46 Republicans join Democrats to protect climate change language

July 14, 2017 by  
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Bipartisanship feels increasingly rare in the United States today, but a recent House of Representatives vote shows it isn’t dead yet. 46 Republicans aligned with Democrats on a vote over language about climate change in defense policy legislation , tipping the vote against an amendment that would have removed the language. It’s a small step, but one advocates hope points to shifting opinions on climate change among Republicans. Representative Scott Perry, a Republican of Pennsylvania, put forward an amendment that would have stripped defense policy legislation of language saying climate change is a direct threat to national security . The legislation in question also requires new analysis from the Department of Defense on climate change’s potential impact on the military . Perry’s amendment would have taken out the language calling for the analysis. Related: Cities rebel against Trump by posting climate data his EPA took down But almost 50 Republicans didn’t agree. The final vote was 185 to 234 . Of the Democrats who voted, all voted against the amendment. 14 representatives, a mixture of Republicans and Democrats, did not vote. During floor debate Perry, who is an Army veteran, said climate change shouldn’t be a priority for military commanders facing threats like North Korea or Islamist extremism, saying, “Literally litanies of other federal agencies deal with environmental issues including climate change.” He also said lawmakers shouldn’t decide the commanders’ priorities. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican of Florida, said policymakers should be “clear-eyed” about climate change. She pointed to sea level rise as a potential threat for military installations. And Elise Stefanik, a Republican of New York, said “we would be remiss in our efforts to protect our national security” by not considering climate change’s impact on the military. Republicans from both red and blue states opposed Perry’s legislation, including representatives from Louisiana, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Via Axios Images via Phil Roeder on Flickr and Molly Adams on Flickr

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‘Polluter Harmony’ Ad Mocks Exxon, Takes on Offshore Drilling (Video)

March 26, 2010 by  
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Greenpeace’s first Polluter Harmony video , starring Lisa ‘Dirty Air’ Murkowski and the lobbyist who helped write her amendment to limit the Clean Air Act, made a big enough splash to warrant a sequel. This time, the polluting lovers are Exxon CEO Rex Tillerman, pro-offshore drilling governor Bob Mitchell, and a Saudi prince. Pretty salacious stuff

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Make Your Own Earth Hour Event

March 26, 2010 by  
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The green states are officially participating in Earth Hour . It is hard to find out exactly what is happening on Earth Hour; most activities are pretty local. Thirty states are turning out the lights in their governor’s mansions and other public buildings, and according to USA Today, the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Las Vegas Strip, Niagara Falls and the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower, are all shutting them down

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