Senate leaders have finally struck a power-sharing agreement that will allow Democrats to officially take the reins of committees, with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer calling on incoming chairs to put climate change at the top of the agenda.
Democrats have won control of the Senate, thanks to two tight Tuesday runoff races in Georgia. With the Senate question largely resolved, President-elect Joe Biden can now start to focus on policy, including his ambitious agenda to deal with climate change.
Energy and business lobbyists are shifting focus to influencing an administration that isn't President Donald Trump's, and some see the potential for a divided Congress to benefit industry even with voters concerned about climate change.
Senate Democrats are favored to secure a slim majority after tomorrow's elections, a power shift that will be crucial for Joe Biden to deliver on his bold environmental agenda if he bests President Trump in the race for the White House.
A public scolding of the C.D.C. chief was only the latest but perhaps the starkest instance when the president has rejected not just the policy advice of his public health officials but the facts and information that they provided.
Joni Ernst was a rising GOP star who got her start with backing from the Koch brothers, but her support for Trump and continued denial of climate science might alienate the state's key independent voters.
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.