Nicole Allan

Nicole Allan is a staff editor at, where she writes for the Politics Channel. She has also written for Slate and The New Republic.

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How Reid's parliamentary maneuvering could doom reforms to the oil industry

The Sen. majority leader may block amendments to an oil reform bill, endangering a bipartisan priority in order to prevent efforts to sideline the EPA

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The climate war’s western front

Gov. Schwarzenegger at a press conference. Photo: Office of the GovernorThe latest California ballot measure to make a national splash addresses neither marijuana nor gay marriage, but an even more contentious issue these days: cap-and-trade. Proposition 23 would suspend California’s statewide cap-and-trade plan, currently scheduled to take full effect in 2012, until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent in the state for a full year. The carbon pricing scheme is one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pet projects, and it is a key component of the emissions reduction measure known in California as AB 32, which Schwarzenegger signed in 2006 despite intense …

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