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How one Texas storm exposed an energy grid unprepared for climate change

February 17, 2021
Josh Lederman | NBC News
A devastating winter storm that has plunged Texas into an electricity crisis offers warning signs for the U.S. as the Biden administration seeks to prepare for a future in which extreme weather is a greater risk and America is almost entirely powered by renewable energy.
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Wildfires, Election Interference Highlight Political Inaction On Key Issues

September 12, 2020
Asma Khalid, Tamara Keith, Miles Parks, Lauren Sommer | NPR
As wildfires rage across the west, activists are noting the campaign's relative silence on the issue of climate change. Natural disasters of all sorts, from heat waves to hurricanes, are made worse as humans continue to increase their emissions.
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Trump to visit Texas and Louisiana to view Hurricane Laura damage

August 29, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
President Trump will go to both Louisiana and Texas on Saturday to get a first hand look at the damage wrought by Hurricane Laura. The president is campaigning in New Hampshire on Friday, trying to build political momentum after his speech to almost 2,000 mostly-maskless supporters Thursday night on the White House lawn.
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Democrats release climate plans ahead of town hall spotlight

September 4, 2019
Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press
Democratic presidential candidates are releasing their plans to address climate change ahead of a series of town halls on the issue as the party’s base increasingly demands aggressive action.

Discussing the intersection of politics and the environment

August 30, 2019
From wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to the receding white ice of the Arctic, climate change confronts global leaders.
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Trump administration to reverse limits on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas

August 29, 2019
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
The Environmental Protection Agency is set to announce Thursday that it will loosen federal rules on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas linked to climate change, according to two senior administration officials.
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Trump Saw Opportunity in Speech on Environment. Critics Saw a ‘“1984” Moment.’

July 9, 2019
Katie Rogers | The New York Times
Reviewing new polling data, consultants working for President Trump’s 2020 campaign discovered an unsurprising obstacle to winning support from two key demographic groups, millennials and suburban women. And that was his record on the environment.
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White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony saying climate change could be ‘possibly catastrophic’

June 8, 2019
Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin , Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change could be “possibly catastrophic.” The move came after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to federal scientific findings on climate change.
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House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Bill Despite Earlier GOP Efforts To Stall It

June 4, 2019
Kelsey Snell | NPR
The House has approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package despite earlier objections from Republicans. The legislation was approved 354-58. All those who opposed it were Republicans. The Senate already passed the bill overwhelmingly and it heads to the president's desk for his signature.
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