By Andrew Meggison [This was originally published as part of our coverage of the 2012 election. With Paul Ryan back in the news, we thought we’d remind everyone of how monumentally lousy Paul Ryan is on clean energy…] Paul Ryan is the new face of the Grand Old Party (GOP) these days; so Gas2 felt it would […]
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By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club Today, the US Senate is casting a vote critical to the future of the U.S. wind industry. Wind power has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and the wind industry now employs more than 80,000 Americans and generates enough electricity to power 15 million homes. Wind is […]
Well, State of the Union 2013 is one for the history books, and now the post-mortems begin. Did President Obama hit one out of the park, or will he continue to be stuck in gridlock? Let’s take a look at some reactions from around the (green) world… …..More state of the Union coverage: The Green […]
Watching the pre-game show for the 2013 State of the Union, all anybody is talking about is cuts, cuts, and sequester. Its symptomatic about how the GOP (and their friends in media) have totally dominated the messaging game – despite their complaints to the contrary. As Paul Krugman tries to remind us over and over […]
Image: President Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, SOTU 2013. Watch the video, then read the full speech… More state of the Union coverage: The Green elements of the SOTU (a LOT!) SOTU Reactions (plus Drinking Game!) Rubio’s GOP response (text + video) Rand Paul’s Tea Party tap dance (text + video) THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the […]
This one is going to be tough for the pundits to call. On the one hand, President Obama came out swinging in tonight’s debate, and landed some good shots on Mitt Romney. This allows for a “comeback kid” narrative, always popular with the pundits. On the other hand, not much seemed to land on Romney […]
Well, that was a nice comeback. After a disappointing debate last week that left Obama on the ropes and Romney with a bit of a surge, the Vice Presidential debate featured strong performances by both candidates. Just as he did in his speech to the Republican Convention, Paul Ryan strayed rather far from the truth. […]
While there wasn’t much talk about climate change at the Democratic Convention Wednesday, there were other environmental issues that came up – particularly clean energy. And the central theme appeared to be putting the country back to work – not by dumping more tax breaks on the richest 1 percent, but by leveling the playing […]
Welcome to Bizarro-World. Poor, poor Mitt. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, that everything you say is red meat to your Republican base, that all your hard work courting the far right of your party has paid off, you end up on the wrong side of the fence. We all know […]
If there’s one thing Republicans love, it’s federal government spending. Their other great love is keeping up a continuous echo chamber around the idea that federal government spending is the source of all evil in the world, that Obama’s stimulus package didn’t create a single job…blah blah blah. Enter, your next (aspiring) vice-president of the […]
Unfortunately, the energy talk on the GOP campaign trail remains dominated by climate denial. Rick Santorum, the winner of the latest two GOP primaries, wrote an op-ed over the weekend in which he called climate change “a pseudo-science” and “a liberal orthodoxy.” Mitt Romney said last week that he had once been a “radical” on energy issues because he […]
By many standards, Barack Obama has been the greenest President in our lifetime. Sure, he still has lots to do, and in his State of the Union address (full text and video at this link) he talked about that tonight. He said he won’t back down from sensible environmental regulation; he’s committed do moving forward […]
Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is scheduled today to visit General Electric’s PrimeStar thin-film solar factory in Colorado, where he’ll stress the importance of the clean energy industry to America’s future and reaffirm his commitment to it. It’s something Secretary Chu is wise to do. And it’s something the 2.7 million Americans who make their living in the […]
What can the US afford after the Great Recession? Annie Leonard has some answers in The Story of Broke.
Are we broke? Can we really not afford a clean environment, green jobs, and clean energy?
The truth is, we can’t afford NOT to do those things.
The folks who brought us The Story of Stuff, a cute animated film that asked whether we’re spending too much on random crap rather than leading meaningful lives, now revisits the concept, post-Great Recession: How do we make meaningful lives now that we can’t spend too much on random crap anymore?
Well, he talked the talk. But when it comes to the environment, will President Obama be able to walk the walk? His jobs plan won’t do as much for the environment as earlier programs like tax credits for home solar and wind power installations.