The Latest: Our Earth
Fossil fuel industry rewards politicians for anti-environment votes with big campaign donations, study details
• February 25, 2020 4:02 PM
For decades, Big Oil has lined the pockets of politicians with cash in an attempt to purchase influence in Washington. But the fossil fuel industry hasn't just been handing over cash for the campaign and hoping that Senators and members of Congress remember them when it comes time to vote on legislation. According to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, industry interests have been using positive reinforcement by increasing campaign contributions when legislators vote in their favor.
Hoyer: House priorities for 2020 include health care, infrastructure, climate, redistricting
• January 13, 2020 2:35 PM
House Democrats in 2020 plan to pass legislation on top party priorities like health care, infrastructure and climate as well as more under-the-radar subjects like modernizing Congress and redistricting — all while trying to fully fund the government on time for the first time in 24 years, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said.
Science Panel Staffed With Trump Appointees Says E.P.A. Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor
• December 31, 2019 3:32 PM
A top panel of government-appointed scientists, many of them hand-selected by the Trump administration, said on Tuesday that three of President Trump’s most far-reaching and scrutinized proposals to weaken major environmental regulations are at odds with established science.