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  • • House Select Committee
    on the Climate Crisis
    Climate Change: The Science
    is In -We Know the Cause

    The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is charged with delivering ambitious climate policy recommendations to Congress, in order to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis.

    The select committee was authorized by House Resolution 6 on January 9, 2019, and will publish a set of public policy recommendations for congressional climate action by March 31, 2020.

    Its members include experts in environmental justice, coastal flooding, clean energy development and other issues that are vital for addressing the climate crisis.

    Click now for their website.


  • • Trump's Enviroinmental
    Rules Rollbacks
    Total Rollbacks = 100

    July 15, 2020, from the New York Times Climate Forward -After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo.

    Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses, his administration has weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water and toxic chemicals. Several major reversals have been finalized in recent months as the country has struggled to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

    Click now for the complete list

  • • Memorable Presidential
    Environmental Quotes
    Six Memorable Presidential
    Environmental Quotes

    Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama had something to say

    Some didn't always follow up on those quotes.

    Click now to read the article
    From the Earth Matters News.

  • • Recent News Stories
    Recent Stories in the News

    Four months worth of political news stories can be found here.

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    of our News by Category page.



What You Should Know

  • • Climate Hawks 2020 Endorsements
    What It Takes to Be Endorsed

    (CLIMATEHAWKS), -What we consider in issuing endorsements: First and foremost, a candidate’s public statements regarding climate change. Do you mention specific climate change action in your stump speech? Did you show up at a People’s Climate March? Do you have a thoughtful statement on your website? We also look at viability, although we will back longshots when we find a compelling reason to do so.

    We do not endorse mediocre Democrats, no matter how vehemently a Republican opponent may deny climate science. We only endorse when we are convinced that the candidate will commit to strong climate action in Congress.

    We like primaries. And in 2018 we won 6 out of 8 primaries in which we endorsed — a better track record than any of the larger groups whose endorsement records were compiled by FiveThirtyEight.

    Climate Hawks Vote does not accept contributions from fossil-fuel corporations, executives, or lobbyists. We are a federal Super PAC, which means that we are an independent expenditure committee and can’t endorse in state/local races. We do network with others on the lookout for climate hawks who can think globally and lead locally.

  • • Conservatives and Liberals Want a Green Energy Future - But..
    They Want it For Different Reasons

    May 5, 2020,(The Conversation)-Political divisions are a growing fixture in the United States today, whether the topic is marriage across party lines, responding to climate change or concern about coronavirus exposure. Especially in a presidential election year, the vast divide between conservatives and liberals often feels nearly impossible to bridge.

    Our research examines what people know about the energy sources in use today in the United States, and what types of energy they would like to see the nation using in 2050. Energy connects to many important issues, including climate change, jobs and economic growth, equity and social justice, and international relations. It would be easy to assume that America’s energy future is a highly polarized topic, especially when the Trump administration is clashing with many states led by Democrats over energy policies.

    Click now to learn what the 'BUT' means.

  • • Trump's Early Environmental Rollbacks
    23 Environmental Rules Rolled
    Back in Trump’s First 100 Days

    May 2, 2017 (NY Times Climate Forward) - President Trump, with help from his administration and Republicans in Congress, has reversed course on nearly two dozen environmental rules, regulations and other Obama-era policies during his first 100 days in office.

    Citing federal overreach and burdensome regulations, Mr. Trump has prioritized domestic fossil fuel interests and undone measures aimed at protecting the environment and limiting global warming.

  • • The Climate President Action Plan
    10 Climate Actions
    the Next President
    Can Take Without Congress

    Dec. 23, 2019 (ClimatePresident.org)-The United States faces an indisputable climate emergency. The solution to the crisis is also inarguable: We must transform our extractive economy to a regenerative and inclusive one.

    The actions called for in this Presidential action plan can be implemented by the President acting alone without any Congressional action. These ten actions form the necessary foundation for the country's true transformation to a safer, healthier, and more equitable world for everyone.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.
  • • 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.
  • • Trump 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.

  • • 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.

  • • Donald Trump: Making the Oceans Not-So-Great Again
    Donald Trump Aims to
    Weaken Ocean Protections

    Mar. 16, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the British Petroleum (BP) disaster, which killed 11 men, injured 17 others, and spilled more than 130 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster polluted more than 1,300 miles of coastline, devastated marine life, and cost the Gulf Coast billions in lost revenue.

    The Trump Administration’s aggressive deregulatory agenda threatens to undo many of the safeguards for ocean and coastal ecosystems, including those that regulate the offshore oil industry. We cannot have a repeat of the BP disaster and we need common sense protections for the ocean now more than ever.

  • • Strip Mining on Protected Tennessee Cumberland Plateau
    Trump May Approve
    Strip Mining on Tennessee’s
    Protected Cumberland Plateau

    Feb. 13, 2020 (inside climate news) -LAFOLLETTE, Tennessee—Even as the nation's demand for coal tumbles, the Trump administration is considering a permit that would allow strip mining on protected ridgelines in Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau over the objection of environmental groups and the state's Republican attorney general.

    The wild, scenic terrain is within 75,000 acres designated, at the state's behest, as unsuitable for surface coal mining in 2016 by the Obama administration's Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation, the agency responsible for regulating coal mining in the state.

  • • Good Riddance to Climate Denier From NSC
    Climate Denialist to Depart
    White House National Security Council

    Sep. 11, 2019 (New York Times)- William Happer, the White House architect of a stalled plan to attack the established science of climate change, is leaving the Trump administration on Friday, according to three people familiar with his plans.

    Dr. Happer, a physicist who gained notoriety by claiming that the greenhouse gases contributing to warming the planet are beneficial to humanity, and for likening attacks on fossil fuels to “the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler” in a 2014 interview, served on the National Security Council as President Trump’s deputy assistant for emerging technologies.

  • • 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

    (M.I.T. Technology Review) 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.

  • • 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.

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Environmental (or Anti-Environmental)
Politics News Stories in the Past 3 Months

  • • America Has Long Favored Cars Over Trains and Buses.
    Can Biden Change That?

    Apr. 2, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -The president’s infrastructure plan tries to break from the past by shifting spending away from new roads and toward public transit. It won’t be easy.

  • • Biden Sends In the Scientists
    Gavin Schmidt, a Leading Climate
    Scientist, Will Fill a Newly Created Job:
    Climate Adviser to NASA

    Mar. 26, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -Today Dr. Schmidt is one of the most prominent scientists warning the world about the risks of a warming world. Recently he was named to a newly created position as Senior Climate Adviser to NASA, a job that comes with the challenge of bringing NASA’s climate science to the public and helping figure out how to apply it to saving the planet.

  • • Canadian Conservative Party Won't Recognize Climate Crisis
    Delegates Vote 54%-46%
    Against Policy Change Request

    Mar. 23, 2021 (The Guardian) -Canada’s main opposition Conservative party members have voted down a proposal to recognize the climate crisis as real, in a blow to their new leader’s efforts to embrace environmentally friendly policies before a likely federal election this year.

    The rejected motion included the willingness to act against climate risks and to make highly polluting businesses take more responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • • Biden Team Prepares $3 Trillion in New Spending
    We Would Invest in Infrastructure,
    Education, Work Force Development
    and Fighting Climate Change

    Mar. 22, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -President Biden’s economic advisers are pulling together a sweeping $3 trillion package to boost the economy, reduce carbon emissions and narrow economic inequality, beginning with a giant infrastructure plan that may be financed in part through tax increases on corporations and the rich.

  • • The US Just Set Ambitious Offshore Wind Power Targets
    What it Will Take to Meet Them

    Mar. 21, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change.

    The Biden administration announced on March 29, 2021, that it would accelerate the federal review process for offshore wind projects and provide more funding. It also set a goal: Develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity this decade – enough to power 10 million homes with clean energy. To put that in perspective, the U.S. has just 42 megawatts today.

  • • 3 Cost-Effective Steps Biden Takes for a Clean Energy Revolution
    Now That All Three are Officially
    in Place, it’s Time to Get Moving

    Mar. 11, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -With the new administration inaugurated in January, and with Secretary Jennifer Granholm confirmed last week, those of us working to help solve the climate crisis can’t help but feel hopeful with what should be a new, aggressive approach to energy policy.

    As the world is facing a daunting climate crisis, and with a nearly 4-year delay in taking action to solve it in Washington, We should be pleased to see that President Biden selected Governor Granholm as Energy Secretary. While so many have spoken volumes about her work resurrecting the auto industry after the 2008 financial crisis, it was her efforts on the state level shepherding aggressive renewable energy policies which helped create 125,000 green jobs in Michigan.

  • • The Leaders We Need to Address the Wildlife & Climate Crises
    A Look at Two
    Biden Environmental Appointees

    Mar. 16, 2021 (National Wildlife Federation (NWF)) -Our wildlife and lands face unprecedented challenges from the effects of climate change, toxic pollutants flowing into our air and water, energy development, mismanagement of natural resources, and worsening natural disasters. But we now have the leaders we need to oversee 450 million acres of the nation’s public lands and direct the agency in charge of protecting our environment.

    With Deb Haaland serving as Interior Secretary and Michael Regan as Administrator for the EPA, we have leaders with demonstrated experience and exceptionally strong commitments to addressing both the wildlife crisis and the climate crisis.

  • • How Gerrymandering Silences the Environmental Vote
    A North Carolina Case Study

    Mar. 7, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -This year, state legislatures will redraw the electoral map. The GOP controls most state legislatures, and they are expected to draw congressional districts to favor Republicans, which will make it easier for them to win a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, even if they fail to win the most votes overall.

    This dynamic will influence policymaking on a number of issues, including the environment. Recent events in North Carolina give some idea of what to expect.

  • • Barrett's First U.S. Supreme Court Ruling; a Loss For Environmentalists
    Trump's Choice Rewards Anti-Environmentalists

    Mar. 4, 2021 (greener ideal;) -Justice Amy Coney Barrett on Thursday authored her first ruling since joining the U.S. Supreme Court in October - a decision that handed a defeat to an environmental group that had sought access to government documents.

  • • New Natural Resources Chair Wants to Target Big Oil
    That's What Katie Porter Wants to Do

    Mar. 3, 2021 (REUTERS) -U.S. Representative Katie Porter, who has earned a reputation for grilling bank and drug company executives during Congressional hearings, told Reuters she will focus on a new target in her new role as chair of the House Natural Resources Oversight Committee: Big Oil.

  • • Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change
    It's Not Too Late

    Mar. 2, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -As the Interior Department awaits its new secretary, the agency is already moving to lock in key parts of President Biden’s environmental agenda, particularly on oil and gas restrictions, laying the groundwork to fulfill some of the administration’s most consequential climate change promises.

  • • Biden's Choice For Int. Secretary Reflects Partisan Divide
    She Opposes Oil and
    Gas Exploration pn Public Lands.

    Feb. 22, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -When Representative Deb Haaland was tapped in December to be President Biden’s interior secretary, the decision was hailed as historic. She was the first Native American ever nominated to serve in cabinet — in this case to head a department that, for much of the nation’s history, has mistreated and neglected Indigenous Americans.

    On Tuesday, when she faces her confirmation hearing, another label will be applied to her nomination: embattled.

  • • Conservatives Falsely Blame Renewables for Texas Storm Outages
    Grid Operator Says Fossil Fuel
    Generators Suffered Biggest Problems

    Feb. 17, 2021 (The Guardian) -The electricity outages suffered by millions of Texans amid frigid temperatures sweeping across the United States have been seized upon by conservative commentators presenting a false narrative that renewable power was to blame.

    “We should never build another wind turbine in Texas,” read a Facebook post on Tuesday by the state’s agriculture commissioner, Sid Miller. “The experiment failed big time.”

  • • The Biden Administration EV Charging Plan
    The Full Second Draft

    Feb. 10, 2021 (CleanTechnica), By Jennifer Sensiba -In a series of previous articles, I worked on creating a draft charging plan for the Biden Administration to use as a guide when fulfilling the promise to build 500,000 new EV charging stations. In this article, I’m including a second draft of the infrastructure planning guide, including a map of recommended charging stations I’ve been working on since December.


    Click now for the story (includes a graphic map).
  • • A New Day for the Climate
    Will Biden’s Sweeping Climate Directives make a Meaningful Difference?

    Feb. 5, 2021 (The New Yorker)-Nine years ago, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had a sign made up that showed a photograph of the Earth as seen from space. “TIME TO WAKE UP,” it urged, in large, unevenly spaced letters. Every week that the Senate was in session, Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, would tote the sign to the chamber, set it on an easel, and, before a hundred chairs—most of them empty—deliver a speech. Though the details changed, the subject of the speech remained the same.

    Much, but not enough, has happened since.

  • • Biden Moves to Curb America’s Soaring Methane Emissions
    The New Administration Can Jumpstart
    Climate Protections by Taking on Rising
    Methane Emissions (It Won’t Be Easy)

    Jan. 29, 2021 (The Revelator)- On his first day in office, President Biden signed a sweeping executive order that stops the Keystone XL pipeline and pauses oil lease sales in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But behind these headlines, the order also requires a thorough review of the Trump administration’s rollbacks on methane pollution. The action signals that the new president may agree with experts who say one of our biggest environmental challenges could also be one of our best opportunities to tackle climate change.

  • • Former U.S. Climate Leaders Press Biden on Amazon Deforestation
    A Bipartisan Coalition of Seven Former
    Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Climate Change Negotiators
    Moved to Push President Biden Forward

    Jan. 29, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward)-During his presidential campaign, Biden said the United States should mobilize $20 billion to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and impose “significant economic consequences” if deforestation continued.

    Brazil’s conservative populist president, Jair M. Bolsonaro, had an all-caps reply in Portuguese: “OUR SOVEREIGNTY IS NON NEGOTIABLE.” he wrote on Twitter. Brazil’s new leadership “no longer accepts bribes, criminal demarcations or unfounded threats.”

  • • Biden Signs Sweeping Actions to Fight Climate Change
    It Emphasizes Job Creation

    Jan. 27, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward)- President Biden on Wednesday signed a sweeping series of executive orders that aim to “confront the existential threat of climate change” throughout the federal government, framing them as an economic boon that would create millions of new jobs.

  • • The Battle Lines Are Forming in Biden’s Climate Push
    He Moves Rapidly to Address Global
    Warming, with Unlikely Allies and
    Some Huge Hurdles from Democrats

    Jan. 26, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward)-Automakers are coming to accept that much higher fuel economy standards are their future; large oil and gas companies have said some curbs on greenhouse pollution lifted by former President Trump should be reimposed; shareholders are demanding corporations acknowledge and prepare for a warmer, more volatile future, and a youth movement is driving the Democratic Party to go big to confront the issue.

    But what may well stand in the president’s way is political intransigence from senators from fossil-fuel states in both parties.

  • • President Biden Appoints Climate Team
    The Climate Crisis is the
    Reason Says the New Commander-in-Cheif

    Jan. 23, 2021 (Deutsche Welle)- President-elect Biden vowed to make combating climate change central to rebuilding the pandemic-hit US economy. He also stressed the diversity of his climate appointees, describing them as "brilliant, qualified, tested."


    Click now to learn the new team members.
  • • Ted Cruz Echoes Trump On U.S. Return to the Paris Accords
    He Slams Biden For That Decision

    Jan. 21, 2021 (NBC NEWS)- Sen. Ted Cruz repeated Donald Trump's America-centric climate rhetoric as President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement on his first day in office.

    Cruz, R-Texas, said in a tweet late Wednesday that by returning America to the multinational climate accord, Biden has indicated that he is more interested "in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh."

  • • Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord
    It Was One of
    Many Executive Orders

    Jan. 20, 2021(npr)-In one of his first acts in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming.

  • • Trump's Environmental Rules Rollback History
    Here is the List of 100 of these Rules

    Jan. 20, 2021(NY Times Climate Forward)-Over four years, the Trump administration dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals.

    In all, a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts nearly 100 environmental rules officially reversed, revoked or otherwise rolled back under Mr. Trump.


    Click now to see them all.
  • • Biden Kills Keystone XL Permit, Again
    Multiple Canadian Government
    Officials Are Not Happy

    Jan. 20, 2021(POLITICO)-Biden's action was part of a series of executive orders on his first day in office that included revoking “permits signed over the past 4 years that do not serve the U.S. national interest, including revoking the Presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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