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Q&A: What does the new German coalition government mean for climate change?

Following two months of negotiations, three political parties have agreed to form a new government in Germany, after hammering out a deal that includes plans to rapidly scale up renewables and “ideally” phase out coal power by 2030. By Josh Gabbatiss Carbon Brief Climate change was seen as an important issue in a federal election that […]

December 6th

Truth Brigade: The filibuster is a lie

The Constitution proposed Nice Things for us such as the General Welfare and human rights. We Ds want the best of everything for everyone. Rs have only the filibuster to make sure that Those People don’t get anything like their fair share. We must Do Something. But what? No actual mystery—nuke the filibuster, or at […]

December 6th

9 Dem lawmakers urge DOJ to free Steven Donziger, whose Chevron-backed prosecution is a gross miscarriage of justice

Nine U.S. House Democrats on Monday urged the Justice Department to “take immediate action” to secure the release of Steven Donziger, a human rights attorney who helped thousands of Ecuadorians win a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against oil giant Chevron and is now incarcerated on a contempt of court charge that experts say is retaliatory—and which followed two years of pre-trial house arrest, a […]

December 1st

Newsom urged to deliver on climate, including fossil fuel phase-out, as California voters defeat recall

California voters on Tuesday roundly defeated an effort to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, whose ouster likely would have resulted in right-wing radio host Larry Elder—a longtime climate denier who recently said the ideal minimum wage is $0—becoming the leader of the most populous state in the U.S. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Faced with two ballot questions—whether Newsom should be […]

September 15th

Bernie Sanders: Instead of giveaways to the rich, we will use reconciliation to serve working people and heal the planet

The following remarks, as prepared for delivery, were given by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Tuesday, August 10, 2021 as the Senate began consideration of the FY 2022 budget resolution and reconciliation instructions: Unprecedented times require unprecedented action. I’m LIVE on the Senate floor NOW as we start debate on the most consequential legislation […]

August 11th

House progressives say no bipartisan deal without reconciliation bill

Shortly after the Senate passed a $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure package on Tuesday, the Congressional Progressive Caucus said a survey of its nearly 100 members showed that a majority of respondents are prepared to withhold their votes for the newly approved legislation until the upper chamber also greenlights a sweeping reconciliation bill. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams In […]

August 11th

Cloture vote succeeds for Bipartisan Infrastructure bill – what’s next

As the United States Senate on Saturday voted to advance a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, progressive lawmakers warned that they will not vote for the proposed legislation if it does not adequately fund human needs such as healthcare, housing, and climate action. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams Saturday’s 67-27 Senate cloture vote on the 2,700-page Infrastructure Investment […]

August 8th

How women of color in Congress are pushing a grassroots agenda

If Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory was a political earthquake that shattered norms and expectations, the 2018 midterm wins by four women of color ought to be seen as a similarly earth-shattering occurrence. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota won seats as […]

August 1st

Pipelines leak: The Gulf of Mexico catches fire

A fire that raged for hours in the Gulf of Mexico Friday offered the latest illustration of the climate emergency and the urgent need to end fossil fuel extraction and invest instead in burgeoning renewable energy industries.   By Julia Conley Common Dreams An underwater gas pipeline controlled by Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, also known […]

July 6th

‘Can you hear us, Joe?’ Sunrise youth barricade White House to denounce climate compromise

Hundreds of activists with the youth-led Sunrise Movement marched through the streets of Washington, D.C. and converged on the White House Monday to make clear they have no intention of dropping their call for an infrastructure package that includes robust investments in green energy and public works, particularly a New Deal-inspired Civilian Climate Corps.   By Jake […]

July 1st

Progressives push for high-speed rail funding in infrastructure deal

Clean transportation supporters in Congress joined with environmental and labor advocates for a Wednesday rally to demand funding for high-speed rail, a call that was echoed in a new letter from five Democratic lawmakers amid ongoing infrastructure talks. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The letter is spearheaded by Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as well as […]

June 18th

How to pay for renewable energy infrastructure? Start by cancelling GOP’s $84 BILLION gift to Big Oil

An analysis released Monday by advocacy group Friends of the Earth says that eliminating an overlooked loophole included in the Republicans’ 2017 tax legislation amounting to fossil fuel industry “welfare” could help fund renewable infrastructure while advancing smart climate policy. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams “One of the biggest presents [former President Donald] Trump ever sent […]

June 16th

Jim Hightower – Trickle down economics never worked for anyone but the rich

The past year proves that a lot of conventional economic wisdom is neither true nor wise. By Jim Hightower Otherwords For example: 1) “We don’t have the money.” The power elites tell us it would be nice to do the big-ticket reforms America needs, but the money just isn’t there. Then a pandemic slammed into […]

April 15th

CCL bipartisan activism pays off – Congress passes 3 big climate wins in the omnibus spending bill

Just before heading home for the 2020 holidays, the U.S. House and Senate passed a massive omnibus package. The package, which includes COVID relief and government funding, is also “the most significant energy legislation in more than a dozen years,” Politico reports. President Trump signed it Sunday night. By Flannery Winchester Citizens’ Climate Lobby “The agreement […]

December 30th

Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary is more than a victory for progressives or Native Americans – it’s good for every American

President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior—the successful culmination of a campaign waged by a broad coalition of social and environmental justice advocates—was met with applause on Thursday. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Climate justice and Indigenous rights advocates commended the decision to put the progressive Native American congresswoman […]

December 22nd