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As Coronavirus takes heavy toll on people of color, Harris wants task force to study why and propose fixes

Today, Sen. Kamala Harris of California will introduce legislation creating a task force to scrutinize the racial disparity in health outcomes as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a heavy and disproportionate toll among African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians. While the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act would focus on addressing the disparate effects of the […]

May 4th

Evangelical Environmental Network responds to the Senate Energy Bill

The American Energy Innovation Act is a modest but important step in transitioning us to a cleaner and more efficient economy. In a time of increasing partisanship, this bill shows that Republicans and Democrats can still find common ground to help create the common good. By Rev. Mitch Hescox Evangelical Environmental Network Such constructive bipartisanship […]

Big oil doesn’t pay to elect climate deniers (but rewards them once they’re elected)

When it comes to how the fossil fuel industry wields its money in Congress, there are two core theories. One is the “influence” hypothesis, which is the idea that corporations donate to a congressional campaign in hopes that the candidate will then vote in their favor. The other is the “investment” approach, which suggests that […]

February 27th

GOP propose modest climate change plans – deniers completely melt down

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s proposals to tweak the U.S. approach to the climate crisis have collided with the lying propagandists at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Club for Growth Action, the American Energy Alliance, and individual Republicans like the head of House Freedom Caucus. By Meteor Blades All these have weighed in against anything […]

February 21st

House GOP rolls out carbon capture bills

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, flanked by Rep. Garret Graves and other clean energy allies, rolled out the first tranche of GOP climate bills, intended at carbon capture, one of the tools for managing emissions. “They’re positive, they fit in a conservative mantle,” House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Greg Walden said of the bills, which include incentives for tree […]

February 18th

Bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus grows to 12 members

The bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus founded by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has added four new members, an indication of the growing desire for cross-party collaboration to address climate change. The new members are Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). By Steve Valk Citizens’ […]

February 13th

GOP strategists praise carbon pricing (as a way to win votes)

The Republican party admittedly has no national climate plan. To climate deniers, this is fine. But Republican strategists are warning that younger voters really do care about the climate crisis, and, without Generation Z’s votes, the party is on tenuous ground. Enter carbon pricing. By Carolyn Fortuna Cleantechnica Who’s speaking up? Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]

February 13th

Trump budget shows he’s still deep in (climate change) denial

President Trump released his proposal for the government’s budget this week. Given that Congress controls the power of the purse, even with a functioning democracy these budgets are  really a messaging document, meant as a signal to the president’s party about what they want to prioritize. Since the House is controlled by the Democratic party, […]

February 12th

EcoRight News: Senators bridge partisan divide to work on climate

We love seeing our spokespeople published so three cheers for Tyler Gillette and his Letter to the Editor (LTE) that ran today in the Columbus Dispatch thanking Senator Rob Portman for joining the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN In Senators bridge partisan divide to work on climate Tyler writes: While he’s been known for championing means to enhance […]

February 11th

Evangelicals applaud first-ever Bipartisan Senate Climate Caucus

We know that bipartisanship is key to defending children from the climate crisis, and that is why we are so pleased by the new bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. This new effort, led by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), creates a hopeful path forward for meaningful action. By The Evangelical Environmental […]