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Climate envoy to Iowans: ‘There’s a growing sense of urgency’

BY: - April 22, 2021

Moments before he closed a White House international climate summit on Earth Day, U.S. special envoy John Kerry urged Iowans to push Congress to approve new cuts in carbon emissions.  “There’s a growing sense of urgency,” said Kerry, a former U.S. senator and former secretary of state who holds the newly created position of presidential […]

Iowa is one of the nation's top producers of wind energy. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Iowa environmentalists hail Biden’s first-day actions, ask for more

BY: - January 20, 2021

President Joe Biden spent part of his first day in office reversing the previous administration’s environmental policies on climate change, vehicle emissions and drilling in an Arctic refuge.  The praise from Iowa environmental advocates came quickly Wednesday. Polk County Conservation Director Richard Leopold said Biden’s executive orders appear to bring science back into the center […]

Officials: Iowa’s farmers, biofuels industry key to Biden-era climate efforts

BY: - December 9, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan for the United States to rejoin an international climate change agreement is an opportunity for Iowa’s renewable energy industry and its farmers to lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, elected officials said this week.  Despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that Biden wants to shut down the oil industry, which he […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s climate change plans can quickly raise the bar, but can they be transformative?

BY: - November 14, 2020

The day Joe Biden becomes president, he can start taking actions that can help slow climate change. The question is whether he can match the magnitude of the challenge. If his administration focuses only on what is politically possible and fails to build a coordinated response that also addresses the social and economic ramifications of […]

Iowa is one of the nation's top producers of wind energy. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

3rd District candidates split on Paris Agreement, other environmental issues

BY: - October 24, 2020

The candidates for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District seat are divided over how to address climate change and other environmental issues. Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne supports the Paris Agreement on climate that President Obama endorsed but President Trump moved to withdraw from. Republican challenger David Young, whom Axne unseated in a close election in 2018, opposes […]

Axne, Young spar over COVID-19 response shortly after President Trump leaves hospital

BY: - October 5, 2020

A couple of hours after COVID-positive President Trump returned to the White House, the candidates for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District got in a heated debate over the federal government’s handling of the pandemic. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat, and her opponent, former GOP Congressman David Young, squared off in an “Iowa Press” debate moderated […]

Young opposes Paris climate agreement, Axne supports it

BY: - September 25, 2020

The candidates for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District seat are split on whether the United States should abide by the Paris Agreement on climate change.  In an interview Friday, Republican former Congressman David Young said he opposes what he sees as a “voluntary” agreement rather than a treaty approved by Congress, in part because the United […]