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GOP senators from the West grill Haaland for a second day

In a bitter and at times high-decibel round of questioning at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Interior nominee Rep. Deb Haaland again fielded questions from Senate Republicans from oil and gas-producing states about the Biden administration’s energy policies. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, would run the $21 billion agency that oversees more than 450 million acres of public land. ... Read more»

Pause on leasing public land for oil and gas extraction draws mixed reaction

The Biden administration ordered a 60-day pause on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters after environmental activists sent a letter urging the administration to issue a permanent ban rather than a temporary one. The decision has drawn praise and criticism from both sides, but is just the beginning of potential federal action. The administration has promised to protect 30% of public lands and waters by 2030.... Read more»

Critics grill Haaland; backers point to historic nature of nomination

While Senate Republicans used the Interior confirmation hearing for Rep. Debra Haaland to air their grievances about the Biden administration’s energy policies, supporters at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing focused mostly on the historic nature of the nomination. ... Read more»

Arizona voters want more federal action on environment, ASU poll says

Twenty-four hours after Tuesday’s election, the U.S. officially will exit the Paris Agreement, an effort by nearly 200 countries to reduce the threat of man-made climate change. This comes as Arizona voters are expressing a growing interest in climate change and environmental policy.... Read more»

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Pima County should get houses in order to fight climate change

As the battle over climate change rages among scientists, environmentalists and deniers, Pima County can reduce emissions one doorstep at a time. For the low, low price of $2.50 a month, you (!), dear friend and neighbor, can do something about it.... Read more»2

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Cease: System change needed to fight climate change

Tucson mayoral candidate Mike Cease: "Climate change is the most catastrophic environmental, social and economic crisis that the human species has ever faced."... Read more»

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'We have a once-in-century chance': Excerpt from Naomi Klein's new book 'On Fire'

In this extract from her latest book "On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal," the "No Logo" author looks at why capitalism and politics have got in the way of addressing the climate crisis.... Read more»

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Naomi Klein: 'We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism'

The No Logo author talks about solutions to the climate crisis, Greta Thunberg, birth strikes, and how she finds hope.... Read more»

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Why next Monday’s UN Climate Action Summit matters

As world leaders converge on New York City for the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23, they enter what may be the most consequential week in climate politics since Donald Trump's election.... Read more»

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Scotus 2020: Detention OK provides clear view of stakes for Dems

Everything we need to know about the 2020 election pops into focus with the Supreme Court ruling upholding a lousy law from the days when Democrats insisted on proving they were tough.... Read more»

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Rothschild's bite-sized achievements welcome in age of giant, empty political promises

Mayor Rothschild looked around, saw what was doable and led Tucson's City Council to getting it done. Maybe that’s low-hanging fruit but he never promised more than he could deliver, and usually accomplished what he said he'd do.... Read more»

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Never mind Green New Deal, socialism already here as Arizona deals with climate

Drought politics is socialist politics in every way imaginable and it’s determining our future right here in Arizona.... Read more»3