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Congress Actually Did Something Pretty Great On Climate Change

Mother Jones | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

This story was produced and originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In December, Republ...

Here's What Congress Did To Help The Environment On Earth Day

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

Conservationists and environmental activists around the world were buzzing on Tuesday for the 44th annual Earth Day, hoping to remind people that the ...

Congress Passed A Climate Change Law ... And Then Nothing Happened

Posted 10.15.2013 | Green

ProPublica's Theodoric Meyer reports: Congress did something unusual last year. It passed a bill that acknowledged that sea levels are rising — i...

The Science of Republicanism

Jim Barrett | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Jim Barrett

Congressional Republicans are all about the science and all about smart economic decisions based on cost-benefit analysis, unless it leads to a conclusion that they don't like. In which case, the science is clearly wrong, and cost benefit analysis shouldn't be done.

The Economic Toll of Climate Change

Swara Salih | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Swara Salih

While regulations might take a toll on these companies' ability to "create jobs," the toll climate change could take on our economy will be far more catastrophic, damaging our energy and agricultural sectors, and ruining the livelihoods of thousands of people.

One Mad Mama

Lisa Bennett | Posted 07.21.2013 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Can we cut to the chase on climate change? For nearly a decade, I've followed the news, the analysis, the debate -- and the nonsense that more often than not substitutes for it. And, as a mom, I think it is high time we grow up.

'The Most Anti-Environmental House Ever'

Posted 02.21.2013 | Green

The League of Conservation Voters released their annual National Environmental Scorecard Wednesday, ranking members of congress on their environmental...

Emily Swanson

Americans Disagree With Rubio On Government's Weather Powers | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.21.2013 | Green

A week after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) responded to President Barack Obama's climate change push by arguing that "the government can't change the weat...

Michael McAuliff

GAO To Congress: The Climate Is Changing | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government's official watchdog had a message for Congress on Thursday: Hey, Stupid, the climate is changing. The Governme...

The One We've Been Waiting For

Rob Pringle | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Rob Pringle

The window of opportunity only shrinks. Now would be the time for the so-called Democratic base to signal -- via active constituency -- that we've got Barack's back. I'll call my congressional delegation if you call yours.

Report: In Short Run, Obama Can Bypass Congress On Climate

Posted 02.06.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: The Obama administration needs to act, with or without congressional legislation, in order to meet its shor...

Obama Urged To Use Broad Powers To Act On Climate Change

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Several Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to use his b...

A Tale of Two Droughts: As in '88, Will 2012's Weather Extremes Push Climate Change Higher on the National Agenda?

Lou Leonard | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Lou Leonard

The magnitude, urgency and scientific clarity of the climate threat only has grown, but Americans still are waiting for Congressional leaders to recognize that both the climate and public opinion are shifting.

America's Split Personality on Energy

Kate Gordon | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Kate Gordon

The past two weeks have brought home this country's split personality when it comes to our energy policy: one that recognizes the need to continue moving toward a more secure, diversified, and sustainable energy future, and one that clings to the status quo.

Climate Change Must Be Addressed Now

Ted Kaufman | Posted 03.03.2012 | Green
Ted Kaufman

We are beginning a new year, and the silence in Congress is still deafening. Will there ever be a debate about what should be done to deal with climate change?

Defending the Atmosphere

William S. Becker | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

To be fair, it's not just Republicans who are blocking Congress from acting against climate change. Nineteen Democrats in the House voted for Inhofe's and Upton's bill to strip EPA of its regulatory authority.

US Power Sector is Changing -- Even Without a Climate Bill

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Now that the climate bill is in hibernation, it would be easy to despair that the power sector will resume burning high-polluting coal. The reality is, it is undergoing a dramatic transformation to decarbonize its energy offerings.

Climate Movement at a Crossroads

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Teryn Norris

When future scholars document the history of global warming, one of the watershed years will almost surely be 2010. The upcoming lame-duck session in Congress could be one of the last opportunities for reform before 2013.

Four Ways to Kill a Climate Bill

Lee Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lee Wasserman

With climate change a stated priority for Obama and Congress, how did they fall so short? This began long before Obama took office, but rather than rip up the old pattern, the president quickly took his place at the loom.