Category: Climate change

Republican Governor Rick Snyder on human-caused climate change: “Shrug”

Republican Governor Rick Snyder on human-caused climate change: “Shrug”

In a piece at the subscription-only Politico Pro, Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder boldly refused to say whether or not he believes humans are contributing to climate change: Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said this afternoon that climate change is happening, but he declined to say whether humans are causing it. […] Snyder said he believes climate change is real. […]

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Republican bill would make petcoke and industrial waste eligible for “clean energy” tax credits

Republican bill would make petcoke and industrial waste eligible for “clean energy” tax credits

Last December, Aric Nesbitt, a proud Republican member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), introduced a bill, H.B. 5205 that went largely unnoticed. The bill would reclassify petroleum coke (“petcoke”) and solid waste as a “renewable energy resource”, eligible for renewable energy tax credits. Yes, you’re right to gasp. Earlier this month, Executive Director for the Michigan League of […]

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How to beat the polluter lobby

How to beat the polluter lobby

As I’m sure you know, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft rules this week calling for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from power plants by 2030. This, of course, is not going to happen without a fight, as polluters always claim that new or stricter pollution limits will destroy their businesses and the economy. Initial public reaction to the rule is positive, but polluters and their allies will come out swinging. Here’s how supporters of the new rules can be most effective in the fight to come:

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We need EPA pollution standards — candidates shouldn’t be afraid to say so too

We need EPA pollution standards — candidates shouldn’t be afraid to say so too

Just like with Obamacare, the key is playing offense The Environmental Protection Agency is going to release rules next week limiting the amount of carbon dioxide pollution that can be released from power plants. Amidst a lot of worry about the impact this will have on Democrats in an off-year election, apparently the optimistic take on this among Washington Democratic […]

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As ALEC ramps up its opposition to EPA regulations through state Attorneys General, Bill Schuette is their poster child

As ALEC ramps up its opposition to EPA regulations through state Attorneys General, Bill Schuette is their poster child

Corporatism is alive and well in state governments across the USA The Guardian newspaper has a blockbuster piece out today that shows how the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), has turned to working through state Attorneys General to stop any efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative […]

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Play Offense. You Can’t Win if You’re Only Defending.

Play Offense. You Can’t Win if You’re Only Defending.

Peters, Totten: Hit your opponents on Obamacare

If you are watching basketball and the play is constantly at one end of the court, you have a pretty good guess who’s winning, right? (HINT: not the team that’s spending all its time defending). The same thing goes for hockey, soccer, football…and communications.

When Chris interviewed me when I started writing here he asked about the mistakes I see progressive communicators make, and I answered that playing defense instead of offense is one of the biggest ones. I see too many candidates and advocates spend their time defending against attacks, trying to justify to the public why their views aren’t wrong, rather than going on the offense against their opponents and forcing them to explain the ways they are out of touch with American values.

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