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Problems With the Math: Is 350's Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?

(78) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:46 PM

Three Critiques and a Suggestion

I have much respect for Bill McKibben and, the organization he started. Future generations will hail the 350 activists of today as heroes. That said I am very worried about the pitfalls of 350's current "Do the Math" campaign, which seeks to...

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Why Climate Change Will Make You Love Big Government

(64) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 12:00 PM

A Secret History of Free Enterprise and the Government That Made It Possible

Crossposted from Tom

Look back on 2011 and you’ll notice a destructive trail of extreme weather slashing through the year. In Texas, it was the driest year ever...

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Call to Help the Hikers

(22) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 5:44 PM

If you care about solidarity activism, independent reporting and the ability of progressive journalists to work on the frontlines of world events, I encourage you to make a simple phone call to the Iranian Interests Section in Washington D.C. on behalf of the two American hikers who are still being...

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Reading the World in a Loaf of Bread

(6) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 3:30 PM

Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather, Upheaval, and a Planetful of Trouble

Cross-posted from

What can a humble loaf of bread tell us about the world?

The answer is: far more than you might imagine.  For one thing, that loaf can...

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The Big Green Buy: How Government's Purchasing Power Can Drive the Clean-Energy Revolution

(58) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 11:15 AM

In the wake of the BP oil spill, some captains of industry have begun calling for government leadership to spur a clean-energy revolution. In June, billionaire software mogul Bill Gates visited Washington and encouraged lawmakers to pony up public subsidies to triple clean-tech R&D funding from $5 billion to $16...

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For Obama the Road to Reelection Runs Through Kabul - Or So He Thinks

(134) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 1:58 PM

The real goals of the Afghanistan escalation are domestic and electoral. Like Lyndon Johnson who escalated in Vietnam, Obama lives in mortal fear of being called a wimp by Republicans.

To cover his flank and look tough in the next US elections, Obama is expanding the war in Afghanistan....

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