Politics

Drilling for Jesus

“[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we …

Green groups and Dems outraged by Bush admin’s plan to loosen species protections

The Bush administration on Monday proposed major changes to the way the Endangered Species Act is enforced, asserting that federal agencies should be able to decide on their own whether projects like highways and dams would be harmful to endangered …

House Speaker says she’s open to compromise on offshore drilling

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on “Larry King Live” Monday night that she would consider allowing a vote on offshore drilling, but only if it were part of an energy package that included renewable-energy investment and release of oil …

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 …