Category: Politics

The Important US Climate Report That Trump’s Administration Tried to Bury Under Black Friday

The Important US Climate Report That Trump’s Administration Tried to Bury Under Black Friday

The US government’s Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) just released its much anticipated Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report which provides a detailed look at how climate change will impact the country. The NCA4 report billed as “the report that the Trump Administration doesn’t want you to see” was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving and buried under...

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Timothy J. Lynch, Associate Professor in American Politics, University of Melbourne. The good news if you don’t like US President Donald Trump: he has less than 24 months remaining in his first term in office. The bad news: he now looks to have a better...

The US Midterm Elections Are Being Billed as a Referendum on Trump, But It’s Not That Simple

The US Midterm Elections Are Being Billed as a Referendum on Trump, But It’s Not That Simple

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Dan Dixon, PhD Student in English, University of Sydney. From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth...

The Candidates That Barack Obama and Donald Trump Are Endorsing For the Midterms…

The Candidates That Barack Obama and Donald Trump Are Endorsing For the Midterms…

Former President Barack Obama is backing 260 Democrats ahead of the country’s midterm elections on November 6. He released his second wave of 2018 midterm endorsements which features Democratic candidates from across the country. “Over the next several weeks, we have a chance to elect lots of talented diverse, patriotic candidates who represent what’s best in...

Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Coal Pollution Rules

Trump’s EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Coal Pollution Rules

UNITED STATES: On Tuesday, August 21, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled plans to roll back Obama-era regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants and give states the power to regulate their own emissions. These rules would undo much of the progress the Obama administration made in the fight against climate change and cause catastrophic consequences on...

What Australian States Can Learn From Trump Dismantling Climate Change Policy

What Australian States Can Learn From Trump Dismantling Climate Change Policy

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Sarah Graham, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was greeted with dismay around the world. Less well known, but probably just as damaging to emissions reductions, was freezing standards for carbon dioxide emissions from cars in July. The erosion of...

What the Heck is Happening in America?!: The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy Part 1

What the Heck is Happening in America?!: The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy Part 1

Remember the Clean Power Plan (CPP)? The EPA first proposed it under President Obama in 2014, with a final draft released in 2016. It was an instrumental bargaining chip to show the U.S. was serious about climate change during the Paris Climate Conference. Good times. Soon after taking office; however, President Trump issued the Energy...

Donald Trump Quits Paris; Elon Musk Quits Trump

Donald Trump Quits Paris; Elon Musk Quits Trump

Immediately after President Donald Trump’s announcement of the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on June 1st, Elon Musk, environmental sustainability champion, tweeted: “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.” Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done...

What a Trump Presidency Means for the Fight Against Climate Change

What a Trump Presidency Means for the Fight Against Climate Change

“The 12-day talks started with a bang,”1 the United Nations Climate Conference 2016 (otherwise known as COP22 or Conference of Parties 22) reported in a press release on 07 November. There was much to celebrate — a hundred countries have already ratified the Paris Agreement. A day after such a positive announcement, earth-shaking news came from...

Donald Trump is President: How a Divided America Can Begin to Heal

Donald Trump is President: How a Divided America Can Begin to Heal

An uneasy feeling washed over me as I tuned into CNN’s live election broadcast. Donald Trump was winning. Hillary Clinton was losing. And even though the count was still in progress the news commentators were already concluding that the brash, tough-talking property developer would win. What is happening? I wondered. How could this be happening? Is this...