iOS app Android app

Kate Sheppard
GET UPDATES FROM Kate Sheppard
 
Kate Sheppard is a senior reporter and the environment and energy editor at the Huffington Post. She previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her writing has also been featured in the New York Times' Room for Debate blog, the Guardian, Foreign Policy, High Country News, The Center for Public Integrity, In These Times, and Bitch. Her reporting has been recognized with awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Online News Association, and Planned Parenthood.

Entries by Kate Sheppard

Vermont Governor To Mitch McConnell: Climate Change Is Real And We Should Deal With It

(239) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has undertaken a personal campaign to get the governors of all 50 states to refuse to abide by the Environmental Protection Agency's new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Last week, McConnell wrote to the governors urging...

Read Post

Ted Cruz: 'Global Warming Alarmists Are The Equivalent Of The Flat-Earthers'

(1394) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Ted Cruz, the junior U.S. senator from Texas and first official contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, compared people who think that the climate is warming to "flat-Earthers" and described himself as a modern-day Galileo in an interview with the Texas Tribune.

"On the global warming alarmists, anyone who...

Read Post

Scientists Call On Smithsonian And Other Museums To Reject Fossil Fuel Funding

(68) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of prominent scientists is lobbying science museums in the United States to stop accepting funding from fossil fuel interests.

"As members of the scientific community we devote our lives to understanding the world, and sharing this understanding with the public," wrote the group of 39 scientists...

Read Post

McConnell Crusades For States To Ignore EPA Rules, But Kentucky's Not Listening

(393) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is personally appealing to governors across the country to help thwart the Obama administration's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

McConnell sent a letter to all 50 governors on Thursday urging them to ignore the Environmental Protection Agency's...

Read Post

Department Of Interior Issues New Rules For Fracking On Public Lands

(126) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 2:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Interior released new rules for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands in the United States on Friday, the first significant update to the regulations in three decades.

"Decades-old regulations don't take into account current technology for hydraulic fracturing," said Interior...

Read Post

Florida Environmental Staffer Says He Was Reprimanded For Talking About Climate Change

(212) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 7:07 PM

A Florida Department of Environmental Protection land manager says he was sent home and formally reprimanded for speaking about climate change and the Keystone XL pipeline at an inter-agency meeting last month.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported on the disciplinary measures Thursday, following a complaint filed on the employee's behalf...

Read Post

Obama Calls On Federal Agencies To Reduce Emissions 40 Percent By 2025

(284) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Thursday committing the federal government to cutting its own emissions 40 percent by 2025 and pledging to increase the amount of renewable energy used by federal agencies to 30 percent.

The executive order builds on a previous administration directive...

Read Post

Senate Seems Poised To Advance 'Compromise' Chemical Regulation Bill

(13) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Senators traded some jabs at a hearing on chemical safety legislation Wednesday, but it seems likely that the bill will advance out of the Environment and Public Works Committee.

The hearing focused on legislation that Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) introduced last week...

Read Post

'Green The Church' Seeks To Mobilize Black Churches On Climate Change

(10) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 3:45 PM

Leaders of the "Green The Church" movement launched a new effort this week to help 1,000 African-American congregations take action on climate change.

Green The Church, its organizers said, "aims to bring the benefits of sustainability directly to black communities." It includes a partnership between Green For All, the California-based...

Read Post

Chemical Safety Bills Face Off In Senate

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 6:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- A pair of Democratic senators has introduced legislation to reform the nation's chemical safety laws, two days after a bipartisan group of senators released their own chemical legislation.

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer...

Read Post

Energy Department Projects U.S. Could Get To 35 Percent Wind Power By 2050

(127) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 2:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration projects the United States could draw 35 percent of its electricity from wind power by 2050, in a new report released Thursday.

The amount of wind power in the U.S. is already on the uptick, with wind representing 30 percent of newly installed electricity-generating...

Read Post

Senators Introduce Bill To Overhaul U.S. Chemical Regulations

(57) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would overhaul U.S. chemical regulations.

The bill, from Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), is called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act -- named after the late New Jersey...

Read Post

Beer Brewers Unite To Call For Action On Climate Change

(55) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of 24 brewers from across the country have come together to cut greenhouse gas emissions from their operations and call for strong national action to address climate change.

The breweries, which include Smuttynose Brewing Company, Guinness and Allagash Brewing Company, have signed onto the

Read Post

Conservative Groups Battle Over Solar In Florida

(134) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 6:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Florida effort to expand access to solar power has become a face-off between two factions of the conservative movement.

The group Conservatives for Energy Freedom is blasting Americans for Prosperity for what it called a "campaign of deception" against a ballot initiative that would make it easier...

Read Post

Progressive Group Wants Hillary Clinton To Give Back Foundation Funding Over Keystone

(65) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 4:35 PM

A progressive group is targeting Hillary Clinton over what it calls a "conflict of interest" when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Clinton, a likely 2016 Democratic presidential contender, is the subject of a new petition from CREDO Action, a liberal group that organizes online campaigns. CREDO...

Read Post

Senate Attempt To Override Obama's Keystone Veto Fails

(654) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate tried, but failed, to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline on Wednesday.

The measure drew 62 "yes" votes, with nine Democrats joining Senate Republicans in voting to override the veto. A two-thirds majority, or 67 votes, is needed to...

Read Post

シリア内戦の原因は気候変動? 最新の研究結果

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:07 AM

シリアの政情不安を招いた一因は、気候変動が引き起こしたかつてない規模の干ばつである。そう主張する新たな論文が、「米国科学アカデミー紀要」に3月2日付で掲載された。

Read Post

Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds

(296) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 2:43 PM

An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

The Syrian drought, which began in late 2006, dragged on for three years and was the worst on record. The researchers conclude...

Read Post

Jim Inhofe Brings A Snowball To The Senate Floor To Prove Climate Change Is A 'Hoax'

(973) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:23 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor Thursday as part of his case for why global warming is a hoax.

Inhofe, who wrote the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming...

Read Post

Metals Magnate Wants To Turn Jeb Bush Green

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:53 PM

An extremely wealthy Republican donor thinks he can get would-be 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush to see the light on climate change, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Sabin, owner of the precious metals company Sabin Metal Corporation, is a big supporter of Republican causes and candidates. He's...

Read Post