ACES, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (a variant of cap-and-trade designed to address climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions), narrowly passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212. It’s being hailed as a victory for the environment and praised by the likes of President Obama and former VP Al […]Read More..
I love it when a plan comes together. Which is to say, I love it when progressive and environmentalist forces converge to make us look good while promoting our values (but that doesn’t have the same ring to it). Last week, Dr. Howard Dean—former Governor of Vermont, former Chair of the DNC, and author of […]Read More..
The Transition Initiative as chicken soup for the environmentalist’s soul? As silly as that might sound, the Transition movement might just be the thing weary environmentalists need to pull us out of a decade-long funk—a decade of Hummers and the rapid erosion of environmental protections under the Bush administration. Assuming you’re not all hope-n-changed out […]Read More..
Back in my NYC bicycle courier days (all two and a half months of them), I got into my share of scrapes. I got my front wheel smacked by a speeding car. I was forced into a turn by an oblivious van, and off the road by a reckless truck driver. I got doored. I […]Read More..
My favorite thing about democracy is probably the free speech part. It’s amazing, really. Anyone can say anything! Like, our government’s audacity in trying to convince us we have fair healthcare in terms of what’s economically possible in this country, for one. And people who say homosexuals shouldn’t have legal rights like marriage, for another. […]Read More..
Times are tough, and chances are your local public library has been feeling the pain. Look, they were there for you in high school when you were broke and looking for the entire Michael Crichton backlist. They were there when you needed to get your hands on the latest Sue Grafton (but you kind of […]Read More..
When I was little, my mother used to count down the days until summer like it was her job. Me off in the wilderness being told scary stories and not having access to a telephone was a huge gift, according to her. Because she could garden her little heart out. And she’s not alone: even […]Read More..
A prison on an isolated, icy patch of land, surround by miles of freezing water—and no guards? If you’re like me, right about now you’re thinking of the frozen prison planet where William Shatner and DeForest Kelley were sent after they were framed for the murder of the Klingon ambassador in Star Trek VI. [crickets] […]Read More..
Add the collective voice of the United Nations to the chorus of reasonable people asking for a closer, more rational look at our policy of drug prohibition. It turns out that, according to a U.N. report, since Portugal changed its drug policy in 2001, emphasizing treatment over incarceration, drug use has not shot up dramatically […]Read More..
Republicans are never going to get on board for a public health insurance option. Like Chris Rock said, “They say ‘never say never’? I’m saying ‘never.’” The only chance we have for real comprehensive healthcare reform is to flip the Senate Democrats who are wobbly on the issue: the, ahem, “centrists.” Ah yes, centrists. I […]Read More..