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Monday, February 20, 2017
Climate Change
Wall, Ecosystems, Environment

Forget Mexico: The Environment Will Pay For Trump’s Wall

A political act of this kind can have far-reaching consequences for the ecological and even evolutionary landscapes. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has estimated that the wall will threaten 111 endangered species as it passes through four key wildlife reserves on the U.S. side of the border and several nature reserves on the Mexican side.

February 14, 2017
Carbon Tax

Why A Carbon Tax Is A Truly Good Idea

A carbon tax plan would curb emission of greenhouse gases by taxing them at the refinery, at the mine, or wherever they enter the economy. The proceeds would be sent to Americans in the form of dividends. A family of four could expect to receive about $2,000 in the first year.

February 14, 2017
Climate Change

The Only Way To Understand Climate Change In A Post-Truth World

Science is the most useful tool we have to adapt to climate change and avoid its worst outcomes. But it requires critical thinking and a big-picture perspective to ensure we consider all available evidence. With so many people scrolling through social media feeds for news rather than reading entire articles, facts and clarity can become elusive. It’s up to us all—media and consumers alike—to dig deeper for the full story.

February 12, 2017
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

EPA Employees Protest Trump’s Nominee To Head Agency

Over 400 former EPA staff members sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking its members to reject the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the agency’s new administrator, saying “he has shown no interest in enforcing environmental laws.”

February 6, 2017
trump

6 Countries Trump Has Already Insulted And Provoked

Here’s a list of six countries and major international institutions that Trump and his team have threatened—injecting anything but stability into international affairs. Certainly this behavior is silly, unnecessary, and stupid. The question is, will these provocations and others to likely follow lead to serious new international conflict.

February 5, 2017
Pruitt, EPA

Senate Delays Committee Vote On Trump EPA Pick After Democrats Boycott

The boycott in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee delayed the transition to a new administrator for the agency. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat, said he could not support Pruitt, a Republican and the attorney general of Oklahoma, because he “denies the sum of empirical science and the urgency to act on climate change.”

February 1, 2017
Trump, Allies

Trumped Up: The First Seven Days In Trumplandia

Authoritarians love walls. That will be his scrawl across America. It will make an enemy of our neighbor, Mexico, but who cares? That may be his foreign policy in a nutshell. We’re living in Donald Trump’s reality now, and the “truth” is what Trump says it is.

January 28, 2017
Pruitt, EPA, Environment

The Great EPA Rollback

Picking up a line from Trump’s inaugural address, The Environmental Working Group was quick to speak out against “the carnage President Trump is about to unleash on the environment, public health and the integrity of science itself,” said EWG’s president Ken Cook.

January 25, 2017
Donald Trump, Twistifications, Lies

A Deeper Look At President Trump’s Lies and ‘Twistifications’

Thomas Jefferson was so dismayed by political deceptions that he coined a word for it. “Twistifications” referred to a brew of willful misinformation, tortured logic, and artful language designed to sway credulous audiences. Can President Trump get away with his multiple misdirections and twistifications for 1,460 days of intense scrutiny?

January 25, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Trump Officials Order EPA To Remove Climate Page From Agency Website

“If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear,” said an EPA staffer, who added that agency employees were scrambling to save some of the information housed on the website, or convince the Trump administration to preserve parts of it.

January 24, 2017
Progressives

Progressives Need A Compelling Narrative To Thrive

To counteract the forces that would reverse Obama’s policies to fight climate change or exacerbate income inequality by cutting taxes for the wealthy, progressives need to come together and find ways to clearly articulate what they stand for, while telling a simple and compelling story that shows how their ideas will help shape a better future.

January 23, 2017
Climate Change

What Climate Change? White House Touts Energy Plans

Minutes after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Obama’s White House energy page was swiftly replaced with a box of text under the headline “An America First Energy Plan.” Climate change was still mentioned on the energy page, but only once, and only to dismiss any concern. The missing piece is a plan to address climate change.

January 23, 2017
Trump, Democracy

New ‘Sheriff’ Has A Badge — But Doesn’t Have A Clue

Never mind that Trump is really just that guy at the end of the bar who, with beer-lubricated certainty and megaphone volume, tells you how to solve humanity’s most intractable problems. And maybe as he’s speaking, as you’re under the spell of it, it sounds like wisdom. But the next morning, you sober up and see it for the hogwash it is.

January 21, 2017
Trump

President Trump Pledges To Put ‘America First’ In Nationalist Speech

Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end what he called an “American carnage” of rusted factories and crime in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry.

January 20, 2017
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama’s Best (And Worst) Of Times

As the Barack Obama presidency dwindles down to the last day, there’s no silent amen. Donald Trump people are swarming the streets around Union Station. These Republicans seem to have come from the country to claim the country, what’s theirs. The barricades and bollards surround the beloved Capitol, the place looks like a police state. The citadel of democracy looks captured.

January 20, 2017
Obama, Clean Energy

Will President Obama’s Clean Energy Legacy Endure?

In the end, the enduring clean energy legacy of the Obama administration may be that it got us “over the hump” of thinking in terms of the false dichotomy of clean versus affordable energy. The pace may change, but the ultimate direction will not.

January 20, 2017
Trump's executive actions

Executive Actions Ready To Go As Trump Prepares To Take Office

Aides said Trump would not wait to wield one of the most powerful tools of his office, the presidential pen, to sign several executive actions that can be implemented without the input of Congress. Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, and energy.

January 20, 2017
Scott Pruitt, EPA

Senate Panel Grills Trump’s EPA Pick Over Energy Ties

Democratic Senators quizzed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, over his energy industry ties during a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday that was briefly interrupted by protesters.

January 18, 2017
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Obama, Millennial Voters

President Obama: The Millennial Whisperer

President Barack Obama will be seen by historians as the first president to bring millennial values to the challenges of the Oval Office. While much of America is divided on how well he has performed as the nation’s 44th president, Obama has won overwhelming approval from the millennial generation, born 1982-2003. Studies show that millennials appreciate the way Obama has championed their causes and created a more tolerant America.

January 17, 2017
Environmental, EPA, Environment

Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator

According to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, just over 60 percent of Americans think it would be wrong to weaken wildlife protections and air and water regulations to bolster the energy industry. The poll also showed that 39 percent of Americans want to see a decrease in coal mining and oil drilling on U.S. federal lands in the coming years.

January 17, 2017
Tillerson

U.S. State Department Nominee Tillerson Fights Climate Deposition

Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. Tillerson’s deposition is set for Jan. 19, a day before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

January 15, 2017
Pence, Trump, Fake News

14 Fake News Stories Created Or Publicized By Donald Trump

Fake news is the one thing Trump hasn’t claimed to have invented that he actually deserves at least partial credit for inventing. Trump puts out so much misinformation he is a fake news factory unto himself, an artisan of lies, a curator of untruths.

January 13, 2017
Tillerson, Climate Change, ExxonMobil

5 Key Climate Takeaways From The Rex Tillerson Confirmation Hearing

Tillerson is already under fire for making the seemingly false claim that Exxon has not lobbied against sanctions on Russia and other nations that would affect Exxon’s business dealings, but here are five other climate change-related takeaways that reporters should keep in mind in their coverage of the hearing and Tillerson nomination going forward.

January 12, 2017
Kerry, Climate Change

John Kerry: Climate Change Should Not Be ‘Partisan Issue’

Work to avert the problems caused by climate change should not be a partisan issue, Kerry told students at MIT. He noted U.S. officials from military and intelligence leaders to the mayors of coastal cities agree the problem of rising sea levels and erratic rainfall is one that they want to take action on.

January 9, 2017