Climate Change

    the New York Times, Nov. 29, 2018 -It’s been a defining phrase of the Donald Trump presidency, “Energy dominance,” a doctrine that emphasizes the expansion of coal and oil production as well as the weakening of environmental regulations, including those that address climate change.

    But at every turn, according to a broad scientific report on climate change issued last week, rising global temperatures threaten to undermine the president’s vision of an energy-dominant America.

  • What the Planet Gives Us, Government Taketh Away
    Good News, Bad News for Renewable Energy In Washington, DC

    CleanTechnica, Nov. 28, 2018 -There is good news and there is bad news regarding renewable energy in Washington, DC this week. On the local level, the DC City Council unanimously approved a plan for the city to get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2032. Only California has a more aggressive policy. It is looking to go 100% renewable by 2030. At the federal level, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted to approve the appointment of yet another renewable energy skeptic to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    Wait. Don’t celebrate just yet.

  • Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee Introduced in the House
    Bipartisan Carbon Fee Bill

    Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Nov. 28, 2018 -Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both parties just introduced the most significant climate change legislation Congress has seen in over a decade.

    Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a climate solution that goes further than any national policy to date, creating over 2 million new jobs, lowering health care costs, promoting energy innovation, and encouraging consumer spending.

  • How Trump Guarantees that Gas Emissions Will Rise
    How Trump Is Ensuring That
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Rise

    NY Times - Climate Forward, Nov. 26, 2018 -President Trump had a clear message Monday when asked about the core conclusion of a scientific report issued by his own administration: that climate change will batter the nation’s economy. “I don’t believe it,” he said.

    Mr. Trump then laid responsibility for cleaning the atmosphere on other countries like China and Japan: “Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been, and that’s very important to me. But if we’re clean but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good. So I want clean air. I want clean water. Very important.”

  • New EPA Chief: Friend to Coal, Enemy to Clean Air
    As EPA Chief, Wheeler Could Prove a Bigger Foe to Clean-Air Advocates

    Green Car Reports, Nov. 20, 2018 -President Trump's new pick as EPA Administrator may be more effective at rolling back environmental progress than his scandal-plagued predecessor.

    On Friday, Trump announced that he plans to formally nominate Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler as EPA Administrator to replace Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, who was known for his record of suing the EPA 13 times.

  • The New Brzilian President - a Foe to the Environment
    Brazil’s Election Results Could Create
    Tons of Additional Greenhouse Gases

    M.I.T. Technology Review, Nov. 14, 2018 -Environmentalists and scientists fear that Brazil’s newly elected president, the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, will accelerate the destruction of the nation’s Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna, which rank among the world’s largest storehouses of carbon.

    Both absorb massive amounts of greenhouse gas, stocking it away in trees, grasses, roots, and soil. Bolsonaro’s campaign rhetoric and ties to agribusiness have led observers to fear he’ll push to loosen environmental rules and monitoring, says Tica Minami, coordinator of Greenpeace Brazil’s Amazon campaign…

  • More Goofs from the Presidential Retweet
    Trump’s Misleading Claims About
    California’s Fire ‘Mismanagement’

    NY Times - Climate Forward,Nov. 12, 2018 -As Californians were fleeing the huge wildfires that have left both ends of the state ablaze, President Trump took to Twitter over the weekend, blaming the infernos on forest management and threatening to withhold federal payments from the state.

    His statements, which drew outrage from local leaders and firefighters, oversimplified the causes of California’s wildfires.

  • How Did the ‘Climate’ Do in the Mid-Terms?
    Climate Change and the
    Elections: Five Takeaways

    NY Times - Climate Forward, Nov. 7, 2018 - The results of Tuesday’s elections could have a significant influence on how the United States deals with global warming in several ways.

    In the Trump era, much of the action to fight climate change has been happening at the state level. On that front, the results were mixed: Several key climate policies on the ballot, including a carbon tax in Washington State and an aggressive renewable power target in Arizona, were defeated soundly. But Democrats who favor clean energy also took control of a number of key governorships and state legislatures, opening doors for expanded action.

  • Wash State Voters Reject Carbon Tax Ballot Measure
    People Will Never Vote For a
    Carbon Tax, So Let’s Stop Asking

    M.I.T. Technology Review, Nov. 7, 2018 -Late last year, Washington state Senator Reuven Carlyle predicted that his state’s voters were ready to say yes to a carbon tax. The Trump administration’s efforts to roll back environmental laws, and the mounting toll of climate change on Washington’s forests, salmon, and orcas, would finally convince them.

    Which raises an obvious question: If a solidly Democratic state, grappling with rising climate dangers and driven by anti-Trump fervor, still can’t push a carbon tax past the finish line—what are the odds any US state can, much less the country as a whole?

  • Mid Term 2018 Voters Reject the Environment
    Ballot Measures Taking Aim at
    Climate Change Fall Short

    San Francisco Gate, Nov. 6, 2018 -Efforts to nudge the nation away from burning fossil fuels and toward harnessing renewable source of energy were rejected by voters Tuesday across a swath of resource-rich states in the western United States.

    Voters in Arizona, one of the nation's most sun-soaked states, shot down a measure that would have accelerated its shift toward generating electricity from sunlight. Residents in oil- and gas-rich Colorado defeated a measure to sharply limit drilling on state-owned land.

  • Florida Governor Race - One Candidate Accepts Climate Change
    Florida Gov. Candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis Face Off in Contentious Debate

    NY Times - Climate Forward, Oct. 21, 2018 -Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum delivered fiery exchanges in their first debate, showing a national audience why they are locked in a fierce, closely matched race to become Florida’s next governor. They differed not only on their strikingly opposite policy positions, but also on matters of personal integrity and character that have shaped the election.

  • Another Win for Trump - Another Loss For the Environment
    Supreme Court Halts
    Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit

    Think Progress, Oct. 20, 2018 - President Donald Trump’s Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to stop the lawsuit in a filing on Thursday. Roberts approved the request on Friday even though the U.S. high court in a unanimous ruling in July had said that the case could proceed.

    The lawsuit uses a legal theory known as atmospheric trust litigation, which argues the government must hold certain common elements such as rivers or shorelines, and in this case, the atmosphere, for public use. By failing to protect and preserve a clean atmosphere for future generations — by promoting fossil fuels, for instance — the lawsuit argues that the government is violating its obligation to the public trust.

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U.S. Senator (R - Idaho)
Shameful record on votes against the environment
Chair, U.S. Senate Environment Committee
Stiflling of good Senate environmental legislation
House of Reps (R - California)
Trying to copy the worst environmental records in Congress
Koch Industries
Anti-environment election influencing
Scott Pruitt (You're Fired!)
Head of EPA, Appointed in November, 2016
Known for having sued the EPA many times in his earlier gig
Jeff Sessions (Fired11/7/18)
Replacement. Attorney General
A big fan of mercury pollution.The LCV is not one of his fans

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Trump's Environmental Cabinet Choices






Jeff Sessions*
Gone - Aw, Shucks
A Climate skeptic has been named for this post. He has ridiculed greenhouse gas regulations. Has attacked EPA for "regulatory outrereach." His Senate campaigns have been financed by the fossil fuel industry. Big suprise! Read more.
EPA Director
Andrew Wheeler
Former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler will replace Scott Pruitt as acting EPA head. While an EPA press release describes Wheeler as having "spent his entire career working in environmental policy," his past experience as a registered lobbyist for a coal mining company drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers.
Energy Secretary
Rick (*Opps!) Perry
Now that he has been named to the position, he promises never again to forget the name of the department. In a book written by Perry in 2010, he called Climate Change a "contrived phony mess."

On so many lwvels, it's reaussuring to know that this man will be in charge. Not to scare you, but the Energy Department alao keeps watch our our nuclear weapons.

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