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Memorable Presidential Environmental Quotes
Six Memorable Presidential
Environmental Quotes

Earth Matters NewsFeb.9, 2017  -Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama had something to say.

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What You Should Know

  • Why Not a Green Marshall Plan?
    Elizabeth Warren Has
    Added a Green Marshall
    Plan to Her List of Proposals

    June 4, 2019  ( Mother Jones)- Elizabeth Warren has ascended in recent Democratic presidential polls atop a growing stack of audacious proposals to wipe out student debt, break up giant companies like Amazon and Facebook , and slap new taxes on the ultra-rich.

    Yet the senator from Massachusetts is taking a different approach to the climate crisis, weaving a patchwork that will likely amount to Warren’s answer to the Green New Deal.

    Click now for more details.

  • Who Are the Climate Mayors?
    We Are Climate Mayors

    Climate Mayors, founfed in 2014, is a bi-partisan, peer-to-peer network of U.S. mayors working together to demonstrate leadership on Climate Chane through meaningful actions in their communities, and to express and build political will for effective federal and global policy action.

    The Climate Mayors coalition has emerged as a key voice anddemonstration of the ongoing commitment of U.S. cities to accelerate climate progress.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Congress Should Be Supporting Clean Energy Incentives
    Tell Congress to Support
    Clean Energy Incentives

    July, 2019 (Environment Florida)) -

    By going big on renewable energy, we can stop polluting our communities and planet with dirty energy sources and make real strides in tackling the climate crisis. Tell your representatives to expand their support for clean energy incentives.

    Click now to sign on.

  • The 2020 Candidates on Climate Quiz
    Where the Candidates
    Stand on Climate- Answers
    Might Surprise You.

    GreenPeace,   - Take the quiz to learn what you know or don’t know about the Presidential hopefuls wih regard to Climate Change.

    Interested? Click now for to proceed.

  • Jay Inslee’s Campaign Pledge: No Fossil Fuel Money
    Jay Inslee’s Pledge to
    Reject Fossil Fuel Money

    Mar. 1, 2019 (Huffington Post)) -Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed a pledge Tuesday promising to reject donations from the fossil fuel industry ahead of a likely run for the White House that he’s vowed to uniquely center on climate change.

    In an interview with HuffPost, Inslee, 67, said he added his name to the list of more than 1,300 politicians across the United States who took the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.

    Almost every Democratic candidate running in 2020 has signed the pledge.

    Click now to read more.

  • The Green New Deal Explained
    What Is the Green New Deal?
    A Climate Proposal, Explained

    NY Times Climate Forward, Feb. 21, 2019  - The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change.

    Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, the proposal calls on the federal government to wean the United States from fossil fuels and curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the economy. It also aims to guarantee new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Burn It or Eat It (Trump’s Choices)
    Food Vs. Fuel: What Trump's Ethanol
    Policy Means For the Food System

    Oct. 25, 2018 (Forbes) -The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with President Trump’s directive to lift a federal ban on high ethanol blended gas during the summer months, though not quickly enough for Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who Reuters reports is urging the EPA to lift the ban on a much quicker timeline. Lifting the ban is a policy shift that’s being celebrated by large-scale corn growers and decried by biofuel opponents. But the policy has implications for the food system too, as many food system reformers say the last thing U.S. farmers should be growing is more corn.

    Corn is a complicated crop. It’s highly efficient, nutrient-packed and yet, on the other hand, the U.S. probably grows too much of it. Corn has earned its fair share of criticism — it’s starchy, grown industrially and ubiquitous in ultra-processed food — but this leading cereal crop has also more than earned its place as an agricultural success story.

    Click now to stay on top of the situation.

  • How the Border Wall Affect Wildlife Near the Border
    ‘This Is Not Like a Fence in a Backyard’
    — Trump’s Border Wall vs. Wildlife

    The Revelator Podcasts, Apr. 11, 2019 - As was discussed recently on the Sciencentric podcast, the wall’s true impact becomes more evident when you envision all of the things that accompany it: Roads, vehicles, lights, and acres upon acres of cleared habitat. That’s bad news for jaguars, bears, birds, bees and hundreds, if not thousands, of other species.

    Check out the video interview, where host Eric R. Olson and John Platt also discuss The Revelator, my work on “Extinction Countdown,” and what technologies might work instead of a wall.

    Click now to watch the interview.

  • President Wants to Tell the Polar Bears Where to Get Off
    Help Protect the Arctic Refuge
    Before It’s Too Late!

    NRDC -The Trump administration is closer than ever to tearing open the heart of Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for dangerous oil and gas drilling — and if they succeed, it will have devastating, irreversible consequences for our waters, wildlife, climate, and the region’s Gwich’in people.

    NRDC is fighting back in and out of the courtroom in an unprecedented battle to protect the Arctic Refuge and its fragile Arctic coastline.

  • Trump is Not the 1st to Assault Env. 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.

    Wait, there’s more…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DOW's Campaign Contributions Stopped the Banning of Chlorpyrifos
    How Dow Chemical Influenced
    the EPA to Ignore the
    Scientific Evidence on Chlorpyrifos

    (Union of Concerned Scientists) -On March 29, 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that his agency would decline to ban chlorpyrifos, despite years of scientific study and deliberation indicating that the pesticide poses a clear risk to children, farmworkers, and users of rural drinking water.

    This was a 180-degree turn from the science-based conclusion reached just a few months before by the EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, which found that chlorpyrifos has harmful effects on children’s brain development. Both EPA scientists and the American Academy of Pediatrics have urged the EPA to ban the insecticide.

    Click now to read on.

  • 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.

  • Climate Change Collapsing Australia’s Ecosystems
    Ecosystems Across Australia Are Undergo Climate Change

    The Converstion

    Research, recently published in Nature Climate Change, describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia.

  • 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.

  • Is the State of 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.

  • 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 in the Past 60 Days

  • What? A Trump Official Broke Ethics Rules?
    Interior Official Broke Ethics
    Rules, Government Watchdog Concludes

    Dec. 11, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- A top Interior Department official broke a federal ethics rule by improperly meeting with his former employer, a conservative research organization, to discuss the rollback of endangered species protections that the group had been pushing, the department’s internal watchdog said in a report published Tuesday.

    The watchdog, the Interior Department’s inspector general, concluded that the official, Douglas W. Domenech, an assistant Interior secretary for the office with stewardship of the nation’s oceans and coasts, violated federal rules in April 2017 when he met with representatives of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he was working before he joined the Trump administration, creating the appearance of a conflict of interest.

  • Trump's EPA Doesn't Like Health Regulations
    An EPA Rule May
    Restrict Science Used for
    Public Health Regulations

    Nov. 26, 2019  (ScienceNews) —In science, transparency is typically considered a virtue. But a rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, billed as a means to keep environmental regulations rooted in reproducible science, is getting pushback from the scientific community.

    The proposal, titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” would require studies that factor into EPA rule-making to be based on publicly available data. Doing so, the agency argues, would ensure that other researchers could access that data and verify the findings of any study.

    The EPA administrator would be able to handpick allowances for studies whose data cannot be made public. But according to a Nov. 12 EPA news release, “this should be the exception instead of the way of EPA doing business.” That stipulation has some scientists worried that EPA regulations may then be able to ignore relevant evidence from many studies based on private information.

  • Standards? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Automobile Standards
    GM, Toyota & Fiat Chrysler Join Hands With Trump on Standards

    Nov. 19, 2019  (StayingConnected) —President Trump is continuing his assault on strong clean car standards and the Clean Air Act — and, now, three major automakers just joined the attack.

    General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler have formally sided with the Trump administration's dangerous attempts to illegally strip California and 13 other states of their long-held authority to set stronger clean car standards than the federal government.

    If successful, they will set a dangerous legal precedent that could stop states from curtailing air pollution — costing consumers nearly half a trillion dollars in additional fuel costs, axing tens of thousands of American jobs making clean car technologies, and setting us back in our campaign to stop climate change. We need your help to fight back.

  • Looking Back on Ohio's Clean Water Act
    Water Cleaner but Politics Messier:
    A Look Back at the Clean
    Water Act in the Ohio

    Nov. 14, 2019  (Allegheny Front) —In June 1969, a Time Magazine article garnered national attention when it brought to light the water quality conditions in Ohio: a river had literally caught fire.

    Oil-soaked debris ignited after sparks, likely from a passing train, set the slick ablaze. Local media actually didn’t spend much time reporting on the fire. This was, after all, at least the 13th time a waterway had been set ablaze in Ohio alone, not to mention river fires in Philadelphia, Baltimore and other industrial cities. Time Magazine didn’t even run pictures of this specific fire. Instead, they used stock photos of another fire that happened in the same area in 1957.

    But America in 1969 had had enough with dangerous rivers. At the national level, what would eventually become the Clean Water Act passed with broad bipartisan support in 1972. In fact, the law was so popular on both sides of the aisle that when President Richard Nixon eventually vetoed the bill, Congress overrode his veto.

  • A Green New Deal for Public Housing
    Bernie Sanders and AOC
    Unveil a Green New Deal
    for Public Housing

    Nov. 14, 2019  (citilab.com) —Socialist Democrats are pushing the progressive envelope with a new iteration of Green New Deal legislation this week, this time with a focus on public housing.

    On Thursday, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a new bill that would dedicate billions of dollars to energy retrofits for America’s dilapidated public housing stock. The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would commit up to $180 billion over 10 years to upgrading 1.2 million federally administered homes.

  • Democratic Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy
    Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy

    Nov. 13, 2019  (Scientific American) — Scientists say revolutionary changes in society can limit the worst effects of climate change. None stands out as a candidate for transformation more than the energy sector.

    Getting to net-zero emissions there—or close to it—is the easiest way to clear a path for decarbonization in other sectors such as housing and transportation.

    Put another way: It doesn’t make much sense to recharge an electric vehicle through an outlet connected to a coal-fired power plant.

    Click now to see where they stand.

  • EPA: To Hell With Scientific Research
    EPA Plans to Limit Scientific
    Research Used in Writing
    Public Health Regulations

    Nov. 11, 2019  (CNN Politics)— The EPA plans to limit the scientific research that the government can use to form public health regulations, The New York Times reported Monday.

    A draft of the EPA's proposal would require scientists to disclose their raw data, including confidential medical records, in order for the agency to consider a study's conclusions. The move would complicate the enactment of new clean air and water regulations, which are largely rooted in academic studies that rely on confidentiality agreements because of personal health disclosures.

    The draft proposal expands on a previous version championed by then-Administrator Scott Pruitt, who lost his job last year amid a lengthy list of ethics controversies. But unlike the earlier draft, the new plan would apply retroactively, halting the further use of studies already cited by the EPA that don't comply with the new proposal, according to a separate EPA memo viewed by the Times.

  • The Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice
    What Happened at
    the 1st Presidential
    Environmental Justice Forum?

    Nov. 9, 2019  (Mother Jones)— Only six candidates turned out for the first ever presidential forum on environmental justice at South Carolina State University on Friday night.

    Issues such as lead-contaminated water, food deserts, childhood asthma and proximity to polluting chemical plants and industrial pig farms disproportionately affect low-income communities, tribal nations and people of color.

    The Democratic candidates who participated were Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.); former members of Congress John Delaney and Joe Sestak; the billionaire Tom Steyer; and the author Marianne Williamson.

  • Something 'Smelt' Funny About Trump's Interior Secretary Pick
    Interior Chief’s Lobbying
    Past Has Challenged the
    Agency’s Ethics Referees

    Nov. 9, 2019  (New York Times)— On the morning of Aug. 21, 2018, David Bernhardt, then the deputy interior secretary, wanted to attend a White House meeting on the future of a threatened California fish, the delta smelt — an issue upon which Mr. Bernhardt had been paid to lobby until he joined the Trump administration a year before.

    It was a sticky ethical issue, seemingly exemplifying the revolving door that has separated lobbying from policymaking in the nation’s capital for decades. So Mr. Bernhardt, who had, as a lobbyist, pressed to loosen delta smelt protections for a California water district, personally approached the Interior Department’s ethics referee.

  • Virginia Democrats Scored Big for the Environment
    Virginia Democrats Campaigned on
    Their Green New Deal and
    Fighting Climate Change, and Won

    Nov. 6, 2019  (Vox)— Virginia’s efforts to fight climate change got a big boost after Tuesday’s election, with Democrats flipping both chambers of the state’s General Assembly.

    As part of its pre-election platform, Virginia’s Democratic party unanimously endorsed two major progressive environmental resolutions: They voted in favor of setting a target of net-zero carbon emissions for the state by 2050 and they endorsed the Green New Deal Virginia.

    Like the Green New Deal resolution introduced in the US Congress, Virginia’s version aims to move the state to 100 percent renewable energy while pursuing social welfare programs like job retraining for workers who would lose their jobs in the transition.

  • Another Not-So-Bright-Idea From the Trump Administration
    Groups Sue Over Rollback of Lightbulb Regulations

    Nov. 5, 2019  (CNN Politics)— A coalition including environmental groups has asked a federal court to consider invalidating the Trump administration's rollback of regulations on light bulb efficiency.

    The administration's changes would overturn Obama-era requirements for more energy-efficient versions of several common light bulbs, including three-way incandescent, candle-shaped chandelier and recessed reflector bulbs. When the Trump administration overturned the Obama rules in September, they had not yet taken effect.

    The groups filed a lawsuit Monday asking a federal appeals court to find that the administration violated a provision of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act that prevents the government from weakening efficiency standards.

  • Trump's EPA Loves Coal Ash
    E.P.A. Weakens Rules On Toxic
    Water Pollution From Coal Plants

    Nov. 4, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)— The Trump administration on Monday moved to weaken an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the seepage of toxic pollution into water supplies from the ash of coal burning power plants, a change that coal industry leaders say could keep plants open longer and which environmental groups fear will increase the risk of water contamination.

    Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, issued the proposed regulation, which relaxes rules set in 2015 imposing stringent inspection and monitoring rules at coal plants and requiring plants to install new technology to protect water supplies from arsenic, lead, selenium and other toxic effluent.

  • Shumer Has a Plan to Make Cars Go Electric
    Cash for Carbon:
    Schumer Climate Plan Would Help
    Consumers Buy Electric Cars

    Oct. 24, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, is preparing a $450 billion climate change initiative that aims to replace about a fifth of the nation’s traditional gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars and trucks in the next 10 years.

    Mr. Schumer’s proposal is far narrower than the economy-altering plans put forth by most of the Democratic presidential candidates, and it has no chance of passage in the current, Republican-led Senate.

  • Senate Launches Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
    Senate Launches Bipartisan
    Climate Solutions Caucus

    Oct. 23, 2019  (Citizen’s Climate Lobby)-Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) have formed a bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the Senate. The news originally broke last month, and today the group has officially launched with a joint op-ed from the lawmakers.

    The senators’ op-ed, which was published today in The Hill, describes the caucus as “a bipartisan group of senators who, like the Americans we serve, believe Congress should play a central role in guiding America’s 21st century energy economy and addressing the challenge of a changing climate. Our caucus seeks to take the politics out of this important issue.”

  • DOJ Sues California For Attempting to Tame Canada's Emissions
    Justice Dept. Sues California to
    Stop Climate Initiative
    From Extending to Canada

    Oct. 23, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- The Trump administration took another legal shot at California on Wednesday, suing to block part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program and limit its ability to take international leadership in curbing planet warming emissions.

    In a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of California, the Justice Department said that a regional system created by California’s air resources board, which caps planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions but lets corporations trade emissions credits within that cap, was unlawful because it included Quebec, Canada. The Justice Department cited the constitutional prohibition on states making their own treaties or agreements with foreign governments.

  • Pristine Bristol Bay Threatened by Copper and Gold Mining
    Progress from the Bottom Up:and Value Chains Put
    Local Foods on the Map

    Oct. 9, 2019  (EARTHJUSTICE) —For more than a decade, the threat of a huge, open-pit copper and gold mine has loomed over the heart of pristine salmon spawning territory in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

    The proposed Pebble Mine would directly impact the world’s greatest sockeye salmon run, putting in jeopardy thousands of American jobs, a cultural tradition of subsistence dating back 10,000 years, and a robust sport-fishing and tourism economy.

    In a climate shaped by the Trump administration’s coziness with polluting industries, the company behind Pebble Mine is trying to sneak a permit through Clean Water Act regulations with the dubious promise of sticking to what it views as a “small” mine.

  • Gee, How Come the Swamp Still Smells Funny?
    New Energy Secretary Fits Trend:
    Cabinet Dominated by Lobbyists

    Oct. 18, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- President Trump likes to say that people in his political orbit come straight out of central casting, “tough hombres” from far beyond the Capital Beltway ready to roil the swamp.

    Increasingly, though, his cabinet is full of lobbyists.

    On Friday came the latest lobbyist elevation. Out went Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the genial former governor of Texas and onetime Dancing with the Stars contestant. In came his deputy, Dan Brouillette, who spent much of his career as a senior vice president of the United Services Automobile Association, a financial services company, and at the Ford Motor Company.

  • Farmers Want a Green New Deal - Surprise, Surprise
    10,000 Farmers Want
    a Green New Deal

    Oct. 18, 2019  (Living On Earth)-A bipartisan coalition of over 10,000 farmers and ranchers from across the United States has signed on to a letter that urges Congress to support a Green New Deal. They’re asking for a massive overhaul of food and farming policy in order to address the climate crisis while providing economic security for independent family farms. Ronnie Cummins is a co-founder of Regeneration International, and an organizer of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers For a Green New Deal, and joins Host Jenni Doering to discuss.

    Click now read and/or listen to the story.

  • Climate Change Not Worth Discussing at the Upcoming G7
    Climate Crisis Will Not
    Be Discussed at 2020
    G7, Says Trump Official

    Oct. 17, 2019  (TheGuardian)-The climate crisis will not be formally discussed at the G7 summit in June next year, Donald Trump’s acting White House chief of staff said on Thursday.

    “Climate change will not be on the agenda,” Mick Mulvaney told reporters, without elaborating.

    Mulvaney announced that the 2020 summit of seven of the world’s most powerful industrialized countries will take place at the National Doral Miami, one of the president’s golf resorts in Florida, despite widespread ethics concerns and an ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump’s conduct.

  • Trump's Low Opinion of the Tongass Forest Service
    Trump Administration Proposes to Open Tongass to Logging

    Oct. 15, 2019  (Bloomberg Environment News) — More than 9 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, including large swaths of old-growth trees, would be opened to logging under a U.S. Forest Service proposal issued Oct. 15 that would exempt the entire forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule.

    The draft plan offers six different alternatives for the future of one of North America’s most carbon-dense temperate rainforests, according to a Forest Service news release. The Forest Service’s preferred option is to drop roadless protections for the Tongass, as requested by the state of Alaska.

    The Forest Service announced the draft plan Oct. 15, but the agency will made it available to the public on Oct. 18, Forest Service spokeswoman Babete Anderson said.

  • Biden's Climate Change Record & Plan. Young Activists Want More
    On Climate Change, Biden
    Has a Record and a Plan.
    Young Activists Want More

    Oct. 9, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- When Michaelyn Mankel approached Joe Biden at an Iowa steak fry last month to demand dramatic action on climate change, the former vice president clasped the 24-year-old’s hands and assured her, “You’ve got a better deal from me than anybody.”

    He did, after all, introduce the very first climate change legislation in Congress, in 1986, before Ms. Mankel was born. He also helped to orchestrate the “green jobs” strategy under the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package. He supported landmark regulations on coal plants and automobile tailpipe emissions as vice president, and helped to secure the Paris Agreement, the 2015 pact to limit the rise of global temperatures. His climate change plan would spend $1.7 trillion over a decade, impose a tax on greenhouse gases and aim to bring carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

  • Trump's Latest Blow to the American Solar Industry
    Trump Administration Removes
    Bi-Facial Solar Module Tariff Exemption

    Oct. 7, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- The Trump administration dealt a fresh blow to renewable energy developers on Friday by stripping away an exemption the industry was counting on to weather the president’s tariffs on imported panels.

    The U.S. Trade Representative said Friday it was eliminating a loophole granted about four months ago for bifacial solar panels, which generate electricity on both sides. They’ll now be subject to the duties Trump announced on imported equipment in early 2018, currently at 25%. The change takes effect Oct. 28.

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