Young Republican activists are trying to change their leadership’s rejection of climate change amid alarm that it is so out of step with their generation that the party risks losing elections. Campaign groups have been formed to push for conservative solutions to climate change to show younger voters that the party cares about the environment as much as they, and the Democrats, do. Organisers admit that President Trump’s hostility to climate science and green power are hampering their efforts but believe they can get the White House on board. Mr Trump, who made reviving the coal and car industries cornerstones of his presidential campaign, has a long record of refusing to believe climate modelling and last week said that windmills caused cancer. “The environment is not an issue that the GOP [Republican Party] wins on, but it is definitely an issue that we can lose votes on, and it is especially younger votes we will lose if we are not paying attention to the issue,” said Danielle Butcher, 22, chief operating officer of the American Conservation Coalition, a group of conservative millennial environmentalists formed in 2017.
Times 8th April 2019 read more »
The slow pace of cleaning up the nation’s largest cache of radioactive waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons is frustrating state officials from both major political parties, who blame the Trump administration for not doing more. The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts for cleaning up the vast Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington, even though the estimated cost of the cleanup has at least tripled and could reach more than $600 billion. “That’s a huge, huge cost increase,” said Tom Carpenter, director of the watchdog group Hanford Challenge. At a hearing in Washington, D.C., last week, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray questioned Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s assertion that his agency can still meet a legally-binding cleanup schedule despite the proposed budget cuts. Much of the site’s aging infrastructure is deteriorating, including underground waste storage tanks and tunnels.
The Columbian 6th April 2019 read more »