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- Way too many folks rolled over when John Roberts and Sam Alito were nominated for the Supreme Court. And now we're seeing the consequences. read more »
- After an above average performance last week, the Sunday shows fell backwards, going 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. read more »
- Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We'll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked. read more »
- Presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., addressed Take Back America earlier this hour, and as far as I know, this was the first time he criticized Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards by name for not supporting his position on Iraq: "I would leave zero troops behind, not a single one." read more »
- According to the New York Times, renewable energy backers are just one vote short of the 60 needed to break any filibuster. read more »
- A majority of the Senate supports adding a provision to the Senate energy bill now under consideration that would require that 15 percent of our nation's electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2020 -- an increase from the current 2.4 percent, and a significant step, if o read more »
- The following, a more fleshed-out version of my earlier energy bill post, was originally published at The Huffington Post read more »
Dems Who Lost Their Minds by Frank O'Donnell, | June 14, 2007Industry-friendly Democrats are trying to undo clean air regulations—and the party's lead. read more »
- The Senate energy bill floor debate got off to a good start, as an Apollo Alliance-backed amendment sailed through on a voice vote, authorizing resources to train workers for high-skill, clean energy jobs. read more »
Green Gears In Motion? by Frank O'Donnell, | May 31, 2007Environmentalists see some encouraging signs. read more »
Huge Solar-Plant Project Approved, The Wall Street Journal | October 26, 2010
A proposal to build the world's biggest solar-thermal power plant in the Southern California desert got the go-ahead Monday from the Obama administration, which used the announcement to bolster its message that renewable energy creates jobs. read more »
Climate Regulations Coming for Trucks, Buses, Politico | October 22, 2010
China Plans to Reduce Its Exports of Minerals , The New York Times | October 19, 2010
Time Right to Resume Deepwater Drilling, CNN | October 19, 2010
Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar lifted the moratorium on deepwater drilling almost two months before it was set to expire. It was the right decision at the right time, because developments over the last three months, including new rules and regulations, will make deepwater drilling far safer than it was before.
Governors Races: Losing The Western Climate Initiative, wonkroom.thinkprogress.org | October 19, 2010
The Western Climate Initiative — a regional cap-and-trade compact between California, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Montana and four Canadian provinces — was established in 2007 and scheduled to go into effect in 2012. There are governors’ races in all the states except Montana and Washington. read more »
In Kansas, Climate Skeptics Embrace Cleaner Energy, The New York Times | October 19, 2010
Residents of this deeply conservative city do not put much stock in scientific predictions of climate change. “Don’t mention global warming,” warned Nancy Jackson, chairwoman of the Climate and Energy Project, a small nonprofit group that aims to get people to rein in the fossil fuel emissions that contribute to climate change. “And don’t mention Al Gore. read more »
Heads in the Sand...., Washington Monthly | October 19, 2010
A decade ago, George W. Bush told voters he'd support a cap on carbon dioxide. Two years ago, the GOP's McCain/Palin presidential ticket supported a cap-and-trade policy.
The Republican hostility towards science and evidence isn't new, but its wholesale, party-wide rejection of all climate data is new.
Environmental group claims poll on climate bill shows support for incumbent Democrats, thehill.com | October 19, 2010
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund says new poll data shows that voters in regions with competitive House races prefer incumbent Democrats who support legislation to limit greenhouse gas emissions. read more »
States Aim to Cut Energy Bills , stateline.org | August 13, 2010
North Shore Community College, located outside Boston, joined the glitzy side of the green-building trend last November when it broke ground on the first state-owned “zero net energy” building in Massachusetts. The 58,000-square foot health and student center, with geothermal heating and cooling and solar panels on the roof, will produce more than enough power to cover its energy needs.
Obama's Beach Will Be Clean, But Oil Lies Beneath Sand Nearby , Huffington Post | August 13, 2010
The Florida Panhandle beach where the Obamas are going to spend the weekend to boost tourism in the region is indeed pristine and oil-free.
Panama City Beach, where the White House has announced the first family will be staying Saturday and Sunday, was spared the worst of the BP oil spill, sullied only by sporadic tar balls that were easily cleaned up.