Category: Energy and Transportation
At a time when the country is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the storm has reaffirmed progressive principles that have been under attack in recent years. Sandy has, in fact, brought together a trifecta of progressive policy vindications: the dangers of climate silence, the importance of a strong and responsive federal government, and the necessity of collective bargaining rights for workers.
A new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service largely knocks down assertions by presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other Republicans that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has initiated a regulatory feeding frenzy under President Obama.
Thursday is shaping up as a historic day on Capitol Hill, as the Supreme Court rules on President Obama’s healthcare law and, across the street, the House votes on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress.
The proposal by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) to strip away $4 billion in tax breaks for the oil industry was blocked on a procedural vote March 29. Continue Reading
The battle over the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline continues. President Obama rejected a permit for the pipeline, which would transport carbon-rich tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. He said it wasn’t in the national interest to rush through reviews of the project, as Congress demanded in December 2011 legislation. Republicans say the decision costs thousands of jobs.