Washington has a blind spot when it comes to the environment. BP and the oil spill brought the government’s failures into the spotlight, but the same problems crop up across industries: Corporations pollute water, blast through mountains, and pour carbon into the atmosphere with insufficient oversight. But no one—Congress, the environmental community, or the president—seems to have the power to address these issues.
|By: TheMediaConsortium Friday July 9, 2010 4:27 pm|
|By: Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund Friday July 9, 2010 11:45 am|
Yesterday, the NRDC Action Fund launched a campaign featuring a powerful new ad by renowned environmental activist and celebrated actor, Edward James Olmos. In the video, which you can view here, Olmos explains what makes people – himself included – “locos” when it comes to U.S. energy and environmental policy. Now, as the Senate moves towards a possible debate on energy and climate legislation, we need to let everyone hear Olmos’ message.
|By: Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund Monday June 21, 2010 9:45 am|
It is yet another big week for clean energy. The President is having a group of bipartisan senators over to discuss how to get a clean energy bill moving that addresses the source of the gulf spill. One guy who won’t be attending is Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) after he apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the “tragic” mistreatment his company has suffered.
|By: Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund Thursday June 17, 2010 11:45 am|
Last Thursday, the Senate voted 53 to 47 to defeat the Murkowski resolution that would have undermined the EPA’s ability to reduce global warming pollution. The vote provides a useful guide to how senators might act on a climate vote.
|By: TheMediaConsortium Friday June 11, 2010 8:52 am|
“There’s a dead dolphin on this beach,” Mother Jones‘ Mac McClelland, wrote yesterday in Louisiana. It’s one snapshot of the harm visited on the Gulf Coast by the BP oil spill. Back in Washington, the Senate climate bill, which would put the country on a path to cleaner energy consumption, is on its last legs.
|By: normanb Thursday June 3, 2010 5:14 am|
BP: Backward Phuture: Obama, Reid, Republicans, Libertarians ALL Pro-GL0Warm, Anti-Science — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
|By: Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund Monday May 24, 2010 11:15 am|
If you look at any of the 24X7 news shows or even the Today Show, you will see everyone proclaiming that there is an anti-incumbent mood spreading across America. There is good reason to say that as evidenced by the size of Tea Party rallies and even a few of the races last Tuesday. But, my personal opinion is that this is less about an anti-incumbent mood and more about a “pro-change” disposition. Voters are angry about the current state of blame and stall politics. They expect elected officials to keep their promises – and that extends to clean energy and climate legislation.
|By: TheMediaConsortium Friday May 14, 2010 8:11 am|
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), though down one man, finally released their stab at climate legislation this week. One of the most crucial sections in the bill covers off-shore oil drilling, an issue that was supposed to help solve the tricky math of reaching 60 votes. But since the Deepwater Horizon rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico, drilling has become a wedge issue.
|By: nhavey Friday May 14, 2010 7:40 am|
There are a handful of Senators who need to get in the game by announcing their support for comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation.
|By: jamesboyce Friday May 14, 2010 7:05 am|
As BP pumps thousands of barrels of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day, the threat our dependence on fossil fuels holds should be clearer now than ever before. In the wake of this great tragedy, individual senators have the tremendous opportunity to break the gridlock, and step up to pass a comprehensive clean energy and climate policy. In particular, there are a few Senators who have a record of talking the talk on this issue, and the time has come for them to walk the walk.