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Heather Taylor-Miesle
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Heather Taylor-Miesle is the Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council. With almost two decades of experience in federal politics as a public interest lobbyist, political consultant and on Capitol Hill, she has expertise in federal energy, environmental health, and appropriations issues. Prior to becoming executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, Ms. Taylor-Miesle was the director of the NRDC Action Fund and associate legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world’s premier environmental organizations. Ms. Taylor-Miesle also worked on Capitol Hill, first as an aide to former Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) and then as a senior staff member for former Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis (D-CA). Follow Heather on Twitter at heathertayl or the Ohio Environmental Council at

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Six Lessons Learned About the Politics of Climate Change

(22) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:52 PM

Over the past few weeks, every Democratic candidate running for president has discussed climate change in a major speech and made climate solutions a central part of their platform. Republican candidates continue to use stock phrases like "I'm not a scientist," but at least they are talking about climate change.

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Friends of Polluters Rack Up More Dirty Votes

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:24 PM

Many citizens are outraged by how few days Congress is in session. Just last month, Congress took off a full week for Fourth of July and is now in recess for the entire month of August. Me? I am happy when Congress goes home as the Dirty Air Villains who...

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Fox News and the GOP Candidates Disappoint in First Debate

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 7:30 PM

I came away from last night's first televised Republican presidential debate feeling pretty disappointed in the lack of both questions and answers on climate change or clean energy. The closest anyone came to the topic was when Jeb Bush mentioned that Hillary Clinton doesn't support the Keystone XL tar...

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Is Scott Walker Running for President or for BFF* With the Koch Brothers?

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:22 PM

*BFF = Best Friends Forever

With candidates like Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination for president, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might seem almost moderate. But avoiding Trump's offensive gaffes hardly qualifies Walker as a moderate, especially when it comes to climate change and clean energy.

In fact,...

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Obama's Got a Climate Plan, Where's the GOP's?

(10) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:13 PM

President Obama has developed a concrete and achievable plan for confronting the threat of climate change. In a powerful speech on Monday, he announced the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from power plants and laid out how it will shield future generations from climate chaos, make the air safer...

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Chris Christie Not 'Telling It Like It Is' on Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:09 PM


"Real. Honest. Direct. Tell It Like It Is."

Those were the words on a banner at a recent campaign event by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie is one of the latest entrants in the crowded 2016 presidential field, and...

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Bobby Jindal Should Know Better

(23) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Bobby Jindal

As we struggle to keep pace with our reviews of the ever-widening 2016 presidential field, we are ready to talk about one of the latest contenders: Bobby Jindal. Jindal is the current governor...

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Baron Hill Is Running for Senate. Will He Run Clean?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Indiana voters may have a chance to significantly change their state's representation in Congress when they go to the polls next fall to elect a replacement for retiring senator Dan Coats. Coats, who returned to the Congress in 2010 after a break following nearly two decades of service, has earned...

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The Pope's Encyclical on Climate Change and What It Means for U.S. Politics

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Pope Francis has released a profound and inspiring encyclical on the moral obligation to confront climate change. It urges us to heed nature's warnings. And it calls on us to tackle the climate threat in the name of justice, human dignity and service to the poor and most vulnerable among...

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Jeb Bush: A Climate Denier By Any Other Name Is Still a Climate Denier

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 7:19 PM

Former Governor Jeb Bush made it official: he finally announced he is running for president. In his speech and media appearances, he declared it's time for solutions.  "We can fix the problems that people think are intractable. With leadership we can move forward again. We can be the greatest...

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The Thing We Should Be Talking About When It Comes to the Democratic Presidential Field

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:58 PM

I'm taking a break from writing "absurd things radical presidential candidates say" to bring you some promising news instead. In addition to Hillary Clinton, there are three new candidates who've joined the race for the Democratic nomination for president, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and...

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You Won't Believe What Rand Paul Said About His Environmental Record

(2) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Here's a short quiz to see how well you've been paying attention to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Q: Which presidential candidate makes this statement in a new book? "I'm a crunchy conservative and a tree hugger and proud of it."

  1. Is it Hillary Clinton, who earned an
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Russ Feingold Announces Senate Run

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 6:42 PM

It may seem like the big news of the 2016 election season is that a new denier is entering the presidential race or quasi-campaigning every week. From Jeb Bush to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz to Marco Rubio, Fiorina to Huckabee to Carson, you've got deniers...

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Jeb's Climate Dodgeball

(34) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:39 PM

If you've ever seen the movie Dodgeball, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan, then you'll know the rules guiding Jeb Bush's still-undeclared campaign when it comes to climate change: "Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge."

I'm guessing that somewhere a team of pollsters, strategists and PR experts got paid...

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Three New Deniers Want to Be President

(90) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 6:13 PM

The 2016 presidential race is officially heating up, with three new "dirty deniers" entering the contest last week. While there are differences among the three -- Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson -- on policy and style they each hold views on climate change and clean energy that make...

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Is the Big-Polluter Agenda the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party?

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 5:37 PM

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked a good question last month. He wanted to know, "What is the environmental platform of the Republican Party?" Graham said he doesn't know and suggested that it's time for his party to do some "soul searching."

Current Platform

Graham is right to...

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Rand Paul and the Big-Polluter Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 4:12 PM

As the 2016 presidential candidates are declaring themselves, we here at the NRDC Action Fund and the Markup blog are trying to keep up. We've run down Hillary Clinton's strong record on the environment, reflected on Ted Cruz's failure to connect his Christian faith with the...

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Who Votes Dirty?

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 12:00 PM


Washington doesn't have the bright lights and flashy showgirls of the Vegas Strip, but some lawmakers sure seem to have adopted Vegas' motto. Unfortunately for them, what happens in Washington is no longer going to stay in Washington. Thanks to a newly designed...

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Goodbye to Two of Our First Green Female Champs in the Senate

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Today is the last day of women's history month. This year, two fantastic women senators will mark the ends of their historic Senate careers. Senators Barbara Boxer and Barbara Mikulski have served a collective 70 years in Congress. In those decades, they've established themselves as strong environmental...

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Which Way Does the Wind Blow the GOP on Wind?

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 11:17 AM

At the conclusion of the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, said of the president's victories in Iowa and Colorado that the "wind energy tax credit was an issue in both of those states." With President Obama supporting the tax credit and Mitt Romney not only...

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