Environmental Politics

"Fossil Fuel Money to GOP Grows, and So Does Climate Divide"

"Political polarization on climate change has become so stark this election cycle that researchers say the gulf between Republicans and Democrats is wider than they have seen in more than 20 years of polling. The polarization has an equally startling financial corollary: an overwhelming 91 percent of fossil fuel industry campaign donations now flow to Republican candidates and 9 percent to Democrats."

Source: InsideClimate News, 09/16/2016

"GOP Eases Lead Paint Laws After $750,000 In Donations"

"MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature approved a measure aimed at retroactively shielding paint makers from liability after a billionaire owner of a lead producer contributed $750,000 to a political group that provided crucial support to Walker and Republicans in recall elections, according to a report released Wednesday."

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/16/2016

"Sanders, Native Americans Say Oil Pipeline Will Poison Drinking Water"

"Sen. Bernie Sanders called on President Obama to take action against the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline during a protest outside the White House on Tuesday with members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations."

Source: USA TODAY, 09/14/2016

With U.S. Election in Sight, Ban Seeks Quick Action on Climate Accord

"As the United Nations General Assembly converges in New York on Tuesday, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is using the gathering of world leaders to rush the 2015 Paris climate change accord into legal force this year, hoping to bind all countries to its strictures for at least the next four years — regardless of the outcome of the presidential election in the United States."

Source: NY Times, 09/13/2016


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