Is this the dawn of a new environmental era in the United States? Political strategist Brad Bannon says despite public indifference and worry about the threat that new environmental regulations pose to a struggling economy, Democrats in DC are charging ahead. Why? “The reason is that solving environment problems like global warming will help the new administration solve pressing diplomatic, health and economic problems.” Bannon says expect Obama, Carol Browner, his environmental and energy czar, as well as Congressional democrats to push forward with several issues in the coming weeks and months. Bannon is president of Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm in Washington, D.C.