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Election 2012: Mitt’s Last Stand

Mitt Romney is getting desperate. Sure, national polling is close, with only a slight edge for Obama becoming apparent in recent days.  However, the electoral college – that archaic remnant of the early days of our Union – not so much.  Romney looks to have a depressing Tuesday night ahead of him.  At least, if […]

November 5th

Mitt Romney and His Magical Mystery Tax Policy

Well, it was quite a debate. We laughed, we cried…we winced…we wondered: Did Obama really let that BS stand?… We heard some surprising news from Mitt Romney too.  It turns out that what he’s been saying all along about his tax policy was incorrect!  Mitt Romney is going to cut everyone’s taxes by a lot, […]

October 5th

Mitt Romney acknowledges climate change is real

Wow. This is either a turning point for the Republican Party – or a death knell for Romney’s Presidential campaign, officially launched this week.

Speaking in New Hampshire, home of the most important primary voters in the nation, Romney said the following:

“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.”

June 3rd

Newt screwed the pooch

Impressive. In just the first week of his Presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich has managed to transform himself from conservative firebrand to a RINO derided by Tea Partiers as an embarrassment to his party. His comments on the Sunday talk shows have inspired a shit-storm among fellow Republicans, as well as a glitter-storm from a pro-gay-rights protester (pictured […]

May 19th

GOP in Congress Killing Global Warming Committee

Is Global Warming and Climate Change an important enough issue that there should be a special committee of the House of Representatives to deal with it? Not according to incoming Republicans. At the New York Times, Jennifer Steinhauer reports that a spokesman for Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) says they will kill the committee. […]

December 1st

Off the Rails II: GOP Misreading Ayn Rand in Blocking Railroads

The teapartiers who swept into power last week may have missed a major point in their reading of Ayn Rand. In her seminal work, “Atlas Shrugged”, Rand (yeah, newly-minted Senator Rand Paul is named for her) has railroad magnates as her heroes, and it is a symptom of America’s decadence that the railroad network is […]

November 9th

Olbermann Returns! Back on Air Tuesday Night

After a couple of days of rumor – “MSNBC doesn’t need Olbermann; they’ve got a strong lineup without him” – this from MSNBC President Phil Griffin: “After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. […]

November 7th

What’s Next: GOP Guru Karl Rove Says “Climate is Gone”

We knew this election would have consequences – not that much has gotten done on climate action in the past two years. Now, Republican guru Karl Rove announced this week that “Climate is gone”. Speaking at a Pittsburgh conference on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation (aka fracking), Rove told the giddy crowd […]

November 6th

MSNBC Cans Olbermann. His Crime? Donated to Dems

(Tell MSNBC how you feel about this! Contact info at the end of the article) Kieth Olbermann, MSNBC’s top-rated talking head, has been suspended indefinitely. Politico broke the story today that Olbermann had donated to three Democratic Congressional candidates “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin. “Mindful […]

November 5th

Off the Rails: GOP Opens Reign By Killing Jobs

Hard on the heels of their election victories, new-minted Republican governors in two midwestern states are making good on campaign pledges to shut down railroad projects, turning down Federal dollars and slashing jobs. In Ohio, Governor-elect Kasich said Thursday “That train is dead,” at the same press briefing where he said his top priority was […]

November 5th

Voters Support EPA, Oppose Coddling Polluters

[This post is written by NRDC Action Fund’s Peter Lehner, who is the Executive Director of NRDC] As Congress starts filling leadership positions and charting its new legislative agenda, there is something Members should keep in mind. NRDC Action Fund stands ready to work with anyone interested in creative ways to safeguard the environment and […]

November 5th

Election 2010: Lessons Learned and Mis-Learned

The ballots are cast and mostly counted, and now the post-mortem begins. What does the midterm election mean for the environment? Was this a rejection of progressives? Not so much. As Meteor Blades noted over at DailyKos, it wasn’t the Progressive Caucus that was decimated – it was the moderate/conservative Blue Dog Caucus. Only four […]

November 3rd

Election 2010: Will GOP Victory Lead to Anti-Science Crusade?

Climate scientist Michael Mann had an op ed in the Washington Post, warning what we might have to look forward to if the Republicans take back the House of Representatives: two years of headline-grabbing anti-science “investigations” that will set this country back rather than move us forward into the 21st century. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) […]

October 29th