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California lawmakers set to take lead on enviro policy

Monday’s Washington Post notes a fact that’s been on many a green activist’s mind in the past two months: California lawmakers are set to play key roles in setting the nation’s environmental policies. The two congressional committees with the biggest …

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S.F. Chronicle says Bush admin. is racing to open up the state’s coasts

The Interior Department is rushing to open up California’s coasts to offshore drilling exploration, the San Francisco Chronicle reported today, a move that could lead to oil derricks being built within three miles to the state’s shoreline. Government estimates show …

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Future of Obama presidency hinges on ability to adapt to changing circumstances

I share the relief many liberals feel about the election of Barack Obama. We dodged a bullet on a lot of issues by not electing McCain — inaction on global warming, escalation of wars, budget cuts in the face of …

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Sen. Cornyn offers up simplistic recipe for energy security

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says tumbling gas prices have had the bad effect of making voters less interested in tackling the nation’s energy problems. True. But the Republican lawmaker from one of the reddest states in the union says …

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Outgoing Greenpeace leader talks about activism, economics, and his next steps

John Passacantando. Greenpeace has earned a reputation as the environmental movement’s radical faction, and John Passacantando, executive director of the organization’s U.S. arm, has been right in the midst of the action. He took the helm of Greenpeace USA in …

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Obama’s NSA pick promotes ‘drill, baby, drill,’ clean coal, and nuclear

For a lot of the folks who voted for Barack Obama, promoting "national security" means weaning ourselves from dirty fuel sources. For the man Obama tapped as his national security advisor, James L. Jones, things aren’t so clear cut, Robert …

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Memo to the president-elect about NASA

Memo To: PEBO From: Andrew Dessler Re: What to do about NASA on your first day in office Two things: Fire Michael Griffin, NASA’s current administrator. He says stupid things about climate change and is going to be an impediment …

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Brookings and RMI bring energy stakeholders together to forge areas of agreement

A fleet of oil industry reps, enviros, venture capitalists, national-security hawks, and think-tankers walk into a room. After a day and a half of debate, can they walk out with at least three oil-related policy recommendations for the next president? …

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Conservative Dems push back against progressive green spending

Last week the Washington Post had a story on the tension between fast stimulus and green stimulus; this week they have another along the same lines. Smart growth groups and enviros are trying to push the balance as far as …