As the nation prepared for the holiday weekend last Friday, 17 tea party Republicans—members of the Congressional Western Caucus—sent a letter to secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke asking that he downsize or eliminate 27 national monuments across the western United States. By Meteor Blades Although the Western Caucus is theoretically open to anyone in Congress, all 70 members […]
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By BruceMcF It’s a quite odd alliance. The Sierra Club is fighting the Climate Suicide Club both on the side of Supply, with the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline as one example and the fight against the establishment of Coal Export Terminals in the Pacific Northwest and on the side of Demand, with the Beyond Oil campaign, which in the Green […]
Will the GOP hold the house in 2014? Not if the Tea Party has its way… Intent on making all GOP politicians purer than pure (and not caring who gets hurt in the process – children, moms, the US credit rating, or the environment), one Tea Party organization is now announcing it will primary 87 […]
As a vocal critic of the Keystone XL pipeline fiasco proposal, Tom Steyer is hardly alone. Public opinion has definitively shifted against the pipeline, but the oil industry and its political allies are still rolling out an aggressive PR campaign to try to convince Americans that we somehow need the pipeline that will only create […]
(Note: There is nothing green whatsoever in this speech. If you’re looking for a shred of environmentalism from Rand Paul, don’t waist your time – go watch Stephen Colbert instead.) More state of the Union coverage: The Green elements of the SOTU (a LOT!) SOTU Reactions (plus Drinking Game!) Obama’s full speach (text + video) Rubio’s GOP response (text […]
Two years isn’t a long time. But its enough time to inflict some serious damage if you’re the new party in power in the House of Representatives. The Republicans, riding the lunatic fringe Tea Party wave in the 2010 election, seized a sizable majority of the House of Representatives and started their reign of terror […]
In 2010, it looked like the Democrats were going to have a hard time holding the Senate. They got a reprieve from the Tea Party – which backed such extreme candidates in Delaware, Nevada and Colorado that they managed to shoot themselves in the proverbial foot. Now, in 2012, it looks like the same scenario […]
(Update: Boehner has caved.) The mainstream media has pretty much given the new House GOP majority a pass for most of the year. It hasn’t mattered how manipulative, mean-spirited, or over-the-top insane they have been; the MSM has stuck to its lazy, ludicrous Both Sides Do It narrative. Which is probably why Boehner’s TeaBagger caucus decided […]
By Bill McKibben 350.org Dear Friends, About 48 hours ago, I told you we’d have a clearer picture of what was going on with the pipeline fight in 48 hours. I was wrong, mistaken, and also incorrect. As it stands now, things in Washington couldn’t be muddier. The Senate, with the White House’s consent, passed […]
The opponents of the Occupy Wall Street Movement criticize it with lies. Paper-thin arguments that defy logic. Easily provable, direct, baldfaced lies. This tactic is nothing new to the Right, and it’s important to understand how they are getting away with it — why they are being believed, at least by some, and what you can do to combat them.
I recently came across an essay called “The Crisis of Public Reason”, by Phil Agre (PhD), a Professor of Information Studies at UCLA. It offers a rather frightening explanation for the Right’s tactics.
Mitt Romney, the uneasy frontrunner in the Republican Presidential race, has a problem. He used to be a sane conservative who cared about people and the planet. And no matter how much he tries to act like a raving loony today, his past actions continue to bite him in the ass.
Today, however, the future of the Tea-Party – and in fact Tea-Party Republicanism – is in doubt. The reason is simple: the Occupy Wall Street message, which to all who are listening is loud and clear despite the deafness of those caught up in the old paradigm of Twentieth Century politics, resonates with the Libertarian faction of the so-called Tea-Party and the Republicans.
Tea Party leaders like to paint clean energy and climate action as issues that matter only to elite Democrats living in coastal cities. This claim would come as a surprise to the 38,000 autoworkers building fuel efficient cars in Michigan, the 80 companies involved in the wind supply chain in Iowa, and the more than 100,000 Americans working in the solar industry across the nation.
Washington didn’t come to a standstill last week. While the GOP leadership was busy holding a gun to the economy and threatening to shoot if we didn’t give in to all their demands… the rank and file were taking a little time to trash the environment.
The House started the budget process for the Interior Department, which covers a lot of environmentally sensitive ground. Here are just a few of the things the Republicans have planned for us.
Not content with cuts, perennial Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is now calling for the complete elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gingrich made the call at the Conservative Political Action Conference as he pandered to the Tea Party in a play for votes in the CPAC straw poll. It didn’t work – Ron Paul […]