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Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Feb. 4-10

Every Friday, we round up the most interesting and insightful climate stories from the week. Check in to learn about major developments, new findings, and effective strategies for communicating about and addressing climate change.   POLITICS   Citing Scott Pruitt’s rejection of climate science and lack of interest in enforcing environmental laws, nearly 450 former […]

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A Market-Based Climate Solution Conservatives and CEOs Can Love

Is a nationwide tax on carbon a real possibility? It is if Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has his way. Whitehouse is sponsoring federal legislation that would charge a fee for carbon emissions and return the revenues to the American public.   To gain support for his revenue-neutral carbon tax, Whitehouse is reaching out to […]

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54% of Conservative Republicans Believe Climate Change Is Real and Humans Play a Role

American opinions about climate change may be far less polarized than we’ve been led to believe. According to a new survey, the majority of Republican voters understand that climate change is happening and favor candidates who plan to address it. By contrast, all of the leading GOP presidential candidates have expressed doubt about climate change. […]

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New Survey: Oil and Gas Industry Insiders Are Concerned About Climate Change

Here’s some news you might not expect – the fossil fuel industry has joined the majority of Americans in expressing support for government action on climate change. In a recent survey of oil and gas industry insiders, nearly 59 percent of respondents said they were extremely or very sure that climate change is happening – […]

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Why a Carbon Tax May Be Our Most Effective Weapon Against Climate Change

The time to act on climate change is right now. Research has shown that we must cut carbon emissions by 80 percent over the next 40 to 50 years to avoid severe consequences. Yet here in America, debates over how to approach climate change or even whether it exists are keeping progress at a standstill. […]

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Further Evidence that Good Climate Policy Works – and Grows the Economy

Here at ecoAmerica we emphasize climate solutions in a big way because our research (American Climate Values 2014) says it’s necessary for people to understand that solutions exist in order to engage them on the issue. The general media covers climate change mostly from a scientific debate and political conflict frame, so most people either […]

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The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

Historically, the concept of a carbon tax has been something a nonstarter, given conservatives’ deep-seated antipathy to the idea of raising taxes. But that could change, if conservatives come to see why a carbon tax may not be so antithetical to their values after all. In a recent op ed, thinktank director Ian Adam outlines a rationale for why conservatives […]

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Support for Carbon Tax Soars When Tax Revenue Funds Renewable Energy

According to conventional wisdom, proposing a carbon tax to solve climate change would be a political anathema. But new research from the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College suggests that a carbon tax might not be doomed to fail. What matters, it turns out, is where the revenue from the tax goes. While just 34% of […]

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Adaptation: Big Oil’s New Favorite Word

Recently at the Council of Foreign Relations, ecoAmerica Board Director David Fenton asked the Exxon/Mobil’s CEO to give his perspective on what America can do to stop climate change. In this article, David explains why Rex Tillerson’s answer of “we will adapt to this” is unacceptable and cannot be what Americans hear as a “solution.”  […]

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