Politics

Homeowner associations restrict eco-friendly practices in favor of aesthetics

This post comes to us via the Land Institute’s Prairie Writers Circle. —– Susana Tregobov dries clothes on a line behind her Maryland townhouse, saving energy and money. But now her homeowners association has ordered her to bring in the …

The public’s attention, for the first time in ages, is focused on energy policy

This article by the AP’s Tina Lam is generally awful in terms of contrasting the candidates on energy. There is exactly one paragraph about what Obama is for, and the rest is a recitation of McCain proposals Obama has opposed. …

Republicans too sissy to shut down federal government over drilling

Congressional Republicans — and Newt Gingrich (wtf?) — continue to threaten to shut down the federal government if Pelosi won’t allow them an isolated up-or-down vote on oil drilling. I say: yes! Please, please, pleeease organize Congressional Republicans to stomp …

Re: the Russia-Georgia unpleasantness

Let’s not forget that recent fossil fuel prices have boosted Russia’s power considerably, and without any of the messy work required to empower an independent judiciary or build democratic institutions. Let’s also not forget that Georgia houses two large oil …

Va. Senator doesn’t get that the emissions are the crisis

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told the Politico last week that “environmentalists will be forced to compromise next year and support the development of clean coal, nuclear power and other alternative fuels”: We need to …

Head of CCX endorses McCain’s cap-and-trade program, reveals misunderstanding of climate policy

Over on Huffington Post, Frank Carlson has a story revealing that Richard Sandor, the founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange, supports McCain’s cap-and-trade system over Obama’s — that is to say, he supports giving pollution permits away rather than auctioning …

The pro- and anti-coal contenders on Obama’s veep shortlist

A commentary on vice presidential prospects by Eric Schaeffer, director of the Environmental Integrity Project, and Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. —– As presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama prepares to make perhaps his most important campaign decision …

We campaign continues to shoot itself, and climate movement, in the foot

So as to start by saying nice things, I think this new ad from the We campaign is a vast improvement over the sitting-on-a-couch, lending-credibility-to-scumbags ads they ran earlier this year: That said, I got an email from the campaign …

Obama campaign targets McCain’s support of dumping nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama released a new ad over the weekend in Nevada, targeting Republican rival John McCain’s support for dumping nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. “Imagine trucks hauling the nation’s nuclear waste on our highways to Yucca Mountain,” …