Tag: climate change

Break On Through (To the Other Side): Part II

Are the Republicans who are declaring that they’re “with her” quietly admitting an inconvenient truth about the man who was declared victorious over Al Gore sixteen years ago? Notice the common thread that runs through the words of pro-Clinton Republicans: they’ve declared that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is “completely unqualified” for the White House,… Read more »

Riders on the Storm

In late-December, and again in late-June, I noted that if Paul Ryan’s worst nightmare comes true, and Democrats regain control of the House and Senate on November 8 thanks to Donald Trump’s hot mess of a presidential campaign, there will be a full-court press by progressives and climate activists to take care of the biggest… Read more »

The Path of the Sociopath

They did it while Louisiana drowned. They didn’t give a damn about how many people had lost their lives, or how many people will lose their lives if we don’t transition as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels. They couldn’t care less about the health impacts of carbon pollution, and the fact that it… Read more »

A Model Carbon Tax

Canada once again leads the way – this time on how a carbon tax can fight climate change while growing the economy.

The Day the GOP Stood Still

Rarely is New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrong in his political or economic conclusions; the man makes an error about as infrequently as Halley’s Comet is visible from Earth. However, there was one tiny flaw in his July 18 post about the GOP’s march towards mania. Krugman correctly noted that he was one of… Read more »

Kaine is Able

While I anticipated that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would select a running mate more admired by the progressive wing of the party, I have no grievance with her selection of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her partner. Yes, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters because Caine is viewed as… Read more »

A Taxing Effort

Will Congress actually pass carbon-pricing legislation by December 31, 2017? This ambitious goal is not as far-fetched as it may seem—especially if Donald Trump damages the Republican Party so severely that the GOP actually loses both houses of Congress (also not a far-fetched prospect). Having said that, the final version of a carbon-pricing bill may… Read more »

Emotional Rescue

Are progressives and Democrats overestimating just how many conservatives and Republicans will support Donald Trump in the privacy of the voting booth? Yes, as Salon’s Heather Digby Parton has observed, it is profoundly disturbing to see conservatives and Republicans falling in line behind Trump merely because of political tribalism. Yet the general election is still… Read more »

Those Who Do Not Learn from History

Look how much has changed–and how much has not. It was fifteen years ago today that President George W. Bush, flanked by Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke in the Rose Garden and defied right-wing ideology by acknowledging that human-caused climate change was real. It was a frustrating speech in many respects, filled with the usual… Read more »