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Democratic Senators to pull #Up4Climate all-nighter

March 9th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Monday night, the Democratic Party Senate leadership will take to the floor with speeches on climate change.
Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has pledged in recent weeks to continue allowing time for anyone who wants to discuss the issue during the weekly Democratic caucus lunch or on the Senate floor. The format planned for [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · climate change · politics

The President’s Climate Speech: Everyone will exaggerate costs, understate benefits

June 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Today, the President will be giving a speech at Georgetown University on climate change issues, with announcements of initiatives that will be taken leveraging the powers of the Administrative Branch because the Congress is unable (and, to a large extent, unwilling) to take meaningful action to address climate change: whether mitigation or adaptation.
There are two [...]

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Tags: Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · analysis · climate change · political symbols · politics

Today’s GOP: Pale, Male, Stale, and addicted to the Tall Tale

November 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Today’s core GOP (accurately called the Grand Obstructionist Party) can be easily summarized as:

Pale
Male
Stale, and
Addicted to the Tall Tale.

The first three are quite well understood and are a key part of the chattering class analysis about the reasons for Republican Party failures yesterday and their inevitable failures in elections to come. With a political [...]

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Tags: politics

OFA asked for feedback … In three words: End Climate Silence!

October 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Obama for America (OFA), the Obama-Biden reelection effort, asked for feedback in an email likely sent to millions.  I expect that many provided substantive feedback.  Below the fold is mine.

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Global Warming · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · barack obama · politics

President Obama speaks re climate, crowd cheers, ‘The Village’ notices

September 7th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Last night, in his speech at Charlotte, the President spoke directly to climate issues. With a direct slap at Mitt Romney’s sad climate joking to anti-science cheering, the President said:
And yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More [...]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · Global Warming · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · climate change · environmental · political symbols · politics

“Responsibility. Patriotic Pride. Accountability.” Pillars for effective climate change political communication.

September 6th, 2012 · 4 Comments

Climate Solutions for a Stronger America is a communications “guide for engaging and winning on climate change & clean energy” intended for politicians and others regularly engaged on debate.  This guide, driven by the work of Betsy Taylor, lays out an effective communications path for politicians who want — amid all the other issues of [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · climate change · environmental · political symbols · politics

Another Romney Olympic Moment: Climate Zombie Dream Team

August 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Mitt Romney made waves when he crossed the pond to the United Kingdom prior to the Olympics. It is hard to imagine that a prominent American would embarrass the United States with our key ally as it entered to a prominent world event with so many casual insults and errors. One could say [...]

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Tags: climate zombies · politics · republican party

Pres. Obama: “those who have looked at the science of climate change are scared”

July 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Increasingly, it seems, we need to look to ‘a-traditional media outlets’ like John Stewart and Stephen Colbert for (the most) truthful discussion about the nation’s challenges and opportunities. Rolling Stone, when it comes to catastrophic climate chaos, ranks among the nation’s best media outlets. As, for example, in the recent Bill McKibben powerful piece [...]

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Tags: 2012 Presidential Election · climate change · political symbols · politics

Keystone XL: Why not?

February 14th, 2012 · 11 Comments

Environmental organizations are showing a too rare unity in their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. In the U.S. Congress, the Republicans are fighting hard to get around reasonable review processes for safety, environmental impact, and understanding of the national interest to support a pipeline to move highly-polluting Canadian tar sands to Gulf Coast refineries [...]

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Tags: 2008 presidential campaign · Energy · oil · peak oil · politics · pollution

Steve King revels in wasting taxpayers’ money

February 13th, 2012 · No Comments

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Representative Steve King (R-IA-5) made it very clear not just that he purposefully wastes taxpayers’ money but that he takes joy in doing so.
King referred to the House office building janitors during Pelosi’s time as speaker as her “Stasi troops” — referring to oppressive secret police in East [...]

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