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Looking ahead to 2022: US could take some pointers from Chile on government-sponsored climate action

Chile’s current constitution was written in 1980 when the nation was ruled by the bloodthirsty Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who came to power in a coup. Now as Chile embarks on a reinvention of itself, 155 Chileans have been elected to rewrite that constitution as the nation deals with a “climate and ecological emergency.” That has a special resonance in […]

January 2nd

Jim Hightower: My Christmas gifts (to the power elite)

Ho ho ho, wait till you hear about the gifts I gave to some of America’s power elites for Christmas. By Jim Hightower Otherwords To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that from now on they receive the exact same income, health care, and pensions that we average citizens get. If […]

December 17th

War on Science: How did our political system get so out of whack?

Hello, my name is Zach Shahan, and I have a problem. I’m a political nut. More seriously, I’ll admit that I’m strongly drawn to politics, follow policy & politics closely (some might say obsessively), and have sometimes struggled with how much time and emotion I invest into all of that. By Zachary Shahan  If I step back […]

October 27th

5 Things To Know About Solar Politics

This post originally appeared on PV Solar Report. It is cross-posted here with permission. By Carter Lavin The politics that surround and shape the solar industry can be confusing and hard to navigate. We as an industry must have a richer understanding of these politics so that we may shift them to our advantage. While […]

August 15th

20+ Memorable Earth Day Posters from 1970-2009

1970 Earth Day 1970 (Pogo via Walt Kelley) (Earth Day 1970 by Robert Leydenfrost, via Click Americana) Earth Day 1971 (Pogo via Walt Kelley) Earth Day 1975 Earth Day 1980 (via Denver Public Library) Earth Day 1990   (via markbult) Earth Day 1995 (By Peter Max) 2000 (via Bob Masse) Earth Day 2004 (via U.S. […]

April 21st

Big political winner for Dems – Clean energy

Clean energy is building a new economy based on the spirit of American innovation. It will create new job opportunities, reduce our dependence on oil and protect us from pollution that threatens our health and contributes to climate change. Voters understand this – and they’re supporting elected officials who share that vision.

July 27th

Mitt Romney acknowledges climate change is real

Wow. This is either a turning point for the Republican Party – or a death knell for Romney’s Presidential campaign, officially launched this week.

Speaking in New Hampshire, home of the most important primary voters in the nation, Romney said the following:

“I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that.”

June 3rd

Book Notes: Eric Pooley’s “The Climate War”

Over at N+1, Chad Harbach has a great take on Eric Pooley’s The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth: Eric Pooley’s The Climate War was the most exciting book about global warming published this year. It’s a page-burning political thriller—a Washington-insider account of the long drive to get climate legislation […]

January 27th

A call for direct action in the climate movement: we need your ideas

BY Bill McKibben, Philip Radford, Rebecca Tarbotton (Cross-posted from Grist) Dear Friends, God, what a summer. Federal scientists have concluded that we’ve just come through the warmest six months, the warmest year, and the warmest decade in human history. Nineteen nations have set new all-time temperature records; the mercury in Pakistan reached 129 degrees, the […]

September 7th

George Lakoff Advises Democrats Against “Disaster Messaging”

Why have the Democrats been having such a hard time passing environmental legislation? And everything else, for that matter? Despite control of both houses of Congress and the White House, even the measures they get through (like the Health Care Reform, or the pending energy bill) are watered-down, half-baked compromises that Democrats have to hold […]

July 13th

Every President from Nixon to Obama Promised to Free us from Foreign Energy

After hearing President Obama’s speech Tuesday night I was going to see if I could find videos of all the Presidents from Nixon on to Bush II promising how they were going to achieve energy independence and free us from foreign fuels, and splice them all together into a witty yet informative commentary about the futility of American Politics that has barely managed to move us forward in 30 years. But fortunately, Jon Stewart did it for me.

June 19th

Obama Spells out Battle Plan for the Gulf Disaster

President Obama made his first Oval Office address to the nation tonight, an 18-minute talk aimed at addressing critics and moving the country forward in the wake of the Gulf Oil Disaster.

This speech laid out President Obama’s battle plan to clean up the mess, help those affected, and make sure it will never happen again.

Here’s a quick outline of the rest of what he said…

June 15th

Senate Takes up Murkowski Bid to Block EPA

The EPA has found, based on the scientific evidence (everyone from academics to strategic planners at the Pentagon agrees on this), that CO2 output is hazardous and needs to be regulated. Senator Murkowski wants to strip the EPA of authority to do that, saying it’s SOOO important that Congress needs to handle it. But is that really what’s going on? We take a look at the reality behind the hype.

June 10th

Who is the Worst Offender: The Climate Denier or The Complacent Staller?

This is a pivotal week in the clean energy debate. The Senate will vote on Murkowski’s short-sighted resolution to take away the EPA’s authority to regulate pollution. As we head into this critical time, it’s not the Inhofe-cloned climate deniers who trouble me – it’s the knowing bystanders who are keeping me up at night.

Good Morning. I’ll be your new host.

Hi. My name is Jeremy Bloom, and I’ll be your new editor here at Red Green And Blue.
We’ll be officially re-launching later this month, but I wanted to open things up and get started. Get to know each other a bit. Start the conversation flowing. And of course, talk about the biggest environmental story of the decade.

June 3rd