Environmental Politics

Enviros Are Spending An Unprecedented $85 Million in 2014 Elections

"In the 2014 midterm election, facing off against voluminous spending by conservative groups and powered by a billionaire of their own, Tom Steyer, top environmental organizations say they are set to spend over $85 million -- a record amount -- trying to influence key races."

Source: Wash Post, 10/28/2014

"NPR Reduces Its Environment Team to One Reporter"

"NPR has cut back on the number of staffers focused solely on the environment and climate change.

Earlier this year, the news outlet had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated to covering the issue within NPR's science desk. One remains—and he is covering it only part-time. A few reporters on other desks occasionally cover the topic as well.

The move to shift reporters off the environment beat was driven by an interest to cover other fields more in depth, said Anne Gudenkauf, senior supervising editor of NPR's science desk."

Source: InsideClimate News, 10/27/2014

"Pragmatism on Climate Change Trumps Politics at Local Level Across US"

"As she planned her run for the Florida House of Representatives this year, Kristin Jacobs told her team that she wanted her campaign to address the effects of climate change. Her advisers were initially skeptical, noting that voters typically said they cared about the environment, but considered the issue less urgent than the economy and health care."

Source: NY Times, 10/27/2014

Getting Past Park Service PIO Harder Than 13-Mile Hike

It's true — some public information officers are really paranoid. High Country News reporter Tristan Baurick, trying to report on preservation of a historic chalet in Olympic National Park, found "a bizarre blockade on press freedom, the likes of which I’d never experienced outside a military base or murder scene."

GOP Would Target EPA Power Plant, Ozone, Water Rules if Senate Flips

"With fall elections just two weeks away, Republicans may be on the verge of wresting control of the Senate from Democrats who have blocked efforts to roll back environmental rules on carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, ozone and expanded Clean Water Act jurisdiction over U.S. waterways."

Source: Bloomberg BNA, 10/22/2014

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