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Corporations Corrupt Congress

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Bill McKibben's LA Times op-ed laments the influence of corporate donations on lawmakers

It was one of those uncomfortable moments when you suddenly realize you're in the wrong place, that you're a rube from the sticks in a sophisticated city whose customs you don't quite understand.Politico was sponsoring a "Washington Year in Review" symposium last week, and they'd invited me to be part of the energy panel. So even though I'd spent barely three weeks in Washington this year (and......read more

Why the House Transportation Bill is a Bad Idea

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Proposed legislation would slash bike and pedestrian funding in favor of Big Oil

Bad ideas abound in the House Transportation Bill released this week, and green transportation activists are rightly miffed. The proposed bill would slash funding for federally-mandated bike and pedestrian programs, and use the funds made available for highway improvements. It would also increase the size of trucks allowed on highways, and reduce the amount of time required for environmental......read more

A Breath of Stale Air from GOP

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Backward thinking poses a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that's helping to wean the country off fossil fuels

From the LA Times: Mitt Romney, who opposed government subsidies for clean power and thought all energy production technologies should compete equally in the free market, did not win the election. That's the good news. The bad news is that his backward policies are still popular among many congressional Republicans, posing a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that is creating jobs and......read more

Pesticide Studies Won E.P.A.’s Trust, Until Trump’s Team Scorned ‘Secret Science’

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Backed by agrochemical companies, Trump administration and Congress are moving to curb the role of human health studies in regulation.

SALINAS, Calif. — José Camacho once worked the fields here in the Salinas Valley, known as “the Salad Bowl of the World” for its abundance of lettuce and vegetables. His wife still does. But back in 2000, Mr. Camacho, who is 63, got an unusual phone call. He was asked if he wanted to work for a new project studying the effects of pesticides on the children of farm......read more

There are over 100 Members of Congress who deny the basic science of climate change. That's nearly 25 percent. Meanwhile, young people overwhelmingly share scientists' grave concerns about climate change and worry about its deadly effects on the world. That's why kids are the stars of "Science Fair Failure," a short film produced by LCV and SHFT. In the clip, directed by Andy Cobb and narrated by......read more

Obama Takes Climate Stand in Inaugural Address

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But will he be able to sidestep Congressional opposition?

Climate change took center stage in Barack Obama's inaugural address, as the President highlighted previously stated intentions to make the issue a priority in his second term. In his speech, Obama tied failure to respond to climate change with a betrayal of future generations. "Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires,......read more

Washington Responds To Oil Spill

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Obama administration pledges all-out response to growing oil leak, Congress calls on oil execs to testify.

With workers struggling to contain the growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, the White House has the declared the situation a disaster of "national significance." The designation paves the way for an all-out federal response to the potential environmental disaster. Yesterday, top officials were dispatched to the region to help coordinate defences against the leak. Meanwhile, the......read more

Dark Days on Capitol Hill

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As Congress stagnates on climate change legislation (and everything else), public approval ratings bottom out.

Of all the adjectives being applied to Congress right now, efficient isn’t one of them; two weeks ago, Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) paralyzed DC in order to prevent an extension of unemployment benefits; hundreds of bills, already passed by the House, currently stagnate in the logjammed senate; and, after a year of debate, health care reform is uncertain as ever. And yet Congress routinely......read more

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