Politics

Sen. Bingaman talks climate and energy with reporters

“Getting a cap-and-trade program enacted is going to be a heavy lift,” Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) told a group of reporters over breakfast this morning. Bingaman, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, spoke today about the challenges …

An effective political response to the Republican push for drilling

Following up on this and this: The Democrats need an effective response to the drill-and-burn message coming out of the GOP. It’s a fight the right thinks it’s winning and Dems think they’re losing. Problem is, that becomes a self-fulfilling …

McCain adviser Forbes suggests candidate will dump cap-and-trade plan

Steve Forbes, who serves as an economic adviser to John McCain, suggested on The Glenn Beck Program last week that he expected the Republican presidential candidate to abandon his call for a cap-and-trade system to regulate emissions once he takes …

McCain’s switch on offshore drilling brings him big money from Big Oil

While the drumbeat for more domestic drilling is unlikely to get additional oil flowing anytime soon, it has increased the flow of cash to GOP presidential candidate John McCain. McCain changed his position on offshore drilling last month, calling for …

Driving cutback in U.S. bankrupting fund for infrastructure improvements

High gasoline prices in the United States have prompted a sustained cutback in driving, and the resulting dip in revenue from the federal gas tax is already canceling plans for infrastructure projects due to lack of funding. Right now, roughly …

EPA administrator Stephen Johnson neglects his federal oath

This post is by ClimateProgress guest blogger Bill Becker, executive director of the Presidential Climate Action Project. ----- Some of us had high hopes for Stephen Johnson when President Bush appointed him in March 2005 as administrator of the U.S. …

Former GOP prez candidate left up the creek without a wildebeest

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), one-time contender for the Republican presidential nomination, had the best of intentions for a trip to Africa. Having heard that there are 230,000 hungry refugees from Darfur currently residing in Chad, Hunter’s staffers called the country’s …

The crucial mistake Dems made in the energy fight

Following up on this — I think the Democrats have made a specific and costly error. Consider the following Republican argument: Americans are hurting from high gasoline prices; politicians must act. Therefore, it’s the responsibility of Congress to lower gasoline …

Dem presidential candidate calls on world to unite to fight climate change

Obama spoke at the Brandenburg Gate yesterday; 100,000 people were expected, 200,000 showed up. This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where …