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Fossil-fueled Republicans grandstand against Solyndra, solar energy

Now this is worth subsidizing!Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Today, House Republicans crowed over the bankruptcy of Solyndra, a company with an innovative thin-film solar technology granted a $535 million loan guarantee under the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Massive investments by the Chinese government drove down the price of polysilicon and pushed Solyndra into bankruptcy at the beginning of this month, despite annual revenues of over $100 million a year. The company is now under investigation by the FBI, likely because of assurances made to Congress by its top officials that Solyndra was in good financial health. At a hearing today, …

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Chris Christie says ‘climate change is real’ while vetoing climate action

Yup, climate change is real -- but what can ya do?Photo: Bob JagendorfCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed legislation to preserve his state's participation in a regional climate program on Friday. As he vetoed the bill (S. 2946), which would have blocked his decision to pull out of the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Christie announced that he had been convinced by scientists that human-made climate change is a real threat. The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that he said "climate change is real": He added that "human activity plays a role in these changes" …

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Rick Perry on climate change and Texas agriculture: 'We'll be fine'

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. In the decades since switching from supporting Al Gore in 1988 to becoming a Republican agriculture commissioner and George W. Bush's lieutenant governor, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has seen his state undergo devastating changes in its climate. Texas has grown hotter and drier, with stronger wildfires and torrential storms as greenhouse pollution builds in the atmosphere. Now, 99 percent of Texas is in drought, with a staggering 78 percent in exceptional drought. The state's farmers and ranchers are expected to lose about $10 billion this year to the killer climate, the worst in history. However, Perry …

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Rick Perry wants to frack Iowa

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. At a campaign stop in Iowa Monday night, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) claimed that the Obama administration is "trying to scare people" about natural gas fracking. He told the attendees of a house party in Cedar Rapids that natural gas drilling with hydraulic fracturing has never damaged groundwater, and expressed concern that Iowans would miss out on the natural gas boom: You have this administration talking about stopping hydraulic fracking, trying to scare people, saying that hydraulic fracking somehow or other is going to damage the groundwater, and so we've got to stop this. Not one …

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Perry reveals plan for total anarchy: 'a moratorium on regulations'

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Monday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) issued the first policy position of his presidential campaign by asking the White House to issue a "moratorium on regulations across this country": We're calling today on the president of the United States to put a moratorium on regulations across this country, because his regulations, his EPA regulations, are killing jobs all across America. Watch it: "We're sending out a request today asking President Obama to put a moratorium on all regulations," Perry said on WHO radio in Iowa, recorded live by ThinkProgress. Under such a moratorium, the Food and Drug …

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Rick Perry thinks Texas climate scientists are in a 'secular carbon cult'

Photo: Kevin DooleyCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has watched firsthand the ravages of a warming climate, first as his state's agriculture commissioner (killer droughts and record heat in 1996 and 1998) then as governor (droughts in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, with Texas' hottest July in history). Perry declared the 1996 drought "the worst natural disaster in Texas in the 20th century." He issued an official proclamation to pray for rain this year (it didn't work). However, he argues that climate science is "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart …

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Super Congress stacked with climate zombies

Fred Upton.Photo: republicanconferenceCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. A ThinkProgress analysis finds that a majority of the members on the congressional special fiscal committee oppose regulation of global warming pollution. Even with the three House Democrats left to be named, seven of the 12-member committee are known to be climate zombies. Every Republican on the so-called Super Congress, as well as Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), have voted to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) work to limit greenhouse-gas pollution. Most of the Republicans named to the committee are proud torchbearers of global warming denial: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.): "I do not say …

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How cities can get carbon down to zero

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Over 80 percent of Americans and over half of the world's population live in cities. By 2050, over 70 percent of the global population is expected to be urban. By then -- less than four decades away -- human civilization needs to be carbon neutral if we are to have any hope of averting catastrophic climate change. Figuring out how to eliminate greenhouse pollution from cities is a necessary component of that challenge. The city of Seattle, a global leader in the fight against climate change, commissioned the Stockholm Environment Institute, Cascadia Consulting Group, and ICF …

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Companies claim concern for climate, but sponsor ALEC

Photo: divinenephronCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. The fight against global warming pollution requires the investment of everyone, including the world's multinational corporate giants. Many companies have taken official stances on climate pollution, pledging to reduce their greenhouse footprint in order to reduce the threat of a destabilized climate. However, a number of these same companies are sponsoring toxic, far-right denial of climate science. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) pushes an extremist denier agenda throughout the United States, funded in secret by corporations. ThinkProgress has acquired a list of the sponsors of ALEC's 2011 annual meeting, held last week in New …

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BP funds push for more offshore drilling in oil-soaked Louisiana

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. A little more than a year after its negligence led to the despoilment of the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP is funding a right-wing lobbying group that opposes regulation of offshore drilling. This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its annual meeting in New Orleans, La. ALEC is a political corruption group funded by Koch Industries and other corporations to write legislation for state-level Republican legislators. ThinkProgress has obtained a list of the conference's sponsors, and BP is at the head of the list as a "President" level funder. According to sources, …

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