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|Saltwater and almonds: a California seder
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|What's For Dinner: Sweet, Sweet Pi
You come to me on National Pi Day and want to know what's for dinner? Pull up a chair and let's talk a bit. Now, I get my best thinking done when my hands are doing something familiar, so excuse ...
|Keystone XL* to create thousands of jobs. Time to build! (* amendment)
Today, the Senate will take up 18 amendments to the Keystone XL bill, including at least one proposal that will create thousands - if not hundreds of thousands - of jobs and ease our dependence on ...
|Obama's War On Alaska
Obama declares war on Alaska , reported the Alaskan newspapers, not in the least over the top. "Obama will negotiate with Iran - why won't he impose sanctions on negotiate with Alaska?" wailed Lisa ...
|"The Representative wants to talk with Climate Hawks Vote."
"I was hoping to speak with someone at Climate Hawks Vote," reads the email from a staffer for a Democratic member of Congress. A handful of tweets can catch the attention of Congress, reports a ...
|We won! The final tally for Climate Hawks Vote's 2014 races.
The final tally for Climate Hawks Vote in 2014: we endorsed in 17 elections, including 3 primaries and 14 general election races; we won 11 and lost 6. No matter what, I'm proud of all of our ...
|How Climate Hawks Vote lost, and won, in Michigan.
Climate Hawks Vote launched in June 2014 with the goal of electing candidates who grasp the magnitude of the climate crisis. The fall 2014 elections would be our first test of an explicitly ...
|Hey, remember Benton Harbor?
A few years ago, outrage over segregated Benton Harbor, Michigan was atop the Daily Kos wreck list and even the Rachel Maddow show . We were fascinated by the little twin cities separated only by a ...
|A prairie populist: Climate Hawks Vote endorses Rick Weiland.
When I met Rick Weiland at Netroots Nation 2013, I was struck by two things: his political courage in opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, and his detailed grasp of energy efficiency building standards.
|"You're doing black people a disservice by registering them to vote."
Words fail. Yes, that's what the Climate Hawks Vote organizer was told in woefully segregated Benton Harbor, Michigan. We've endorsed Paul Clements, challenging Fred Upton in southwest Michigan, ...
|Fred Upton's voter shenanigans. Is he that desperate?
Climate Hawks Vote has endorsed Paul Clements, challenging Fred Upton in Michigan's 6th District. A number of voters in Benton Harbor (yes, that Benton Harbor of emergency manager fame) have ...
|Why I march: Is Congress marching with me?
The People's Climate March will be the largest climate march in history. Marchers are traveling to New York City from 50 states. While there are dozens if not hundreds of satellite marches ...
|Yet another fossil fueled disaster in Fred Upton's district
This time, it's TransCanada of "our pipelines never leak except when they do" fame, and it's a natural gas pipeline. 500 people have been evacuated in rural Berrien County. The noise sounded like ...
|Climate Hawks Vote's new endorsements: Big Oil and Michigan waters don't mix.
Climate Hawks Vote announces endorsements of two Michigan Democrats: Paul Clements for Congress in Michigan’s Sixth District, and Gary Peters for Senate, because the Koch brothers and Big Oil need ...
|Susan Collins: the 7th worst Democrat in the House
Susan Collins is generally considered to be a moderate Republican, especially on environmental issues. But just how good is she? If she were a Democrat in the House, she'd be the seventh worst ...
|Yes, Arizona Republic, climate matters in Arizona.
Ruben Gallego, running in a heated primary in central Phoenix's AZ-07, tried to talk climate change with the paper of record in Phoenix: He recalled that during a recent meeting with the Arizona ...
|Secrets, coal, and a parking lot: business-as-usual Mary Rose Wilcox in Arizona-07.
A story about a parking lot is really a story about dark money, secrets, and dirty coal. This , in a long read on Mary Rose Wilcox, is ugly. Wilcox increased her net worth through land deals, with ...
|Breaking - Hanabusa threatens lawsuit while Schatz works overtime in Hawaii.
Colleen Hanabusa is now threatening litigation to keep from definitively losing to Brian Schatz on Friday. Hawaii's ...
|Hurricane Iselle threatens Hawaii. #VoteClimate.
The Hawaiian Islands are facing an unprecedented pair of extreme weather events. Hurricane Iselle is scheduled to hit the Big Island Thursday night, possibly as a weakened tropical storm, possibly a ...
|Kings of the ashes: Republicans refuse to fight climate-fueled wildfires
"He would see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes." --Varys, regarding Littlefinger, in Game of Thrones He might well have been describing the modern Republican Party. ...
|Endorsement: Ruben Gallego, a Climate Hawk in Arizona
It's a rare chance to elect a climate hawk in the House of Representatives this year in Phoenix, Arizona. Climate Hawks Vote is delighted to endorse Ruben Gallego in Arizona's 7th ...
|Progressive Primary Strategy 101. Case Study Hawaii.
A right-wing, undeserving-of-the-label, Democrat-In-Name-Only is in a crowded Democratic primary. To prevent the DINO from being elected, progressives attempt to unify behind one of the several ...
|First Endorsements By Climate Hawks Vote
Climate Hawks Vote has issued its first endorsements, both in Hawaii. Practically the first words Senator Brian Schatz said upon arrival in Washington were: "...
|Koch brothers' new target: Me. Climate activists. And all of us.
In the last few weeks I've picked up a sense of optimism on climate change activism within the Democratic party. From ...
|GOP Senator: Science Not Known. He's a Doctor.
Another day, another Republican pretending ignorance on climate science. This time it's John Barrasso (R-WY), claiming that the role of human activity in climate change is not known .
|What we know about Obama's Climate Action Plan - Major Update
Tomorrow President Obama Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, will announce new regulations on existing power plants to curb greenhouse gases. Details are beginning to leak in different news stories. ...
|The boom that wasn't: EIA cut Monterey Shale oil by 96 percent.
In news that stunned most onlookers, the Energy Information Administration confirmed that it's cut its estimate of oil technically recoverable from California's Monterey Shale from 113 to 15 billion ...
|California: Stop fracking. Don't tax it.
An oil severance tax bill, SB 1017, passed a California state senate committee yesterday. The bill would place a 9.5 percent tax on oil, with 50 percent of the money going to higher education (...
|Case Study: 29,000 Jobs in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County has become a fractivism hotbed. The City of Los Angeles has voted in favor of a fracking moratorium. The county has 87 additional cities, many of which are angry about the ...
|Why I am not (much) here any more.
I set foot in the real world of California Democratic Party politics - 'tis a scary and dangerous place. I injected myself into a party resolution, originally calling for a moratorium on fracking, ...
|What's For Dinner? v8.32: Almonds, or Water (Pick One)
Last weekend I brought my "Beverly Hills Chocolate Mousse Tart" to an Oscars party. Adapted from "Jane's Chocolate Mousse Tart" via Martha Stewart circa 1985, I've renamed it the "Beverly Hills Tart"
|Diverting water in a desperate drought
What would you do with 201,600 gallons of fresh water in the middle of a desperate drought? California is facing a desperate situation : the state is likely to close out the year as the driest on ...
|Journalism at the LA Times
Yes, the Los Angeles Times has standards. Saying "there's no sign humans have caused climate change" is not stating an opinion, it's asserting a factual inaccuracy. It started off last Saturday ...
|"The oil money will help keep the toilets clean."
"He said the oil money will help keep the toilets clean and the parks supervised for visitors who use MRCA-managed parks throughout the county." That's the rationale for a public parks agency to ...
|Drowning Sacramento in a tide of oil.
A new Climate Central report warns ...
|Fracking in California must not be regulated.
The California state Assembly will shortly take up a bill authored by California's biggest climate hawk , Fran Pavley, to regulate fracking. Her SB4 bill promises to impose a comprehensive ...
|Climate disconnect: Republicans let their districts fry.
To the surprise of absolutely no one following climate change politics, Republicans are voting against their districts' health and safety. A new report from House Energy and Commerce Democrats ...
|Thoughts and Prayers for Nineteen Firefighters
Nineteen brave men are dead. A fire was caused by lightning. It couldn't possibly be anything more than that. And the wingnuts are terribly offended that anyone might try to link fire with global ...
|President Obama's sorely needed new litmus test for voters.
President Obama dedicated his June 29 Saturday weekly address to climate change. Near the end of his speech, he urged voters to consider climate change in voting for their representatives, at all ...
|Coal trains coming to California.
Coal trains are coming to California. And they'll be shipping coal through the port of Stockton, then through the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta to the open Pacific. It's a disaster in the ...
|Lying in Chinese: the Heartland Institute's latest dirty trick
Last week, the Heartland Institute went positively giddy announcing that its work debunking climate science was being translated into Chinese by the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences. Today ...
|Swapping Keystone XL Approval for 18 x 18: A Lead Balloon
A couple of tweets from a White House reporter have the feel of a trial balloon leak: White House mulling the idea of approving #KeystoneXL - but extracting concessions on clean energy/climate ...
|Has Climate Hypocrite Governor Jerry Brown Cut A Deal With Chevron?
On the one hand, California Governor Jerry Brown talks a good game on climate. Today, he joined 500 scientists to send a unified message about the changing climate. A ...
|Beware GOP politicians serving "science" on the half shell
photo credit: Wikimedia The Marin Independent Journal op-ed sounds so reasonable on the surface, asking scientific questions about Point ...
|Climate change comes home in Ventura County
Thursday morning, the Santa Ana winds were bad. They pushed my son's 20 year old little car around the roads like a toy needing repair. Fire follows the Santa Anas just as surely as night follows day.
|Brian Schweitzer: a bold progressive or just another fossil fueled politician?
AP via ...
|Thank you, Netroots.
A few weeks ago, I formed a slate for the California Democratic Party's environmental caucus. Briefly, I've been on the board of the caucus for a couple of years, and wanted to see an effective ...
|California Democrats, More Liberal Than Their Leaders. Case Study: Fracking.
A recent academic paper posits that both Democratic and Republican legislators overestimate the conservative nature of their constituents. As described in Salon, all politicians think Americans are ...
|Wearing Clean Underwear, Going Fossil Free.
Last night, I attended a meeting of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party's Resolutions Committee to speak on behalf of a resolution I wrote. The resolution calls for the University of California ...
|Norquist, ALEC, Koch lose on home turf. Wind and sanity win.
via DailyKos image library What's the matter with Kansas? Nothing at all regarding wind power. Thursday, the forces of light scored a major victory. In Kansas. Kansas, with its newly minted ...
|"Hurricane Huggers" and Jam Tomorrow: Republicans Grapple with Climate.
Last week when speaking to a local Democratic club on climate, a former Republican asked me: what of Republicans who want to do something on climate? Farmers timing their fruit trees' blossoming, ...
|#hawkpup goes to a climate rally.
Sunday was a boootiful day. My human said we were going to go forward on climate, put a leash on me, picked up some friends, and took me to a place with big grass. It was warm and sunny. These ...
|California's Fracked Up Oil: Nearly As Bad As Keystone XL?
The Keystone XL pipeline has birthed a movement, massive rallies, and even the Keystone Principle - "Specifically and categorically, we must cease making large, long-term capital investments in new ...
|A Greater Economic Challenge Than Austerity and Debt: Very Serious People Wake Up To Climate.
In the National Journal, Coral Davenport's must-read cover story on the scary truth about how much climate change is already costing you examines the impact of climate change on everyday Americans: ...
|Doing the Math: California Poised to Delay Climate Action for 80 Years.
California is home to AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 authored by State Senator Fran Pavley that caps and trades carbon pollution, mandates lower carbon fuel, higher mileage from ...
|Steven Chu's Parting Words: Economics and Morality.
Dr. Steven Chu is stepping down as Secretary of Energy. His legacy, if you're sane : a huge rethink of the Department of Energy from a nuclear proponent to a renewable energy market-maker: creating ...
|What's For Dinner: Democratic Victories Go Better With Pie.
Republicans like cake, because the cake is a lie . There is only pie. Through pie, I gain sugar. Through sugar, I gain energy. Through energy, I get stuff done. Through getting stuff done, I turn a ...
|Towing for a tax dodge? SHell No!
An unpowered drill rig, the Kulluk, owned Shell Oil has run aground on Kodiak Island. It was being towed to Seattle, ostensibly for maintenance, during a predicted storm of 40 foot high waves and 50 ...
|The Senate did something useful yesterday. Not snark.
photo credit: DailyKos image library Yes, it's true: the United States Senate passed a bill to designate Pinnacles National Monument as a national park, reports ...
|Why Lisa Jackson is leaving the EPA: the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ruby Cramer at Buzzfeed has the scoop: Top Obama Environmental Official Departs Frustrated over Pipeline, Inaction on Climate : Jackson "left as a matter of conscience," said Jeff Tittel, the ...
|Breaking - Lisa Jackson to leave EPA
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will leave the agency after the State of the Union, reports the Washington Post. The WaPo identifies as possible successors Bob Perciasepe ...
|Kidnappings, pirates, Halliburton, and me.
The London-based Control Risks holds itself out as "an independent global risk consultancy specialising in helping organizations manage political, integrity, and security risks in complex and ...
|Fracking Up California: The New Gold Rush Begins Tomorrow
The fossil fuel industry is eyeing a new Gold Rush in the Golden State: the Monterey Shale, a natural gas play stretching from Monterey County south to Bakersfield, Santa Barbara, and the Baldwin ...
|Dear Progressive Bay Area, Please STFU about Drakes Bay Oyster Farm.
Last week, Secretary of the Interior issued a long-awaited decision on the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, located within Point Reyes National Seashore. He ordered the oyster farm removed. The ...
|Good news: Obama, Quietly, Prepares to Act on Climate. Bad News: Too Late?
Here's the good news, via tomorrow's The Age, Australia: Obama quietly plans to revive climate action : "President Barack Obama is putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring ...
|All of the Gulf of Mexico Just Got Sold.
Celebrating its "all of the above" energy policy, the Obama Administration's Interior Department just finished auctioning all of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Well, technically it was all of the ...
|The most anti-solar reporter in the mainstream media?
Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times has published yet another anti-solar piece in the Los Angeles Times. This time, in Solar power plants burden the counties that host them , she discovers that ...
|The California Democratic Party: All Fracked Up?
At this weekend's California Democratic Party executive board meeting, a resolution dealing with fracking - hydraulic fracturing of rock to release natural gas - is creating controversy. The ...
|Doing the Climate Math: Action Obama Can Take Now.
Like her formal name Cassandra, Hurricane Sandy brought to American consciousness what science has been yelling at us for years: climate change is real, it's happening now, and it's likely worse ...
|Breaking: Joss Whedon endorses Mitt Zomney.
Because Mitt Needs Brains, here's an endorsement from a well prepared type stocking up on Spam and learning Parkour. Who needs Zombie Reagan when we can elect Mitt Zomney? As the creator of the #...
|Climate Heroes Moneybomb, Part II: The Empire Strikes Back.
Early this week, I helped a few friends organize a Climate Heroes moneybomb - a one day fundraiser to reward those candidates who speak out on the need to confront the climate crisis. Sunday evening,
|We Need Climate Heroes to Break the Climate Silence
An unease is creeping across America as surely as drought creeps across the land. The white security blanket of the Arctic ice cap shrinks. Cherry crops diminish as corn harvests wither. Farmers and ...
|Reality wins: "Climate change is not a hoax"
Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, on his most-cheered line regarding policy of the evening: Climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. ...
|Leaked: the Romney-Ryan Action Plan for Energy! I read it so you don't have to!
Yes, it's the real deal, supposedly embargoed until tomorrow but easily accessible on Mitt Romney's website and leaked all over Twitter: the Romney Ryan Energy Independence Plan (Scribd version). I ...
|Running from, or Reveling in, Romney-Ryan? Case Study in CA-26
Greg Sargent first observed six Republicans, including CA-26 (Ventura County) candidate Tony Strickland, ...
|Breaking: League of Conservation Voters Takes On Deadbeat Joe Walsh
The League of Conservation Voters today named Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08) to its $1.5 million “Flat Earth Five” program, which aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of ...
|Todd Stern abandons humanity. With his update.
Todd Stern prepares to abandon humanity to the fossil fuels that are poisoning our planet. As President Obama’s special envoy for climate change - the top American negotiator at the UN - he’s in ...
|California, All Fracked Up?
Fracking for natural gas is perceived as an issue east of the Rocky Mountains - Texas, North Dakota, and the Marcellus Shale. California runs on natural gas and hydropower. Fracking is happening in ...
|Congressional investigations: Sunny and Spurious? Cash and Curious.
Last week, the House held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for reasons arising from the House GOP-dominated probe into the "Fast and Furious" non-scandal, despite solid reporting, via CNN , ...
|The utter emptiness at the heart of "Fast and Furious."
CNN's Fortune has a long, detailed investigation into the truth about the Fast and Furious scandal . Briefly, Darrell Issa's witch-hunt claims that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents ...
|Don't vote for Obama! He disrespects the DailyKos community!
The final straw! Brought to us by a noted muckraker blog, this shocking photo of President Obama bearing birthday CAKE :
|The rage of a dying dinosaur: coal declines in United States
A dinosaur backed into a corner by a pack of smaller dinosaurs may be mortally wounded, but it's big and angry enough to do some serious damage in its death throes. The coal industry, long ...
|Mitt Romney comes out in favor of mercury poisoning.
Romney's latest flip flop : Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney opposes a landmark environmental regulation controlling mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants, ...
|2.73406341 × 10 to the 98th power
It's very simple math. You flip a penny once, and there is a 1-in-2 chance it will come up heads. You flip a coin twice, and there is a 2 to the 2d power (1-in-4) chance it will come up heads both ...
|Go fly a kite. Indoctrinate a child into a global cult.
Friday, June 15 is Global Wind Day - a day to discover wind and its power to change the world. How better to celebrate the wind than to watch a kite dance on a breezy shoreline? Unless you're of ...
|Keystone Kabuki: Michael Bennet prepares to cave
From Environmental & Energy Reporter , it sounds like Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) is engaging in bad dealmaking on Keystone XL: A ...
|Buy this quilt at NN12 today. Support our troops.
The DailyKos Quilt Guild has made a quilt, named Better Together! The quilt will be auctioned off at a silent auction today at Netroots Nation at 1:30 PM Eastern time. All funds will be donated to ...
|Sea, No Evil.
On the one hand, New York City begins to prepare for rising seas - it's got 520 miles of coastline, probably the American city most (after New Orleans) exposed to rising seas. The city is already ...
|Open spaces and the train.
Yesterday was the 120th birthday of the Sierra Club, founded on May 28, 1892 by John Muir with a goal to "do something for wilderness and make the mountains glad." The Club originally focused on ...
|Los Angeles bans plastic bags. Next up: California?
The City of Los Angeles took a big step today in becoming the largest city in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags at grocery stores. The City Council voted 13-1 to phase out the bags. The bags ...
|The Independent Voter Project: cover for corporate interests
The Independent Voters Project sounds noble: "a non-profit, non-partisan, non-political (501(c)4) organization dedicated to better informing voters about important public policy issues and to ...
The 2009 layoff wasn't the worst of it. She began at the GE Energy plant in Mebane, North Carolina in 1991. She worked anywhere in the plant she was needed, but ended up as a wirer – assembling ...
|I think she'll be okay. A love story.
December 2011: a litter of six puppies is abandoned in front of the East Valley Animal Shelter. January 2011: my pest control service tells me that rats are active on my property. I'm a little ...
|"So, Mom, did you hear the biggest news in politics today?"
My 18 year old son is smart and caring, but does not share my interest in politics. This afternoon, he says: "So, Mom, did you hear the biggest news in politics today?" "Super Tuesday?" I look up ...
|Will vanity Democrats put Republicans in office? Case Study, CA-26
Ventura County, California was long represented by useless back-bencher Elton Gallegly (R-CA-24). Now he's retired, the lines have been redrawn to a slight Democratic advantage, and Democrats should ...
|Chevron doesn't want Satan's body. Rick Santorum does.
Remember Rick Santorum's oil shale rock prop from Tuesday night? You can watch him holding it up (at 8:18). The same day, Chevron announced that it was giving up its interest in northwest Colorado ...
|"Major" new climate initiative, or short-lived idea?
Last week Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton announced the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. The United States joins with Bangladesh, Canada, Mexico, ...
|Breaking out of the climate silo: Heartland's attacks on unions, teachers, pet issues.
I write almost exclusively on climate-related issues, either the only issue that will matter in a hundred years (The Economist) or just another pet issue (Markos) depending on one's point of view. ...
|Bad Idea in the Arid West, or, Why Don't We Grow Carrots?
Last week, the Obama administration and the Republican-dominated House Natural Resources Committee took diametrically opposed steps regarding development of oil shale across the West. Not ...
|Breaking: Komen blinks. With updates.
From the Dallas Morning News , a press release: We want to apologize to the American ...
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