Some members of Congress consistently vote against clean water, and many others are reliable champions. The senators profiled below were the biggest surprises in their vote to block protections for our nation's waterways.
The island of Vieques in Puerto Rico recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of a struggle that ended 60 years of U.S. Navy test bombing there. Yet the legacy of Navy devastation is sobering, and Viequenses remain dispossessed of their lands.
. The sheer number of comments is one of the clearest signs yet that momentum is building nationwide against this pipeline. It's easy to see why: The American people know that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk and no reward.
Even before liftoff, the fight against global warming has become grounded in America. Whenever a potential breakthrough appears on the horizon, either the left or the right throws a challenge to stall the solution.
The surest sign that President Obama is willing to make renewable energy a priority will be when we stop hearing about "all of the above" and start hearing about the need to set priorities and make choices.
If we do not slow our reckless pollution of the atmosphere and invest in new, clean sources of energy, we risk dangerously destabilizing our climate. I hope Obama's nominees will help our nation lead the world through the difficult challenges that lie ahead.
Many iconic American corporations have invested billions of dollars and hired many of the world's best scientists to work on renewable energy breakthroughs. But these scientists are sworn to secrecy in order to protect their companies' investments.