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Climate & Energy

Veto override fails in Kansas; embattled coal plants remain dead

Two new coal-fired power plants will not be built in western Kansas due to a failed attempt to override the governor’s veto. The coal-plant saga began when a state environment official last year rejected Sunflower Energy’s permit to build the …

Climate & Energy

A gas tax holiday would be cynical and indefensible

(I write this post with some sadness. I would not have expected a major progressive politician who obviously cares about global warming to propose a gas tax holiday, which has no public benefits whatsoever and at the same time undermines …

Climate & Energy

Diverting war spending to green investments is both politically possible and neccesary

Is it possible to divert war spending into green investment? (David is skeptical.) The current military budget for fiscal year 2008 is around 650 billion dollars, not including supplemental requests, which so far have been made every year since the …

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Tory swelling

The Tories are kicking Labour’s ass in the U.K. elections. More about the Tories’ surprising degree of green here.

Politics

Candidates, Congress split on ‘gas tax holiday’

The “gas tax holiday” has officially emerged as the latest bickerfest big issue in the presidential race. Hillary Clinton and John McCain say drivers need a break this summer, while Obama is aggressively pushing back against the idea. In a …

Climate & Energy

Obama on gas prices

If you can overlook the silly “price gouging” bit, this strikes me as an enormously effective push-back against Clinton’s attacks:

Politics

Top EPA official forced out by political appointees

Cross-posted from the Wonk Room. I've previously described Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson as "the environment's Alberto Gonzales." After years of scandal as White House Counsel and Attorney General, Gonzales finally resigned after it was revealed that numerous …

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DOI takes public comment on allowing loaded guns in national parks

The Interior Department has officially proposed allowing concealed firearms into some national parks and wildlife refuges. State laws against carrying loaded guns into parks would supersede the new rule: thus, for example, visitors to Death Valley National Park could tote …

Climate & Energy

Climate poll

Via E&E ($ub. req’d), a new Harris poll found that "66 percent of respondents say it is important for the president to have a policy on climate change and 63 percent say the president should take action soon after taking …