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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 13 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 now Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) and then as a senior staff member for current Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis (D-CA). Follow Heather and NRDC's Action Fund on Facebook.

Entries by Heather Taylor-Miesle

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.

Brown...

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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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Running Clean or Running Scared?

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:46 PM

When you think of the type of leader you want to represent you in government, what do you wish for? I'm guessing you'd prefer to have someone who is both courageous and principled, rather than someone too scared to stand up for something, right?

I ask because this week House...

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Undo New Carbon Rules? No Way.

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Now that the government shutdown is over (for now) and debt default avoided (for now), the Tea Party extremists in Congress will likely get back to their more typical day jobs of denying climate change and trying to undermine environmental protection. In the midst of the shutdown we told you...

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Running Clean on EPA Carbon Rules

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:33 PM

At this moment, Senators and members of Congress are embroiled in the politics of the government shutdown and how it might affect their reelection next year. However, just two weeks ago, EPA unveiled new rules to reduce carbon pollution at power plants and pundits were speculating about how these regulations...

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A Reasonable Model for Clean Energy Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 9:52 AM

In a week full of crazy Republican extremism, a common-sense moderate feels like a breath of fresh air. One of those welcome breezes is blowing out of Michigan, where Governor Snyder has made it clear that threats of a Tea Party primary challenge won't distract him from doing what is...

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United in Flooding, Colorado Congressmen Differ on Climate

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 2:34 PM

This week's massive flooding in Colorado shows that climate change doesn't care whether you vote red or vote blue. The flooding, which the National Weather Service has described as "biblical," has devastated towns represented by two members of Congress who seem to have diametrically opposed views when it...

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Recess Wrap Up

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:09 PM

As I looked back at the news we've shared with you this August on the NRDC Action Fund facebook page, I noticed myself shaking my head. For every bit of alarming climate change news - fires, melting sea ice, hurricanes, and

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Can the Environment Save the Republican Party?

(21) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 3:12 PM

The Republican Party is primed for success in 2014. In addition to benefiting from redistricting wizardry, the party has history on its side: off-year elections give opposition parties the clear lead, especially in the second term of a lame duck president.

Yet the GOP has failed to turn these advantages...

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Fracking Hits Home

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 8:30 AM

I'm used to writing about the many issues percolating in Washington, D.C. and across the country. But, this time it's different, because the fracking boom has come to my home state, California.

Fracking has been a hot topic in other parts of the country. In the absence of state or...

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Rush Limbaugh's Uninformed Statement about Christianity and Climate Change

(239) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Rush Limbaugh has sunk to new lows. I usually dismiss his incendiary comments, but I can't ignore them when he takes on two things that matter deeply to me: Christianity and climate change.

Limbaugh recently told his devoted listeners, "If you believe in God, then intellectually you cannot believe...

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