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My Best Friend Doesn't Believe in Climate Change

Anna Sabino | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Anna Sabino

Often, in my climate change conversations, I don't use controversial words. There's no point in me insisting on using "climate change," "global warming" or "deniers" if it makes anyone upset. Spreading the word about conservation and eliminating waste is more important than fighting over the usage of some controversial terms. Let's all be gentle to each other and our planet.

Put the Pollute-a-Rama to Bed

Rhea Suh | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

The U.S. Senate is expected to pull an all-nighter on Thursday, potentially voting on more than four dozen budget-related measures by dawn before blowing out of town for a two-week spring break. It's what Beltway types call a "Vote-a-rama."

Ridley's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Fixates on the Past and Ignores the Present to Try and Predict the Future

Climate Nexus | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
Climate Nexus

Ridley's assertion that because fossil fuels provided the energy for development in the past means they should keep investing in fossil fuel infrastructure is like saying that developing countries should build punch-card computers for their technological needs.

First 50 Days: Nothing but the Big Polluter Agenda

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 02.26.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Fifty days into the new Congress, McConnell has established himself as a champion of polluting industries. McConnell devoted much of this session to supporting the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil and trying to block the EPA from reducing climate change emissions.

Climate Questions From Smart Young Students

David Doniger | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
David Doniger

One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics.

EPA Can Make the Clean Power Plan Even Better

David Doniger | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The summer deadline is approaching for finalizing the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's power plants, and opponents are ratcheting up their complaints.

What About Keystone South?

Tom Weis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Tom Weis

We cannot let up until Keystone North is vanquished, but all signs continue to point to the president nixing TransCanada's cross-border permit. The latest flashing sign is a White House promise to veto a Keystone pipeline bill just passed by Congress.

The Future of Electricity 1: Why They Hate the Clean Power Rule

Carl Pope | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Amidst groans and outcries of Presidential overreach, the reality is that such a rule was mandated by the Supreme Court. It establishes a carbon dioxide emission limit for each state's utility sector by 2030.

President Obama's Budget Highlights Investments to Curb Climate Pollution and Protect Vulnerable Communities

David Doniger | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The world's best scientists are telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe.

Anti-Koch: The Fight for Green Energy Is a Fight for the 99 Percent

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's getting harder to defend our economic and environmental interests against the corrupting influence of campaign cash. The struggle for a fairer economy is inseparable from the struggle to protect the planet -- and both will be more successful once we've removed big money from our political process.

Reality vs. Rhetoric: NamObama on Climate Change

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Chaitanya Kumar

Both Obama and Narendra Modi (NaMo) have waxed eloquent on stronger economic ties and friendly cultural relations, but their statements on climate change need to go beyond platitudes and into action.

From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate

David Doniger | Posted 03.26.2015 | Green
David Doniger

In votes Wednesday on amendments to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill, some Republican Senators finally went on record acknowledging that man-made climate change is real. But it is clear that the Republican leadership and most members of their caucus still have no plans to do something about it.

Obama Stands Up For Climate Action, Vows To Veto GOP Obstruction

Rhea Suh | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

The GOP approach will take our country backward. President Obama is moving our nation into the future.

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

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

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, anti-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), anti-Clean Water Act politician.

Will California's New Energy Proposal Make a Difference?

Lisa Bennett | Posted 03.16.2015 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Building on years of climate leadership in California, Gov. Brown now proposes to not only increase California's use of renewables to 50 percent, but also reduce the amount of oil used by cars and trucks by up to 50 percent.

Here's Why Keystone XL Is the Wrong Choice for Our Nation

Robert Redford | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Robert Redford

Polluters are fighting hard to get Keystone approved. The oil and gas industry pumped $53.1 million into last year's congressional campaigns--87 percent of which went to Republican candidates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell raked in $608,000 from the industry for his 2014 campaign, and now he is putting Keystone XL at the heart of his big polluter agenda. But this isn't just a battle over industry influence. This is a choice about the kind of nation we want to live in. Do we want to live in a country where expert reviews don't matter and industry profits trump our families' health? Do we want to lock ourselves into a fuel that generates 17 percent more climate change pollution than crude oil and makes our children more vulnerable to extreme weather? Or do we want something better?

'Green News Report' - December 23, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 2014 on track for hottest year on record; Washington state governor pro...

'Green News Report' - December 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Nothin' but good news for a change! New York issues first permanent ba...

Six Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

Frances Beinecke | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As I prepare to retire from NRDC and hand the reins over to our incoming president Rhea Suh, I have been reflecting on how the climate movement can secure the solutions we need to protect future generations from harm. In my view, here are issues we need to keep in mind.

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

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Researchers found that more than two-thirds of likely 2016 voters support the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to limit climate change pollution from power plants. That includes 87 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans.

'Green News Report:' December 16, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.15.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Congress wraps up for the year with Republican anti-environment initiatives to be signed by the President; UN climate summit wraps up in Peru

Poll Shows Republicans' Priorities May Be Misplaced

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim wil...

'Green News Report:' December 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Australia goaded into joining UN Green Climate Fund; PLUS: 'Freedom Industries' boss facing accountability in West Virginia chemical spill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

'Green News Report' - December 9, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.08.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Super Typhoon Hagupit blows 2014 into the record books; Doesn't look go...

'Green News Report' - December 4, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Germany's biggest utility spins off its fossil fuel assets; Are fossil ...