Green groups are expressing full-throated support for demonstrators protesting the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis police custody - even as they struggle with their own long-standing issues with addressing racial inequality and a lack of diversity in their ranks.
Senators are expected to vote this week on a resolution regarding the Green New Deal, a Democratic proposal to tackle climate change through an unprecedented uptick in government spending on clean energy.
The popular young history professor cut a profile that spanned generations. Add a jaunty fedora and a sleeve or two of ink to the horn-rimmed glasses, wavy mane and boxcar-sized sideburns and he could well be a 2000's slacker instead of a 1970's tree hugger.
The American government's plunge into the environmental Dark Ages wasn't the work of one bloviating fellow. It didn't spring fully formed on Election Day 2016.
Anomalies and exceptions<p>As with almost any rule, there are exceptions. But most of the climate exceptions became so after leaving office and surrendering their power. Former Senators John Warner and Richard Lugar have come out of retirement to stump for common sense. </p><p>Bob Inglis was a South Carolina Congressman whose downfall served as a skull-and-crossbones warning to fellow Republicans. </p><p>Inglis read the data, respected the scientists, and became a rarity—a Republican climate convert at a time when the party was running full speed away from science. He ran into a political buzzsaw as the Tea Party peaked in 2010 and was trounced in the Republican primary by a young prosecutor named Trey Gowdy. While not cutting a high profile in climate denial, Gowdy has since pulled a lifetime LCV score of 3 percent, while garnering greater fame as the chief inquisitor in Hillary Clinton's Benghazi hearings.</p><p>As for Inglis, he continues on the climate message as a private citizen and founder of RepublicEn, intended as a gathering place for the "EcoRight."</p><p>Another strong Congressional voice on climate change was Dave Jolly, and, you guessed it, he's now an ex-congressman. Jolly lost in 2016 to Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor who was primaried by Rick Scott in 2010 and converted to the Dems thereafter.</p><p>Florida is still well-represented in the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan effort launched last year for House members acknowledging the need to address climate change. The group currently has 90 congresspeople on board – 45 Democrats and 45 Republicans – but has yet to achieve any breakthroughs. </p><p>Several Florida Republicans headline the group's roster, including Carlos Curbelo and the retiring Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , whose adjacent South Florida districts would be the first to go underwater if current sea level rise predictions pan out; and Matt Gaetz, whose panhandle district was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Gaetz's most recent claim is that the thousands of marchers headed for the US-Mexican border right now are employees of George Soros. Nobody's perfect. </p><p>We know by now that climate denial is durable beyond all reason, and anti-environmental, anti-regulatory attitudes run as least as deep. As Trevor Noah posited on The Daily Show last week, maybe the key is something like proving that climate change will imperil every remaining Confederate monument.</p><p>Or maybe it's just harkening back to a simpler time, when Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan counseled us to play nicely on the environment.<br></p>
The Department of Transportation stresses that its crews are well-trained and the chemicals are safe. The environmental community, however, is not so sure about the safety.
The Republicans' 2016 gubernatorial nominee, Bill Bryant, is keeping alive an endangered political species – the Republican conservationist.
A new study found that animals known to carry harmful diseases such as the novel coronavirus are more common in landscapes intensively used by people.