President Barack Obama

Large Majority of Americans Blame Republicans in Congress for Government Shutdown

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By John Anzalone, Jeff Liszt and Lisa Grove – In addition to the estimated $24 billion impact on the country’s economy, public opinion surveys show the government shutdown has dragged down confidence in the country’s direction, support for incumbent politicians, and Americans’ views of the Republican Party, according to the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research National…

Federal Government Back to Work after Congress Passes Budget Deal

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By Glynn Wilson – Federal agencies began to reopen Thursday morning after Congress finally ended a rancorous funding fight that resulted in a 16-day government shutdown and drove the United States to the brink of financial default. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat from Nevada, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican from Kentucky,…

The Butterfly Effect and Climate Change

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By Glynn Wilson – LAKE GUNTERSVILLE STATE PARK, Ala. — In a scene near the end of the film Havana, Robert Redford as the professional poker player Jack Weil mentions the Butterfly Effect from Chaos Theory when saying his final goodbye to Lena Olin as Bobby Durán. “I believe it,” he says. “I believe a…

America’s Support for Tea Party Continues to Tumble as Government Shutdown Looms

Most Democrats Oppose Tea Party – Republican Support DwindlesBy Glynn Wilson – As the nation braces for another budget showdown in Washington with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law and another government shutdown, the key political force pushing for conservative, anti-government policies continues losing popular support, according to the latest Gallup poll on…

Time to Draw the Line on Climate Change

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Coming Clean – By Michael Brune – Some great things have happened since that freezing day last February when I marched to the Forward on Climate rally in Washington, D.C., with 50,000 of my closest friends. Looking back, it did feel like the start of something big. From the stage, the sight of that sea…

EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

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By Glynn Wilson – The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants “in order to combat climate change and improve public health,” according to the announcement sent out Friday morning. The new standards are set to go into effect by June 1, 2014. The…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

A Groundbreaking Year for Environmental Journalism and Activism

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – It’s been one of the most interesting and groundbreaking years in a long time for environmental activism, environmental journalism and the Sierra Club nationally and in my home state of Alabama. Since I made the decision to cross the line and join the club to get personally…

President Obama Marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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President Obama delivers remarks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. August 28, 2013. Full text of the remarks by the president at the “Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March…

Senate Gridlock Breaks: McCarthy Approved at EPA, Perez at Labor

By Glynn Wilson – Something has come over the Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Gridlock in Washington is cracking, and President Obama’s nominees are now working their way through confirmation like water through an open dam. A bipartisan deal was reached this week with the Republicans to allow votes on all seven of the pending…