The Power of the Term “Global Warming”

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 9:16 am

The terms “global warming” and “climate change” are often used interchangeably to describe the effect of increasing greenhouse gases but new research indicates the public responds to them very differently. According to a report by Yale Project on Climate Change Communications and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, the term global warming [...]

Americans See Global Warming as Real but Not a Serious Threat

By: Friday March 14, 2014 6:41 am

One of the biggest political problems for environmentalists when it comes to global warming is that people tend to be very bad at long-term thinking. Most Americans believe global warming is happening, but only about a third see it as a serious threat to their way of life. From Gallup:   Often in politics what [...]

Why Obama’s Keystone Statement Is a Mostly Meaningless Dodge

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 12:23 pm

During President Obama’s climate changes speech today he created what seemed to be a new standard for whether or not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama said about the pipeline: Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest. And our national interest will [...]

Obama’s Misguided Long Term Priorities

By: Friday April 5, 2013 9:14 am

The Obama administration hasn’t officially decided what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline yet but recent statements made at a fundraising indicate the President is leaning towards approving it. From the New York Times: Mr. Obama appears to be leaning toward the approval of the pipeline, although he did not specifically mention it to [...]

The Real Long Term Problem Is Climate Change

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 12:08 pm

Last year was the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature in 2012 was 3.3°F above the average for the last century and was a full degree warmer than 1998, the previous record holder. Perhaps even more importantly it was the second [...]

It Was 72 Degrees in DC Yesterday

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 8:51 am

While Congress fights about just how much more they should force old people to pay for basic health care in 2024, the world is slowly burning. Our real long-term problems are ignored in favor of focusing on the fake ones.

Democratic Senators Lie. There. I’ve Said it.

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 5:45 am

We learned Wednesday from The Hill that many Democratic Senators don’t actually support all the great things they claim they have “fought for.” They lied to voters. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) doesn’t really support her health insurance rate-review agency as she claims to do. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) doesn’t really want Americans to have the choice of [...]

Budget Reconciliation Instructions: An Incredibly Important, Potentially Powerful Tool for Progressive Change

By: Monday March 29, 2010 11:34 am

With health care and student loan reform passed, one of the next tasks Congress will soon take up is the annual budget. The “budget resolution” is a non-binding resolution by Congress outlining how they plan to spend money. The budget resolution is not law (so doesn’t need to be signed by the President), and, as [...]

Emperor Lieberman Says No More “Epic Battles” This Session

By: Saturday December 26, 2009 12:05 pm

Good luck getting through EFCA, immigration reform, climate change or any other “epic, polarized” legislation that displeaseth the Lord of the 60th Vote, who hath also declared that the House no longer exists.

Unless of course you’re a bank, and then the White House just tells Congress to get stuffed and writes you a fatcat check.

The PR Push That Helped PhRMA Buy the Government

By: Wednesday November 25, 2009 10:57 am

Though they normally cover climate change, our good friends at DeSmog Blog recently weighed in on the 42 members of Congress who helpfully inserted lobbyist language into the Congressional Record in favor of endless patents on biologic drugs on behalf of the prescription drug industry. Said Brendan Demelle