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The majority of Republicans running for House and Senate seats disagree with proven scientific facts about global warming. That means that if Republicans take control of one or both chambers this November, there is little hope for legislation to address climate change.
"Remember the 2008 presidential campaign, when candidates and voters alike couldn’t seem to get enough of energy and climate issues during the good ol’ days of $4 per gallon gasoline? Politically and at the pump, those days are long gone."
"With Election Day less than two weeks away and Republicans rallying around their opposition to U.S. EPA regulations, the agency is expected to wait before it tightens the nationwide limit on ozone pollution."
The billionaire Koch brothers, who are estimated to have given as much as $50 million to anti-environemental groups, meet twice yearly with major industries to coordinate right-wing efforts to eliminate 90 percent of all laws. Those in on the planning include the Wall St. Journal's Stephen Moore and Fox News' Glenn Beck.
California voters, evenly split in September on a controversial ballot initiative to suspend the state's global warming law, now oppose it 48% to 37%, according to a new poll.
For Tea Party activists in Indiana, manmade climate change is a 'flat-out lie.' For them, Rush Limbaugh and the Bible speak with more scientific authority than scientists, scientific organizations, or research institutes. One consequence is that a Democrat who voted for cap-and-trade is endangered.
"A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to the Palm Springs area for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought election — it will be to plan for the next one."
"The Chinese flag is being raised in states around the country -- in campaign attack ads warning voters that Congress is creating renewable energy jobs within the borders of America's biggest rival."
"BEIJING-- A dispute between China and the United States over Beijing’s subsidies to clean energy industries escalated on Sunday when a senior Chinese economic official warned that Washington 'cannot win this trade fight.'"
"The decade-long effort to pass comprehensive climate legislation framed around a declining cap and trading for carbon dioxide emissions died an ignominious death. Now new proposals focused on a substantial ramp-up of investments in energy innovation are percolating — and instantly being attacked."
Tighter regulation of toxic chemicals that often threaten people's health isn't going to happen in the current Congress. The reason: a strong industry lobbying effort.
Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, who held President Obama's nomination for OMB director hostage over the deepwater drilling ban, has said she will now hold it hostage until she is satisfied with the pace at which drilling permits are granted.
Interviews suggest that politics initially blinded the Obama administration on oil drilling.
"With climate legislation stalled in Congress and U.S. EPA just months away from regulating greenhouse gases for the first time, 37 states have taken sides in a court battle that could end up steering U.S. climate policy for years."