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EcoRight News climate week in review for April 19

There might have been some other big news on your radar this week (don’t spoil Game of Thrones for me, please) but never underestimate the EcoRight’s presence and determination to do good. But first, a photo of me and the reluctant selfie-taker from last week’s Fenway trip. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN Come sail […]

April 19th

Republican Chuck Hagel testifies that climate change is a threat to national security

Former Defense Secretary and GOP Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel testified yesterday before the House Oversight and Reform Committee at the hearing: The Need for Leadership to Combat Climate Change and Protect National Security. “Climate change is a real and present threat to our national security, which most likely will get worse,” Hagel said, testifying alongside his former Senate colleague and Secretary […]

April 11th

Green New Deal vs Lamar Alexander’s Manhattan Project for Clean Energy – “We must NOT settle”

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has had a remarkable career — but it’s not over yet! It just might be that his crowning achievement awaits before his final term ends in 2020. I’m talking about his New Manhattan Project For Clean Energy, an updated version of a plan he first introduced over a decade ago. Many times successful legislation […]

EcoRight News climate change week in review for April 5

Happy Friday! You made it! Sit back and enjoy the EcoRight news before finding your way to the weekend. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN Green REAL Deal: In the big news this week, Florida’s Congressman Matt Gaetz“shatter[ed] the do-nothing orthodoxy that Republicans adopted during the Great Recession” (according to Bob Inglis) by introducing the Green Real Deal, […]

April 5th

Florida gets its first Chief Science Officer – a GOP climate change believer

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed the state’s first ever chief science officer in a nod to his “commitment to science-based solutions.” Thomas Frazer, a biologist from the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation, has experience in how pollution impacts water quality and served as chairman of the Climate Science Faculty Committee. According to CNN, climate change will be […]

April 4th

GOP Sen Alexander calls for Manhattan Project to boost renewable energy

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, who has long advocated a sector-by-sector approach to climate change, is putting forth a “Manhattan Project for Clean Energy” which would include measures such as increased energy research funding, advanced nuclear energy deployment, improved battery technology, and greener buildings, ten “grand challenges” to help create cheap and clean sources of energy. From my […]

March 26th

Romney whipping GOP on climate change: “We better HOPE it’s man made, or we’re in TROUBLE”

Utah Senator Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts oversaw enactment of that state’s initial climate change plan, is quietly assembling a small group of GOP senators to shift the narrative on climate change and come forward with a legislative option Republicans can support.   By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN “There’s no question that we’re […]

March 25th

EcoRight News climate change week in review for March 22

Happy Friday. Our thoughts are with those in the midwest suffering the ravages of flooding. This week’s must listen: From Alaska Public Radio’s Liz Ruskin, listen to this clip of Senator Lisa Murkowski talking about what climate change action is politically possible. “In Alaska, we view that there is no choice here,” she said. “In the Arctic we’re seeing […]

March 22nd

Why are New Democrats trash-talking the Green New Deal?

All four co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition’s Climate Change Task Force say they oppose Green New Deal. Reps. Don Beyer and Elaine Luria of Virginia, Sean Casten of Illinois, and Susan Wild of Pennsylvania told reporters at a roundtable on Thursday that they would vote against the progressive climate plan introduced as a resolution […]

March 18th

GOP heavy-hitters pen op-eds promoting climate change action!

Happy Monday! Two op-eds in prominent papers from vocal conservatives in the climate fight have the EcoRight starting off the week smiling ear to ear. In the Washington Post, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair and ranking member, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski and West Virginia’s Sen. Joe Manchin respectively, wrote It’s time to act on climate change—responsibly.  .@Sen_JoeManchin & @lisamurkowski both […]

March 12th