politics

Trump Appoints Staunch Conservative as New FERC Chair

Trump Appoints Staunch Conservative as New FERC Chair

President Trump unexpectedly appointed staunch conservative James Danly as the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday night. The move to demote current Chair Neil Chatterjee, a Republican and former McConnell energy advisor, was reportedly retribution for Chatterjee’s recent actions to address climate change and support clean energy, including leading a technical conference […]

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    Trump Admin Denies California’s Request for Wildfire Aid

    Trump Admin Denies California’s Request for Wildfire Aid

    The Trump administration rejected California’s federal relief request to help recover from six recent wildfires, The Los Angeles Times reported. California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office requested a presidential disaster declaration for federal relief funds to help with cleanup efforts, including the Creek Fire, the largest in the state’s history, CNN reported. The relief would have […]

    Joe Biden Is Stuck Between BlackRock and a Hard Place

    Joe Biden Is Stuck Between BlackRock and a Hard Place

    By Jo Harper The Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden proposes net-zero CO2 emissions in the United States by 2050. It’s an ambitious target, but 30 years is a long time in politics and there is a key tension between the party’s moderate nominee with links to corporate funders, such as the asset manager BlackRock, and […]

    These 12 Books Surrounding Election Add Perspective to Climate Crisis

    These 12 Books Surrounding Election Add Perspective to Climate Crisis

    By Michael Svoboda, Ph.D Like the amplifying effects of climate change, which is already delivering once-in-a-century storms every four or five years, America’s increasingly divided politics have created three once-in-a-lifetime elections in just the past 20 years. But the stakes in 2020 seem another order larger than in 2000, 2008, or 2016. And who Americans […]

    Ocasio-Cortez Tweets About Green New Deal During VP Debate

    Ocasio-Cortez Tweets About Green New Deal During VP Debate

    By Jon Queally Even as Vice President Mike Pence was busy “polluting the atmosphere with lies” about the climate crisis during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, Democratic nominee Sen. Kamala Harris came under considerable criticism of her own after repeatedly highlighting Joe Biden’s commitment to “not ban fracking” and an overall lackluster defense of the […]

    How Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Compares to the Green New Deal

    How Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Compares to the Green New Deal

    By Jeff Berardelli At the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden said point-blank that he does not support the Green New Deal — a progressive plan which not only aims to aggressively tackle climate change but also encompasses many other issues like social justice, jobs, housing and health care. In […]

    Biden Vows to Bar Fossil Fuel Leaders From Transition Team

    Biden Vows to Bar Fossil Fuel Leaders From Transition Team

    By Jake Johnson Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday vowed to bar from his transition team any “leaders” of fossil fuel companies, a pledge environmentalists cautiously applauded while urging the former vice president to go further by committing to banning all Big Oil lobbyists and executives from both his transition team and cabinet. “Rejecting […]

    What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

    What Does Equitable Climate Policy Actually Look Like?

    By Sharon Zhang Back in March, when the pandemic had just planted its roots in the U.S., President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do something devastating: The agency was to indefinitely and cruelly suspend environmental rule enforcement. The EPA complied, and for just under half a year, it provided over 3,000 […]