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Clinton: America Can Be Clean-Energy 'Superpower'

September 5, 2014 The U.S. can become the "clean energy superpower of the 21st century," Hillary Clinton said Thursday, urging businesses and the government to build up the renewable sector. "Climate change is the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges we face," the former secretary of State and likely 2016 Democratic front-runner ...

Scientists Go Beyond Science to Explain Their Climate Terror

August 26, 2014 Scientists are used to talking about climate change in facts and figures, a discussion framed around parts-per-million concentrations of carbon dioxide, millimeters of sea-level rise, and degrees of global temperatures. Joe Duggan wants them to talk about their feelings. Duggan, a masters of science communication student at the Australian National ...

Colorado Senator Defends Fracking, Says 'Burning Water' Helped Native Americans

August 14, 2014 A Colorado state legislator has dismissed concerns about hydraulic fracturing polluting water with methane as "propaganda," saying that it's natural to have methane in water. In fact, state Sen. Randy Baumgardner said that methane actually helped Native Americans. "If you go back in history and look at how the Indians ...

How to Eliminate Almost Every Federal Agency

August 13, 2014 This week, the Heartland Institute offered up a modest proposal: Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's 15,000-person staff, move the headquarters from Washington to Topeka, Kan., and reload it with 300 state delegates. The policy brief—written by Heartland science director Jay Lehr—is something of a dream scenario for tea partiers and ...

Big Brother Is Already Watching Your Driving … And It's Your Fault

August 12, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It has long been a nightmare scenario for privacy advocates: Every time you get in your car, a computer relays your location and tracks your trip from start to finish. It can track how far you go, where you drive, how long the trip is, and even how much traffic ...

Bullying, Threats and Chaos at Safety Agency

July 31, 2014 It was a rough week for Rafael Moure-Eraso. Four days after House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa dedicated a hearing to slamming his work as the head of the federal Chemical Safety Board, Moure-Eraso gathered his employees in a conference room at the board's K Street headquarters to address the ...

Mitch McConnell's Musical Attack on EPA

July 30, 2014 This week's public hearings on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan have the usual roster of speakers: environmentalists, industry bigwigs, and politicians looking to make stump speeches for or against the rule. But it's likely only one has the résumé of Jimmy Rose: Iraq veteran, coal miner, and third-place ...

How Lasers and 3-D Maps Can Help the U.S. Prepare for Climate Change

July 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal flood maps are outdated, and climate change will only make them more so, leaving states and localities without the information they need to plan for and mitigate flood risks. The Obama administration's solution? Lasers. Specifically, the LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) System that uses a series of airborne lasers ...

The Safety Agency At War With Itself

July 24, 2014 The memorial is finished. A bench sits outside a retired metal-recycling plant in Monaca, Pa., a memorial to two workers who lost their lives when an explosion in a refinery column triggered a fire. As of this month, that was four years ago. The plant has sinced closed and, with ...

A One-Step Guide to Infuriating an EPA Official

July 23, 2014 Republicans are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of letting a green group write its landmark climate rules, and EPA isn't happy about it. Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming accused EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Wednesday of letting the Natural Resources Defense Council dictate its rules, saying the agency had deferred ...