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Mad Rush: Limbaugh claims solar and wind industries don’t exist

Photo by Dan Correia.

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

Rush Limbaugh continued his bizarre attacks on clean energy innovation Monday, claiming that the solar and wind energy sectors don't exist. Limbaugh was responding to a ThinkProgress Green post that noted his role in scaring American customers against the Chevy Volt. He has even claimed that GM is "trying to kill its customers." Attempting to justify his denigration of the extended-range electric vehicle, Limbaugh said that "all of Obama’s green energy" is a mirage (listen here):

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Obama mocks drill, baby, drill: ‘The American people aren’t stupid’

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

In an address on energy policy at the University of Miami, President Barack Obama mocked the GOP drumbeat for a drill-baby-drill response to rising gas prices. Noting that "it's an election year," Obama alluded to Newt Gingrich's promise to deliver $2.50 gas with a return of drill-everywhere platform. Obama described the "three-point plans for $2 gas": "Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling."

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Why climate change is like a grizzly bear

Photo by Andrew Nicholson.

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

The founder of Conservation Hawks, an organization of sportsmen dedicated to fighting climate change, will give up his gun if global warming is a hoax.

“If you can convince Conservation Hawks chairman Todd Tanner that he’s wasting his time, that he does not have to worry about climate change, he will present to you his most prized possession: a Beretta Silver Pigeon 12 gauge over/under that was a gift from his wife, and has been a faithful companion on many a Montana bird hunt,” Hal Herring writes at The Conservationist. “I know the gun, and I’ve hunted and fished with Todd for years. He’s not kidding. You convince him, he’ll give you the gun.” Tanner told The Conservationist:

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Why climate hawks should care about birth-control access

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

Any morally acceptable pathway to prevent catastrophic global warming includes broad access to affordable birth control for the world's women. The conservative war on birth control is a war on women’s rights, and thus on the rights of us all. Human-made global warming is one of the most troubling symptoms of economic and social injustice around the planet, and the "countries in the developing world least responsible for the growing emissions are likely to experience the heaviest impact of climate change, with women bearing the greatest toll." Researchers have found that empowering women to reduce unplanned pregnancies is one of the most cost-effective ways to combat greenhouse pollution, as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson discussed at the Durban climate conference last December:

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That’s Newt to me: Gingrich claims EPA plans to raise gas prices

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Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

Appearing on NBC’s Meet The Press this Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to shift blame away from oil companies for rising gasoline prices. Asked by host David Gregory how he would attack President Obama given positive news about the economy, Gingrich falsely claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to “raise the price of gasoline by 25 cents a gallon”:

His policies have consistently, I think, weakened the country. He has an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would raise the price of gasoline by 25 cents a gallon. There are very few Americans who want to see the price of gasoline raised by government to 25 cents a gallon.

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Risky business: States require insurers to plan for climate change

New York insurance companies are preparing for increased risk of flooding in the future. (Photo by Dave Bledsoe.)

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

Following the most damaging year of climate disasters in the United States in history, the insurance regulators in three states -- California, Washington, and New York -- announced that all major insurance companies operating in their states will be required to assess and publicly disclose the climate change-related risks they face, both in their underwriting as well as in their investment activities.

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Twisted pipeline: GOP conspires with TransCanada to keep Keystone alive

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

Congressional Republicans are now openly acting as advocates for foreign oil interests, colluding with TransCanada lobbyists to push their tar-sands agenda. House and Senate staff for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) and GOP Sens. John Hoeven (N.D.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and others gathered Monday afternoon for a conference call with TransCanada lawyers “to plot out how to push the Obama administration on the Keystone XL pipeline,” Politico reports:

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Will Obama address climate threat in State of the Union speech?

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. On Jan. 24, President Obama will address Congress and the nation on the state of the union, with the chance to stir this country to action on the existential threat of climate change. Obama has the responsibility to seize the moment and finally explain to the American people the great mobilization of resources and will that protecting our homeland from a poisoned climate requires. In a tweet to ThinkProgress Green, White House Director of Public Engagement Jon Carson promised that he would personally tell Obama that people believe he needs to talk about the science of …

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Chamber of Commerce pushes civilization-ending pollution agenda

Awesome idea, Tom!Photo: MerrionSt.ie Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Thursday morning, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue argued that "free enterprise" requires a future of accelerated, unending global warming. Supporting expanded fracking, shale oil, and tar-sands development, including the Keystone XL pipeline, Donohue said that the United States should burn hundreds of billions of tons of fossil fuels for hundreds of years: We have 1.4 trillion barrels of oil, enough to last at least 200 years. We have 2.7 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas, enough to last 120 years. We have 486 billion tons of coal, enough to last …

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Koch fiends: AFP’s favorite members of Congress

Charles and David Koch.Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Five senators and 39 representatives received a perfect 100 percent score from the Koch brothers' astroturf group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) for the first half of the 112th Congress. AFP judged Congress on their votes to protect the Koch brothers' right-wing petrochemical empire on such issues as the repeal of President Obama's new health care law, preempting EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases, Chairman Paul Ryan's budget to end Medicare, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions of disapproval to overturn new regulations, and the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills. The Koch …

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