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Back When Republicans Cared About The Environment

William Ruckelshaus was the EPA Administrator under Presidents Nixon and Reagan.  In a recent interview he fondly recalled the days when protecting the environment was a bipartisan cause. The Reagan Administration was less sympathetic than the Nixon Administration to environmental regulation, environmental laws, but nowhere near where the Republican Party has come today. There [was] […]

Robert Redford accuses Republicans of being decades behind when it comes to the environment. The Oscar-winner took particular aim at Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, who has been a champion of the coal industry. “He represents the polluters’ interest because he is living in the 1950s,” Redford told Variety. He added that […]

John at Crooks and Liars picks up the story from the Guardian. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions. The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop […]

Continuing one of the best months of the Obama Presidency, the President took a couple of actions last week to protect the environment: President Obama announced he was withdrawing a pristine and ecologically rich region of Alaska from any future oil and gas development. Using section 12 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, Obama […]

After years on uncertainty, on Wednesday the Cuomo administration announced that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in the state of New York. The administration concluded that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. The New York Times reports: “I cannot support […]

The American Legislative Exchange Council has been a powerful arm of the conservative movement often drafting model legislation that Republicans have introduced across the country and in Congress.  And in the wake of election victories by the GOP, they have big plans: On the agenda for its environment and energy task force are draft model […]

Evolutionary biologist Sean B. Carroll explains: Fifty years ago, we were just beginning to learn some important lessons from natural disasters, epidemics, and manmade tragedies. As we gather this holiday season to take stock of all that we have to be grateful for, at the top of our list should be those who have had […]

Never mind how cold it is now; 2014 is likely to be the warmest year on record. Overall, this was the warmest October since record-keeping began in 1880. And it’s not just October that was remarkably warm. The entire year so far, since January, has also been the warmest on record—a good 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit […]

It’s his second marriage, to his second tree, although it is believed to be the tree’s first. Serial tree-hugger Richard Torres tied the knot with his second tree Sunday in a fanciful gathering in Colombia which aimed at raising environmental awareness. A beaming Torres, dressed in a stylish white suit, orange tie and large sunglasses, […]

President Obama will introduce regulations to control the release of ozone, which leads to smog and pollution. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from […]

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