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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'We don't have any choice': The young activists naming and shaming US politicians

As the election nears, young Americans are calling on US politicians to take action on climate, police brutality and immigration.


Kamala Harris makes Amy Coney Barrett's climate views a campaign issue

Democrats expect the Supreme Court to be crucial in allowing future administrations to confront climate change.

Parting thoughts from a Republican climate hawk

A House Republican who has bucked his party to support strong legislation against climate change is retiring. Before leaving, he sounds off on partisanship, the environment and life after politics.

GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan caught in environmental scandal

Democratic challenger Al Gross is running an ad blitz blasting Sullivan for his ties to Pebble Mine, a controversial Alaskan mining project.

How the Cares Act gave millions to energy companies with no strings attached

A little-noticed provision in the Cares Act has helped big corporations obtain cash without making any promises about workers or investments.


Trump administration plan to allow drilling along the Atlantic coast has fallen apart

Opponents of the drilling declared victory on Thursday after the government acknowledged that permits to allow seismic blasting in the ocean will expire next month and not be renewed.

Kentucky’s climate is suffering. Can the state slip the industry ties that prevent change?

Mitch McConnell has long resisted climate action even as the farm and coal sectors suffer, but a growing movement could bring change.


How Republicans are trying to use the Green Party to their advantage

The G.O.P. has sought to help Green Party candidates in previous election cycles to siphon votes from Democrats. This year is no different--but it hasn't always worked.


Trump's climate change rollbacks to drive up U.S. emissions

The cumulative additional amount of greenhouse gases would exceed the current annual output of Russia, the world’s fourth-biggest carbon polluter.

'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.


The ‘straightforward’ link between climate and California’s fires

California is on fire. Almost 2.5 million acres of land have burned there so far this year - nearly 20 times what had burned at this time last year - and the wildfire season is far from over. That means many scientists in the state aren't just studying their field; many of them are living it.

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Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

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How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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