Environmental Politics

"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

"How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties"

"In August, Tom Steyer and seven campaign advisers sat in a small conference room in Coral Gables, Fla., trying to figure out how to save the world. Steyer, who is 57, has a fortune of roughly $1.5 billion, and his advisers were among the most talented political operatives in the United States."

Source: NY Times Magazine, 10/17/2014

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