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Canada's Trudeau Could be Obama's Progressive Heir

Trudeau could be the natural heir to Obama's progressive legacy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama's joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday had all the hallmarks of a torch-passing between progressive leaders.  

Obama repeatedly touted his younger counterpart's work on climate change and referenced the liberal values he and Trudeau share. He even gave Trudeau, 44, advice on coloring his hair when the stress of his office turns it gray.  

Evangelicals Make Environmental Issues About 'Caring for God's Creation'

The Evangelical Environmental Network encourage Kirk to vote against a measure to kill Obama's clean power plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Evangelical Environmental Network is just what it sounds like: a ministry of evangelicals, mostly Republicans, who believe climate change is dangerous and worth fighting.  

"I’m a Republican, and our organization is designed to reach out to evangelicals who are, by and large, conservative politically as well," Rev. Mitchell Hescox, president of EEN told CQ Roll Call last week.  

Inhofe to Democratic Francis Supporters: What About Abortion?

Inhofe says he sees hypocrisy in Democrats' excitement over Pope Francis' expected message. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. James M. Inhofe smells something fishy.  

Pope Francis is expected to advocate for issues such as immigration  and climate change in his address to Congress Thursday, much to the delight of most Democrats. But for all the excitement over issues they agree with, Inhofe said he hasn't noticed a Democratic rush to adopt some of the Catholic Church's other, more long-held, policies. Senate Democrats blocked a bill Tuesday banning abortions beyond 20 weeks and are likely to oppose a continuing resolution that diverts money from Planned Parenthood over an abortion-related controversy . And that has the Oklahoma Republican calling out hypocrisy.  

Will Republicans Need a New Message on Climate Change in 2016?

Graham suggests Republicans need to find a positive message on climate change heading into the next presidential election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Republicans were swept into power vowing to fight the White House's "war on coal," but at least one says they need a broader message than "no" in 2016.  

“I think there will be a political problem for the Republican Party going into 2016 if we don’t define what we are for on the environment,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said. “I don’t know what the environmental policy of the Republican Party is." Graham, who worked on a climate change proposal in 2010 with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., suggested that what worked in the midterms might not work the next time around.  

A Spectacular Math Fail on EPA Rule Costs

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Roy Blunt’s office sent out a press release with a spectacular math fail that made the new EPA regulations on power plants look far more expensive than even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s own study suggests.  

“The study reveals that U.S. consumers would pay almost $290 billion more for electricity between 2014-2030, an average of $17 billion more per year,” the release reads, before going off the rails.  

Opinion Duel: CQ Roll Call Moderates Debate on Climate Change

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In the second installment of The Purple Network's "Opinion Duel," Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni moderated a discussion with Charles C. W. Cooke, from National Review and The Nation's Zoë Carpenter over the widely debated topic of climate change. Carpenter and Cooke discussed whether anything is being done to address climate issues and how this debate has shifted the political landscape. They also detailed the industry's "big money" in politics and how it sways popular opinion.  

Whitehouse, Waxman Offer to School McConnell on Climate Change

Whitehouse, right, and former Vice President Al Gore (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two congressional Democrats are offering to school Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on climate change after the Kentucky Republican questioned whether the earth is warming.  

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., wrote to McConnell offering to have him meet with climate scientists to discuss the threat of climate change.  

McConnell Renews Skepticism Ahead of Democrats' Climate Change All-Nighter

McConnell speaks at a September news conference opposing the EPA's proposed greenhouse gas standards for new power plants. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Days before Senate Democrats plan to keep the lights on all night to discuss the dangers of climate change, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is renewing his skepticism of any man-made role.  

"For everybody who thinks it's warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn't," the Kentucky Republican told the Cincinnati Enquirer in an extended interview.  

Democrats Planning Climate Change All-Nighter

(Courtesy Senate Historical Office)

Get ready! Senate Democrats might be rolling out the cots next month for a debate on climate change.  

That's one of the plans of the new Climate Action Task Force, a group of members of the Senate Democratic Conference announced last month.