Climate Change

"We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to." -- Terri Swearingen
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Governor Brown: Climate Leader or Climate Loser?

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Adam Scow: When it comes to governance and real action the Governor is letting the oil and gas industry expand fracking and refineries that pollute our climate with more emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, worsening global warming and our climate crisis.

Blindness and Science

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Steve Hochstadt: Why are those voters and politicians who don’t believe in the need to deal with climate change so overwhelmingly Republican? I think the answer is fear.

Global Warming, Waste, and Greed

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Walter Moss: In keeping with our unrestrained consumptiveness, the commonly accepted basis of our economy is the supposed possibility of limitless growth, limitless wants, limitless wealth, limitless natural resources, limitless energy, and limitless debt.

Rethinking Climate ‘Adaptation’

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Don Farber: One of the things I don’t like about the term “adaptation” is that it suggests that we actually can, at some expense, restore ourselves to the same position we would have been in without climate change.

Death of the Lush, Green Lawn

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Jim Hightower: A pioneering 2003 turf-removal rebate program in Las Vegas, for example, has now pulled 165 million feet of thirsty lawn grass out of the area, saved more than 9 billion gallons of water, and cut water use by a third, even as the population has mushroomed.

Right-Wing Truth-Trampling

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Walter Moss: The most egregious recent example of some right-wing organizations’ truth-trampling is their praise for newspaper columnist Diana West’s revised version of McCarthyism in American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Character.

Jerry Brown’s Energy Diplomacy

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Tom Hayden: While Obama is seeking a geopolitical pivot to project US power toward China, Brown is seeking a different pivot through energy conservation away from the gathering threat of climate change.

Big Oil’s War on the Sun

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JP Sotille: Just imagine—what if people could stop burning oil and gas and even coal, and just use these miracle devices to transform Old Sol’s sunny disposition into the power needed to run just about everything?

Earth Day: Sustainability Movement Heals Humanity in the Wild

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Jack Eidt: This Earth Day 2013, world ecosystems face imminent danger from humanity’s ecological overreach and climate change. Building on the original 1970 theme of a national teach-in, promoting awareness of the acute problems, posing solutions to advance environmental sustainability, and building a movement to work toward its implementation.

Let’s Stop Talking About 2016!

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Randy Shaw: Americans may “hate” politics, but the media cannot get enough of it. Since Obama’s re-election we have been deluged with stories not simply about Hillary Clinton, but also about Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush positioning themselves for runs in 2016.

Why UN Climate Agreements Fail

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Shamus Cooke: It’s become undeniably clear that U.S. government inaction on climate change is directly linked to the “special interests” of corporations that dominate the government. It’s due time that those concerned about our climate draw a similar conclusion.

Republicans Right For Once

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Brent Budowsky: here is desperation and delusion in the air from the Republican side because they feel the election has been slipping away, and for once, regarding these Republicans, I must heartily agree with them.

20 Questions for Mitt No One Will Ask

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Ted Vaill: Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ default choice for President no one really likes, deserves to be asked the hard questions such as those directed by Jeff Daniels to the panel of GOP candidates in Adam Sorkin’s “Newsroom”,

Homelessness: Cheaper to Fix Than to Let Fester

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any of the social, economic and political ills facing the United States will cost tens of billions to fix, from updating the power grid and building a high-speed rail network to dealing with climate change and revitalizing public education. Solving the problem of homelessness should be easy because it will cost billions less to fix [...]

Don’t Bain on Me

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Ted Vaill: Why on earth would the American voter elect someone as its next President who is the poster child for the Wall Street excesses that almost drove the country into another Depression just four years ago? Are memories that short?