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Greens debate impacts of LNG exports on global warming

Greenwire: Environmentalists wary of plans to open the gates for U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) might be missing an opportunity to advance their primary goal, fighting global warming. So say some advocates for climate change action who see the wider distribution of natural gas leading to reduced emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases as coal-burning power plants are switched to gas. Paul Bledsoe, a fellow with the German Marshall Fund and a former Clinton White House aide, is among those...

Washington, D.C. gathering shows liberal disdain for Keystone XL

Greenwire: President Obama's political friends yesterday left him very little room to maneuver on the politically controversial Keystone XL pipeline, taking turns panning the project at a Center for American Progress event attended by some of the most influential Democrats in Washington, D.C. Former Vice President Al Gore issued the bluntest indictment of the project, comparing American's "addiction" to fossil fuels to a heroin addict's need for a fix. "You know, junkies find veins in their toes when...

United States: Evergreen State in a less than green mood this election cycle

Greenwire: Washington state's political views are usually as green as its landscape, but some observers say persistent unemployment and a sluggish economy may be pushing the environment lower on Evergreen State voters' priority list during this election cycle, making them less receptive to messages about green jobs. Seattle-based Democratic consultant Tom Hujar said the polls and focus groups he has conducted for clients have led him to believe the environment is not on Washingtonians' minds this year. ...

Mont. Senate Race Will Turn on Energy, Climate, Natural Resource Issues

Greenwire: Democrat Jon Tester has tried to steer a middle course in his first term in the Senate between safeguarding Montana's natural beauty and protecting its economic interests as he sees them -- whether that means allowing wolf hunting or opening new areas of the forest to logging. But Republicans are betting that the senator has failed to prove to Montanans that he will buck his party to protect them from environmental regulations, which many oppose both on principle and because the state's economy...

Rep. Waxman uses persuasion, media savvy to defend EPA authority

Greenwire: When he took the gavel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month, Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) acquired a well-staffed majority office and the prerogatives to set the committee schedule and subpoena witnesses. But being chairman of the powerful committee also means facing off against a veteran lawmaker who colleagues say is one of the most formidable legislators and communicators in the House: ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). Waxman, who has chaired and been the ranking Democrat...