Environmental Politics

"Feinstein Asks Obama To Bypass Congress To Create 3 Desert Monuments"

"U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she has asked President Obama to bypass Congress and create three new national monuments in California, giving federal protection to more than 1 million acres of mountain ranges, sandy expanses and forests lying roughly between Palm Springs and the Nevada border."

Source: LA Times, 08/25/2015

Obama Visits Nevada and Talks Clean Energy And Climate Change

"President Obama came to Las Vegas Monday to throw his weight behind the booming solar energy industry in its recent political struggles, and to announce a bevy of initiatives to promote clean-energy growth in America’s homes and on its rooftops. It was the first stop in a climate and energy-focused tour that will also take the president to New Orleans and Arctic Alaska this month."

Source: Wash Post, 08/25/2015

10 Years After Katrina, Obama Will Visit a Much Safer New Orleans

"Ten years ago next week, a terrifying hurricane stood perched atop the Gulf of Mexico. Katrina. It had rapidly intensified from a Category 3 into a deadly Category 5 monster and began its northward turn towards the Gulf coast—weakening, fortunately, but still driving a tremendous wall of water."

Source: Wash Post, 08/20/2015

"Pope's Climate Push at Odds With U.S. Catholic Oil Investments"

"Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, ...  But some of the largest American Catholic organizations have millions of dollars invested in energy companies, from hydraulic fracturing firms to oil sands producers, according to their own disclosures, through many portfolios intended to fund church operations and pay clergy salaries."

Source: Reuters, 08/14/2015

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