David Atkins


Climate impacts cannot be ignored in broader environmental impact assessments

This is a largely overlooked but very consequential ruling: Citing agencies’ neglect to consider climate change impacts, a federal court ruling today rejected federal agencies’ approval of Arch Coal’s plans to bulldoze roads through 1,700 acres of the pristine Sunset Roadless Area in Western Colorado and halted any road construction in the area. U.S. District… Read more »

Compassion for the poor isn’t a prerequisite for liberal economics

Much and more has already been written about Nick Hanauer’s brilliant and blistering piece in Politico Magazine about the ever-shrinking half life of social and political stability in a time of unrestrained capital accumulation by the very rich. Hanauer’s main point–one that I expounded on myself at length yesterday at Alternet–is that supply-side economics isn’t… Read more »

The Senate comity brigade was wrong

I wrote a few days ago about how the Supreme Court’s decision to bar recess appointments made with less than a 10-day break in Senate proceedings increases the importance of controlling Congress. But it also proves again that Democratic activists urging filibuster reform for Presidential appointments were right, and the status-quo-ante comity-obsessed Senators were wrong…. Read more »

Imagine the Iraq crisis–but with a GOP president at war with Iran

As Iraq spirals deeper into a sectarian crisis between an ineffectual Shi’ite government and radical Sunni militants, the importance of a grudging working relationship between the United States and Iran has never been of greater importance. Without some Iranian help, Iraq’s central government will likely fall apart and the nation will be overrun by extremists… Read more »

For whom are Boehner’s crocodile tears intended?

The politics of immigration are mostly clear at this point. Republicans have become abjectly terrified of their own base, particularly after Eric Cantor’s defeat. Democrats are furious at the lack of action on the border in pure policy terms, but from a nakedly electoral standpoint every cycle that Republicans continue to make themselves the party… Read more »