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Environmental State of the Union

So President Obama has delivered his 2011 State of the Union. And while the environment wasn’t entirely AWOL, it sure wasn’t the focus. This was clearly a retrenchment, and a hand reaching across the aisle. How not? If he’s going to accomplish anything in the next two year, he’s going to need to get something […]

January 25th

State of the Union – Full Text

More of our State of the Union Coverage: Environmental State of the Union The GOP SOTU Response: To Win The Future, We Must Return to the Past Here is the full text of President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union. Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address […]

January 25th

Got Cuts? House GOP Says it’s got $2.5 Trillion of ’em.

After a year saying they would cut the deficit but not saying how, House Republicans have come up with a list of cuts. As expected, the military is sacrosanct. No cuts there, despite a huge run-up in spending over the past 10 years. Don’t’ expect any cuts in farm subsidies, either. Or subsidies for big […]

January 20th

Will the zombie Food Safety Act survive in the GOP Congress?

President Obama signed the long-in-coming Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday. Now that it’s finally law, will it actually be enforced? That’s not an easy question to answer. In part, that depends on how serious the new GOP/Tea Party majority in the House of Representatives are about their campaign promise to slash government spending. No […]

January 12th

Rep. Jim McDermott: Another Environmentalist in the Crosshairs

In the wake of the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords over the weekend, it appears the FBI is taking death threats against Democrats more seriously. They announced today the arrest of a Palm Springs man, Charles Turner Habermann, for threatening Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA). Habermann threatened to kill the Congressman, his family and friends He […]

January 12th

Are Democrats Pre-Emptively Caving on Climate Change?

I learned last week that Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is floating the idea of stopping EPA’s work to reduce carbon dioxide pollution for at least one year. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I have known and admired Senator Sherrod Brown for years, and I respect his track record on defending the environment. […]

January 12th

Environmental Bills Introduced in the New Congress

Here’s what’s coming down the pike:  A selection of bills introduced in the new GOP/Tea Party dominated Congress. Some of these are traditional conservative bugaboos, like cutting funding for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio (H.R. 68 & H.R.69). Some of these are continuations of fights that have been going on for years, like drilling in […]

January 7th

Climate Change: GOP Goes After EPA

It’s official. The Hill’s Energy and Environment blog reports that 46 House Republicans are introducing a bill to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the ability to protect the environment by regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. With the Senate gridlocked for the past two years, and more gridlock in store with the […]

January 6th

Democrats Unveil Filibuster Reform For Senate

We told you last month that the most important thing we can do this year to fix what’s wrong with the planet is to fix what’s wrong with the U.S. Senate. There are just too many arcane rules that can be used to gum up the works and create gridlock. Minutes ago, Democrat Tom Udall‘s […]

January 5th

Filibuster Reform is Good for the Planet

We can’t protect the planet if popular measures supported by majorities of Americans can’t even come up for a vote in the Senate. Which is why it’s good that all 53 returning Democratic Senators have signed on to a letter calling for filibuster reform. The filibuster – a procedure that’s supposed to be used rarely and […]

December 27th

Energy Industry Lobbyists Take Over New GOP Congressional Offices

How closely will the new class of GOP senators and congressmen work with energy industry lobbyists? About as closely as you can possibly get without marrying them. Think Progress reports on the lucky 13 lobbyists (mostly from the energy industry) who are moving from K Street into new jobs – as Chiefs of Staff in […]

December 10th