Republicans Ignore The Pope At Their Peril

Republicans who have complained that the Left wants to drum religious voices out of the "public square" while thundering against women's reproductive rights, suddenly want the Pope to stick to Sunday mass.
Bill Scher
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Can The Pope Give Republicans Religion On Climate?

Twenty years ago Pope John Paul II delivered an encyclical urging a "culture of life," which Republicans readily embraced. Today, Pope Francis delivers an encyclical on climate. Republicans may have a harder time with this one.
Bill Scher
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Carbon Tax Gets a Hearing at a Conservative Think Tank

Two senators tell the right-wing American Enterprise Institute that making polluters pay for the carbon they release into the atmosphere is based on "core conservative principles." It's still a hard sell.
Joshua Ferrer
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GOP Climate Denial Syndrome Sweeps Wisconsin

It’s well-known that harsh climate conditions can mess with your mind — from cabin fever to heat delirium. But America is now experiencing an even more dangerous disease: Climaticus Non-Vocalism Extremism.
Jim Hightower
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The Kochs Can’t Buy The Pope

The Kochs can't buy the Pope, but presumably they have some members of Congress on retainer. Still, perhaps the Pope can turn at least one Republican away from oil and coal patrons.
Bill Scher
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The Divestment Dividend

Students, professors, and alumni are increasingly telling their schools to put their money where their mission is by shunning oil, gas, and coal assets. And there’s no more symbolic time of year to make that kind of statement.

Warren Explains How We Solve Inequality and CO2 Pollution

At Monday's 'Good Jobs Green Jobs' conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren deftly melded her case for a stronger middle class with her call to avert a climate crisis. The next step will be taken at the Populism2015 conference.
Bill Scher
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Building a Populist Movement That Can Stop Global Warming

The days when the environmentalism was constantly pitted against economic growth are ending, even if climate science deniers continue to spread fear about economic devastation if we cap our carbon pollution.
Bill Scher
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Obama’s Climate Pledge: Is It Enough?

President Obama's pledge is based on programs already in the works that don't need approval from a Republican Congress. More effort – and a new Congress – will eventually be needed to avert a climate crisis.
Bill Scher
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Going Off the Rails

Some 1.4 million gallons of oil spilled in U.S. rail accidents in 2013 — more than over the previous four decades combined. A record 141 of these accidents occurred in 2014. What will it take to pull the brakes on this recklessness?

King Coal Catches Black Lung

Richly rewarding failure is absurd. Yet it’s business as usual for King Coal as companies large and small hurtle toward bankruptcy. Without profits, the industry will eventually collapse. And that’s good environmental news.

Green Believers

Green energy won’t hit critical mass until conventional wisdom stops dismissing the prospect of wind, solar, and other options supplanting fossil fuels as some kind of joke.

Progressive Wedge Issues for Cities and States

For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.

Republicans Feeling The Climate Squeeze

It is becoming increasingly unacceptable, even among Republicans, to defend the "hoax" line. We are moving toward a climate debate over how to solve the problem, not whether there is a problem.
Bill Scher
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Pipeline to Nowhere

There are many good arguments against the $8-billion pipeline on environmental and labor grounds. Here’s another reason why the pipeline shouldn’t be built: It’s a waste of money.

Yes, Mitch McConnell Is Killing Coal

Neither the natural gas boom that is crowding out coal, nor the worldwide push for lower emissions is going away. The world is moving and Kentucky is standing still, because McConnell is keeping Kentucky stagnant.
Bill Scher
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Give Up, GOP: Climate Change Is The New Gay Marriage

They got burned on gay marriage. Now Republicans risk getting burned on climate. Just as there were signs in 2004 that Republicans were on the wrong side of history, so are there today.
Bill Scher
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How Capping Carbon Can Create Millions Of Jobs

It's important to know we can save the planet without much, if any, net cost. It's also important to know we can save the planet and create millions of jobs, if we are willing to pay for it.
Bill Scher
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Start Climate Summit Week Right: March.

The People's Climate March appears on track to be largest climate march in history, and possibly the most consequential, if it can pressure the U.N. to forge a real agreement to collectively cut our greenhouse gas emissions.
Bill Scher
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Want to Save the Planet? Flood Wall Street.

It would be a grave mistake, for the planet and for ourselves, to overlook Sunday's Flood Wall Street rally, which will target the role of global capitalism in our environmental crisis.
Richard Eskow
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A Simpler Solution to Climate Change

In her powerful new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate," Naomi Klein finds that humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model powered by renewable energy.

“Carbon” Introduces Short Film Series on Climate Crisis

If you want to know how bad the climate crisis is, and what you can do about it, check out “Carbon”; the first in a series of short films aimed at exploring crucial issues related to the climate crisis.
Terrance Heath
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Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities see the writing on the wall. They're trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy alternatives.

How To Leap Frog Carbon…

The world is going solar. It’s the only option we have if we want to save the human race from a climate disaster. So, let’s start treating it like that, by investing in a secure energy future for America, and the rest of the world.

Six Things You Need To Know About the Science of Global Warming

There is nothing controversial about the work of climatologist Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. Here are six things he’d like you to understand about the scientific consensus on global warming.
Joshua Holland
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Cutting Carbon Creates Jobs!

This week, the President announced plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. In addition to fighting global warming, this plan will protect millions of people from harmful pollution, and could create a ton of new American jobs.

The Risk For Republicans In Fighting The Cap On Carbon

With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
Bill Scher
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Denial Is Not A Policy.

Republicans in the House of Representatives are not only denying climate science – they're actually blocking the Pentagon from taking any action on it. Once again, House Republicans have gone too far.

Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists

As a public service, we gathered eight of the most common of the pseudo-scientific climate change arguments and asked some scientists — widely-published, working climatologists — to help us understand what makes these claims so misleading.
Joshua Holland
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Can The New Populism Save The Climate?

As progressives gather in Washington on May 22 for the New Populism Conference, to shape and organize around a populist agenda, it's worth discussing if and how populism can be harnessed to save the planet.
Bill Scher
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