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Trump Administration Begins Formal US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a long anticipated move and a significant step in America’s retreat as an environmental leader. Despite the president’s... Read More

2019-10-10 17:00:40
by Dan McCue
Alaska Supreme Court Hears Youths’ Climate Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Alaska's government-mandated embrace of fossil fuel development is devastating the nation's northernmost state and infringing on the constitutional... Read More

WASHINGTON - Alaska's government-mandated embrace of fossil fuel development is devastating the nation's northernmost state and infringing on the constitutional rights of young residents to a healthy environment, a lawyer for 16 young plaintiffs told the Alaska Supreme Court on... Read More

2019-10-09 15:10:16
by Dan McCue
Alaska Supreme Court to Hear Youth's Climate Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON - The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the state's policy on fossil fuels... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the state's policy on fossil fuels harms the constitutional rights of young Alaskans to a safe climate. In 2017, 16 young people filed suit over a... Read More

2019-09-20 20:40:21
by Dan McCue
Candidates Expound On Climate Change Fight at Georgetown/MSNBC Forum

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by... Read More

WASHINGTON - Andrew Yang could hardly contain himself. A day after he surprised a group of Georgetown University students by joining their pick-up basketball game, Yang had taken just three steps onto the stage at the university's Healy Hall Thursday... Read More

2019-09-19 12:43:50
by TWN Staff
New Democrat Coalition Releases Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address... Read More

WASHINGTON -  The New Democrat Coalition released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change Wednesday, seeking to "address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands" and further their belief the U.S. is best positioned to be... Read More

2019-09-17 21:41:45
by Sean Trambley
Booker, Haaland Release Climate Bill Focused on Farm Programs, Reforestation, and Wetlands Restoration

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on... Read More

Freshman U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-N.M., joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., in introducing a climate change bill focused on voluntary farm and ranch conservation practices, massive reforestation, and wetlands restoration.  The lawmakers say the Climate Stewardship Act of 2019... Read More

2019-09-17 21:39:28
by Dan McCue
Federal Appeals Court Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running... Read More

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Tuesday threw out legal challenges to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, ending a long-running legal battle involving multiple states and scores of other parties. In a brief order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

2019-09-06 21:08:34
by Dan McCue
House to Vote on Banning Offshore Drilling in Almost All US Waters

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House will vote next week on a trio of bills that would effectively block all new offshore oil and gas drilling in the waters around the United States. In a letter to House members, Democratic House Leader... Read More

2019-08-30 18:32:09
by Dan McCue
EPA Moves to Revoke Rules on Methane Leaks From Oil and Gas Fields

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it intends to revoke regulations on methane leaks from oil facilities, a decision even some oil industry giants oppose. In announcing the plan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposal... Read More

2019-08-20 12:48:38
by Dan McCue
Top CDC Climate Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is... Read More

WASHINGTON - Dr. George Luber, one of the federal government's top experts on the health impacts of climate change is seeking whistleblower protection due to retaliation he claims he's faced since speaking out against the Trump administration's efforts to end... Read More

2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages... Read More

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

2019-08-13 22:58:16
by Dan McCue
Coalition of Cities and States Sues to Save Obama-Era Power Plant Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to... Read More

WASHINGTON - A coalition of 22 states and seven major cities sued the Trump administration Tuesday in a bid to prevent it from dismantling an Obama-era regulation that established national limits on the carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In... Read More

2019-08-07 21:13:15
by TWN Staff
L.A. County Supervisors Adopt Ambitious Regional Sustainability Plan

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted the Our County Sustainability Plan, which they are calling... Read More

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously adopted the Our County Sustainability Plan, which they are calling “the most comprehensive regional approach to sustainability ever issued by a county in the United States.” The plan was drafted... Read More

2019-08-07 20:12:46
by Dan McCue
New Dems Climate Change Task Force Releases Principles for U.S. Climate Policy

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday released a statement of principles aimed at reasserting the United States’ role as a... Read More

The New Democrat Coalition on Wednesday released a statement of principles aimed at reasserting the United States’ role as a global leader in addressing climate change. A statement outlining the principles says they are intended to combat climate change “with... Read More

2019-07-30 21:58:09
by Sean Trambley
Industrial Emissions Targeted in New Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that... Read More

Last week, a bipartisan, bicameral coalition led by freshman Representative Sean Casten D-Ill., introduced legislation aimed at encouraging innovation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources. Casten and his counterparts in the Senate, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and... Read More

2019-07-25 21:46:52
by Dan McCue
Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by... Read More

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by FEMA for states to fund projects that reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. “Helping communities prepare for disasters... Read More

2019-06-28 20:58:38
by Elin Johnson
Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL

With only days left in Oregon’s legislative session, a Democrat-backed climate bill is dead, and the awol Republican state senators... Read More

With only days left in Oregon’s legislative session, a Democrat-backed climate bill is dead, and the awol Republican state senators who helped kill it now appear to be considering what to demand before they agree to return. Last week 11... Read More

2019-06-24 21:23:39
by Dan McCue
Republican State Lawmakers In Oregon Go Missing Ahead of Climate Change Vote

Eleven Senate Republicans in Oregon high-tailed it out of the state capitol of Salem this past week, and the Democratic... Read More

Eleven Senate Republicans in Oregon high-tailed it out of the state capitol of Salem this past week, and the Democratic governor has ordered state police to go and round them up. At issue is a vote on House Bill 2020,... Read More

2019-06-19 21:09:33
by Dan McCue
New York Lawmakers Strike Deal on Ambitious Climate Plan

Lawmakers in New York State reached a deal Tuesday on a sweeping climate bill that would require 70% of electricity... Read More

Lawmakers in New York State reached a deal Tuesday on a sweeping climate bill that would require 70% of electricity used in the state to come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro by 2030. The bill is... Read More

2019-06-18 20:45:00
by Elin Johnson
Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program.... Read More

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been... Read More

2019-05-16 21:44:37
by Dan McCue
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal As Source of US Energy, Researchers Say

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in... Read More

For the first time in history, renewable energy surpassed coal earlier this month as a source of electricity generation in the United States, the Brookings Institution reported Wednesday. The paper underlying the report attributes this remarkable development to U.S. municipalities... Read More

2019-05-07 23:03:07
by Dan McCue
NewDEAL Members Join Colorado Leaders to Launch National Climate Initiative

More than 40 of the nation's most innovative state and local officials gathered in Denver Monday to launch a national... Read More

More than 40 of the nation's most innovative state and local officials gathered in Denver Monday to launch a national climate change initiative aimed at driving the policy agenda to address climate change. The NewDEAL Forum Climate Change Policy Group... Read More

2019-05-03 19:11:16
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Elaine Luria, Va.-2, Takes Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-05-03 19:11:10
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Mikie Sherrill, N.J.-11, Takes Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-05-03 19:11:06
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Abigail Spanberger, Va.-7, Takes Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-05-03 18:58:40
by Dan McCue
Citing Threats to National Security, Three Women in Congress Take Climate Change Head On

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or... Read More

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

2019-04-29 21:30:06
by Dan McCue
Pennsylvania Adopts Action Plan for Meeting Paris Climate Accord Goals

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the state's Climate Action Plan Monday, a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and... Read More

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the state's Climate Action Plan Monday, a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. The new state climate plan developed by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection... Read More

2019-04-24 23:32:22
by Dan McCue
San Francisco Mayor Unveils 100 Percent Renewable Power Plan for City's Downtown

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable... Read More

San Francisco could become the first city in the United States in which large commercial property owners use only renewable energy under a plan unveiled by Mayor London Breed earlier this week. She and city supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha... Read More

2019-04-01 16:14:19
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Restores Obama Ban on Oil Drilling in Arctic Waters

A federal judge on Friday night reinstated an Obama-era ban on oil-and-gas drilling in vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean,... Read More

A federal judge on Friday night reinstated an Obama-era ban on oil-and-gas drilling in vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean, holding President Donald Trump exceeded his authority in attempting to overturn it. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason... Read More

2019-03-27 23:06:16
by Dan McCue
Will the US Recommit to Paris Climate Accord Goals?

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new... Read More

Less than 24 hours after Senate Republicans shunned the so-called Green New Deal, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a new bill, the Climate Action Now Act, aiming to hold the Trump administration to the United States' original commitments under the... Read More

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