The Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency charged with regulating pollutants in the air, water and ground, has been harshly criticized by Republican presidential candidates. Will this criticism harm their support among politically conservative Christians?
While there is some common ground between the GOP candidates, there are distinct differences.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) would like to shut down the EPA, while Governor Rick Perry (Texas) would like to place a moratorium on new EPA regulations. Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who criticized Perry for questioning the science behind human-caused global warming, said there should be a moratorium on new EPA regulations. more >>
As Texas Governor Rick Perry has taken the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he has also become a target for some of his opponents struggling to gain a foothold in the race by challenging recent statements he made on global warming and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
At a Wednesday campaign stop in New Hampshire, the nation's first primary state, Perry said that climate change is not being caused by humans.
“I think we're seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists that are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change,” Perry said. more >>
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich expressed regret for making a commercial with fellow former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about climate change – a subject that is divisive among Republicans and especially Christians.
As he attempts to woo voters ahead of the 2012 presidential race, Gingrich said the meaning of the 2008 ad has been "misconstrued."
Gingrich told a WGIR Radio host Tuesday, "I was trying to make the point that we shouldn't be afraid to debate the left, even on the environment." more >>
Los Angeles appears to have emerged unscathed from what was supposed to be the worst part of the 405 freeway shutdown. Also, some cyclists raced a JetBlue flight during Carmageddon, and won.
The warnings of city-wide traffic gridlock issued by local government and the media appear to have worked. L.A. residents are mostly taking public transportation, walking, biking, ride-sharing, and just staying home. Indeed, the traffic in L.A. appears even lighter than normal for a Saturday afternoon.
Some businesses and groups are making use of the media attention Carmageddon brought to L.A. Jetblue sold $4 tickets to fly from Burbank to Long Beach on Saturday. more >>
A severe thunderstorm with hurricane-like winds knocked out electricity to more than 860,000 homes in the Chicago area on Monday, making the blackout the largest power outage since 1998, officials with ComEd utility company said.
As of midday Tuesday, approximately 358,000 customers remained without power.
ComEd reports that power to about a half million customers has been restored. It may take several days for full restoration to take place, company officials stated on ComEd’s Facebook page. More detailed restoration information from the company will be available later. more >>
President Obama has been fiercely criticized by former Vice President Al Gore for his lack of progress on climate change in a magazine article set to be published Friday.
Gore criticized Obama saying that he had failed to act decisively to make any significant changes to the country’s climate change and energy policies.
The rebuke came as Gore wrote for “Rolling Stone” magazine, where he said: “President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis. He has simply not made the case for action. more >>