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George Lakoff Advises Democrats Against “Disaster Messaging”

Why have the Democrats been having such a hard time passing environmental legislation? And everything else, for that matter? Despite control of both houses of Congress and the White House, even the measures they get through (like the Health Care Reform, or the pending energy bill) are watered-down, half-baked compromises that Democrats have to hold […]

July 13th

After the Gulf Oil Disaster You Should be Asking: How Much Safer is the Nuclear Industry?

Just as deregulation of the oil industry was a key factor leading to the BP oil spill, energy experts are warning that we may be setting ourselves up for a disaster in the nuclear energy field by deregulating it.

“Even as tens of thousands of gallons of oil continue to erupt each day from BP’s botched oil well, federal lawmakers are weighing legislation that includes BP-style deregulation of new nuclear reactors, which are the only energy source where the damage from a major accident would dwarf the harm done by a ruptured offshore oil well,” experts from The Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Safe Energy program wrote yesterday.

June 25th

Ronald Reagan, Environmentalist

Although not generally credited with a strong environmental record, Reagan signed 43 wilderness bills into law designating a net total of 10.6 million acres, and was instrumental in U.S. ratification of the Montreal Protocol — which has dramatically reduced emissions of gases that deplete the upper atmosphere’s protective ozone layer.
This is the first in a series of articles that demonstrate that Conservatism and Conservation really do go hand in hand.
“What is a conservative after all but one who conserves, one who is committed to protecting and holding close the things by which we live…And we want to protect and conserve the land on which we live — our countryside, our rivers and mountains, our plains and meadows and forests. This is our patrimony. This is what we leave to our children. And our great moral responsibility is to leave it to them either as we found it or better than we found it.”

June 14th

Support for Offshore Drilling is Tanking, Post-Gulf Spill

While Republicans continue their mantra of “Drill, Baby, Drill,” support for offshore drilling appears to be tanking.
Only 25 percent of Americans now support increased offshore drilling, a new CBS News/Washington Post poll reports. 31 percent want to see it decreased, with 41 percent saying “keep it the same.”
Those numbers have been in free-fall since drilling support peaked earlier in the year.
But so far, Democrats have failed to capitalize on the public anger.

June 11th

Senate Takes up Murkowski Bid to Block EPA

The EPA has found, based on the scientific evidence (everyone from academics to strategic planners at the Pentagon agrees on this), that CO2 output is hazardous and needs to be regulated. Senator Murkowski wants to strip the EPA of authority to do that, saying it’s SOOO important that Congress needs to handle it. But is that really what’s going on? We take a look at the reality behind the hype.

June 10th

Graham Won’t Vote for his Own Climate Bill

The Washington Independent reports that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) won’t support his own climate bill, that he’s spent months developing with John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (?-CT).
Why not? He says it’s because it’s too restrictive on drilling.
Will his opposition break the Climate Bill? Or light a fire under Democrats who have delayed moving on the bill for months?

June 8th

NM-Senate: GOP All But Concedes Race to Tom Udall

Last week I wrote about the US Senate race in Colorado featuring Democratic congressman Mark Udall – now is the time to feature his cousin, fellow congressman and fellow senatorial candidate, Tom Udall of New Mexico. Udall received some great news in the past week when the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee canceled all their […]

September 10th

Australia Criticized for Setting “Weak” Carbon Emission Goals

This is a guest post by Meg Hamill who works at an environmental non-profit called LandPaths in partnership with the Open Space District of Sonoma County California. Australia, the world’s 16th biggest polluter when it comes to carbon emissions, with five times more carbon pollution per capita than China, has come under criticism for setting […]

September 9th

Gas Prices Fuel Increase in Public Transportation

As gas prices hit record high amounts and continue to rise, US citizens are finally turning to public transportation for daily commutes and vacations. Multiple sources are reporting a surge in the use of public transportation. As scores of people jump on the “bus” public transit officials nationwide are continuously determining how to accommodate their […]

June 6th