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Bush on Kyoto, on his way out the door

"I listened, I've told people, 'Yes, you can try to be popular.' In certain quarters in Europe, you can be popular by blaming every Middle Eastern problem on Israel. Or you can be popular by joining the International Criminal Court. …

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Presidential inauguration aims to be greenest of all

As the nation's capital braces for an onslaught of merrymakers at next week's inauguration, efforts are underway to make this year's festivities the greenest ever. Reports the Los Angeles Times: "Not only are we committed to holding an inauguration that …

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What happened to the big win for progressives, the environment, and organic food?

Who found it more difficult to get excited about an Obama presidency, the Democratic Leadership Council or the progressive wing of the Democratic party? The DLC folks are riding high, calling themselves "The New Team." The progressives came away empty-handed. …

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Lands bill clears first Senate hurdle

The Senate approved a motion to move forward with the omnibus lands bill on Sunday, a bill that would protect more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states. The bill combines more than 150 separate pieces of legislation …

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Alaska Dem. kicks off Congress with call for ANWR drilling

Newly sworn-in Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) on Friday kicked off the 111th Congress by attacking Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) for reintroducing a bill to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Begich has been bullish on opening the reserve for drilling. …

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Push continues for more green infrastructure funding in the economic-stimulus package

Senate Democrats on Sunday convinced President-elect Barack Obama to add more money for clean-energy tax credits to his economic-stimulus plan, doubling available funds to at least $20 billion. Horse-trading is sure to continue as the Obama team and congressional leaders …

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So much for 'clean coal'

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. Before Thursday's Senate hearing on the devastating Tennessee coal plant billion-gallon ash spill, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) demolished the "clean coal" myth. Alexander told Knoxville's WVLT-TV: Coal is a dirty business. Watch it:

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Green(ish) news from our nation's capitol

• Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) wants to get funding for FutureGen -- the proposed "zero emissions" coal plant that the Bush administration axed due to ballooning costs -- into the stimulus package. Durbin said Thursday that he got a "positive …

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Labor nominee Hilda Solis talks green jobs at her confirmation hearing

The topic of green jobs cropped up at Friday's confirmation hearing for Labor nominee Hilda Solis before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. From Solis's opening statement: If confirmed, I will work with President-elect Obama, my colleagues in …