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House Votes on Public Lands Bill Today 25.3.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
SECOND UPDATE, March 25, 9:15 am. UPDATED March 19, 11 a.m. at end of article. Anybody interested in protecting public land knows about S.22, a massive piece of legislation, a compilation of 190 bills that Congress has been working on for years. Six days ago, it unexpectedly failed (click here), unable to get a super majority in the U.S. House of Representatives by a mere two votes, 282-144, even though the Senate had passed it 73-21. That bad beat made political insiders scratch their heads. Why would the House leadership bring S. 22 up for a vote under suspension of rules, which requires a two-thirds majority, without the votes to pass it? I've been calling around on to get the answer to that question and to find out what might happen next. Here's ...
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Chicago's Green City Campaign A 'Total Public Relations Fraud': Professor 21.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For years, Mayor Daley has been talking about making Chicago the "greenest city." Lately, in light of Chicago's 2016 Olympic bid, he's been talking about...
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William Bradley: Obama's California: The Arnold Alliance and More 21.3.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama appeared last night on The Tonight Show, the first sitting president to do so. President Barack Obama is back in the...
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The Obama Cap and Trade Debate Rages On 20.3.2009 TreeHugger
Photo via Nobody thought this was going to be easy—how to best launch a carbon is one of the most contentious issues on the table right now. And predictably, things are already getting messy. being included in the national budget. Now a chorus of voices is rising to oppose just about every aspect of Obama's proposed cap and... ...
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Gallup Poll: Americans Want Both Renewables and Fossil Fuels 18.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-17-094.asp
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Enviros suffer first major setback in Obama era 14.3.2009 From the Blogs
And this battle -- over a huge public-lands law -- reveals shifts in Western politics.
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Surrogate flailing 14.3.2009 Gristmill
By Grist This week the Middle Finger Flag gets waved at the Democrats. Yeah, that's right, the whole lot of 'em. Recently Obama released a budget proposal that included a carbon cap-and-trade plan that would auction -- rather than give away to polluting companies -- . This is exactly what every policy analyst, economist, social justice advocate, and green recommends. It puts the money from carbon pricing in public hands rather than creating a windfall for the very corporations that created the problem. It allows the feds to rebate most of the dough back to taxpayers (to compensate for the bump in energy prices) and spend the rest on clean energy. But apparently nobody told the Democratic spokesninnies why that's the right way to go. ...
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House Defeats Wilderness bill 12.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The House Wednesday defeated a bill to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness. Majority Democrats agreed...
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Are Montana Democrats Ignoring the Environment This Session? 11.3.2009 NewWest.Net Politics
John S. Adams, the Great Falls Tribune's capitol bureau chief asks in his blog, The Lowdown today, "Has environmental protection fallen from the Democratic Party's agenda?" He references a recent email from the Missoula County Democrats that outlines all the bills the party should block, leaving out several pieces of legislation that would weaken environmental regulations in the state. He then goes on to detail the "bevy" of bills that environmental leaders are fighting this session -- and where Montana Dems have stood on them. From Adams' post, which you can read in its entirety here: "Environmentalists here in Helena are lamenting the fact that many Democrats seem to be shunning the environment out of fear of being labeled by their GOP counterparts ...
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Are Montana Democrats Ignoring the Environment This Session? 11.3.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
John S. Adams, the Great Falls Tribune's capitol bureau chief asks in his blog, The Lowdown today, "Has environmental protection fallen from the Democratic Party's agenda?" He references a recent email from the Missoula County Democrats that outlines all the bills the party should block, leaving out several pieces of legislation that would weaken environmental regulations in the state. He then goes on to detail the "bevy" of bills that environmental leaders are fighting this session -- and where Montana Dems have stood on them. From Adams' post, which you can read in its entirety here: "Environmentalists here in Helena are lamenting the fact that many Democrats seem to be shunning the environment out of fear of being labeled by their GOP counterparts ...
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Chris Weigant: Why Won't Harry Reid Kill Budget Filibusters? 10.3.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a very powerful tool at his disposal, but (true to form) he's not even admitting it exists, much less...
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Contested Terrain: Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Plan and the Peace Movement 9.3.2009 Commondreams.org Views

The meaning of President Obama's Iraq withdrawal speech, and its influence on real U.S. policy in Iraq, will not be determined solely by his actual words. The import of the speech - and whether its promises become real - will be determined by a fluid combination of what Obama says, his own definitions of what he says, AND the disparate ways his speech is heard, perceived, described and contested by others - the mainstream media, Congress, the military, other centers of elite power, and crucially, the peace movement.

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Queer as a three-dollar bill 7.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm Apparently Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has sold both Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and the White House on the strategy of having a mega-bill that combines climate and energy legislation. This post explains why I believe that is both a tactical and strategic mistake. ($ub. req'd) reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confirmed today that he will package energy and global warming measures together into one large bill for consideration later this year, a decision that should put to rest questions about whether Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have different strategies for one of President Obama's top agenda items. Reid gave only a one-word answer -- "yes" -- when asked whether he planned to wrap a cap-and-trade bill together ...
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Reid Offers Power Grid Plan, Starts States' Rights Debate 6.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Democrat on Thursday proposed new federal authority to build special power lines that carry renewable energy _ like solar and...
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T. Boone Pickens: It's Not About Political Parties 6.3.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ending our country's addiction to foreign oil isn't about being a Republican or about the Democratic Party. It's about America.
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Obama Restores Scientific Consultation to Endangered Species Act 4.3.2009 ENS
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2009/2009-03-03-094.asp
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The road to hell is paved with conservative intentions 2.3.2009 Gristmill
By Joseph Romm When I first read the E&E News PM ($ub. req'd), "Boxer eyeing bold move to thwart GOP filibuster on emissions bill," I was skeptical of the strategy described: The chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee is considering a bold budget move aimed at passing global warming legislation in the Senate without having to deal with an expected Republican filibuster. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that she is researching the use of the budget reconciliation process as an avenue for passing cap-and-trade legislation now considered a key agenda item for President Obama. "We're certainly exploring it as a possibility," Boxer said of budget reconciliation, a bill that cannot be filibustered and therefore does not ...
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EU Commission Fails in Push for Genetically Modified Corn 2.3.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines

On Monday, EU environment ministers successfully blocked a move by the European Commission to force Austria and Hungary to lift bans on genetically modified corn. A German decision on the Monsanto product is expected soon, as well.

The European corn borer is a tiny, nocturnal moth. It likes to eat potatoes and sorghum, but -- as can be gathered from its name -- its food of choice is corn. There's only one kind of insecticide that is approved for fighting the flying scourge.

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Andrea Horwath: Can a fresh face change the ONDP's fortunes? 27.2.2009 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Editor's Note: This is the first of four feature interviews with the leadership candidates for the Ontario New Democratic Party.

With less than two weeks to go before the March 6-8 Ontario NDP Leadership Convention, Hamilton Centre MPP Andrea Horwath has emerged as having a serious shot at becoming party leader.

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Feds asked to battle beetles 26.2.2009 Rocky Mountain News: Government and Politics
Colorado's congressional delegation is showing a unified front to get economic stimulus money to fight bark beetle infestations in the state's dead or dying forests.
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