Politics

2011 Review: House of Representatives, Polluter Lobbying, and More Air Pollution

Today, the House of Representatives returns with a 13% approval rating to start the 2012 legislative session. Before the gavel lands and the bills start flying, it is worth looking …

Via Flickr's Adam Fagen

The Top 10 Dumbest Things Congress Did in 2011 (And How You Can Get Smart)

How bad was 2011 for America’s wildlife, air, water, land and public health? After taking 191 anti-conservation votes, even the House of Representatives’ own members called it “the most anti-environment House …

Gray wolf on the banks of the Gardner River in Yellowstone (photo by Beth Pratt)

New Report: 1 in 5 House GOP Votes Target Conservation Protections

From Theodore Roosevelt creating the National Parks System to Richard Nixon establishing the Environmental Protection Agency to George H.W. Bush signing a strengthened Clean Air Act, Republicans have a long …

Power plant in front of U.S. Capitol

Will House GOP Leadership Put Big Oil Donors Ahead of Economic Recovery?

At a time when our members of Congress should be working to find common ground on legislation to help America’s struggling economy, House Republican leadership is instead taking the payroll …

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep In Jeopardy

Every summer I travel to my grandparents cabin on Wild Horse Islandon Flathead Lake near Missoula, Montana.  My grandparents purchased their property back in the 1970s (and have the burnt …

Grand Canyon (via Paul Fundenburg/Flickr)

Deficit Committee Failure: Feast for Polluters, Famine for Outdoor Economy

Programs to protect wildlife and public health have already been cut deeply this year – and indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts will go even further.

Casino Beach, IA in August 2009 (Flickr's Laura Bernhardt)

Iowa Scientists Ask Candidates to Recognize Climate Reality

With the Iowa caucus now exactly seven weeks away, more than 30 Iowa scientists are asking political candidates to acknowledge the threats posed by ongoing climate change, particularly to Iowa’s …

Weekly News Roundup – November 10, 2011

The roundup is out a day early this week on account of the federal holiday tomorrow. Enjoy! Keystone XL Do-Over Likely a Lethal Blow November 10 – The Obama Administration …

Breath of Fresh Air in Senate: “We Are Not Just in This Chamber to Represent the Polluters”

There’s so much hot air coming out of Washington these days, many Americans have tuned out. But one speech on the Senate floor recently is worth watching in full.

Power plants are the nation’s largest source of dangerous carbon pollution.

UPDATED Clean Air Under Attack (Again) this Week In Congress

Update: On September 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the TRAIN Act, by a vote of 249-216. It must still pass the U.S. Senate before it reaches President Obama, …

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