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Republican Leaders Badly Out Of Step With Party Regulars

October 21, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Energy Transition Politics

Congressional Republican leaders and GOP governors have marched virtually in lockstep for the past seven years in the opposite direction of President Obama’s environmental proposals, particularly regarding the development of emissions-free wind and solar power and initiatives to address climate change.[read more]

The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Climate Change Partisanship/shutterstock

After Pope Francis issued his strongly worded encyclical on climate change and the environment, many wondered how it would influence conservatives. It didn’t take long. “I don’t think we should politicize faith,” said Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who brushed off climate change as an inherently political issue.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

March 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson

The GOP and Environmental Policy

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is among the few members of the Republican Party in Congress who are willing to admit that climate change is real and must be addressed. He is encouraging his fellow Republicans to have an open debate on the issue.[read more]

Republican States: Think Twice Before Rejecting the EPA's Clean Power Plan

February 6, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

EPA, Electricity Prices, and State Politics

Republican governors and legislators will be raising your electric rates soon, according to an economic study commissioned by the National Mining Association and various other industry groups. But only if they refuse to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why are Conservatives Attacking its Market-Based Options?

June 9, 2014 by Robert Stavins

Professor Richard Schmalensee and I told the sordid tale of how conservatives in Congress who once supported cap and trade had come to lambast climate change legislation as “cap-and-tax.” Ironically, in doing this, conservatives have chosen to demonize their own market-based creation.[read more]

US Midterms Unlikely to Change Carbon Pricing Politics

November 4, 2013 by Evan Juska

Low Republican popularity has lead to speculation about whether, if Democrats did come out of the elections with control of both chambers, climate legislation might find its way back on the agenda. But even a Democratic wave would be unlikely to tip the scales in favor of new carbon pricing legislation.[read more]

Can Bob Inglis Make Republicans Relevant in Climate and Clean Energy Policy?

October 2, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

As Congress inched closer to shutting down the federal government without agreement on raising the debt ceiling, journalists were figuring out how to describe the situation. Is it a standoff? An example of partisan gridlock? It's neither.[read more]

GOP Staffer Uses Pseudonym To Call on GOP to Admit Climate Change Is Real And Take Action

July 17, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Anonymous Staffer

The good news is that someone in the GOP did say it. The bad news is they had a bag over their head. One might call this a nom de plume of smoke. Or Profiles in Discourage.[read more]

Could Conservatives Be Considering A Price On Carbon Pollution?

July 17, 2012 by Joseph Romm

Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), the man leading an initiative to revive Republican talks on climate solutions, predicted “there are a lot of Republicans in foxholes on this hill, ducking as the fire gets intense.” It looks like he is right.Last week, reports of an informal, bipartisan meeting hosted by American Enterprise Institute...[read more]

The Environmental State of the Union

January 24, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

The annual State of the Union Address is a time for taking stock.  Tonight President Obama will assess our nation's progress on a range of urgent issues of urgent issues, but today I want to look closely at one critical indicator of America's well being: the health of our environment. Is America's air getting safer to breathe than...[read more]

The Congressmen from Coal

June 19, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Most congress people, when they want research, turn to the Congressional Research Service, a organization that dates back to 1914 and prides itself on doing research that is “confidential, authoritative, objective and nonpartisan.” And then there is a group of Republican legislators, organized as the Rural American Solutions Group, who...[read more]

Is Republican Nuclear Support a Wedge Issue Or Long Overdue Leadership On Energy And Climate?

June 7, 2009 by Rod Adams

On Monday, June 8, 2009, Senate Republicans have scheduled a hearing co-chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator John McCain to discuss a vision of building 100 new nuclear plants in 20 years. According to the email accompanying the press release announcing the event, this hearing is the kickoff for a major effort to change the...[read more]