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With politics heating up, it’s time to take a dive into how political parties approach energy policy on coal and climate change in the party platforms. Here’s a quick take on the on the party platforms of the Republicans, the Democrats, the Libertarians, and the Green Party.
“Government should not play favorites among energy producers,” the Republican platform states. “Climate change is far from the nation’s most pressing national security issue,” it continues. Initiatives to cut carbon, like having the Department of... read more
This report documents Coming Clean’s collaborative, community-based research project to monitor toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas fields in rural Pavillion, Wyoming and to see what same VOCs are present in the bodies of people who work and live there.
We focused our research on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a specific family of VOCs named BTEX chemicals (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylenes) – because these chemicals are also known to be hazardous to human health, even at low levels. ... read more
SMHA has a long history of working with Louisiana’s traditional family fishers – helping them find ways to survive in the face of regulations that favored "big business” and/or recreational interests, competition from low-priced (and lower quality) imports, and – more recently – to recover from the impacts of five major hurricanes in seven years plus the man-made BP oil disaster.
SMHA created the concept for the Gulf Coast Fisher Loan Fund in the weeks immediately following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010. As a result of learnings from fishers and other impacted families ("stories from the field”), SMHA... read more
The Democratic Party needs rural votes to secure a decisive victory in the race for the presidency, and to win back the Senate and make real progress in the fight for the House of Representatives. That’s a powerful lesson from recent election cycles. When President Obama won a decisive victory eight years ago, Democrats made major inroads in rural America:Two hundred and thirteen rural counties and 49 exurban counties flipped from the Republican column in 2004 to the Democratic... read more