08 Mar 2011

The Realities of the Clean Air Act

Even as environmental safeguards come under attack like never before, a recent EPA study shows that the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments brings $26 of benefits for every $ 1 in costs. That’s more than $2 trillion in direct benefits by 2020. For example, in 2010 alone the reductions in

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27 Jan 2011

We Must Put Out Newt Gingrich’s Wildfire Before It Starts

Newt Gingrich is at it again.  In an attempt to “one up” his fellow Tea-Party political climbers, “Contract on America” (COA) Newt has declared that Congress should abolish the EPA.  Actually, maybe I am not being fair.  He wants to disband the agency, ripping out the “protection” part of the

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01 Nov 2010

Congressional Candidates’ Views on Clean Energy, Climate Change: AK-Senate

This is the thirty-fifth article in a continuing series by the NRDC Action Fund on the environmental stances of political candidates in key races around the country. All eyes turned to Alaska this summer when incumbent Lisa Murkowski was defeated in the Republican primary by challenger Joe Miller, an attorney and veteran

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01 Nov 2010

Congressional Candidates’ Views on Clean Energy, Climate Change: NH-Senate

This is the thirty-fourth article in a continuing series by the NRDC Action Fund on the environmental stances of candidates in key races around the country. New Hampshire politics can be quirky, especially in its first-in-the-nation presidential primaries. In 1992, Pat Buchanan won a surprising 37% of the Republican vote, and

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29 Oct 2010

Election 2010: The China Syndrome

By Rob Perks Today’s Washington Post points out how China is being cast by many congressional candidates as the boogeyman of the mid-term elections. In particular, anxiety over that country’s growing economic dominance has manifested itself on the campaign trail. Currently, 250 ads targeting China are being aired by both

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29 Oct 2010

Voters to Washington: Clean Up Your Act…and End This Era of Gridlock

By Ed Chen All the polls presage an election next week in which Americans vent their anger and frustrations over the state of our economy by punishing the ruling party for policies they believe are to blame. That gloomy prospect for Democrats is no surprise. With one in ten Americans

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26 Oct 2010

Congressional Candidates’ Views on Clean Energy, Climate Change: CT-Senate

This is the twenty-ninth article in a continuing series by the NRDC Action Fund on the environmental stances of candidates in key races around the country. Connecticut leans Democratic – the state legislature, all five Congressional Districts and both Senate seats are currently occupied by Democrats (Joe Lieberman is a former

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24 Oct 2010

Congressional Candidates’ Views on Clean Energy, Climate Change: IL-11

This is the twenty-seventh article in a continuing series by the NRDC Action Fund on the environmental stances of candidates in key races around the country. South of Chicago there’s a borderland between the city and the prairies of downstate Illinois. The 11th Congressional district encompasses much of this region,

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22 Oct 2010

Politics of Clean Energy, Part 3: Leaders on Clean Energy Lead in Their Races

Conservatives in the media have a set of simple narratives that they are telling in this election cycle.  One is that Obama’s policies are unpopular, so Obama has become unpopular, so Democrats or Republicans who vote with him have become unpopular too.  Exhibit A is usually the health care law, but his clean energy proposal is also often thrown in.  This narrative would be very compelling in its simplicity if it were true.

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21 Oct 2010

Energy and the Election, Part 2: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Congress is considering clean energy legislation that would increase our security by cutting dependence on oil, reduce pollution that contributes to global warming, and create millions of new jobs. Yet this legislation, passed by the House and supported by President Obama, is stalled in the Senate. How can this be in an election year when once again, “It’s the economy, stupid”?

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