Climate Change and Politics

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Lease Auction Falls Short

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The auction to sell off tracts of land for oil exploration fell short. The big players are no longer interested.

Despite the unconscionable and horrifying behavior of Donald Trump and his supporters in Washington. D.C. this past week, another important event transpired deserving our attention. In one of Trump’s last gasp efforts to thwart environmental protections in the Arctic, the Bureau of Land Management executed his bidding and a decades-long GOP wet dream of opening up the vast coastal plain of the Arctic National …

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Expedite Permitting For Pipelines

Trump fast tracks unnecessary fossil fuel pipelines

If the Trump administration had an energy motto, it would be “drill, baby drill.” The administration has demonstrated its affinity for fossil fuel companies over and over. Recently, President Trump signed two executive orders that speed up the permitting process for oil and gas pipelines. It’s a decision made just a week after the KMCO chemical plant explosion in Crosby, Texas killed one person …

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Canadian Warming, Calving Ice Sheets, Shrinking Glaciers, Dolphins Not Getting It On as Climate Warming Continues

Sobering, unsettling, and at times startling climate change-related news emerged in Antarctica, Canada, Iceland, and Australia this past week.

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

Trump's attempt to rollback lightbulb efficiency standards will cost Americans money and impact human health

The light-emitting diode, more commonly known as an LED light bulb, is incredibly efficient. They use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the Department of Energy. Widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh, which is equivalent to the annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants and savings of over $30 billion. …

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Andrew Wheeler and the Water-Climate Nexus

Despite Andrew Wheeler's deceptive framing of the issue, it is important to understand the direct link between water and climate, on World Water Day and every other day.

Andrew Wheeler has served as acting EPA Administrator since July of 2018, when things just got too scummy, forcing former administrator Scott Pruitt out of office. Wheeler was confirmed last month, formally replacing Pruitt as EPA Administrator – to the delight of ardent pro-deregulation Republicans and ire of almost everyone else. Acting to the fears expressed by many climate scientists, economists, and policy experts, …

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What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Our Planet

The Green New Deal - a chance to change the future

It seems everyone is talking about the Green New Deal, a potential solution to climate change freshmen Democrats are pushing through the House and Senate. Massachusetts representative Ed Markey and New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the deal on Feb. 7, but what does it mean for the future of our planet? Let’s take a closer look at the Green New Deal and how …

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