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Entries by William S. Becker from 06/2013

A Rare Step Forward on Climate Change

| Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

Since negotiations on global climate change began, it has been the case that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions could lead the world on the issue if they could agree with one another. They haven't gotten there yet, but they took a meaningful step on Saturday.

Obama's Risk Wizards and Their New Crystal Ball

| Posted 06.19.2013 | Green

The Obama Administration has unleashed its highly educated prognosticators to develop a new math for the Anthropocene. It attempts to count things we...

The Tax Code Flunks a Carbon Audit

| Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

Policy geeks - I use that term with love -- have been waiting patiently for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to reveal how the U.S. tax code inf...

Will Climate Hawks Be Dancing in the Streets?

| Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics

Email and Twitter are flooded with joyful electrons in anticipation of Obama's big speech on global climate change Tuesday. Climate hawks also have a job to do. It's to demonstrate that there is political reward for leaders who confront the realities of global warming.

As the World Burns...

| Posted 06.24.2013 | Green

After flying over one of Colorado's massive wildfires in the summer of 2002, then-Governor Bill Owens told reporters "it looks as if all of Colorad...