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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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Cory Gardner's Wind Hypocrisy

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 6:12 PM


Do you remember the worst words your mom could say to you when you were a kid? I do. She'd look down at you and her eyes would be devoid of anger. In its place would be a kind of sad pity as...

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Rubio's Week Ahead: Ditch D.C., Deny Science

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:10 PM

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has ambitious plans this week. As the Senate wrestles with the Republicans' Keystone XL pipeline legislation, Rubio will be skipping town to bolster his presidential bid. This legislation has implications for fossil-fuel dependence and climate change. And one of its amendments may address offshore drilling...

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Running Clean or Running Scared?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 11:54 AM

A batch of Senate amendments this week revealed the awkward maneuvering going on within the Republican Party on climate change. After months of some GOP lawmakers holding fast to denial and some demurring "I'm not a scientist," a handful of Senate Republicans voted to forthrightly acknowledge that human activity is...

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GOP Choice for Response to State of the Union Shows Their True Intentions: Support Dirty Polluters

(23) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:03 AM

The GOP is taking another lurch to the far right tonight. Republican leaders have chosen recently elected Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to deliver the party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address. Ernst is a veteran who grew up on an Iowa farm. She is also a pistol-packing,...

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Lawmakers Who Back Big Polluters Risk Losing GOP Voters

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:46 AM

Energy prices may be plummeting, but oil, gas, and coal companies are seeing a dramatic return on investment in one sector: the US Congress. The fossil fuel industry spent $721 million on the 2014 midterm elections. And now the GOP majority has vowed to make life easier for...

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New Polling Confirms Climate Denier Will Have Hard Road to Win White House in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:24 PM

As 2014 draws to a close, most people are reflecting on what the new year will bring. The political junkies among us, however, have skipped ahead to 2016 and the presidential race. And we've had plenty of material to parse these last few days. Jeb Bush's announcement that he will...

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Fond Farewell to Retiring Environmental Champions

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Late Thursday night, three of the longest-serving environmental champions in Congress took their final votes. Representatives John Dingell, George Miller, and Henry Waxman are retiring. They surely deserve the rest, but -- oh! -- how the environmental community will miss having them in the House. With gratitude, we bid them...

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Meet the Two House Members-Elect Who Took Down Dirty Deniers

(6) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:52 AM

In less than a month, we'll be swearing in the 114th Congress. In too many ways, it isn't the Congress I wanted. Too many Dirty Denier$ won their races last month and too many clean energy champions will be home in their districts instead of fighting for action on climate...

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4 Midterm Lessons About the Politics of Climate Change

(7) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 4:14 PM

The Republican Party has taken control of the Senate after winning a handful of red states. This makes Senator Mitch McConnell the new Majority Leader, yet voters have not endorsed McConnell's pro-polluter agenda of dirty air and unlimited climate change pollution.

All year long, poll after poll has shown that...

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The Power of Your Vote

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 9:18 AM

The other day I brought my son to a lesson with his 28-year-old, very hip guitar teacher. The teacher knows that my job is related to advocacy and politics so after the lesson, he asked in all earnestness, "Is voting really worth it?" He said he wasn't if sure his...

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Running Clean Draws Support from Swing Voters

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2014 | 3:21 PM

With 48 hours to go before the midterm elections, you're probably a bit tired of seeing competing poll results. Head-to-head matchups between candidates have varied this entire election cycle, but one item we've been tracking has remained consistent -- voters want action on climate change.

In February, the NRDC Action...

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Doug Ose Was Dirty Then, Dirty Now; Bera Is Running Clean (CA-07)

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:41 PM

The campaign to represent California's 7th House District is a clear contest between old and new. The incumbent is a freshman who is looking ahead to innovative, clean energy sources of the future. The challenger is a former congressman from a previous generation whose views on climate change and fossil...

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Polluters Try to Make Something Out of Nothing

(11) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Climate change polluters don't have a lot to work with this election season. Since the vast majority of American voters have repeatedly said they support limiting the carbon pollution from power plants, fossil fuel companies and their allies are left trying to make even the weakest numbers sound good.


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Simple Questions, Simple Answers for North Carolina Voters

(27) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Is Kay Hagan the Clean Choice in North Carolina? Yes.

Is climate change real? Yes.

Is Kay Hagan Running Clean? Yes.

Is Thom Tillis a Dirty Denier? Yes.

Simple questions with simple answers. Unfortunately, Thom Tillis, who is challenging incumbent Kay Hagan to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate,...

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Is Scott Brown Running Clean? "Um, No."

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 9:42 PM

In our next election preview, we turn our attention to the New Hampshire. Voters in the Granite State have the opportunity to re-elect a true champion for clean energy and climate action: Jeanne Shaheen.

Shaheen has a strong and long record on clean energy, climate change and environmental...

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Climate Change Emerging as Hot Topic in Key Senate Races

(7) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 9:23 AM

The issue of climate change has emerged in nearly every Senate race this election season. Candidates are discussing it, debate moderators are asking about it, and journalists are covering it. Why? Because the vast majority of voters say they are concerned about climate change and want leaders to address it.

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Great Lakes Need a Senator Who Will Act on Climate: Gary Peters

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 7:45 PM

What comes to mind when you think of Michigan? Cars. Cherry pie. College football. Zingerman's bakery maybe. Surely the Great Lakes. As Michiganders think about which Senate candidate will best protect these elements of the Michigan way of life, they'd be wise to look for someone...

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Bruce Braley: Running Clean in the Heartland

(2) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 1:11 PM

"Shut down the federal EPA." If you are an Iowan who likes dirty air, dirty water and unlimited quantities of harmful pollution, you are in luck. There is a Senate candidate in your home state who you are going to love: Joni Ernst.

Besides proposing to...

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An Endangered Species on the Ballot in Maine

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 5:07 PM

Here at the NRDC Action Fund, we focus primarily on clean energy and climate change. But there are a host of other issues that are important to us too including clean air, clean water and protecting endangered species. Today's post will highlight a severely endangered species: the Republican candidate who...

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Mark Udall: Clean Before Clean Was Cool

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 12:55 PM

It looks like 2014 may be the year that politicians and pundits finally catch on to what we've been saying for years: Running Clean makes smart political sense and candidates from both parties should be supporting clean energy. But in the Colorado Senate race, there's one candidate who...

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