NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

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Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Coliseum on August 8, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at the Coliseum on August 8, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Republican EPA administrators endorse Clinton- In their endorsement of Clinton, two former EPA administrators cited Donald Trump’s “profound ignorance of science.” (CNN)

How bad is your air-conditioner for the planet?- The greenhouse gases emitted by air-conditioners are far more potent than carbon dioxide. (NY Times)

Social cost of the Flint Water Crisis- The city originally switched its water source to save $5 million. (Time)

The energy efficiency president- Obama has done more to save energy than any other president. (Washington Post)

Underwater homes- Over 900,000 Florida homes could be underwater due to sea level rise. (South Florida Business Journal)


NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

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Symptoms of a sick climate- Record breaking temperatures in 2015 prove the state of the earth’s climate is worsening. (NRDC)

Why we need the Clean Power Plan– On its 1 year anniversary, read why this attorney is on the Clean Power Plan’s side. (Huffington Post)

Startling facts about the state of last year’s climate– 2015 broke many records, but 2016 is even hotter. (Washington Post)

Government agencies must consider the climate–  This week, The White House released new guidance that directs federal agencies to consider climate change. (Grist)

Environmental groups are pouring money into the November elections– High profile races in the country are getting major attention from green groups looking to exert their influence. (The Hill)

How the 2016 RNC and DNC measured up on climate change– When it came to talking about climate at the national conventions, Democrats pushed for action while Republicans were in denial. (ThinkProgress)

GOP senator wrongfully denies global warming – Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin claimed the earth is not warming and compared climate activists to Joseph Stalin and Hugo Chavez. (Talking Points Memo)

NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

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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’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)

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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.