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Obama’s first ad focuses on green jobs

President Obama released the first ad of his reelection campaign, and it's about clean energy jobs and oil independence -- plus, it hits back at a Koch-funded attack ad that fudged the facts. This is unusually green (as in actually mentioning green issues) and unusually brass (as in balls)! Let's hope it keeps up.

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President Obama and the forgotten urban agenda

Photo: Racoles It’s safe to say that Barack Obama came to the White House with more street cred than any president in recent memory. As an African American, Obama was certainly privy to the forces of institutional racism that still shackle much of urban America. Before he got into politics, he worked as a civil rights lawyer, and before that, he worked as a community organizer in the mean streets of Chicago. (You will recall that Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin took turns mocking him for that last one at the 2008 Republican national convention.) When Obama became president, hopes were …

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What environmental policy could we expect from President Colbert?

Stephen Colbert has officially thrown his hat in the ring for definitely possibly considering a run for president. He's already out-polling Jon Huntsman! So what kind of environmental policy platform could we expect from a President Colbert?

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Let’s make fun of Rick Santorum talking about climate change

Is it getting boring to make fun of Rick Santorum? I don't really care, because frankly the dude is both a menace and an ignoramus and that is comedy gold even if he didn't look like the love child of Ryan Reynolds and a turtle. (Yes, I recycled that joke, but it's TRUE.) It's all very well to talk about frothy mixtures and whatnot, but opportunities to mock Santorum go well beyond his Google problem. Although seriously, does anyone else feel sort of dirty when they type his name, like they should be writing "Sant*rum" or something? Anyway, Treehugger found …

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Caving on Keystone: Still a dumb idea

Rejecting the Keystone pipeline is just smart politics.Photo: Tar Sands ActionPresident Obama must decide by Feb. 21 whether to approve or reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, his hand forced by a Republican rider to the bill that extended the payroll-tax cut. The White House said straight-up that if Republicans forced a quick decision, the president would reject the pipeline permit. But in an election year, nothing is straight-up, so the latest game of conjecture in the chatter-o-sphere is whether Obama will stick to his guns. A while back I questioned the wisdom of a "top environmentalist" who spent time …

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Rick Santorum wants women to have lots of babies, whether they like it or not

Rick SantorumPut that condom down right now!Photo: Gage SkidmoreRick Santorum isn't just a climate denier -- he's a contraception denier. He believes contraception exists, but he apparently wishes it didn't, and he's eying ways to deny you access to it.

No, we're not talking about abortion here, though of course he wants to deny you access to that too. We're talking basic contraception -- the Pill, condoms, all the stuff that more than 99 percent of American women (and some smart men) use to prevent pregnancy and STDs.

Get a load of this, from an interview Santorum gave in October 2011:

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Boston Globe endorses Huntsman, cites climate and energy views

Photo: Gage SkidmoreCross-posted from Climate Progress. The largest newspaper in the state Mitt Romney once governed has endorsed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in the lead-up to the New Hampshire primary. Here are the key excerpts from the Boston Globe editorial, "For vision and national unity, Huntsman for GOP nominee": He has stood up far more forcefully than Romney against those in his party who reject evolution and the science behind global warming ... Strong economic growth put Utah in the top five in job creation during Huntsman's tenure, while he gave tax credits to companies developing solar energy. He …

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These Republicans believe in climate change. And they vote

Watching this excellent short film by James West about that rare-but-not-as-rare-as-you-think species, the Republican who believes the science of climate change, I was reminded that there was a time in U.S. politics when science was not a partisan issue. Of course, that was back when we argued about other even more unreasonable things, like whether the color of your skin disqualified you from being a person, so it's not like I'm saying there is a now-past golden age I'd prefer we revert to. Anyway, the lesson here is clear: The partisan-ness of climate change is in part self-reinforcing. Republican Climate …

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If they win, Republicans plan to permanently cripple EPA

On stage at the Republican primary debate in Rochester, Michigan, on November 9th, Rick Perry's thick brows bunched together amid beads of sweat as he struggled to remember the final federal agency he planned to eliminate. "What's the third one there? Let's see. Commerce, Education, and the, uh, ummm ..." Mitt Romney, to Perry's right, offered, "EPA?" No one blinked. After all, Perry had called the Environmental Protection Agency a "cemetery for jobs." Michele Bachmann proposed renaming it "the job-killing organization of America" and promised that if she's elected it will "have doors locked and lights turned off." Newt Gingrich …

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Newt Gingrich, ‘amateur paleontologist,’ knows science better than you

Sure, there's overwhelming consensus among climate scientists (and scientists in a host of other fields) that climate change is for realsies. These are people with doctoral degrees, decades of experience, high-end instrumentation, and mountains of data -- but are any of them amateur paleontologists? Newt Gingrich is, and that means he knows they're wrong, and so there. At a town hall meeting here Saturday afternoon, Gingrich delivered his neatly segmented remarks on taxes, regulations and an overarching economy, but when asked to explain his position on global warming, he delivered a new line. “I’m an amateur paleontologist,” Gingrich said. “I …

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