environmental politics

More Oil and Coal, Less Nature and Clean Air

USA Today reports on a speech Perry is set to deliver about energy issues.  It’s a humdinger.  Here are the main points: •Open federal lands to more energy exploration and production, including ANWAR and lands in the Mountain West – but not the Everglades, a tribute to Florida as a primary state. More offshore drilling …


The Environmental Journalism Issue in the Presidential Race

There is one enormously striking thing about the New York Times article that Dan references in the post below.  The article details how virtually all the Republican candidates have essentially declared war on the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that environmental regulation is responsible for job losses and sluggish growth.  It also quotes people from Republicans for …


The Environmental Issue in the Presidential Race

With the partial exception of Mitt Romney, all of the Republican presidential candidates are negative about EPA.  According to the NY TImes, Opposition to regulation and skepticism about climate change have become tenets of Republican orthodoxy, but they are embraced with extraordinary intensity this year because of the faltering economy, high fuel prices, the Tea …


On the Advantages of Being Out of the Political Spotlight

Environmental issues haven’t been on the front page much recently, and on the whole I think that’s a good thing.  The fact is that budget issues, the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and Medicare have pushed the environment out of the spotlight.  Predictions about politics are always hazardous and seem to be getting even …


U.S. Chamber of Commerce adopts “grassroots” organizing tactic, redoubles attacks on climate science and law

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – a significant and strident voice in opposition to anything that our government might possibly do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – is using its considerable financial resources to dramatically increase its constituent base through “grass-roots organizing,” and that its influence is …


Of the Corporations, By the Corporations, and For the Corporations?

Today’s decision in Citizens United was something of a foregone conclusion.  Still, it was a bit breathtaking.  The Court was obviously poised to strike down the latest Congressional restrictions on corporate political expenditures.  But the Court went further and struck down even restrictions that had been upheld thirty years ago.  Seldom has a majority been …