Politics

GOP strategist Frank Luntz argues enviros are failing — and they’re mean to boot

Frank Luntz, the famed Republican pollster and messaging consultant who helped to shape Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Contract With America, thinks environmentalists are mean. Frank Luntz. The author of a new guidebook on politically effective language, …

Giant Pander

Bush concentrates more rule-making power in the hands of political appointees A new executive order from President Bush will give political appointees much more power over rules and guidance documents related to the environment, public …

Grandchildren, Schmandchildren

Congress holds hearings, realizes climate change is upon us It’s official: Congress has red-hot climate-change ants in its pants. As climate-related hearings in the House and Senate got rolling this week, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) …

Leader Hosin’

Bush State of the Union address offers tepid energy initiatives Today we have the high privilege and distinct honor of blurbing the State of the Union address. It was largely a muted, desultory affair, reflecting …

Senate bills and corporate coalition push Washington toward climate action

Will January 2007 prove to be a tipping point for U.S. climate-change policy? Already this month we’ve seen a barrage of high-profile activity — and President Bush hasn’t even given his State of the Union …

Why federal farm support deserves a fresh look

Note: Over the course of three weeks, as Congress begins discussion of the 2007 farm bill, Victual Reality will be devoted to analyzing the political economy of farming and teasing out an agenda for a …

Reid promises big stuff in the Senate on climate change

Coolio

Here’s an interesting bit from a Q&A with Reid and Pelosi: I have a couple questions about global warming. First, to Mr. Reid, does the Senate plan to follow Ms. Pelosi’s plan to create a …

The Neverending Tory

Canada’s leaders bring back green program, announce rainforest fund When Canada’s Conservative Party took power a year ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper put a variety of environmental programs on hold — only to find out …

A Speechwriter Behind Every Bush

Content of State of the Union speech remains a mystery — kind of Will President Bush crack down on climate change in his State of the Union address? The world may never know — until, …