NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

NRDC Action Fund’s Weekly News Summary

Welcome to the NRDC Action Fund’s inaugural weekly news round up. As the 2016 election season heats up, we’ll share with you the news we’re reading.

A shovel loads haulers with coal at Cloud Peak Energy’s Antelope Mine north of Douglas, Wyoming. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Ryan Dorgan)

Millennials Support Climate Action: “80% of millennials surveyed say the United States should transition to mostly clean or renewable energy by 2030, a goal that would surely require the leadership of the next president. By more than 2 to 1, millennials say the government should invest more heavily in buses and rail.” (USA Today)

Western Voters and Public Lands: “Against an uptick in anti-public lands rhetoric from militant extremists, a new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll released today revealed strong public support for efforts to protect and maintain national public lands. 58 percent of respondents oppose giving state governments control over national public lands, and 60 percent of respondents oppose selling significant holdings of public lands like national forests to reduce the budget deficit.” (Colorado College)

Republicans Want Action on Climate Change: “There’s evidence that conservative views on climate are evolving. According to a recent poll commissioned by a top GOP donor and conducted by three respected Republican pollsters, a majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-identified conservatives — not only believe in human-induced climate change, but would support a carbon tax if the money were rebated or paired with an accompanying tax cut.” (Washington Post)

President Obama’s State of the Union: “He called for stepping up investment in communities hurt by the decline of fossil fuels, alluding to plans announced last year to expand jobs and training in coal states. “Rather than subsidize the past, we should invest in the future?—?especially in communities that rely on fossil fuels,” Obama said. He said his administration also would push to “change the way we manage our oil and coal resources, so that they better reflect the costs they impose on taxpayers and our planet.” (Washington Post)

Rubio Greenwashing His Message: “Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio told a crowd of voters in New Hampshire Tuesday that he wants the United States to lead the world in renewable energy. It’s a surprising statement from a lawmaker who has been criticized as a climate change doubter, but Rubio’s argument for more renewable energy was an economic one.” (Washington Examiner)

Rubio Washing Green Off His Message: “Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign fought charges Wednesday that he once endorsed a cap-and-trade system to fight climate change. Earlier in the day, a video from 2008 resurfaced that shows Rubio, then Speaker of Florida’s House, discussing a potential cap-and-trade or tax system for carbon dioxide emissions in the state.” (The Hill)

Keep It in the Ground: “The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction, according to an administration official. The move would represent a significant setback for the coal industry, effectively freezing new coal production on federal lands and sending a signal to energy markets that could turn investors away from an already flailing industry.” (New York Times)

GOP Debate on Climate: “Here’s everything said about climate change at the GOP debate: Surprise! That was a trick. The Republican presidential candidates didn’t say anything about climate change at Thursday night’s debate. The closest moment came when Ohio Gov. John Kasich mentioned America’s need for energy independence.” (Grist)