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Will Spring Bring More Sunlight? Freedom of Information on Congressional Agenda

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

There’s so much bad news about partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill, it’s refreshing to have some good news to report.

When it comes to improving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), fifty years old this year, Republicans and Democrats are working together to achieve reform.  Indeed, both the House and the Senate have passed bills that would significantly strengthen FOIA.  The bills had overwhelming bipartisan acceptance. No Senator objected to the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, S. 337. The House FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, H.R. 653, bill passed by voice vote. Read more >

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President Obama in Alaska: The Science Shows the Time to Act on Climate is Now

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

President Obama’s speech to the GLACIER conference on Arctic leadership in Anchorage yesterday signaled just how seriously he takes the need to act on climate change. His starkest warning was that “On this issue, of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late. That moment is almost upon us.” Read more >

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Obama’s Commencement Speech on Climate Change: A Graduation Day to Remember

, , director of Climate & Energy

Commencement speakers have mostly been in the news lately for the speeches they didn’t give. Most of the speeches are dull and formulaic. President Obama bucked the trend and made headlines with a speech at UC Irvine laying out an impassioned case for action on climate change. Read more >

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President Obama’s State of the Union: Will Climate Change Get Left Out in the Cold?

, , director of Climate & Energy

As the president prepares to take the podium for the State of the Union speech, much of the country has just been released from the grip of the dreaded polar vortex, single digit temperatures, wind chills and snow, and shortages of home heating oil in the Midwest and Northeast. Does he dare remind Congress and the country of the Climate Action Plan he unveiled this past summer, delivered on a hot June day? Read more >

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President’s Council Report on Agriculture – What About Ecology?

, former senior scientist, Food and Environment

The new report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) addresses the state of U.S. agriculture research. The report notes that public funding for agricultural research has stagnated, while industry sources have increased greatly to 61 percent of the total—three times the amount from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read more >

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