Can GOP Senators be this dumb on climate?

According to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader, the answer is yes: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet. At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said "nobody is blocking any amendments" to legislation thatContinue reading “Can GOP Senators be this dumb on climate?”

Obama quails on Keystone XL: Poll shows why

Looks like Obama intends to back down and let Keystone XL bitumen pipeline go through. From the NY Times: SAN FRANCISCO — Appearing at the home of an outspoken critic of the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama on Wednesday night told a group of high-dollar donors that the politics of the environment “are tough.” Mr. Obama appears toContinue reading “Obama quails on Keystone XL: Poll shows why”

Epic win for greens on Keystone XL: Dave Roberts

The Grist editor writes:  For a year now, courageous activists, Midwestern farmers, unions, and indigenous groups have rallied in an unprecedented display of public opposition to the destructive Keystone XL pipeline proposal. That grassroots movement pushed us to the brink of victory — and today, it seems, the GOP has pushed us over the line.Continue reading “Epic win for greens on Keystone XL: Dave Roberts”

Obama delays Keystone XL pipeline decision

The Obama administration, in a major concession to climate activists, is putting off the Keystone XL pipeline decision.  “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process,” President Obama said in aContinue reading “Obama delays Keystone XL pipeline decision”

Prediction fulfilled: Keystone probably delayed indefinitely

As predicted a couple of days ago: Obama administration "considering a move" to delay decision on the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The hope, apparent in this Los Angeles Times story, is that the pipeline proves too controversial to survive a transparent vetting.  From Neela Banerjee's story, which should make the front page.  "TheContinue reading “Prediction fulfilled: Keystone probably delayed indefinitely”

Obama administration chooses tar sands over climate

As numerous cynics expected, the Obama administration is giving every sign that it will choose to support the Keystone XL pipeline, even if it means the end to the climate as we know it.  “It’s not perfect, but it’s a trade off,” [Secretary of Energy Steven] Chu said. Meanwhile, it's curious that the most passionateContinue reading “Obama administration chooses tar sands over climate”