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Received this e-mail today from former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D. CA) on behalf of her political action committee, PAC For Change: Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D. CA) Here's the thing: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spent the past 35 years doing whatever it takes to get what he...

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  • August 10, 2019

I love this man: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said this week that should Democrats take control of the upper chamber during the 2020 election, there’s one thing they could do to further efforts to tackle climate change: Kill the filibuster. “The No. 1 priority is climate change,”...

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  • August 9, 2019

“Because the Arctic’s role in regulating the global climate is a critical link in the chain of climate protection it should be the focus of an all-out effort to keep it strong and safe,” Durwood Zaelke, preident of the Institute of Governance and Sustaninable Development. Scripps issues a  code-red warning...

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  • August 6, 2019

More images and videos out of Greenland. A lot of damage has been done to the ice and snow. x Into the Ice @LarsOstenfeld @lundbeckfonden https://t.co/rOLfmiunnG— Caspar Haarløv (@haarloev) August 3, 2019 x Remember: 1. The Arctic is burning.2. Greenland is melting.3. The Amazon is being destroyed.4. Marine food chains...

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  • August 4, 2019

New visuals on the melt situation in Greenland. x Greenland record melt going down. @climate_ice @alunhubbard @LarsOstenfeld @climateice @lundbeckfonden August 1, 2019. West Greenland by Kangerlussaq. pic.twitter.com/VDfGfrZqkk— Caspar Haarløv (@haarloev) August 2, 2019 x Rapid snowmelt over the last 15 days on the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Imagery...

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  • August 3, 2019

This according to the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service. The Hill: The C3S provisional data from July 1 to 29 indicated that temperatures were “on a par with, and possibly marginally higher” than the previous high of July 2016. July 2019 will be about 2.16 degrees (1.2 Celsius) more than...

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  • August 2, 2019

FYI Another sign of abrupt climate change in the far north. The heatwaves in the Arctic are having terrible impacts on the Arctic eco-systems in recent years. Heather Goldstone and Elsa Partan write in WCAI: A team of scientists and students with Woods Hole Research Center’s Polaris Project are just back...

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  • July 30, 2019

“We found that melt rates are significantly higher than expected across the whole underwater face of the glacier – in some places 100 times higher than theory would predict.” – Rebecca Jackson  Trouble with tidewater glaciers. The American Association for the Advancement of Science writes: The newly observed melt rates...

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  • July 30, 2019

Throughout the High Arctic of Canada, Alaska, and Siberia unprecedented wildfires are raging. Thanks to stunning satellite images from NASA and the EU of the burning Arctic, this crisis has made international headlines. MSNBC discussed these fires yesterday and today I saw CNN, give this nightmare the coverage that it deserves...

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  • July 27, 2019

The earth’s sunscreen is interacting with climate change and is affecting marine and terrestrial systems in the Southern Hemisphere according to new research published in the journal Nature.  From The New Polytechnic at Rensselaer: Increased solar radiation penetrating through the damaged ozone layer is interacting with the changing climate, and the...

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  • July 16, 2019

OK..Just forget the danger we are in with this climate change. I sit here with the news telling me it is 85 degrees at 12 midnight and 94 today when every mercury reading thermostat told me different today in the shade and in the sun and registered  100 in the car ...

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  • July 2, 2019

The climate is extremely complicated and overwhelming for those of us that are not scientists. One thing we know for sure about humanity's massive science project with our atmosphere, however, is that pumping unfathomable amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere damages the interconnectivity of Earths ecosystems resulting in a cascading...

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  • June 29, 2019

The political and militia showdown that's been unfolding around Oregon's state Capitol is a stunning news event by any modern standard. After fleeing the state in order to prevent a quorum that's needed for a vote on climate change legislation, Republicans are being aided by right-wing militia members who are promising to...

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  • June 25, 2019

On CNN this morning, Mike Pence tried to summon as much gravitas as he could — veering dangerously close to the event horizon of fatally constipated — in order to sell a few of those common-sense homespun lies that play so well in the heartland. He sounded like an ass...

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  • June 23, 2019

So, yeah, Oregon. Where there’s an increasing chance of an armed standoff between the government and… the government. First, a little background. As of the last election, the Democrats enjoy full control of the Oregon government, including a supermajority in both the House and Senate. But not, as we’ll see, a...

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  • June 21, 2019

Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action: We've known for a long time that the Koch brothers – the billionaire donors who run an international oil, chemical and manufacturing conglomerate – bankroll Republican campaigns and fund shady Super PACs to further corporatist conservative interests. So it's troubling to learn that...

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  • June 15, 2019

Received this e-mail today from Mark Kelly’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: According to a recently released report, climate change could pose a serious threat by 2050. The report paints a bleak future where food production is threatened, billions of people are displaced, and some of the world's most populous...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 11, 2019

Seems conservatives have two responses to the existential threat of global climate change. The least-educated GOPsters, such as Donald Trump and the secret vault of clones Dick Cheney harvests his replacement organs from, choose to ignore it. Less-benighted Republicans (and we’re definitely grading on a curve here) downplay the crisis by...

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  • June 8, 2019

http://www.nytimes.com/… Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said today he would give half a billion dollars in effort to close all coal fired US electric plants and promote renewable energy. The effort, named Beyond Carbon, will focus on local and state governments since the federal government headed by...

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  • June 7, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Exacerbated trade wars by stripping India of special...

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  • June 7, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Moved to close 9 civilian conservation centers 1404. Used...

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  • May 31, 2019

A friendly reminder that we have a special election May 21st to fill retiring Rep. Tom Marino’s (R. PA-12) seat. The special election pits State Rep. Fred Keller (R. PA-12) against Penn State faculty member, Marc Friedenberg (D. PA-12). The 12th district is a pretty red district but it’s also...

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  • May 9, 2019

Received this e-mail today from former State Senator Mike Johnston’s (D. CO) U.S. Senate campaign: Today is Earth Day, a day when we celebrate all the natural beauty our planet has to offer. Here in Colorado, we are surrounded by natural splendor, from the Rocky Mountains and Pikes Peak to...

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  • April 23, 2019

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Democrats have a plan to create better jobs, better education, and a better life in rural PA! We laid it out on our website, and I'm sending the highlights to you personally because only your support can turn these ideas to action. At...

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  • April 19, 2019

Political Analyst, Stuart Rothenberg, has a new op-ed in Roll Call with a focus on another top race for Democrats in 2020. In this case, it’s the Colorado U.S. Senate seat currently held by Cory Garnder (R. CO) who Rothenberg explains is the most vulnerable GOPer next year: It’s generally easier for...

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  • March 7, 2019

Received this e-mail from Climate Hawks Vote, started by fellow Kossack, RL Miller, in support of Dan McCready’s (D. NC-09) campaign: Finally, climate hawk Dan McCready gets an election do-over in North Carolina’s Ninth District. Justice finally has been done after Republican Mark Harris finally admitted that a new election was needed in...

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  • March 6, 2019

I don’t know yet if he is going to run for President or for a third term, but I like where his head is on this: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), a climate hawk and likely 2020 presidential candidate, on Monday came out forcefully for eliminating the filibuster. “I do...

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  • February 26, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1254. A federal judge ruled the Administration had...

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  • February 22, 2019

As prepared for delivery on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at the annual combined meeting of the American Beverage Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity today. I come to you with a simple message. I’m a billionaire and I’m running for president of the United...

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  • February 17, 2019

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: Before she was walking the halls of Congress, throwing conservatives and Fox News into a tizzy, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez advocated for a Green New Deal to create more clean energy jobs, drastically cut carbon emissions, and do what it takes to avert the worst impacts of...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • February 8, 2019

Sorry I’ve been out of it. Been pretty busy. Here’s some good news today: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) are reportedly planning to unveil legislation for a Green New Deal in the coming days. Markey's office confirmed to The Hill that the senator was working with the freshman New York...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • January 31, 2019

Well, he’s not going to read peer-reviewed scientific journals, that’s for sure. So … x Winter storms don't prove that global warming isn't happening. https://t.co/LDqfq4JH9n pic.twitter.com/ndmLD637Cb — NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) January 29, 2019 That might still be a little too abstruse for Trump. Has he ever seen a tea kettle?...

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  • January 29, 2019
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First off, Happy Holidays to all my fellow Kossacks. Apologies for not being as prolific as I normally am with my diaries. Once the New Year begins, you can sure bet that I will have a ton of new diaries out on the upcoming races in 2019 and 2020. But...

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  • December 24, 2018

This is astonishingly stupid.  I’m still marveling at the raw, unadulterated dumb. Someone please break into my home with a SWAT battering ram and crowbar my jaw off the floor, because I’m going to be stuck here for a while. x DeFazio on climate: “This is the existential threat to the...

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  • December 15, 2018

Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action: Rep. Nancy Pelosi is poised to once again become speaker of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, she is contemplating new congressional rules – pushed by corporate Democrats and Republicans – that would give Republicans veto power over huge parts of the Democratic agenda.1,2,3 Right now –...

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  • December 7, 2018

Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action: It's a nightmare scenario for climate and energy policy: Sen. Joe Manchin – the coal-loving West Virginian who once used a rifle to shoot a climate change bill in a campaign ad – could soon be the top Democrat on the Senate Energy and...

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  • December 5, 2018

And the cheesed*ck stands alone. From Axios: In a joint declaration released Saturday, leaders of G20 nations reaffirmed their commitment to fighting climate change by upholding the Paris Agreement — with the exception of the U.S. The United States reiterates its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and affirms...

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  • December 1, 2018

NPR was doing it’s damndest to get newly elected Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger to trash her fellow Democrats and the Democratic Party.  The questions by the NPR inteviewer were centered around if the Democratic Party needed to change.  And in case anyone missed what the interviewer meant by change, it wasn’t...

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  • November 16, 2018

Read this over at Huffington Post today: Advocates for Alaska Natives, who were crucial to Murkowski’s re-election in 2010, tell HuffPost they’ve been flooding her office all week and urging her to oppose Kavanaugh. Lots of issues facing native Alaskans, but I was like “WTF?” on this one: The most...

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  • September 9, 2018

Received this e-mail today from the League of Conservation Voters in support of U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s (D. MT) re-election campaign: BREAKING … last night at a raucous rally in Billings, Montana, President Trump leveled a vicious attack against Senator Jon Tester, claiming Tester was an obstructionist who is standing in the way of Trump's efforts...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • September 7, 2018

To say that the slogan “America First” has a checkered past in the United States is an understatement of epic proportions. Launched in the spring of 1940 on the eve of Hitler’s conquest of France, Belgium and Holland, the America First Committee was an isolationist crusade which grew to 800,000...

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  • August 6, 2017

The weirdest, dumbest and most negligent thing among the press today is to ask and re-ask whether Trump believes in climate change science . . . . and, worse, characterize it as an on-going “secret.”  As just some examples, see “Does Donald Trump Still Think Climate Change Is a Hoax?...

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  • June 4, 2017

A new law called the Energy Policy Modernization Act​ is on the fast track to being sent to President Obama to sign into law. Inside this bill is a small provision that could have wide ranging impacts. An amendment introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski would designate the burning of...

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  • October 14, 2016

The two Democrats running to replace Aaron Schock in Illinois' 18th Congressional district supported action on climate change in a recent debate sponsored by several news organizations.  Both candidates mentioned a letter from Pope Francis calling on Catholics to make combating climate change a top priority. Less than a week...

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  • June 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton did us a favor. At a recent speech to the League of Conservation Voters, Clinton showed that she doesn't understand what it will take to confront the climate crisis and she's unwilling to stand up to fossil fuel interests who are threatening to destroy civilization. Even after climate...

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  • December 2, 2014

Yesterday Illinois was facing an environmental and economic crisis from fracking that was greenwashed by a Democratic Governor who told us regulation can make it safe. Voters were asked to choose between two pro-fracking candidates for Governor. Bruce Rauner won after many downstate voters decided they didn't like either choice...

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  • November 5, 2014

The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given Homeland Fuels two grants totaling $4.25 million in taxpayer dollars. The first grant was awarded in 2013 to fund a study...

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  • October 23, 2014

Will the climate movement have a serious contender for President in 2016? Now's the time to find someone strong on the most urgent crisis of our time and serious about winning the White House. Should that candidate be Hillary Clinton?  She says the right things. But the most significant actions...

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  • October 6, 2014

Illinois' most embarrassing Congressman, John Shimkus, faced an outraged backlash for pro-fracking statements he made on facebook. He's already well known as a climate change denier and conspiracy theorist on the fringe of the energy debate. Although there's a long tradition of coal mining in his district, fracking is very...

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  • September 19, 2014

The three Democrats running in Illinois' 13th Congressional district primary recently answered my questions about climate change and energy issues. It's one of the hottest Congressional races in the nation since freshman incumbent Republican Rodney Davis narrowly won with merely 46.5% of the vote in 2012. The central Illinois district...

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  • February 24, 2014