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Environmental Politics

Voters Cognitive Dissonance

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

If the new GOP leadership debuts by substituting a crusade against environmental protection and Obama for jumpstarting the economy, it won't be too long before many voters experience buyer's remorse.

GOP's True Identity

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

At their own peril, Republicans have conflated deregulation of red tape bedeviling business with environmental regulations protecting public health. The electorate overwhelmingly support dispensing with the former, not with the latter.

Unconscionable Cop-out

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Politicians who beg off taking a stance on global warming because they are not scientists are shirking the sacred responsibility and trust vested in public office.

Rubio for President?

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

To appeal to the tea party, with its distaste for big government and federal regulation, Senator Rubio has turned environmental flip-flopping into an art form.

The Terrorist Connection

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Experts pretty much agree that military action alone won't put an end to terrorist movements such as the Islamic State. What else can be done? One wa...

Election Reflection

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

You are concerned about climate change, are alarmed that mankind is worsening it, and reside in a state where a Senate contest is on tap for the fall. If that is the case, you should think long and hard before casting your vote.

What Are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Obama Administration's proposed regulation of existing power-sector sources of CO2 has the potential to be cost-effective, and if you accept these numbers, it can also be welfare-enhancing, if not welfare-maximizing.

Intermittent Streams

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Some members of Congress are highly critical of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to strengthen protection of the nation's 357 thousand miles of intermittent streams. The lawmakers contend the EPA is engaged in drastic overreach.

A New Election Climate

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green
Edward Flattau

Climate change was a no show issue in the 2012 national election cycle. That won't (nor should) be the case when Americans go to the voting booths this November.

Stop Polluters From Putting Their Money Where Your Mouth Is

Courtney Hight | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

Udall and Bennet's amendment will overturn the damaging effects of Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United v. FEC that have thrown open the floodgates to a tidal wave of corrupting campaign cash. Ever since these decisions, the amount of toxic money from big polluters in our political system has skyrocketed.

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

Senator Ted Cruz, You're Fired

Courtney Hight | Posted 08.09.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

The fact is that Cruz has now publicly proclaimed multiple times what he thinks is best for the Sierra Club. And, as you would expect from the man who single-handedly forced the government shutdown, his judgment leaves something to be desired.

Malevolent Environmentalism

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In response to Obama, the out-of-power Republicans have been uniformly negative toward any regulatory attempt at environmental protection. It makes one wonder whether they would be capable of responsible governance of the environment if given the opportunity.

Dueling Lists

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In an exercise meant to denigrate the left's credibility, the well-known, conservative Heritage Foundation cites "six environmental truths that Liberals conveniently ignore." Well, here are six environmental truths that the Heritage Foundation ignores, whether out of ignorance or design.

Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the 'summary by policymakers,' rather than the 'summary for policymakers.'

How to Talk to a Conservative About the Environment

Robyn Camparo Purchia | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Robyn Camparo Purchia

Not too long ago, environmental reform was a bipartisan, no-brainer issue. President Richard Nixon, a social conservative on many issues, established the Environmental Protection Agency. What happened?

Federal Guardians

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

A Nevada rancher disputes Washington's jurisdiction over federally owned lands he uses, and thus, refuses to pay the legally required grazing fees. A number of prominent Republican politicians tacitly support the rancher's rejection of public domain by treating him as a folk hero.

Debasement of Science

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican politicians are in the habit of labeling science credible only if it supports their positions. If it doesn't, the science often ends up the...

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.

War on Health

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Undaunted, the industry is pressing Congress for more leeway to slice off Appalachian mountaintops to get at seams of coal just below the surface. But at what price to the health of humans and the environment on which they depend? How meaningful is a job if one is too sick to show up for work?

A Conservative's Lament

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In 2004, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina won 85 percent of the primary vote in the most conservative district of arguably the most conservative state in the union. Six years later, he received only 29 percent of the vote in the primary and was ousted from office by the Tea Party's candidate. Why this precipitous fall from grace?

More Is Not Merrier

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In an oblique plug for an abortion ban, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte advocates runaway population growth as a solution to job creation. Regardless of the merits of abortion, Goodlatte's cheerleading stance on demographics reflects a detachment from reality.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.

Unlikely Hero

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, another ultra conservative Republican who has also adopted an activist stance towards renewables, have not come close to experiencing an environmental epiphany. Their enthusiasm for renewable energy is driven primarily by economic pragmatism.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.