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GOP to Nix 'Green the Capitol' Program?

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House shift from Blue to Red may mean collapse of eco initiative.

Believe it or not, Capitol Hill is a hotbed of eco efficiency. The Christmas tree out front of the Capitol is outfitted with energy-saving LED lights. Inside, staffers print with recycled paper and eat with compostable utensils under the glow of eco-friendly CFL lights. Most (but not all) of these green measures can be attributed to Nancy Pelosi's Green the Capitol program, which replaced a......read more

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) came out in favor of the Obama administration's effort to cut carbon pollution by power plants on Sunday, bucking Senate leadership that has worked to derail the emissions plan. The Obama administration announced final regulations on emissions from both new and existing power plants in August. Dubbed the Clean Power Plan, the rules are part of the......read more

Paul Krugman on Climate Change Deniers

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"Prepare for even more insane GOP Climate Denial"

In his new column for the New York Times, celebrated economist and best-selling author Paul Krugman argues that Republicans’ climate change denial is only going to get stronger, and sillier, once the Obama administration inevitably decides to take executive action. “Until now, the right’s climate craziness has mainly been focused on attacking the science,” Krugman writes.......read more

The Science of Republicanism

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Economist Jim Barrett on the GOP's selective approach to climate science

Economist Jim Barrett for The Huffington Post: In case there was any remaining doubt that mainstream Republicans have abandoned mainstream science, look no further than the House Republicans' recent crusades against their own scientific ideas. According to The Hill: "Lawmakers voted 234-178 ... to prevent EPA from factoring the "social cost of carbon" into rules unless a federal law is enacted......read more

A Republican Case for Climate Action

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Three former EPA administrators, all of whom served for GOP presidents, argue for action on emissions

In a political culture as polarized as America's, it's easy to assume that Republicans and Democrats are divided on every issue, including those pertaining to the environment. Of course the truth is murkier than that. There are Republicans who support climate action, and Democrats who don't. A NYT op-ed from three former EPA administrators, all of whom served under GOP presidents, comes from the......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

House Republicans Are Blowing It

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With debt crisis looming, the GOP takes aim at environmental regs

When it comes to protecting the environment, House Republicans simply do not give a damn. Not only that, but they view economic prosperity and environmental sustainability as mutually exclusive endeavors, which is simply inaccurate and ignorant. The Interior and EPA spending bills are working their way through Congress, and Republicans are proposing massive reductions in both budgets. Boehner and......read more

GOP Offshore Drilling Bill Rejected by Senate

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Dems block measure to to speed up oil leases off the U.S. coast

The Republican effort to expand offshore drilling in country has been turned down by the U.S. Senate. The bill would have opened up more areas to drilling and forced regulators to speed up their decisions on lease permits. The vote was 57 against and 42 for -- 18 short of the 60 "Yes" votes required to move it to the Senate floor. Democrats voted resoundingly against the bill, saying it would ......read more

GOP Pushes for Environmental Deregulation at State Level

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Republican governors working to ease environmental rules.

Around the United States, Republican-controlled states are mounting an all-out assault on environmental regulations. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott wants to cut two-thirds of the state funding allocated to Everglades restoration. David Guest, a lawyer with the Florida office of Earthjustice, said Scott has delivered "the most radical anti-environmental budget" of the past two......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-11-11

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GOP vs. EPA, jeans go green, space fishing, and more.

GOP vs. EPA: The Congressional Republican attack on the Environmental Protection Agency began in earnest this week, as GOP leaders assailed EPA chief Lisa Jackson about her agency's authority to combat climate change under the Clean Air Act. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said that the proposed emissions limits will put the US economy in a "straitjacket" and cost the country "millions of jobs and......read more

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