Politics

Senate Narrowly Approves Fast-Tracking TPP

Senate Narrowly Approves Fast-Tracking TPP

Today, the Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion to pass a degraded version of the Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority that passed last month. A smaller handful of Democrats joined with Senate Republicans to pass Fast Track over the will of the American people who have been clamoring to halt the rush to rubber stamp […]

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    Time to Wake Up: 100 Speeches, 100 Reasons to #ActOnClimate

    Time to Wake Up: 100 Speeches, 100 Reasons to #ActOnClimate

    For the past three years, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has been doing a weekly speech, “Time to Wake Up” on the Senate floor to urge his fellow members of Congress to take action on climate change. Yesterday’s speech was the 100th such speech in his weekly installment, which started on April 18, 2012. “Opponents […]

    Koch Brothers Claim Another State in War on Renewables

    Koch Brothers Claim Another State in War on Renewables

    Throughout the last two decades state after state has passed renewable energy standards, often with big bipartisan majorities, as investment in technologies like wind and solar held great promise for economic growth and job creation in addition to cutting greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and decreasing air pollution. The wind industry in Kansas has already […]

    7 Senators Push for Federal Energy Standard of 30% Renewables by 2020

    7 Senators Push for Federal Energy Standard of 30% Renewables by 2020

    Just because you know doing something is a long shot doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. That’s the attitude of seven Democratic senators who introduced a bill in Congress this week that would set a federal Renewable Energy Standard (RES). “To protect public health and address climate change, and to boost our economy, we need to […]

    Republicans Blast Koch-Funded Groups for Serving ‘Absolutely No Purpose’

    Republicans Blast Koch-Funded Groups for Serving ‘Absolutely No Purpose’

    Watch the recent The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann as Brendan Fischer, Center for Media and Democracy and ALEC Exposed, joins the show. Hartmann and Fischer ask: “Are we finally witnessing the beginning of the great Republican revolt against the Koch brothers? And if so, how will that impact the fight to take money out of politics?” The Koch brothers network […]

    Renewable Energy Champions vs. Polluter-Backed Politicians

    Renewable Energy Champions vs. Polluter-Backed Politicians

    Spring time means baseball season for so many—a nice evening out at the ballpark with a hot dog, peanuts and a cold beverage. We all love a home run, except when it’s against our team, of course. So we here at the Sierra Club decided to mix baseball and politics to make it clear just […]

    It’s Official: Bernie Sanders Says He’s Running for President

    It’s Official: Bernie Sanders Says He’s Running for President

    [Editor’s note: It’s official, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Wednesday that he’s running for president of the U.S. in 2016. “I am running for president,” Sanders told The Associated Press. “People should not underestimate me … I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message […]

    Why Fossil Fuels Are Dirty Politics as Well as Dirty Energy

    Why Fossil Fuels Are Dirty Politics as Well as Dirty Energy

    When the Western Energy Alliance in June invited K-Street mugger Richard Berman to advise them on how to deal with public opposition to oil and gas extraction, Berman’s back-alley style can hardly have surprised those who invited him. His tactics and viciousness have been broadly reported in the media, and blasted even by his own son. CBS’s 60 Minutes called him Dr. Evil. […]

    Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local Election to Buy Mayor and City Council

    Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local Election to Buy Mayor and City Council

    The oil giant Chevron is being accused of attempting to buy the city government of Richmond, California. The company has spent more than $3 million to back a slate of pro-Chevron candidates for mayor and city council ahead of Tuesday’s election. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Chevron has paid for TV […]