A Case of Lowered Expectations

Washington Gets Serious about Climate, but Businesses Push To Curb U.S. Commitments

... senators won’t be deciding anything until they hear from those denizens of the Capitol corridors — the lobbyists. Many of them are ex-government officials and staffers and professional campaign fundraisers who now plead the case of special interests with former colleagues and legislators who are nearly constantly running for re-election. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Kaizar Campwala - Nov 16, 2009 - 7:19 AM PST
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Nov 16, 2009 - 11:56 AM PST
Derek Hawkins
by Derek Hawkins - Nov. 16, 2009

Top-notch explanatory reporting about the web of competing interests that surrounds U.S. climate change policy. Center for Public Integrity sought input from sources in a range of fields on all sides of the debate. The issues are examined fairly and in depth, and given both domestic and global context.

By the time the House of Representatives narrowly passed climate legislation in June, more than 1,150 companies and advocacy groups had hired an estimated 2,810 lobbyists ... More »

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Fabrice Florin
by Fabrice Florin - Nov. 16, 2009

Must-read report on how over 2,810 lobbyists are influencing the climate change debate in the U.S. Congress. This in-depth investigation provides extensive factual information, citing many credible and authoritative sources, to explain how legislation on global warming is being held back by the special interests that dominate Washington politics. This is the best story I've read this week on this important topic.

Who runs climate change? Compare this report to other stories in our News Hunt about the Washington lobbyists who influence legislation on global warming: http://bit.ly/I66ju

By the time the House of Representatives narrowly passed climate legislation in June, more than 1,150 companies and advocacy groups had hired an estimated 2,810 lobbyists ... More »

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Kaizar Campwala
by Kaizar Campwala - Nov. 16, 2009

Excellent piece that effectively lays out the major players in the US climate debate. It explains why the bill will not contain the degree of reform many are hoping for.

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Ron Blau
by Ron Blau - Dec. 2, 2009

It's excellent journalism--very powerful without resorting to diatribe or coloration. It's long enough to give voice to complexities, but not so long as to discourage readers from finishing it. It's the kind of clear-minded reporting this important topic deserves.

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Ron Steffens
by Ron Steffens - Dec. 3, 2009

This new model of non-profit journalism pays off here. By beginning with the lead political figure and framing with the "sides," it follows traditional format but delivers the insights needed that can only come from dedicated reporting. From a bigger perspective than this story alone, this demonstrates that the lessening support for a traditional city-centered model for long-form journalism may carry on in new forms (though not geographically located here, except for the focus on D.C. -- eventually a regional version of the CPI would be quite valuable.

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