September 23, 2014

Growing a Greener GOP From the Ground Up

PricewaterhouseCoopers tallies up Climate Balance Sheet

With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. James West writes at The Atlantic’s CityLab about the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers here. To read the entire report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, “Two […]

Secretary Hank Paulson on Climate Risk

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“The solution can be a fundamentally conservative one that will empower the marketplace to find the most efficient response.” Read the entire piece here.

Jon Huntsman Jr Calls for GOP Leadership on Climate

Gov.  Jon Huntsman Jr. keynoting ConservAmerica's annual Theodore Roosevelt Banquet in 2011

“TO waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” These words were spoken by one […]

Pipelines, trains, or trucks: Let’s have a discussion

Oil train incident in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

There’s been a lot of news lately about accidents involving pipelines, trains and trucks hauling oil. The latest news is several train cars derailing over Philadelphia’s Schuylkyll River. Read a report here. Here’s a Grist column from the past weekend about exploding rail cars. For purposes of this discussion, let’s make the following assumption: Canada […]

Governor Christie on Climate Change

In the heat of his re-election campaign, Governor Christie gave this answer at a recent debate: Governor Christie at gubernatorial debate

US Chamber Pours Cold Water on….

When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sounds the alarm about our water resources and infrastructure, you know it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Click Water is Your Business to read the info-graphic.

Political Polarization of the Environment: Who’s to blame?

Yale professor Paul Sabin wrote a thought provoking column last week in the Boston Globe about the decline of Republican environmentalism. While there is plenty of ‘blame’ to go around, he points out that environmental groups need to shoulder their share, too. “Environmentalists exacerbated the Republican shift away from environmental issues by allying forcefully with […]

87% of West in Drought

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This story from the LA Times describes dust bowl-like conditions in western states. How will this impact our lives? Will people and jobs relocate? Will beef prices skyrocket as more and more ranchers cull their herds? What can be done to help preserve the uniquely American West way of life?

GOP Losing Young Voters Over Climate?

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The Guardian reports that three-quarters of young voters view our party’s denial or inaction on climate is a problem for them. “Republicans in Congress who reject the science behind climate change could soon be reduced to political fossils, with new polling on Wednesday suggesting three-quarters of young voters find such views “ignorant, out of touch […]

Rand Paul: Crunchy Con!

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Rand Paul is a self-described Crunchy Con! The National Review reports here.