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How the Right Wing Denial Machine Distorts the Climate Change Discourse

How the Right Wing Denial Machine Distorts the Climate Change Discourse

Several weeks ago, on June 17, I provided testimony about the threat of human-caused climate change to the Democratic Party Platform drafting committee in Phoenix, Arizona. Fittingly, my testimony was just one day before record heat struck Phoenix. At the beginning of my testimony, I made the point, using slightly lofty language appropriate for the […]

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    Trump vs. the World on the Climate Crisis

    Trump vs. the World on the Climate Crisis

    A groundbreaking study was released today by the Sierra Club Political Committee showing Donald Trump would be the only world leader to deny the science and dangers of climate change if elected president. The data in the report shows that Trump could possibly be the only world leader not calling for urgent climate action. “Donald […]

    19 Senators Expose ‘Web of Denial’ Blocking Action on Climate Change

    19 Senators Expose ‘Web of Denial’ Blocking Action on Climate Change

    By Brendan DeMelle Nineteen U.S. Senators who understand the need to clear the PR pollution that continues to block overdue climate policy spoke out on the Senate floor Monday in support of the Senate Web of Denial Resolution calling out the destructive forces of fossil fuel industry-funded climate denial. Championed by Senators Whitehouse, Markey, Schatz, […]

    Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton

    Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton

    Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton—a decision many Democrats have been waiting for—Tuesday morning at a joint campaign event in New Hampshire. During his endorsement speech, the Vermont senator said he intends to do everything in his power to ensure the former secretary of state is the next president of the U.S. Sanders began his […]

    Leaked Document Reveals Alarming New Environmental Threats of TTIP

    Leaked Document Reveals Alarming New Environmental Threats of TTIP

    This morning, as the most recent round of trade negotiations between the U.S. and European Union (EU) began in Brussels, the Guardian reported a leaked document from the EU that reveals its intentions to include new, dangerous language in the proposed energy chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Greensefa / Wikimedia A […]

    If the Democratic Party Is Serious About Climate Change, They Must Reject the TPP

    If the Democratic Party Is Serious About Climate Change, They Must Reject the TPP

    By Sarah Rasmussen Right now, Congress is considering approving an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the U.S., more burning of rainforests for palm oil and fewer protections for American workers. Activists rally to stop the TPP.SumOfUs / Flickr That international trade agreement is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was […]

    GMO Label Bill Clears Major Hurdle in Senate … Now What?

    GMO Label Bill Clears Major Hurdle in Senate … Now What?

    Yesterday—five days after Vermont enacted its landmark GMO labeling mandate—the Senate voted 65-32 in a cloture vote to move a controversial GMO labeling bill forward. This bipartisan “compromise” bill, introduced after years of negotiations by Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, would require businesses to label genetically modified foods. That is, if […]

    Senate Advances GMO Labeling Bill

    Senate Advances GMO Labeling Bill

    [Editor’s note: Read the latest here.] Today, in a cloture vote, the Senate voted to do away with our right to know what’s in our food, revoking a popular and clear state labeling law in effect inVermont and nullifying all future state labeling initiatives. This is a slap in the face for all of the […]

    San Francisco Bans Styrofoam, Passes Nation’s Toughest Anti-Styrofoam Law

    San Francisco Bans Styrofoam, Passes Nation’s Toughest Anti-Styrofoam Law

    By Gwendolyn Wu San Francisco residents will soon have to drink their to-go cups of coffee out of something else, because those soft Styrofoam cups will be no more. The San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a ban last week on the sale of polystyrene foam, popularly known by the trademarked name Styrofoam. […]