A series of attack ads from the Romney campaign say that a Romney administration would willingly give up America’s place in key clean energy industries to China, reflecting his disconnect with investing in the future. [Center for American Progress]
Republican super PACs, along with conservative groups like Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, plan to spend a record $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress. [Politico]
The coal industry is under
With the largest number of wind energy jobs in the nation, Iowa has undoubtedly benefited from wind energy tax credits. During President Obama’s recent visit to an Iowa manufacturing plant that makes blades for wind turbines, the president reminded the crowd that both of Iowa’s senators and the state’s Republican governor supported the clean energy tax credits –with good reason. As a New York Times editorial pointed out today, wind power and other
Sequoia National Park: home to Earth’s oldest organisms, and some of the country’s worst air. The California forest, which contains the renowned giant Sequoia redwoods, has the worst air pollution of any national park in the country, comparable to those in urban Los Angeles. As a result, awe-inspiring views of California’s geologic wonders are often marred by a cloud of gray smog.
The long-term impact of the pollution on the park’s 3,000 year-old redwoods is unclear,
Mitt Romney spoke at a rally this morning in Craig, CO – the heart of coal country – another indication of his close ties to the fossil fuel industry. [Denver Post]
Despite Romney’s latest attacks on clean energy initiatives, the solar industry is flourishing in his home state. Solar energy capacity in Massachusetts has more than doubled in the past two years, generating enough power to power almost 16,000 homes. [Boston Globe]
Moms Clean Air Force delivered
A watchdog group says Mitt Romney’s term as governor saw a clampdown on the state’s ability to combat environmental crime, a record indicative of Romney’s disregard for environmental protection. [Mother Jones]
Meanwhile, Obama gave a speech in Iowa yesterday that called for the extension of wind energy tax credits and a diverse energy plan, including fuel-efficient cars and solar power. [Los Angeles Times]
Following recent attacks on wind power, Media Matters released a factsheet dispelling myths
Last week, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) named Montana Senate candidate Rep. Dennis Rehberg and New Mexico Senate candidate and former Rep. Heather Wilson to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list. The Dirty Dozen program targets candidates who have consistently anti-environmental voting records and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.
Both candidates have dismal LCV lifetime scores: Wilson earned a 15% lifetime score, and Rehberg earned
Amazon and Scantron are the latest in a group of eighteen organizations to sever ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC, which drafts model bills undermining environmental protection and protecting corporate polluters, has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding due to the loss in corporate sponsorship. [ThinkProgress]
Tom Laskawy of the Food & Environment Reporting Network describes how flame retardants and farm chemicals could have health consequences that persist “generations after the
Contrary to the Heartland Institute’s callous claim, warm weather is not “good for people.” The Chicago Tribune reported earlier today that a Natural Resources Defense Council study suggests climate change will cause 150,000 deaths due to excessive heat this century.
Scientists expect temperatures to rise 4 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, with increased heat-related deaths in 37 of 40 cities studied. Louisville, Detroit and Cleveland will be the hardest hit, though