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Keith Harrington is a board director with the New Economics Institute, an economics graduate student at the New School for Social Research and the former Maryland/DC Field Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He is also the founder of the social business Shoestring Videos for Nonprofits and a contributor to Grist, Truthout and Alternet.

The views represented in his posts are entirely his own and made in his personal capacity. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of any of his affiliate organizations or employers.

Entries by Keith Harrington

Economics Students From 19 Countries Demand Overhaul of Economics Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Note: The following open letter on economics education reform represents the joint effort of the members of the International Student Initiative for Pluralist Economics, of which this blogger is a founding member.

It is not only the world economy that is in crisis. The teaching of economics is in...

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Millennials Meet to "reRoute" Our Economy

(4) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 12:51 PM

In case you missed it, this past spring students at over a dozen universities and colleges across North America gathered on their campuses to lay the foundations of a new millennial-led movement for economic system change. This month, these leaders will take a good hard look at the...

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Time for Obama's "Marriage Equality Moment" on Clean Energy

(5) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 10:45 AM

In case you missed it, scientists at Harvard and Yale released yet another study in April demonstrating the widening disconnect between public attitudes on clean energy and the rhetoric and policy choices emanating from Washington.

The study
, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found...

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Offshore Wind Activists an Unmatched Force at Maryland General Assembly Opener

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 5:38 PM

If measured by the turnout at the rally at the Annapolis state house yesterday, of all the issues confronting the Maryland General Assembly as it reconvenes this week, offshore wind power enjoys the most energetic public support.

Maintaining the grassroots momentum from a statewide series of packed "Wind...

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Six Demands the Wall Street Protesters Should Make

(148) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 10:37 PM

A video from day 14 of the Occupy Wall Street protests shows an impressively huge crowd flowing through the arches of the NYPD headquarters in New York City. The crowd is chanting: "The whole world is watching, the whole world is watching!" While that may not...

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From the Tar Sands Comes a Real Climate Movement

(11) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 11:01 PM

When does a cause become a movement? When does it graduate from political advocacy into a true socio-political phenomenon? The answer: when it evolves from a mere idea in people's minds or an impulse in their guts into a part of who they are; when it's not just protests and...

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Mr. Obama: XL + Tar Sands = Bad Political Equation

(93) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 11:44 AM

Three years ago, I spent a number of weekends going door to door in Virginia urging people to vote for our president. In that campaign I found a sense of pride, a sense of excitement, a sense of energizing virtue.

This weekend, I spent a good chunk of time training...

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No Balanced Budget Without Independence From Wall Street

(4) Comments | Posted July 24, 2011 | 7:42 PM

"We need to balance the budget in order to grow the economy." In the midst of the federal debt-ceiling food fight, this may be one of the only ideas both political parties can more or less agree on. And coincidentally, it may also be one of the best examples of...

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Koch Brothers Declare War on Offshore Wind

(87) Comments | Posted July 21, 2011 | 12:12 PM

The war over America's coastal-energy future has officially begun, and the result could determine whether we see wind turbines or catastrophic oil spills along our coastlines in coming years.

The opening salvo came in early July, when everyone's favorite climate-hating, fossil-fuel-loving industrialist villains, the Koch brothers, released a so-called "cost-benefit...

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Could Egypt Become the World's Most Advanced Democracy?

(42) Comments | Posted June 12, 2011 | 5:39 PM

In the four months since the ouster of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, the prospects for the emergence of a flourishing Egyptian democracy have clearly dimmed a bit. But the ultimate cause for concern isn't abuse by the military junta or the specter of ongoing sectarian division...

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The Clean Energy Revolution Won't Be About Clean Energy

(128) Comments | Posted March 27, 2011 | 3:18 PM

The uprisings in the Middle East and the growing austerity-induced unrest among workers in the US and Europe have provided new hope for environmental movement leaders who for years have struggled to mobilize the public to confront the looming catastrophes of growth-capitalism.

A good example is climate leader and

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Climate Activism and the Paintings of Alexis Rockman

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 3:26 PM

What role should art play in efforts to inspire people to fight climate change? As the climate movement struggles to regain its bearings and look for new tools to reinvigorate itself after the failures of the 111th Congress, Copenhagen and Cancun, this...

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Why Our Economy "Requires" Oil Spills

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 2:10 PM

Earlier this month, environmental and clean energy activists, as well as coastal communities breathed a much needed sigh of relief when the Obama administration reversed last spring’s reckless decision to open up new offshore areas to oil drilling. Now, thankfully, the coastlines of the Pacific, Atlantic and the...

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Plugging the Black Hole Afflicting the UN Climate Talks (and Everything Else)

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 11:37 AM

After the massive buildup and colossal letdown around last year's landmark global climate talks in Copenhagen it can be tough to see the promise in this year's Cancun round of talks. But despite the gloom of low expectations, climate advocates have found a few bright spots on which to center...

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Post-Partisan Bunk: Climate Solutions From Climate Deniers?

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 2:42 PM

When the US Climate Action Partnership formed a few years back, I thought it was too good to be true -- oil companies and big corporate polluters coming to the table with environmentalists to craft a cap-and-trade bill. Turned out I was right. The result of this unlikely...

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Energy Machismo and White House Solar Panels

(13) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 11:59 AM

If there’s one thing you can say about President Obama it’s that he certainly hasn’t given his erstwhile fans on the left a shortage of things to keep scratching their heads over. One of the biggest perennial question marks hanging over his administration has been his failure to lead on...

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Death by Growth: What the Climate-Bill Autopsies Missed

(20) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 1:49 PM

By now the corpse of the climate bill has been so thoroughly autopsied, that examining it any further seems almost inhumane. A whole army of coroners have weighed in, suggesting an array of possible causes of death: Republican obstructionism, failed presidential leadership, a weak climate movement, the...

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Good News for Deepwater-Oil Junkies

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 11:08 AM

We've all heard that we're addicted to oil. But in the wake of the BP spill we might do well to take the oil-as-a-drug metaphor a little more seriously. For starters we need to understand that deepwater oil is the really bad stuff, the petrochemical heroin -- high risk, costly,...

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Behind Obama's Speech: A Stale Strategy and A Value Vacuum

(9) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 5:22 PM

If in the wake of the President's flaccid oval office speech there are still any doubts lingering in anyone's mind about whether the administration is planning to use the spill as a chance to unleash a game-changing energy policy strategy, a recent DNC oil-spill messaging briefing...

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The BP Spill: Corporatocracy Ground Zero?

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 12:21 PM

There have been a lot of deeply disturbing images and stories to emerge from the BP spill: the dead workers, the oil-covered wildlife, and the gulf-coast families whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated. But few aspects of the spill are as deeply disturbing in terms of their implications for...

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