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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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The Key Political Truth About Climate Change: It's About Our Families

(40) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 8:45 AM

When my husband collapsed at a small gathering a few weeks ago, climate change was the farthest thing from my mind. I was too consumed with getting him to the hospital, holding his hand through the pain, and trying to appear calm when his legs stopped working. Later when doctors...

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5 Ways the Midterms Will Shape the Clean Energy and Climate Future

(8) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Now that Labor Day is behind us, the campaign season is about to heat up in earnest. Candidates, strategists, and pundits will vie for the spotlight from now until November 4. Yet try as they might, midterms never garner as much attention as presidential cycles.

This year's election, though, matters...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 20: Senator James Inhofe

(7) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 10:43 AM


Though the winds often come sweeping down the plains in Oklahoma, they have not blown hard enough to clear away the misguided, misleading views of Senator James Inhofe. Inhofe is a top ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources...

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Dirty Denier$ Day 19: Congressman Fred Upton

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 8:21 AM


Today's Dirty Denier$ is Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan and Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton has used his leadership position to try to move the nation backward, and his record on clean air and climate change...

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Dirty Denier$ Day 18: Congressman Ed Whitfield

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Today's Dirty Denier$ is Congressman Ed Whitfield, a Republican from Kentucky who chairs the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. From that perch, Whitfield has been a general in the fight against the so-called "War on Coal." Unfortunately for Americans...
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Dirty Denier$ Day 17: Congressman Rodney Davis

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:18 AM


On climate change, Rep. Rodney Davis' actions certainly speak louder than words.

We'll give small bit of credit to the first-term congressman from Illinois' 13th District for publicly acknowledging that "climate change is real." He even added in a candidate questionnaire:

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Dirty Denier$ Day 16: Congressman Henry Cuellar

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:04 AM


100% ... 70% ... 51% ... 49% ... 29% ... That's the sound of Rep. Henry Cuellar's (D-TX) national score from the League of Conservation Voters plummeting over the last five years. Indeed, after scoring a perfect 100 percent in...

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DirtyDenier$ Day 15: Congressman Steve Daines

(5) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:33 AM

Reading through Montana Rep. Steve Daines' list of campaign contributors is like looking at a who's who of dirty polluters. Daines, who is currently running for Senate, has received more than $240,000 in polluter contributions and the Koch Brothers' are among his top two...

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DirtyDenier$ Day 14: Pat Toomey

(10) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:16 AM


One look at Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey's voting record in 2013 explains why he is the winner of our next Dirty Denier$ award. He voted against every piece of environmental legislation except one. This includes votes against disaster relief for Hurricane...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 13: Congressman Tom Latham

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 3:11 PM


Congressman Tom Latham represents a large, windy district in Iowa. But unfortunately the winds of change don't seem to have blown strongly enough to change his outdated views on energy and climate policy.

Latham supports "an all of the...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 11: Congressman Mike Coffman

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 8:27 AM


It's no secret that Congress isn't exactly popular with the American people. One reason for that is because what politicians say, and what politicians do, are often completely different things.

Let's look at Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) for an example of this. Just...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 12: Rob Portman

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 9:03 PM


Despite his easy smile, when it comes to energy and climate, Sen. Rob Portman is a conflicted man.

On the one hand, he's a cosponsor of a bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill. It would help people waste less energy by promoting energy efficiency...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 10: Senator John Boozman

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 8:43 AM


Arkansas Senator John Boozman may have done well as an optometrist before he was first elected to public office in 2000. But, when he shares his views on energy policy, it appears he needs to get his vision checked. His short-sighted...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 8: Shelley Moore Capito

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 8:21 AM


Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito has received $865,436 from the Mining Industry over the course of her career. This is more money than any other House or Senate candidate besides House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But, while...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 7: Congressman Leonard Lance

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:38 AM

When it comes to environmental protections and addressing climate change, Congressman Leonard Lance is, in the words of Lewis Carroll, getting "curiouser and curiouser."

Lance once had a respectable environmental record. Not so long ago, in 2009, the New Jersey 7th District lawmaker helped pass the American Clean Energy and...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 6: Scott Brown

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 7:42 AM


In 2012, Massachusetts voters decided they didn't like Senator Scott Brown's loyalty to Big Oil and they voted him out of the Senate. This year, he's back, but in New Hampshire, where he is trying to unseat Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

In May 2011,...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 9: Congressman John Kline

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 9:53 AM


Today's featured Dirty Denier is Rep. Jon Kline from Minnesota. While his denialism is more mild-mannered than the brash, outspoken style of some of his #DirtyDenier$ compatriots, it's no less dangerous.

After more than a decade in Congress, Kline has racked up...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 5: Congressman John M. Shimkus

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:11 AM


Why is Congressman John Shimkus smiling? Maybe it's because over the course of his career he has raised more than $500,000 from the oil and gas industry. These dirty polluters account for one of the top five industries contributing to his...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 4: Congressman Cory Gardner

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:22 AM


Why is Congressman Cory Gardner smiling? Maybe it's because in just four years in Congress, he has raised $695,000 from dirty polluters from the oil and gas industry, who happen to be the largest source of his contributions. In addition, the...

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#DirtyDenier$ Day 3: Senator Marco Rubio

(16) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 6:47 AM


Senator Marco Rubio's eyes are looking toward the White House. But instead, he should be reading up on basic science. Though 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is happening, Sen. Rubio still can't get his facts straight. In May of...

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