Top 5 US Political Posts of the Week Featuring: Obama's 1st year, Scott Brown Win + Murkowski's Congress Block

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This week seems to have been a tumultuous one in American politics, with Obama coming under heavy scrutiny after his first year in office, with Scott Brown's unexpected victory in Massachussetts, and with Murkowski, a Republican senator from Alaska, seeking to block the federal greenhouse gas regulation. What does all this mean for the environment and climate change policy? Brian Merchant reported on 11 Green Milestones in Barack Obama's First Year as President and Senator Scott Brown on Climate, Energy, and Environment. Let's see what the rest of the blogosphere had to say about these topical events.DeSmogBlog: Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts will put the chill on climate legislation by Kevin Grandia
"Republican candidate Scott Brown has won the race to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts and, as I wrote earlier today, this does not bode well for the clean energy and climate change legislation currently being considered in the Senate."

Grist: Why America's greenest mayor got no love by Jonathan Hiskes
"Seattle Times environmental reporter Craig Welch profiles one of the more puzzling characters in recent urban politics, Seattle's now-former mayor, Greg Nickels. The piece treads some of the same ground as my profile of Nickels last month: after demonstrating national leadership in rallying mayors on climate change, Nickels received no political credit back home."

Guardian Environment: Murkowski to call on Congress to block federal greenhouse gas regulation by Suzanne Goldenberg
"A Republican senator from Alaska is expected to call on Congress today to strip the Obama administration - and any future US government - of its powers to curb global warming pollution."

Huffington Post: Brown Victory Doesn't Change the Powerful Support for Clean Energy and Climate Action by Frances Beinecke
"Senator Brown's victory has shuffled the deck on some issues, but it won't derail the bipartisan push for clean energy and climate legislation that will make our economy stronger and our country more secure. The stakes are too high for that, and too many Americans have told pollsters they want a clean energy future."

New York Times: Climate Change Bill Is in Doubt
by John M. Broder
"As Democrats on Capitol Hill and the White House contemplated the fallout of the special election results in Massachusetts on Tuesday, proponents of major climate change legislation said they would persist in their efforts to win passage of a bill this year, despite a hostile political environment."

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