THE LIGHTBULB People listen as President Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md. in February. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts) Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided on not just what to do about human-caused climate change — and whether it even exists. But there exists a lesser-known yet probably more important cleavage when it comes to defining the climate positions of future elected GOP officials. It is the gap between older and younger GOP voters. According to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center on Monday, millennial GOP voters — those born between 1981 and 1996 — disagree with their older partisan counterparts across a range of energy and environmental issues. Younger Republicans disagree with their older partisan counterparts on the extent to which climate change is already affecting the world. This new … [Read more...] about The Energy 202: Older and younger GOP voters don’t agree on climate change
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POLITICS 04/23/2018 05:17 pm ET As the New York governor scrambles to fend off a primary challenger, will he finally back state lawmakers trying to pass the nation’s most ambitious climate bill? By Alexander C. Kaufman ALBANY, N.Y. ― Since 1970, New York’s average statewide temperature has climbed 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is just starting to feel the heat. On Friday, Cynthia Nixon, the activist and actor whose progressive primary challenge to Cuomo’s bid for a third term is garnering surging support, unveiled one of the most ambitious climate platforms in the nation, calling for 100 percent renewable energy, a ban on all new fossil fuel infrastructure and penalties for polluters. And on Monday, 19 buses carrying more than 1,500 activists from across the state converged on the state capital to protest Cuomo’s failure to do more about climate change in his eight years in office, and make demands that looked … [Read more...] about Andrew Cuomo Faces A Big Test On Climate Change. He’s Already Failed Twice.
Erica Werner and Damian Paletta, The Washington Post Published 10:02 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., spent two decades in Congress talking about reining in Washington's profligate ways and overhauling the nation's ballooning entitlement programs. He touted those views as the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2012. He will depart Congress with his goals undone. Ryan instead leaves a legacy of dramatically expanded government spending and immense deficits. The GOP is led by a president Ryan initially rebuffed, and his party has rejected his free-trade philosophy and support for reforming the nation's immigration laws. As he announced his plans to retire Wednesday, Ryan boasted about the passage of the GOP's $1.4 trillion tax law, and of securing much-needed increases in defense spending in last month's $1.3 trillion government spending bill. "These I see as lasting victories that will make this country more prosperous and … [Read more...] about Analysis: Fiscal hawk Ryan leaves behind growing deficits and a changed GOP
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader PowerPost by Erica Werner by Erica Werner Email the author April 11 at 12:43 PM Email the author Mitt Romney was all smiles as he introduced an ebullient Rep. Paul D. Ryan to the nation as his Republican vice presidential choice on a sunny Saturday in Norfolk in the summer of 2012. “I did not make a mistake with this guy,” Romney boasted, as Ryan proclaimed himself “deeply honored and excited.” The crowd cheered. At that moment, the fresh-faced Wisconsin congressman embodied the ideals and aspirations of a Republican Party stirred by his bold proposals about adhering to fiscal discipline while … [Read more...] about Fiscal hawk Ryan leaves behind growing deficits and a changed GOP
“This is a budget shaped by the work we have been doing in the last two years, which has started to produce results,” Andersson said at a press conference before presenting it to parliament, which will debate the proposal and vote on it. The government will invest 23.6 billion kronor ($2.68 billion) in reforms in 2017, which will then increase to 28.1 billion ($3.28 billion) in 2018, 33.4 billion ($3.9 billion) in 2019, and 36 billion ($4.2 billion) in 2020. The biggest allocation is 10 billion kronor ($1.16 billion) per year to municipalities and county councils, while 3.5 billion kronor ($408 million) will go to refugee and integration projects. The latter amount includes covering the cost of proposed changes to the Swedish Migration Agency which aim to accelerate new arrivals’ entry to the country's labour market. The police will receive 100 million kronor ($11.6 million) extra over the next year, while security police Säpo will receive 80 million ($9.34 … [Read more...] about Swedish budget: Integration, climate change and equality