Politics

Obama looks to reverse Bush’s drilling efforts in Utah

President-elect Barack Obama may move quickly to reverse the Bush administration’s push to expand oil and gas drilling in Utah, Obama transition team leader John Podesta said on Sunday. “They want to have oil and …

Going up? Part 3

Environmental leaders offer their elevator pitches for Obama

We asked a number of leaders in environment and sustainability issues to imagine they found themselves in an elevator with the president-elect — giving them one minute of his undivided attention. Here are their messages …

Poll dancing

Election-week polls find voters support both clean energy and offshore drilling

Seventy-eight percent of voters believe that investing in clean energy is important to revitalizing the economy, according to a new Zogby International poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation. The findings support growing calls for …

Obama mulls Energy Security Council

The latest, according to "sources close to the transition," is that Obama is thinking of creating an Energy Security Council, modeled on the National Security Council. This was, of course, one of Hillary Clinton’s signature …

We're going to need a mental bailout, too

The intellectual bankruptcy of conservatism: Heritage even opposes energy efficiency

Conservative think tanks remain oblivious and impervious to the facts. They cling to global warming denial and delay even in the face of the remarkable advances both in scientific understanding about global warming and in …

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Nader’s challenge

“Whatever you think of Nader’s jeremiad, it is exceedingly timely. Democrats are on the brink of losing their old excuses for timidity and retreat. If the election produces stronger majorities in Congress and a president …

Governator proposes tax on California oil drilling

As part of a package aimed to address California’s $11.2-billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday proposed a 9.9 percent tax per barrel on oil drilled in the state. The proposal, a flip-flop from …

Transition talk: Wild rumors

A roundup of possible Cabinet picks for environment-related positions

The punditocracy is amusing itself by trading rumors about who Obama might tap to fill key leadership posts. Here are names that have been circulated thus far for environment-related positions. Warning: wild speculation to follow. …

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Palin offers the help that Obama has not yet asked for

“And as governor of Alaska, Governor Palin looks forward to working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.” — Meghan Stapleton, aide to Alaska governor Sarah Palin