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In her argument, Olson said she knows of no other instance where people suffering personal injury

at the hands of their government are told to go to the polls when a constitutional right is being violated.

The 21 young plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States will mark their six-year anniversary just days from now. They first petitioned the federal District Court for the District of Oregon on August 12, 2015.

Over the past six years, the Juliana plaintiffs have grown in age, under-standing, and stature. …


We’re not a cheap date; the House is going to do what we have to do.

Jim McGovern (D-MA)

While the Senate fiddles over infrastructure and budget reconciliation legislation, the House burns. Seethes is perhaps a better word. I’ll explain why in a moment. First, I’ll set the stage for that discussion.

The Senate is currently in the process of trying to hammer out two critical climate-related pieces of legislation. The first is all about jobs and updating and repairing roads, bridges, and other essential services, including getting quality internet services to all Americans.

The second is a totally partisan…


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URGENCY is the message of today and every day until the US finally has the policies in place

and acted upon that will lead it to a sustainable environment and economy.

Introduction

The US is fifteen months away from the 2022 midterm elections. If history repeats itself, as it often does, the Democrats will lose their tenuous hold of majority status in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Let’s do the math. The Democrats will go into the 2022 midterm elections with a four-seat majority in the House and a sometimes one-vote majority in the Senate.

Since World War…


If this is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it.

President Joe Biden

Saturday[i] saw both President Biden and former-President Trump making news lines. The day foreshadowed the slide into the 2022 midterm congressional elections and possibly the 2024 presidential. It’s a present that bodes badly for the president’s climate and society agendas and a future I had hoped would remain in the past.

Trump held what was billed as just the first of his revenge rallies. In the case of The Donald, one hardly needs to ask revenge for what? Trump takes any disagreement with…


The three questions Democrats are asking themselves these days are:

· Can we afford not to pass an infrastructure/climate bill before the end of the year?

· Can we do it on our own, i.e., without Republican votes?

· Will Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Sinema (D-AZ) agree to vote for a reconciliation bill that includes many of the climate and family provisions in the American Jobs Plan?

For readers in a hurry, the answers in order are no, possibly, and that’s a really good question.

For readers with a bit more time, allow me to elaborate.

Can the Democrats afford…


Some things just seem to go together — Bogey and Bacall — for example. There are other things — voting rights legislation and the future of national climate policy — not so much.

It is critical for the climate community to follow closely the federal voting rights law passed by the House and now being considered by the Senate. …


Will There Be a Chance to Make a Second Impression?

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Gina, Gina, Gina…didn’t your mother ever tell you that you never get a second chance to make a first impression? Certainly, mine told me, and I’d venture most have been offered such pearls — or something like them — at one time or another.

I’m confident my mother heard the phrase in an ad for a brand of men’s suits. The first of many times she told it to me was just before a meeting with my college’s scholarship committee, when she advised I shave my beard, cut my hair…


A public garden is an institution that maintains collections of plants for the purposes of public education and enjoyment, in addition to research, conservation, and higher learning.

— American Public Gardens Association

This is a story about the critical role of public gardens and the pandemic-induced recession’s impact on them — as seen through the experiences of the Green Ark Botanical Garden Foundation (Foundation or Ark) in Costa Rica.

First, a word or two about botanic gardens

· The world’s first botanical garden was created in 1545 in Padua. …


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…a man, being just as hungry as thirsty and placed between food and drink, must necessarily remain where he is and starves to death.

Aristotle, On the Heavens, (c.350 BCE)

The nation has a decision to make. Is it ready to choose between fossil fuels and cleaner alternatives like solar and wind? Or will it continue to postpone the decision until the impact of Earth’s warming becomes so severe as to make it impossible to step back from the environmental brink?

It’s a question whose answer cannot be hedged, as it has been for decades.

*****

A 14th-century philosopher, Jean…


Screengrab Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

On their way out of town for the Memorial Day recess Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and all but six Republican senators killed legislation[i] that would have established an independent investigative commission on the Jan-uary 6th insurrection. The attack on Congress was intended to stop the Senate from certifying Biden’s 2020 election victory. The commission provided for in HR 3233 would have been similar in composition and operation to the one appointed following the 9/11 terror attacks.

Republican resistance to the January 6th commission carries with it an ominous warning of what’s to come for US climate policy. …

Joel B. Stronberg

Stronberg is a senior executive and attorney with over 40 years of experience in federal and state energy, environmental and sustainability issues.

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