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New self-driving vehicle rules would set national standard

The set of self-driving vehicle rules now being proposed by a group of US House Representatives would bar individual states from putting their own testing and design regulations in place, going by the contents of a draft proposal that was obtained by Reuters. By James Ayre  At the same time, federal regulators would themselves be […]

June 18th

Congress is about to deregulate you to death

Republicans have complained for years about what they called “job killing” regulations. Since they care more about profits than people, they’re about to pass a suite of laws that will change that to the more egalitarian “killing regulations”. By Jeremy Bloom Imagine this scenario: You go to the doctor because you’re in bad shape, and he […]

June 15th

US Congress Working On National Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

The US Congress is working on legislation to speed up the rollout of self-driving vehicle technology that could potentially supersede state-level rules, according to a number of House and Senate lawmakers who spoke to Reuters earlier this week. by James Ayre  The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, […]

June 10th

Bipartisan Climate Caucus Reaches Thirty Four Members

Reaching new heights, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), the co-Chairs of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, welcomed ten new Members of Congress to the Caucus, increasing the total membership to 34 members evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. The newest members of the Caucus are Reps. Darrell Issa (CA-49), Juan Vargas […]

March 30th

GOP pushing for oil drilling in national parks

On Monday, Rep. Paul Gosar, the Republican who represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, launched Example #117 in the Trump-era category of No Big Surprise. By Meteor Blades (Originally appeared at DailyKos) He introduced a resolution to eliminate rules imposed in 2016 under the Obama administration that placed restrictions on existing oil and gas drilling operations on land governed […]

February 2nd

GOP plan Bundy-style public land giveaway to oil, mining and ranching millionaires

By Meteor Blades Two Republican Utah congressmen have introduced a deceptive public lands initiative designed to open a million acres of public land to private interests while pretending to protect other lands under a bogus “wilderness” designation where weakened environmental regulations would make that label a very unfunny joke. For 40 years, extremists have been eager to take over […]

January 21st

Ted Cruz’s three-hour hearing on climate change a pathetic waste of time except for denier shills

By Meteor Blades As reported at Daily Kos, Sen. Ted Cruz chaired a tendentious Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday on climate change while negotiators in Paris work long hours to put together a worldwide agreement on controlling carbon dioxide emissions that are warming the planet. Anybody who has even cursorily followed the claims of climate-change charlatans wouldn’t have […]

December 9th

GOP war on science launches Benghazi-style assault on climate change

By Meteor Blades Early this year, House Republicans decided to give some of its committee chairpersons the same kind of unilateral subpoena power once wielded by Rep. Darrell Issa of the House Oversight Committee on Government Reform. In practice that means these committee chairs can issue subpoenas without consulting with the top Democrats on their […]

October 27th

Oklahoma Senator Denies Snowballing Evidence of Climate Change

According to Republican Senator James Inhofe, severe winter weather in Washington D.C. is a sign that climate change isn’t real. He made this controversial point yet again on the senate floor this past Thursday by tossing a snowball to another senator. This is not the first time that Inhofe has used winter weather to attempt to […]

February 26th

President Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline

Today, President Obama vetoed the bill that would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built. The measure has been heralded by the conservative-dominated Congress as a job creator, but many on the other side were concerned about the environmental implications of the pipeline. Although this was only the president’s third veto of his presidency, […]

February 24th

What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

80 year old Sen Inhofe set to rule Senate Environment Committee

By Meteor Blades Sorry I’m a few days late giving a nod to you on your 80th birthday, Sen. Inhofe. I suspect you had an extra-special celebration this year since you’ll soon be getting back to the chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works Committee after eight years putting up with its Democratic leadership. Not to […]

November 23rd

Americans want limits on CO2, but vote for climate deniers

By Meteor Blades A poll conducted by Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication has found 67 percent of Americans favor federal regulations to limit carbon emissions from power plants even if that means paying more for their electricity. That meshes somewhat with the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll asking what Americans think the new Congress should […]

November 21st