Four Texas Democrats in the U.S. House have come out against President Joe Biden's executive order directing the secretary of the interior to halt new oil and gas leases on federal public lands and waters "to the extent possible."
President-elect Joe Biden added more than a half-dozen climate staffers to his White House team Thursday, drawing from the ranks of green groups, environmental justice advocates and former Democratic administration officials to grow an inner circle that will help him try to slash the nation's greenhouse gas emissions.
Should the Legislature move as promised by House Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate President Karen E. Spilka, it would mark a show of force with speed rarely seen in the Legislature, where officials are often constrained by the sluggish gears of the legislative process.
The events of the past few days are shocking in their novelty - the glory of seeing the first Black Democrat ever elected to the Senate from the South, the shame of seeing a President incite a mob to storm the Capitol.
With Democrats poised to take control of both houses of Congress, Biden's opportunities to tackle climate change and other major environmental problems have greatly expanded. But given the closely divided Senate, the question is by how much.
The new Congress opened to an uncertain political landscape yesterday, with a tight vote for the House speakership and Senate control still up in the air. It may all lead to a delay and scaling down of President-elect Joe Biden's agenda and Democratic hopes for major climate legislation.
Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.