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Sheldon Whitehouse

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

Senators' Amendment to Energy Bill Calls on Fossil Fuel Industry to End Climate Denial

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 02.03.2016 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

It's nice to see an amendment designed to shame, and hopefully stop, industry misinformation campaigns that have delayed much-needed action to usher the end of the fossil fuel era.

Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers?

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Asked on PBS NewHour whether ExxonMobil funds climate change denier organizations to malign mainstream climate science, ExxonMobil's vice president of public and government affairs replied, "Well, the answer is yes... And I will let those organizations respond for themselves."

'Green News Report' - October 22, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Calls grow in Congress for Dept. of Justice to investigate Exxon Mobil...

Senator Wonders If 'Pro-Botnet' Caucus Derailed His CISA Amendment

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology

A controversial amendment to an already controversial cybersecurity bill, which would have expanded an archaic 1986 anti-hacking law, isn't ...

Advocates Demand an End to Sequestration in a Rally Outside the Capitol

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.07.2015 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

Advocates from across the nation seeking more funding for affordable housing, education, healthcare and many critical nondefense sectors staged a rally outside the Capitol Hill on Wednesday urging Congress to end budget cuts.

Food Giants Align For Climate Action

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican, a Democrat and a bunch of major food corporations put their support behind meaningful action on climate change Thursday. ...

Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.08.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Whitehouse likened their actions to those of the tobacco companies that conspired to manufacture doubt about the link between smoking and disease when they were all too aware of it. In 2006, a federal district court ruled that the tobacco industry's deceptive campaign to maximize its profits by hoodwinking the public amounted to a racketeering enterprise.

Kate Sheppard

2 Democratic Senators Pitch Conservatives On Supporting A Carbon Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Democratic senators on Wednesday delivered the opening pitch for their new plan for addressing climate-warming emissions in what may...

Daniel Marans

Sheldon Whitehouse: Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Climate Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has a new plan to combat climate change: sue fossil fuel companies for fraud. In a May 29 op-ed in The Washington ...

Kate Sheppard

Prospective Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Scores High In New 'Climate Hawk' Ranking

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new ranking of U.S. senators based on their climate activism puts soon-to-be presidential candidate Bernie Sanders among the top "clim...

The Invasion of the Party-Switchers in Presidential Politics

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The 2016 Presidential election might go down in history as the year of the party-switchers. Republican Rick Perry was once a member of the Texas Democratic State Legislature. Potential Democratic Presidential candidate Jim Webb was once a Republican.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Democrats Flip Script On McConnell, Tell All 50 Governors To Comply With EPA Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of Senate Democrats are pushing back against a letter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent to all 50 governors ...

Right-Wing Groups Get Overheated on Climate Questions

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

In late February, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Ed Markey, and I sent a letter to 100 organizations affiliated with the fossil fuel industry asking whether they spent money to support climate research. That letter provoked a torrent of criticism from conservative groups and publications mischaracterizing our motives and muddling our message. I'd like to set the record straight.

'Green News Report' -- March 26, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Lots of good and/or hysterical news today! Climate change denier Ted C...

The Dark Humor of Climate Denial: Behind the Absurdity, a Serious Crisis

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Refusing to acknowledge that our planet is heating up and pretending not to understand the science doesn't stop it from happening. Every day our lawmakers waste by censoring climate change and throwing snowballs in the Senate will have consequences for our children and future generations to come. It's time to face the facts.

'Green News Report' -- March 3, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.03.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: A snowball's chance in the US Senate; Warm winter records shattered in...

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

A strangely popular proposal would give companies a temporary tax holiday, letting corporations "repatriate" their money at an extremely low tax rate, thereby encouraging more corporate tax dodging in the future. You'd think that common sense and strong opposition would be enough to kill a bad policy. Not in Washington, D.C., apparently.

New Yorker Cartoonist Live Tweets the State of the Union

Liza Donnelly | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Liza Donnelly

We all need to laugh! So when Moms Clean Air Force was told Florida Field Manager, Nicole Hernandez Hammer was invited as a personal guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union, I was asked to Live Tweet the event.

Is Keystone Backfiring on GOP Leaders?

Jeremy Symons | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Symons

When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took over the reins of the Senate, he wasted little time in choosing the Keystone oil pipeline as the first item for the new Congress. He may be having buyer's remorse.

Kate Sheppard

The Senate Actually Just Acknowledged Climate Change Is Real

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Wednesday to acknowledge that climate change is real, bringing itself up to date with every major scientific body in th...

In 83 Speeches, Senator Pushes For Climate Change Action

AP | JENNIFER McDERMOTT | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Like he did 82 times before, Sheldon Whitehouse stood on the Senate floor and preached the dangers of climate change. ...

Kate Sheppard

Senators Call On Obama To Regulate Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Development

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen senators are pressing the Obama administration to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas production, arguing that addressin...

Jennifer Bendery

NARAL Pounces On Senator For Backing Embattled Judicial Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's leading abortion rights organization isn't wasting any time in pushing back on Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) for saying ...

Be the 'Disruption'

Abel Collins | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Abel Collins

We are closer to this tipping point than we realize, and each new pair of boots on the ground brings us a step closer. In New York and beyond, if we hope to stop business and politics as usual, me must be the disruption.