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Heather Taylor-Miesle
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Heather Taylor-Miesle is the Director of the NRDC Action Fund. With more than 18 years 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 director of the NRDC Action Fund, Ms. Taylor-Miesle was the associate legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world’s premier environmental organizations. Prior to her position at the NRDC, Ms. Taylor-Miesle 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 and NRDC's Action Fund on Facebook.

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Hobby Lobby, Climate Change, and the GOP's Women Problem

(18) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 1:09 PM

More than 200 women brought their children to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to clean up the air pollution that causes climate change. The event was called a "Play-in for Climate Action" -- you can't expect all those kids to stay still for a traditional "sit-in" -- and...

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Longer Than Pinocchio's Nose

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 8:57 PM

We all remember the childhood story of Pinocchio and the valuable life lesson it taught us about the importance of telling the truth. I've repeated the same story to my own children in hopes that a growing nose may dissuade them from lying.

Unfortunately, the Pinocchio story doesn't seem to...

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Climate Spoof Is All Too Real

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 7:30 PM

We are standing on the cusp of making unprecedented progress to reduce carbon pollution, especially from old dirty power plants. In addition to these important new public safeguards proposals, something else is changing -- climate change rhetoric.

In just the last few months, the climate deniers have started to shift...

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Note to Coal Friendly Democrats: Opposing Carbon Limits Won't Win You Any Friends

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:14 PM

If you only read the newspaper headlines the last two days, you would think the sky is falling because a few Democrats in coal states said they opposed carbon pollution standards.

But like Paul Harvey used to say, here's the rest of the story.

Leaders from across the nation have...

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Five Ways the New Limits on Carbon Pollution Will Influence the Midterms

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:55 PM

The Obama administration just did the most important thing it could to confront climate change right now: it set limits on carbon pollution coming from power plants. These plants kick out 40 percent of all carbon pollution in the US, yet they get a free pass to foul our atmosphere...

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Ignoring Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 2:53 PM

A new mantra in the politics of climate change is reemerging, and it's not good. In the last few weeks, random elected officials began proclaiming "they aren't qualified" enough to know if climate change is man-made.

This morning Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said: "I'm not qualified to...

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Time for Candidates to Go on the Climate Offense

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:06 PM

If something were threatening the economic, cultural, and natural lifeblood of your state, would you want your members of Congress to ignore it or address it? Representative Gary Peters realizes that most voters want leaders to actually solve problems. And so he has made tackling climate change one of the...

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Rubio's Young Voter Problem

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Imagine what the past few days have looked like to a member of the millennial generation. You hear from scientists that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has started to collapse, which could lead to a 15-foot rise in sea levels and swamp cities from Miami to Boston. You...

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Keystone Politics

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:03 PM

For several years now, the oil industry and its allies in the GOP have tried to turn the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline into a political lightning rod for Democrats. They used it in campaign ads during the 2012 election. They claimed the White House decision to postpone its final...

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Scott Brown's Achilles Heel: Voting for Dirtier Air

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Scott Brown has parked his pickup truck in New Hampshire and is considering a run for the Senate from the Granite State. The prospect has already set GOP hearts aflutter. They love the idea of their Carhartt-clad candidate giving the popular incumbent Jeanne Shaheen a run for her money.


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Red, Blue, and Purple States Agree: Limit Carbon Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:22 PM

Conventional wisdom can be a funny thing, especially in politics. It's often based on anecdote rather than fact. Take the politics of climate, for instance. The fossil fuel industry, backed by the Koch brothers, have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into defeating environmental champions. That kind of cash can...

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It's a Fact.

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:05 PM

I just finished watching State of the Union. President Obama gave his laundry list to Congress and then reminded lawmakers that if they can't get their act together, he will move forward without them to make progress.

If you are an environmentalist who watched the speech, you undoubtedly found things...

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New Latino Polling Provides Roadmap to Victory for 2014 Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:07 PM

As we kick off a midterm-election year, candidates around the country are trying to figure out how to attract coveted Latino voters. A new survey released today offers a crystal clear answer. The issue that matters most to these voters after immigration reform is climate change.

Nine in...

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What the Coal Chemical Spill Means for the West Virginia Senate Race

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Charleston, W.V., was shut down for the past few days as the federal and state government have declared a state of emergency in the area. Restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and offices have been closed since Thursday when a chemical used to clean coal spilled from a facility and flooded into...

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New Year's Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:22 PM

Intro look at why 2014 is so important and how the enemies of climate science are real and not giving up. We can't fight them dollar for dollar, but we have voters on our side.

Resolving to Combat $1 Billion Per Year

The December 20 headline...

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Is LePage Ready to Run Clean?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 9:49 AM

Paul LePage, the governor of Maine, doesn't seem to get it when it comes to climate change. Despite Maine voters' clear support for reducing carbon pollution and acting to address climate change, LePage reliably blocks action and denies the gravity of the climate challenge.

LePage's latest dumbfounding bit...

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All Politics is Local...but so is Energy Development

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 9:25 AM

Voters in three Colorado cities passed anti-fracking measures last month. This week the Colorado Oil and Gas Association announced it would sue two of those communities over their bans. Meanwhile, several state legislatures will turn to fracking bills when they return to session in the new year.

Industry executives and...

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"Braley Works for Iowa" on Clean Energy

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 10:31 AM

"Braley works for Iowa" is the tagline on the campaign website of Senate candidate and Rep. Bruce Braley. When it comes to clean energy and climate change, Braley's tagline rings especially true. The congressman has a history of working hard to bring attention and solutions to the energy...

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The Time Has Come

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 3:29 PM

This week another round of polls confirmed once again that Americans support climate action. NRDC Action Fund and NRDC commissioned a survey from Public Policy Polling that found most voters in four key states want the Environmental Protection Agency to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.

Yet in a...

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Message to the Tea Party: Stop Trying to Drown Our Government

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 12:36 PM

After the debacle of the government shutdown, it's no surprise GOP lawmakers are pouncing on the botched rollout of the Affordable Health Care Act. Who knew IT troubles could provide such a big political advantage? Republicans have seized this opportunity to distract from their failed negotiations over budget and healthcare...

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