Environmental Politics

"U.S. Oil Export Battle Heats Up as Drillers Group To Fight Ban"

"More than a dozen oil producers have joined to lobby the federal government to reverse the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude exports, a move that supporters say would create jobs and keep the energy boom alive, a spokesman for one of the companies and a lobbyist for another one said on Friday."

Source: Reuters, 10/29/2014
November 6, 2014

The Chill in Canada's Climate Science: A CJFE Live Chat

Find out why our government is shutting the public out of environmental research, and what Canadians can do to thaw the chill around climate science. Join Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, 1-2pm on Nov 6, for an online interactive chat with Toronto Star environment reporter Raveena Aulakh and leading Canadian atmospheric scientist Dr. Tom Duck.

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

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