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Years Project Video: FERC is poised to get a lot more powerful (& that’s bad for the climate)

Most Americans don’t think about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) much, but the agency has a lot more power over their lives than they might realize. FERC plays a big role in deciding what energy projects get approved in the U.S., and the current administration has appointed a number of friends of the fossil […]

Farmers can be profitable AND sequester carbon to help climate change

The path to passing a nationwide Carbon Fee and Dividend requires building connections, sharing knowledge, and celebrating small wins along the way. Most of all, it requires listening. The recent achievements of our Columbia County, N.Y. chapter are a prime example of this strategy at work. By Mary Dixon Citizens’ Climate Lobby Small-scale farmers abound in rural […]

October 3rd

Amendment to ELIMINATE Amtrak voted down in US House

Why does the GOP hate Amtrak? Maybe because in small talls across rural America – the deep red American heartland – Amtrak is the most visible government program (well, after farm subsidies). But unlike farm subsidies (and highway subsidies, and oil subsidies), Republicans hate rail subsidies. But when push came to shove in Congress late last […]

September 7th

SELF DRIVE autonomous car bill passes US House

The House of Representatives has passed legislation entitled the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act — otherwise known to us plebeians as the SELF DRIVE act. What it does is permit car companies to test up to 100,000 autonomous cars on public roads all across America, even if they do […]

September 7th

GOP wants to speed Hurricane Harvey relief to Gulf Coast. But Trump’s budget cuts would hurt recovery in the long run

Well, Hallefriggin’lujah. Our nation’s usually austerity-minded Republicans—except when it’s a pet project, subsidies for some favored commercial enterprise, or the Pentagon—are saying they plan to take action as early as next week in passing a $5.9 billion spending bill to cover the immediate costs of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey’s deluge delivered to the Gulf Coast […]

September 1st

House kills ARPA-E and renewable energy research, pumps up money for fossil fuels

If anyone needed proof that the US Congress is now a whipped puppy that slavishly obeys the orders of its masters — Charles and David Koch — the House last week completely eliminated funding for ARPA-E while giving the administration more money for fossil fuel research than the #FakePresident asked for. By Steve Hanley  Killing the golden goose […]

July 30th

Recess appointment: GOP Senate will block Trump from replacing Jeff Sessions

There has been a lot of concern that President Trump might take advantage of the Senate’s upcoming recess to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and use a back-door “recess appointment” to replace him. Presumably, whatever goon steps into Sessions’ shoes would then fire Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, thereby ridding Trump of his meddlesome Russia investigation. […]

July 27th

Dems want to ban brain-damaging chlorpyrifos insecticide Trump’s EPA says is A-OK.

Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and seven other Democratic senators introduced a bill Tuesday to regulate or ban a neurotoxic insecticide if the Environmental Protection Agency cannot prove it is safe. An organophosphate, the insecticide named chlorpyrifos has been banned from household use for more than 15 years, but it’s still widely used on crops like broccoli and almonds. By […]

July 27th

Climate Solutions Caucus unites GOP and Dems to beat anti-climate amendment

It’s happening. Republicans in Congress are starting to influence climate policy—in the right direction. This week, dozens of House Republicans joined Democrats to vote down an anti-climate amendment and sent a strong message that the military should prepare for and fight climate change. Here’s exactly what went down. By Flannery Winchester Citizens Climate Lobby Dueling amendments At […]

July 15th

You SHOULD be worried about hackers breaking in to your autonomous vehicle. Congress is on it.

Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and […]

July 3rd