GOP senator says Kavanaugh should be confirmed because he’s ‘just a really nice guy’

By replacing retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy with Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, the United States Senate could well set back civil rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, access to healthcare, reproductive rights, and civil liberties for decades. But one of his biggest Senate supporters…

Mothers join together in call for climate action

By Jeremy Deaton Hundreds of protestors, mostly mothers and their children, took to Capitol Hill Wednesday to call on lawmakers to address air pollution and climate change. The gathering — dubbed a “play-in” — featured remarks by several advocates, journalists and members of Congress who…

Heartland Institute wants to abolish EPA for 50-state committee

By Phil Newell Yesterday, the Heartland Institute’s environment page — on which materials are typically ordered chronologically with new posts at the top — re-posted a policy brief from 2014. The proposal? Replacing the EPA with a “Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies.” Eight…

Fossil fuels on their way out whether or not countries take climate change seriously, study says

By Jeremy Deaton Ten years ago Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes said he wasn’t worried about digital streaming. “I’ve been frankly confused by this fascination that everybody has with Netflix,” he said. Blockbuster’s head of digital strategy echoed this sentiment, asserting the company was “strategically better positioned than almost…

States promised to fulfill the Paris Agreement. Here’s how they’re going to do it.

By Jeremy Deaton A year ago today, President Trump announced the United States would exit the Paris Climate Agreement. His decision drew harsh criticism from world leaders, CEOs and U.S. elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans. In the days that followed, hundreds of cities, states, businesses and universities…

Racial resentment may be fueling climate denial, study finds

By Jeremy Deaton What began as a way of trolling Prius drivers became a signature protest against America’s first black president — rolling coal. Drivers spend hundreds or thousands of dollars retrofitting their trucks so they can blanket cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians with thick, black clouds of…

A progressive bulwark is crumbling, and the movement itself may soon follow

By now the future of the progressive movement should be apparent for all to see. The energy and momentum on the political left points to the need for leadership that creates, enriches, and sustains a broad and diverse coalition of voters. The way forward to…