Tag Archives: Climate Change and Politics

Leading Experts Make the Case for Climate Action in the United States

Climate action in the U.S.

A new, cross-disciplinary white paper authored by three prominent international climate experts for the US-based Universal Ecological Fund refutes the notion that taking proactive actions to mitigate and adapt to rapid climate warming runs contrary to U.S. domestic economic interests. It was precisely that contention that President Donald J. Trump used to justify his intention to back the US out of its commitment to …

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Dems Poised to Benefit as Climate Change Emerges as an Election Issue

Will the moral imperative of climate finally emerge as a political issue?

There are clear indications that climate change is finally emerging as a critical election issue. As reiterated by those who participated in the first Democratic Presidential debate, most of the candidates have plans to manage the climate crisis. It is not hyperbole to suggest that this may be the most important election in American history. We are rapidly running out of time to get …

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Helping Republicans to Get Real on Climate Change

We must somehow engage with the GOP to move forward and deal effectively with climate change

We will never be able to pass climate and energy legislation in the US without engaging conservatives. So it is crucial that we understand their opposition to the science of climate and develop strategies that are consistent with their ideological bent. Although modern-day Republicans have a reputation for being anti-environment, it has not always been this way. Historically, some of the most environmentally oriented Presidents have been Republicans. Some …

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Recent Elections and Ballot Initiatives May Suggest A New Era of Environmental Interest is Dawning In U.S. Politics

The recent elections indicate a shifting momentum for environmental awareness in the electorate

In previous U.S. Elections, environmental concerns were largely absent, but this changed on Tuesday November 5, 2013. Ecological issues were an important part of Virginia’s Gubernatorial race, they were also the primary focus of a county council election in Washington and several ballot initiatives.  Taken together, these results may be indicative of changing attitudes. Voters showed their support for renewable energy, and better water …

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Enviro News Wrap: Fossil Energy and Safety; Fracking and Earthquakes; China and Air Pollution, more…

The Latest Environmental News Headlines

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: One of the problems with the dirty energy industry is how successful they’ve been in getting the government to insufficiently regulate for safety. Companies profit off of cutting corners and we pay the price when accidents happen. This is the world of oil spills. Environmental protestors …

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An Abdication of Leadership: Climate Change Absent on the National Political Stage

Climate change absent in presidential debates

Despite weeks of cajoling and  demands to insert climate into the discussion during the presidential debates, the final debate ended on Monday with climate clearly absent for the 1st time in 24 years. “Climate change threatens us: the candidates silence threatens to seal our fate,” said Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Climate Science. “President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Mitt Romney and …

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The Climate Voters Project

The proposed Climate Voters Project will put climate change in the political arena and compel leaders to address the urgency of the issue

I am proposing a new project, called Climate Voters, which could be operated within the League of Conservation Voters, or could be part of a collaborative effort in which many environmental organizations participate. This is the project’s slogan: We care about climate change and we vote. Climate change is happening now. We need public policy to address this problem. We will vote and campaign …

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