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Two Republicans Advance In Washington Primary For House Seat

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics

Two GOP candidates advanced in a primary held on Tuesday to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). Former National Football Le...

The House's Continued Assault on Endangered Species

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Our political leaders are drifting radically off course, abandoning values we've embraced for generations. Don't let the voices of the powerful few outweigh the interests of the majority of us who know the importance of conserving biological diversity in our country.

Matt Ferner

New Ad Targets GOP Congresswoman Over Opposition To Medical Marijuana | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

Medical marijuana advocates are on the attack in a new ad against House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) for her rece...

What Happened to Stewardship in Congress?

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Forty years ago, our political leaders acted as visionary statesmen when they passed a series of landmark laws to protect the treasured natural resources on which we all depend. But today, many of our political leaders have lost sight of their stewardship responsibility to the American public.

While Some Lawmakers Offer Outdated Ideas for Drought, California Proves Power of Water Efficiency

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The problem in California isn't environmental safeguards. It isn't a dearth of storage capacity. It's a lack of rain. Sacrificing the Bay-Delta ecosystem and building more canals and reservoirs won't usher in the rain clouds or create more water.

Another GOP Rep To Retire

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) announced his retirement on Thursday, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake and Roll Call report. "Last Friday, I celebrate...

Hastings' Endangered Species Act "Reform" Is the Movie Groundhog Day All Over Again

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Are we a country that still believes we should protect our nation's imperiled wildlife heritage for future generations?

Republicans Want To Overhaul Endangered Species Act

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans in Congress are calling for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act, but experts say broad changes to one of th...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness? | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

Latest Endangered Species Act Battle Shows Why It's "Doc" Hastings, Not Dr. Hastings

Noah Greenwald | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

It has not been a good year for Rep. Doc Hastings' relentless efforts to gut the Endangered Species Act -- or even a good month, for that matter. And that's a very good thing for every imperiled plant and animal in America waiting to get the protection of the Act.

Jared Gilmour

House Republicans Passed Three Bills To Help The Natural Gas Industry Just This Week | Jared Gilmour | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House have been busy this week, passing three pieces of legislation that would help the natural gas industry by circu...

More Than 200 Scientists Speak Out Against Logging Bills

AP | SCOTT SONNER | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

RENO, Nev. -- RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would d...

Political Meddling + Endangered Species Act = Trouble

Noah Greenwald | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Noah Greenwald

When the Act is allowed to do its job, it's amazingly successful: 99 percent of the species under its care have been spared extinction (think: grizzly bears, gray whales and bald eagles) and hundreds are on the road to recovery.

Lawmakers Push To Take Gray Wolf Off Endangered Species List

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green

More than 70 members of Congress wrote to the Obama administration last week requesting that the gray wolf be removed from the endangered species list...

River Restoration Progress Threatened by Extreme Bill

Wm. Robert Irvin | Posted 12.08.2012 | Green
Wm. Robert Irvin

Communities nationwide are benefiting from efforts to removed unsafe, outdated dams and restore river health. In the U.S., more than 1,100 dams that have outlived their usefulness have been taken down over the past 100 years. The United States is the global leader in river restoration through dam removal.

Have You No Decency, Republicans? Congress Must Censure Extremist Members Over 'Child Porn' Abuse of Coal Mining Witness

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The reckless congressional staff behind this unconscionable act of abuse of power, paid by our tax dollars, must be brought to justice.

Michael McAuliff

In 'Abnormal' GOP Race, Some Think Newt Could Win | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt could prove to be a more satisfying flavor to Republican voters than conventional wisdom would suggest, say lawmakers who arrived o...

When Despots and Bullies Run The Government (VIDEO)

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

A heated exchange between two Congressmen and a historian they didn't want to hear from shows what happens to democracy when knowledge is no longer the arbiter of what is true, but is simply another "way of knowing."

Even as American Families Struggle, Oil Companies Triumph at the Pump and in Congress

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.18.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The oil industry's influence on the political process is holding America hostage. Rather than giving handouts to wealthy companies that endanger our coastal communities, we should be investing in the clean, 21st century technologies.

New Drilling Bills Won't Help With Gas Prices, Will Make Rules Weaker Than Pre-BP Spill

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

It is cynical for politicians to claim that more drilling will relieve high gas prices. More drilling only means more profits for the oil industry -- not lower costs at the pump

A Year After BP -- From Greenwashing to Bluewashing

David Helvarg | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
David Helvarg

In the wake of the BP blowout, President Obama signed an executive order establishing America's first national ocean policy. The oil industry, which has generated a trillion dollars in offshore revenues since 1946, was not pleased.

One Year Later, Congress and Industry Do Nothing to Make Drilling Safer

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Last week, Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, declared, "Drilling is safe." It was as if we learned nothing from the BP disaster and the ongoing suffering it has caused.

"All of the Above" Is No Energy Policy

William S. Becker | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
William S. Becker

Several times recently, we've heard this argument: When it comes to securing America's energy future, we need "all of the above" -- coal, oil, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, and so on. That is a not an energy policy; it's a cop-out.

U.S. Approves First Deepwater Drilling Permit In Gulf Since BP Spill

AP | CHRIS KAHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW YORK — The U.S. has approved the first deepwater drilling permit in the Gulf of Mexico since BP's massive oil spill. The Bureau of Ocean Ener...

A Republican Leader Takes Aim at Ocean Protection

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Helvarg

Under the present system America's public seas are run by 24 different federal agencies operating under 140 laws with little or no coordination among them. The result has been decades of overfishing, pollution, coastal sprawl and beach closures.