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    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 […]

    Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: We Can and Should Be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy by 2050

    Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: We Can and Should Be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy by 2050

    While the Pope sucks up all the media attention with his climate encyclical today, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley has released a position paper on the environment that deserves more attention, even if he’s not frontrunner Hillary Clinton or progressive idol Bernie Sanders. In the paper, the former Maryland governor burnished his credentials as a […]

    4 New Realities Shaping the TPP Debate

    4 New Realities Shaping the TPP Debate

    After first rejecting “fast-track authority” to prevent Congress from amending President Obama’s pending Asian and European trade agreements, 13 Senate Democrats change their votes Thursday. The Senators who flipped had obtained other concessions, on issues like the Export-Import Bank and currency manipulation—but tellingly most of the concessions were promises to let something be voted on, not commitments to pass […]

    6 Reasons Not to Underestimate Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Run

    6 Reasons Not to Underestimate Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Run

    Three weeks ago, a slightly disheveled U.S. senator wandered out to the front lawn of the Capitol Building and declared his campaign for president. Bernie Sanders, an avowed democratic socialist from the small state of Vermont, was in. Some people aren’t taking Bernie Sanders’ campaign seriously, but that’s a mistake. Albert H. Teich / Shutterstock.com […]

    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 […]