Enviro. Group Pushes Climate Action in Obama’s 2nd Term

While a debate over new gun control seems certain to overshadow the early days of President Obama’s second term, a prominent environmental group in Washington is seeking to keep action on climate change firmly on the agenda. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) cites three new reports, which confirm that: ·         We’ve just completed the hottest year on record across the continental United States, and that wound up our hottest decade ever; ·         Climate change poses a grave and gathering threat to our future; ·         We can act now, as a nation, to do something about it, by cleaning up our power plants, the single largest source of the industrial carbon pollution that is throwing our climate into a dangerous … Continue reading

Enviro Group Pitches New Climate Plan

Hoping to push climate change back onto the political stage, a prominent Washington environmental group on Tuesday unveiled a new proposal to sharply cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, featuring a unique federal-state partnership and flexibility for plant owners that will hold down costs and improve Americans’ health. The proposal from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) calls for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to set standards for existing power plants—the largest source of U.S. carbon emissions that fuel climate change—that will cut millions of tons of carbon pollution, save thousands of lives and create thousands of clean energy jobs, the organization says in a statement. The proposal enables states … Continue reading

Enviro Group: By Forcing Riders, Republicans Breaking Their Own ‘Pledge To America’

By pushing a number of unrelated policy riders on spending bills and other key legislation, Republicans are breaking one of the promises they made to voters which helped them take control of the House of Representatives, a spokeswoman for a Washington environmental group charges. By attaching conservative policy provisions on “must-pass legislation,” Republicans have broken their own “Pledge to America,” a list of promises they issued ahead of the 2010 midterm elections which turned the House back to GOP control. The pledge was modeled after the earlier “Contract for America” which Republicans used in 1994 to win control of Congress. The so-called policy riders congressional Republicans are pushing include rollbacks of environmental regulations attached to spending bills required to avoid … Continue reading