Commonsense green

As recently as 2008 the GOP acknowledged that the Earth's warming was caused by human activity, and a commitment was made to reducing the nation's long-term use of fossil fuels. By the end of President Barack Obama's first term, however, the GOP completely reversed its position.

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The rise of Gen Z could foretell the fall of Trumpism

Deeply committed to diversity, social justice and combating climate change, the youngest voters could be the engine that drives a new GOP.

With record heat, climate is a big deal in Arizona, but it may not sway voters

Both candidates are former combat pilots and neither favors the Green New Deal. But Democrat Kelly is edging out GOP incumbent McSally.

'It's a setback.' Trump's climate denials worry Republicans

The Republican Party has spent several years crafting a climate message that moves the GOP away from its denier past. President Trump blew that apart this week.


Trump scrambles talking points with offshore drilling ban

Trump is aiming to make an election-season green pivot: painting himself as the best environmentalist the White House has seen - with his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, an incompetent failure.

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Is ‘clean energy’ a winning issue for GOP candidates?

With Texas suburbs emerging as a political battleground in the November election, a constellation of conservative groups are arguing that Republican candidates should talk up a wonky issue: Clean energy.


GOP mischaracterizes Biden's energy agenda in convention speeches

President Trump and his allies made statements that included saying the Democratic presidential candidate wanted to end the production of certain types of fossil fuels, to suggesting he wanted to eliminate gas-powered cars, neither of which are part of Biden's plans.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine calls for nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed in wake of bribery scandal

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has reversed course and called for a nuclear bailout energy law to be repealed in the wake of the state's $60 million bribery scandal.

The threat of a GOP that accepts climate change

The Republican Party could be ready to discard climate denial. But you might not like what comes next.

Two GOP senators join with Democrats to back bill to help cut emissions from farms

Some Republicans lawmakers are trying to turn over a new, green leaf on global warming.

G.O.P. coronavirus message: Crisis is a Green New Deal preview

As the economy melts down, embattled conservatives are testing a political response: saying Democratic climate policies would bring similar pain.

GOP lawmakers target banks' refusal to fund fossil fuel projects

“You think this is a cost-free action? Let’s see about that,” Alaska's Dan Sullivan said in an interview.

An Earth Day reminder of how the Republicans have forsaken the environment

As Earth Day turns fifty, virtually all celebrations and protests are forced online or cancelled, and the Trump Administration is busy gutting the nation’s environmental regulations.

Climate change no longer dirty words for Florida’s GOP, but how green will Trump go?

Florida Republicans have tentatively embraced climate change even though it puts them at odds with President Donald Trump.


As cap-and-trade bill moves forward, Oregon Republicans head for exits

Cap and trade is on its way to the Senate floor in Oregon again - and Republicans are heading for the exits.

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