Environmental Politics

Crop Insurance Subsidies Prove Cutting Budget Is Easier Said Than Done

"In April, Republicans newly in control of Congress celebrated their agreement on a plan to save $5 trillion — that’s trillion, with a 'T' — and balance the budget in a decade. 'We continue to get things done for the American people,' boasted the House speaker at the time, John A. Boehner. Yet as the year closes, Congress instead is planning to repeal one of the few spending cuts it has passed into law since approving that budget resolution: $3 billion over a decade from subsidies for crop insurers."

Source: NY Times, 11/27/2015

Standoff Over Climate Study Provokes National Uproar By Scientists

"A top House lawmaker’s confrontation with government researchers over a groundbreaking climate change study is provoking a national backlash from scientists, who say his campaign represents the most serious threat Congress has posed to scientific freedom."

Source: Wash Post, 11/25/2015

"Top Lawmaker Rebutted on Climate Study Accusation"

"The escalating struggle between an influential House Republican and government scientists over their pivotal study of global warming now turns on accusations that they rushed to publish their findings to advance President Obama’s agenda on climate change. But a spokeswoman for Science, the prestigious peer-reviewed journal that in June published the paper by climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in an interview that their research was subject to a longer, more intensive review than is customary."

Source: Wash Post, 11/24/2015

Corporate Money Fueled PR Campaign for Climate Doubt Over Two Decades

"Climate change has long been a highly polarizing topic in the United States, with Americans lining up on opposite sides depending on their politics and worldview. Now a scientific study sheds new light on the role played by corporate money in creating that divide."

Source: Wash Post, 11/24/2015

"Alberta Launches $3 Billion Climate Change Strategy With Carbon Tax"

"Albertans will pay $3 billion more annually in a new economywide tax on carbon, and will likely have to shell out more for electricity as a result of an accelerated retirement of coal-fired power plants under the NDP government’s new climate-change strategy released Sunday."

Source: Calgary Herald, 11/23/2015


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