In Wake of State Dept Report on Keystone XL, Enviros Pledge to Keep Fighting – January 31, 2014
“The President has all the information he needs to reject this pipeline,” Keystone opponents say
A general rule in Washington, DC says that if news is breaking on a Friday afternoon, it’s usually bad news. Officials in the capital know that if they want to avoid negative attention on a decision or announcement, then the eve of the weekend is the best time to drop it.
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by: Jason Mark
“All of the Above” Still a Big Disappointment – January 28, 2014
Greens largely unexcited by State of the Union
About a third of the way through tonight’s State of the Union address, as he tackled the issues of climate change and the environment, President Obama proclaimed, “The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way.”
True enough. The transition will take time, and it will force some hard decisions. But the problem here, as many environmentalists see it, is that the president doesn’t seem willing to make those touch choices. Instead, he’s doubling down on his “all of the above” energy strategy. And “all of the above” isn’t a choice – it’s a more like an all-you-can eat policy buffet… more
by: Jason Mark
Secretary Jewell Targets Nature Deficit Disorder – January 9, 2014
Twenty-first Century Conservation Corps gets off the ground
I’ll admit that in the grand scheme of Washington politics, the news yesterday out of the Department of the Interior isn’t exactly earthshaking. During a news conference at the FDR Memorial in DC, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that retailer American Eagle Outfitters will contribute $1 million to her effort to create a “Twenty-first Century Conservation Corps” that will, as a DOI press release explains, “put America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s natural and cultural resources.”
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