Most Americans support government regulation to fight climate change. Including in Pittsburgh.

… We took advantage of a survey called the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), which has an extraordinarily large sample of about 40,000-50,000 Americans. In 2016, the CCES was fielded just before the election and asked this question: “Do you support or oppose the Environmental Protection Agency regulating carbon dioxide […] Read more »

Democrats see political opportunity in Trump’s decision to abandon Paris climate deal

President Trump’s triumphant Rose Garden ceremony announcing his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement sent a message loud and clear to his supporters: Promise kept. But the move also served as a clarion call to angry Democrats, potentially complicating the political path for Republicans facing tough midterm challenges and, ultimately, […] Read more »

Why are Republicans getting so little done? Because their agenda is deeply unpopular.

Every new president tries to claim a mandate for his agenda, that because he won the election that means the public supports everything he wants to do. But ask yourself this: Is there anything — anything — on the agenda of the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress that […] Read more »

With withdrawal from Paris accord, Trump keeps focus squarely on his most devoted supporters

When President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, he cast the decision as being in the best interests of coal miners and other working-class Americans whose support helped sweep him into office. … The announcement on climate change Thursday was just the latest […] Read more »

The Paris Agreement Would Have Been Less Partisan 30 Years Ago

… Environmentalism in the U.S. used to be a fairly bipartisan issue. The Environmental Protection Agency, founded in 1970, was a product of the Nixon administration. But somewhere around 1990, everything changed. And it changed quickly, in ways that had big impacts on our ability to negotiate international environmental accords […] Read more »