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.

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Maine Senate race: Sara Gideon is Susan Collins’s most serious challenger in decades

Democrats have been trying to unseat longtime Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins for nearly 20 years and were handed resounding defeats each time. Sara Gideon could make 2020 different.

Trump scorns his own scientists over virus data

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.

Senate 2020: Iowa farmers are feeling the effects of climate change. That could make things harder for Joni Ernst

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.

Senate Democrats map out climate change strategy

Senate Democrats have released a more than 200 page climate plan that they're billing as a roadmap for what they'll do if they can take back the majority after this year's election.

Trump signs landmark Great American Outdoors Act

The bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act guarantees funding for federal land use efforts. The president claimed credit for Republicans.

Senate passes major bill, allocating $9.5 billion for national parks

Bipartisan legislation to fix up national parks and fully fund efforts to acquire and protect federal recreation holdings was seen as a way to help a pair of Western senators hold on to their seats.

Senate moves toward preserving public lands, and political careers

Despite some resistance within their ranks, Republicans are pushing a popular public lands bill that could help endangered colleagues, with an eye toward protecting their majority in November.

EPA: 5 takeaways from Wheeler's Senate grilling

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday mounted a fierce defense of his agency as it has grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Angry Democrats did not appear swayed by his arguments.

At Senate hearing, government experts paint bleak picture of the pandemic

The downbeat assessment of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield contradicted President Trump’s growing insistence that the nation has put the coronavirus behind it.

Senate panel moves major water bills, adding PFAS actions

The Senate's environment panel pushed through two major water infrastructure bills Wednesday.

Recycling takes a hit in coronavirus California as plastic waste piles up

The coronavirus pandemic has set back efforts to combat plastic pollution, as environmentally conscious Bay Area residents are forced to abandon their good habits while efforts on the state level to reduce waste face uncertainty.

The next multitrillion-dollar crisis is coming right at us

Addressing climate change is a big-enough idea to revive the economy.

Democrats plot takeover for environmental action

Democratic presidential hopefuls are making big promises on climate change policy, and House Democrats are mapping out their own path come 2021, but no major climate legislation is likely to survive if their colleagues in the Senate don't capture the upper chamber in this year's elections.

Coal's clout could rise after Murkowski committee exit

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's expected departure as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee's top Republican, among other moves, could give coal lawmakers control of top environment panels.
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