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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

5 Things To Know About Solar Politics

This post originally appeared on PV Solar Report. It is cross-posted here with permission. By Carter Lavin The politics that surround and shape the solar industry can be confusing and hard to navigate. We as an industry must have a richer understanding of these politics so that we may shift them to our advantage. While […]

August 15th

Budget agreement – GOP backs down on environmental hits

We finally have a budget agreement. After years of partisan bickering and the GOP pushing the Federal Government into shutdown, lawmakers agreed on a compromise proposal that now goes to the House and Senate for final approval. Not in the bill: 134 of the GOP’s ransom demands, including some ugly environmental provisions: Stripping the Environmental […]

January 14th

GOP Civil War – Tea Party will primary GOP traitors

Will the GOP hold the house in 2014? Not if the Tea Party has its way… Intent on making all GOP politicians purer than pure (and not caring who gets hurt in the process – children, moms, the US credit rating, or the environment), one Tea Party organization is now announcing it will primary 87 […]

November 14th

Is the (artificially crafted) shutdown crisis really over?

By David Brin As we track events in Washington, so far, it seems that my prediction — which few others shared and that many called “blue sky” — appears to be unfolding almost precisely as it was laid out here… and here… and here.  Details develop though, so let me elaborate.  After Senators Reid and McConnell finish their current […]

October 16th

David Brin – GOP war on science, shutdown edition

By David Brin The Shut-down goes on. What’s the GOP’s real aim? They see a winning hand, here. So far, every time an important constituency – or one that is symbolically powerful, like military death benefits – has howled loudly enough, the House has scurried to pass a special bill and demand quickie Senate action to […]

October 14th

David Brin – Shutdown or showdown? What’s really going on?

By David Brin Hello, did I call this or what? Is the GOP dropping Obamacare in shutdown debate? That’s the notion Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget Committee chairman, and the party’s vice presidential nominee last year, argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Here’s How We can End the worst part of […]

October 10th

David Brin: How the government shutdown will end

By David Brin Before I get to my forecast of how the Great Big US Government Shut-Down of 2013 will end… let’s start with this surprising commentary. Yipe. The following is from Fox News. It is harsh, factual, on-target… and did I mention it’s from Fox, of all places? Could Rupert be asking “what have I […]

October 5th

Make ALL filibusters like Wendy’s Texas-style filibuster!

What about it, Senator Merkley? Senator Reid? Why can’t we reform the US Senate filibuster to match the rules – and the drama – of the filibuster that played out last night in the Texas State Senate? Texas Republicans wanted to pass a draconian abortion bill that would have banned all abortions over 20 weeks […]

June 26th