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States Tighten Air Rules in the Wake of Federal Loosening A number of states and cities are thumbing their noses at the Bush administration's moves to weaken air-pollution rules by imposing their own stricter regulations. Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other states, as well as a few cities, announced yesterday that they are making or seriously considering plans to retain requirements that old industrial plants install state-of-the-art emissions-control technology before increasing production, though the federal government axed such requirements on a national level in August. Outgoing California Gov. Gray Davis (D) has already signed a bill that will keep …

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Umbra on reversing the tide

Dear Umbra, I can't take it! A body-building actor was just elected governor of my state! I'm going to go mad! Then my friend said, "Don't get mad, get even." You've got to help me -- California is crazy, but at least we've been setting the standard on some environmental issues. (Not all of them, I know, but quite a few.) I've never believed that letters or marching or such things help, but now I'll do anything. Anything! If next year's presidential election goes like this, I'll really lose it. Tell me what to do. Help me, Obi-Wan! SamBakersfield, Calif. …

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Links and info on candidates, voting, and other election intrigue

  Register to Vote Meet the Candidates What the Polls Say Additional Resources Register to Vote Get off your duff and register to vote! Think you've got this one in the bag? Better check twice. Have you moved since the last time you sallied poll-ward? Changed your name? Switched your party of choice? Are you darn near positive that all of your friends, family members, colleagues, and bowling partners are registered -- er, well, at least the Earth-lovin' ones? Take care of it all at YourVoteMatters.org, where you can register to vote in any of the 50 states or D.C., …

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A look at state and local races and rumblings around the U.S.

Click on the map to read about each region. All politics are local, as the saying goes -- and so in this section of Grist's special edition on elections and the environment, we turn our attention away from the federal government to describe some of the ways the environment has made it onto the ballot at the state and local levels in 2003, and ways it's likely to crop up in 2004. From the effort to reelect Salt Lake City's Ross "Rocky" Anderson -- one of the nation's greenest mayors -- to the standoff between a Native American tribe and …

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Lessons from the Great Lakes on how enviros can win votes and influence people

Bush chats up Michiganders in Monroe. Photo: White House. President Bush swooped into Monroe, Mich., in mid-September for an appearance at one of the largest and most polluting coal-fired power plants in the world. As an exploration of his ideas about environmental policy, the visit was completely baffling. (Why go to such a filthy facility? Why sing the praises of a piece of legislation -- the Clean Air Act -- that his administration has made every effort to weaken?) But as a campaign stop, the Monroe visit made perfect sense. Michigan is an important swing state at the political and …

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Can a beat-Bush effort yield a progressive coalition with staying power?

Is Bush digging his political grave with enviro rollbacks? Photo: White House. Who says George W. Bush never did anything for the great outdoors? His running for reelection could be the best thing to happen to the U.S. environmental movement in years. The threat of four more years of Bush has provoked a significant rethinking of the movement's tactics, according to interviews with movement leaders, their financial supporters, and political advisers. Not only has it energized activists like never before, it has also produced unprecedented expressions of unity within the movement and beyond -- specifically with labor unions, feminist organizations, …

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A Grist interview with Democratic presidential contender Joe Lieberman

Joe cool. Photo: Lieberman for President Search through the recent archive of Democratic presidential candidate and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's press releases, and here's a sampling of what you'll see: "Lieberman Calls for [EPA Administrator Christie] Whitman to Resign in Protest." "Lieberman, McCain Offer Plan Harnessing Market Forces to Counter Global Warming." "Lieberman, Clinton Demand Answers From White House on Suppression of Public Health Information on Ground Zero Air Quality." Regularly since President Bush took office, Lieberman has been teaming up with senators on both sides of the aisle to issue direct challenges to the administration on its environmental rollbacks, …

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A Grist interview with Democratic presidential contender Dennis Kucinich

Kucinich: rhymes with spinach. Photo: Kucinich for President. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has gone to great lengths to bill himself as the only true progressive among the Democratic presidential candidates -- vehemently opposed to war, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization, and vehemently in support of universal health care, social security, and welfare. "I am running for president of the United States to enable the goddess of peace to encircle within her arms all the children of this country and all the children of the world," Kucinich said when he officially announced his candidacy on Oct. 13. So does he …

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Interviews with the 2004 Democratic presidential contenders

There are enough of them to field a baseball team or fill the Supreme Court bench. With nine candidates vying to win the Democratic nomination for president, sometimes it can be tough to remember which one drives the SUV and which one's the vegan. To help you get a leg up on the environmental platforms of President Bush's would-be challengers for the presidency, Grist is conducting interviews with the contenders. (Looking for a particular interview but don't see it? Check back soon -- and in the meantime, email the candidate and say you'd like to read more about his or …

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Don’t let the Democrats frighten you away from voting your conscience

It's that time of year again. Fall is in the air, kids are back in school, and frightened Democrats are warning the Green Party not to run a candidate for president next year. "The issues are too serious," we're told, "and the incumbent too awful. Just for this election, forget your progressive values, hold your nose, and vote for whichever conservative white male the Dems decide to run. After all, anyone's better than Bush." We've heard this before. The arguments Dems are making now are the same ones they made in 2000. "Rally around Al Gore," they said. In 1996, …

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