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The reelection of Barack Obama gives the world a fighting chance to step back from the precipice of runaway climate chaos

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision. Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful office. The election of Romney would…

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Climate change absent in presidential debates

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

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,…

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Environmentalists have cheered several of President Obama’s moves during his first term, but dismay his lack of follow-through on a 2008 campaign promise to label genetically modified foods. Mitt Romney doesn’t have much of an environmental track record, but has been open minded to both regulatory and market-based policy ideas.

EarthTalk: Obama and Romney on the Environment

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Given that the presidential election is just around the corner, what can you tell me about each candidate’s environmental track record and positions?  — Jane Miller, Chicago, IL Just because the environment is getting short shrift this election season due…

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Obama and Romney agree that global warming is real

Obama and Romney Agree that Global Warming is Real

Providing written statements to the independent website ScienceDebate, both president Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney acknowledged that human-caused global warming is happening. Partially sponsored by the National Academies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ScienceDebate has long held that questions about science be included in televised presidential debates. Realizing there is little chance of that in the next debate on…

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The fossil fuel industry buys legislators to do their bidding at the cost of American jobs and a sustainable future

Mitt Romney’s Love Affair with the Fossil Fuel Industry

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s “new” energy plan, relies on 19th century fossil fuel technology. It is but the latest incarnation of a longstanding Republican obsession with oil and gas. Romney’s energy strategy is reliant on Canada’s environmentally disastrous tar sands. He wants to expedite the Keystone XL pipeline, reduce regulations on hydraulic fracturing and ease the permitting process for offshore oil and gas. Romney wants…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Big Oil Subsidies; North Dakota Gas Flares; Romney’s Pandering Energy Policy, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Oil companies are hugely profitable – to the tune of tens of trillions of dollars – but they still get tax breaks and ample tax loopholes. Renewable energy also gets tax breaks but not at the expense of environmental degradation and often…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Ryan’s Environmental Record; Chevron Sends Plums of Toxic Smoke into Bay Area Skies; Military’s Gung-Ho Stance for Clean Energy, more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Paul Ryan Mitt Romney’s recently announced running mate, has a poor environmental record. Not Surprisingly, Ryan has received a lot of money from the anti-Environment Koch Brothers. Chevron has a large, century-old oil refinery in Richmond, CA just north of Berkeley and across the bay…

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