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NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

Here’s what the NRDC Action Fund has been reading this week:We're with them.

Clinton-Kaine are the clear choice– Hillary Clinton’s selection of Tim Kaine gives voters a clear choice in November when it comes to climate action and building a clean energy future. (NRDC Action Fund)

One-sided arguments in the 2016 election?– The GOP convention was largely silent on issues such as climate change and reproductive rights, but those issues are front-and-center at the Democratic gathering in Philadelphia. (Newsweek)

The lone mention of climate change at the RNCTrump’s potential energy secretary, Harold Hamm, admits climate change is a problem but denounces it’s a primary one.  (Grist)

Climate change is intensifying U.S wildfire seasons–  The unnatural changes in scale, timing, frequency and intensity of fires in the US are symptoms of climate change. (The Guardian)

Climate change is making Americans hotter nationwide– Federal forecasters say all 50 US states will see above-average temperatures for the first time during next 3 months. (USA Today)

Filmmaker James Cameron believes we need to act on climate– James Cameron’s film at the DNC shows support for Hillary Clinton and discusses how global warming loads the dice for extreme weather. (Politico)

America’s growing consensus on climate change– Stark divisions in the Republican Party exist on the  issue of climate change but the emerging consensus is that it is an issue. (E&E Publishing)

 

NRDC Action Fund Applauds Clinton-Kaine Ticket

We're with them.Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund, today issued the following statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) to be her vice presidential running mate:

The Democratic ticket now features two environmental champions, both of whom understand that Americans want our government to secure a clean energy future for our kids and grandchildren. Sen. Kaine’s impressive environmental record is a perfect match for a presidential candidate who puts so much emphasis on creating green jobs and expanding America’s reliance on clean, renewable energy. We applaud this choice and will work hard to help the Clinton-Kaine campaign win in November.

NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

This is what the NRDC Action Fund has been reading this week:

Did the tobacco industry learn its denial from big oil?Green groups find that the tobacco industry’s efforts to deny the dangers of its product all started with denial in big oil. (The Hill)

Cleveland is not the place for climate denial– Environmental justice and climate change has been mocked and teased at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland as the city struggles with pollution and poison. (Think Progress)

Trump and Pence are running on climate denial– Donald Trump’s VP pick, Governor Mike Pence, is also a climate denier, calling global warming a “myth.” (Mother Jones)

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Labor and climate groups team up to fight Trump– Labor and climate groups launch a $10 million anti-Trump campaign, aimed at electing Hillary Clinton and having one-on-one conversations with voters about environmental justice and citizenship for immigrant families among other topics. (The Hill)

Obama announces expansion of solar programs– The Obama administration launches Clean Energy For All initiative to expand access to and lower the cost of solar for low-income households. (Bloomberg)

The effects of the GOP’s anti-climate platform- The Republican Party platform adopted Monday night would bring a total about-face on U.S. energy and climate policy, committing to withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord and deregulating carbon dioxide emissions. (Washington Post)

A Trump presidency would threaten our public lands – The GOP’s new platform proposes to get rid of national parks and forests and give them away to the highest bidder. (Think Progress)

Trump Picks Pence as VP, Spelling Double Trouble for the Environment

The reality show that was the GOP VP nominating process is now at an end. Trump to Mike Pence: You’re hired.

Many Republican strategists hope this is good news for the party’s prospects in November up and down the ballot. For Americans who care about clean energy and the environment, it’s more trouble ahead.

Part of the narrative about Pence is that he balances the ticket by being more temperamentally moderate than Trump and yet more ideologically reassuring to conservatives on issues such as trade. But let’s be clear on the implications for clean energy and environmental policy, Donald Trump has doubled-down on his dirty positions where the extremist Pence is no moderate.

The following is a first-take view of Pence’s record on key environmental policies.

He’s a climate denier. Here Pence’s double-play on Trump is undeniable. Like Trump he does not believe the science on climate change warrants action to fight it. Instead he calls the science “mixed” as a way of justifying inaction, and then like Trump has called for scrapping Obama’s plan to clean up old, dirty coal-fired power plants and for getting the polluting Keystone XL tar sands pipeline built.

He was a consistent opponent of environmental protection as a member of Congress. He has a career record of voting for the environment only 4% of the time in the U.S. House of Representatives, as scored by the League of Conservation Voters. What more can you say? This includes a bewildering history of voting at times against cleaner air and water, increased safety for potentially hazardous chemicals, and reduced taxpayer subsidies for polluting industries.

He let progress on clean energy get whacked as governor. Environmental policy hasn’t been in the forefront of state politics during his three-and-a-half years as governor, but he has shown his colors when he has had a chance. In March of 2014 he allowed the legislature to repeal Energizing

Photo Credit: Krista Kennell

Photo Credit: Krista Kennell

Indiana, a program that had helped utility customers cost-effectively reduce their energy consumption while creating 19,000 jobs, according to an independent study.

He is into the pockets of big polluting donors. Given that Pence is a reliable vote for electric utilities and other coal interests, it’s not surprising that companies and individuals with a vested interest in these matters have channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to him in the past year. Look for this amount to balloon as the Trump-Pence ticket moves to the general election.

Maybe it was too much to hope that Trump would balance the ticket by getting someone with at least an open mind about how a clean environment and a healthy economy can go together. If nothing else, though, the Pence choice makes doubly clear what the pro-environment choice is this fall.

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