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What issue should be the priority for the lame-duck session of Congress? Staving off the disastrous effects of climate change ought to be Job One

GREEN BAY, Wis. - To the lame-duck Congress: Act on climate change now! The midterm elections are over and, as anticipated, Republicans have retaken the House and improved their margin in the Senate. Not surprisingly, commentators now talk about likely political gridlock in Congress.
Rigid nuclear safety standards are needed before nuclear power is expanded

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The tragic earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March took thousands of lives and also disabled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, leaving it without electrical power to run its cooling system. Massive releases of radiation followed, forcing evacuation of the local population. Most of the radioactive particles drifted out to sea. Yet the worst nuclear plant disaster since Chernobyl has sparked renewed debate over how much the United States and other nations should rely on nuclear power.
Pro/Con: Should a pipeline be built to bring Canadian tar sand oil into the U.S.?

PRO: It allows U.S. to cut imports from unstable regimes.CON: Pipeline could spur huge economic disaster.
Is Obama's endorsement of limited drilling merely an attempt to win votes for a climate change bill?

GREEN BAY, Wis. - President Obama stirred up a political hornet's nest when he opened large areas of the nation's coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. His plan would permit exploration and drilling along the East Coast from Delaware to Florida, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and on the north coast of Alaska.
Failing to back clean energy will cement GOP's minority status

GREEN BAY, Wis. - It is politically fashionable to denounce federal subsidies as unjustifiable in the face of rising budget deficits and an ailing economy. Like pork-barrel spending, however, the value of subsidies depends on where one stands.
Pro: Should Congress give solar, wind power major roles to combat climate change?

Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental and economic challenge of the 21st century. Scientific debate about its reality is now over, even if skepticism continues in some quarters. Remaining questions largely concern the magnitude, timing and location of the effects of planetary warming, not whether it will occur.
Should energy secretary resign over $537 million mistake? Con: We should thank Chu - not castigate him

GREEN BAY, Wis. - In most years the secretary of energy gets little public attention, but this year is different.
Con: Higher oil prices prod consumers toward green energies of the future

By MICHAEL E. KRAFT GREEN BAY, Wis. - Gasoline prices rose sharply in 2008 and again in 2011, largely as a consequence of rising global demand and limited supply. People's reactions were mixed.
Should the US push ahead on building nuclear power plants?

Increasingly policymakers and citizens across the political spectrum recognize the need to rethink traditional sources of energy and work toward a more diversified and sustainable mix of energy sources.


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