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Natural Gas Replacing Coal Fired Power Plants -- A Major Step Toward Diminishing CO2 Emissions

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Raymond J. Learsy

According to Shell Oil's Marvin Odum, converting from coal to gas fired electricity plants would eliminate 50% to 70% of current CO2 emissions.

Education: Reform or Transformation? A Report from the 2010 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

The United States was once first in the world in college graduation rates, we are now 14th. Many well-known speakers from very diverse fields at see the need for educational change as a societal, economic and moral imperative

A Twelve Year Old's Look at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Kiran Sridhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kiran Sridhar

Bold initiatives, such as those highlighted at the Ideas Festival, are necessary and essential for our country to maintain its leadership position in the world. Our political establishment owes it to my generation to show true leadership now.

A few days at the Aspen Ideas Festival

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Okay, I haven't recovered yet from the Aspen Ideas Festival, too many interesting people and genuinely valuable panel sessions. I tried to do my part;...

A Whole Bunch of Inconvenient Truths

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Gellman

At the end of the day, many of us must need villains more than we need hope, real solutions and intellectual honesty. How inconvenient.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sees Bright Future For Roe v. Wade: 'We Will Never Go Back'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 77-year-old two-time cancer survivor and nearly 17 year veteran of the high court, made an appearance at the Aspen Id...

Aspen Ideas Festival Speakers Dinner -- What We Learned This Year

Lynda Resnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lynda Resnick

Every year, my husband and I open our doors for the thought leaders in the Aspen Ideas Festival. At our dinner, I always give a little speech outlining what I have learned from the sessions I attended. Here are some highlights from this year.

Aspen Ideas Festival: David Boies And Ted Olson On The Fight To Overturn Proposition 8 (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ben Craw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In 2000, David Boies and Ted Olson battled each other as lawyers representing opposite sides of the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore. Ten years late...

Aspen Ideas Fest 2010: Stars Come Out For Intellectual Summit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Aspen has long been known as a playground for the rich and famous. During the Aspen Ideas Festival, that maxim may be more true than ever. The July ...

What Nurtures Leaders Who Have Bold Ideas? A Report from the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Galinsky

Let's assume that the people invited to present at the 2010 Aspen Institute Ideas Festival have important ideas to share. There are important things we can learn from their own career paths: how did they become people with "bold ideas?"

UAE Ambassador: We 'Absolutely' Want U.S. To Stop Iran By Force

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba, efforts to prevent Iran from going nuclear by use of military force are be...

Michael Steele Cancels Appearance At Aspen Ideas Festival After Afghanistan Flap

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

In the wake of mounting turmoil over recent comments about the war in Afghanistan, GOP National Chairman Michael Steele has canceled a scheduled appea...

What's The Big Idea: Aspen Ideas Fest, Day 1

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

How can Aspen Ideas Fest be harnessed for the common good so that everyone in the country can be exposed to it, not just the few of us privileged to attend such events?

Aspen Ideas Festival: Ferguson, Gergen & Zuckerman Fear-monger on Deficits

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

If the government doesn't create demand right now, then America is heading back into recession. That should have been a view represented more squarely -- and debated -- at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Aspen's Status Symbol du Jour: Plastic

Meredith C. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Meredith C. Carroll

Credentials have replaced silicone breasts, golden retrievers and hybrid cars as the must-have accessories in Aspen.

If Lewis Black Can't Get Proper Health Insurance, Can You? (VIDEO)

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Blaise Zerega

Women Entrepreneurs: Opportunities Where?

Eve Blossom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eve Blossom

While the conversations between panelists at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week were compelling, there was one glaring absence: the female perspective.

Andrew Sullivan: I Supported The War In Iraq "Like A Teenaged Girl Supporting The Jonas Brothers"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Andrew Sullivan discussed his blogging past, present and future before a packed lunchtime crowd and it was Sullivan...

The Doctrine of "Sovereign Immunity" Presents a Grave Danger to Our Security

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Sovereign Immunity has its roots in old English law postulating that neither the sovereign nor the sovereign state can commit a legal wrong. It is an anachronism of another time and poses a great danger to our security.

Abolish Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

As the rhetoric escalates over President Obama's nomination of judge Sonia Sotomayor, the confirmation process promises to reveal both the good and ba...

Hot Flashes From The Campaign Trail

Alison Teal | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Teal

When the rest of the country is having conversations about the Olympics or Rielle Hunter, Aspenites are screaming about the rebirth of Russian national aspiration in its most ugly form.

Tom Friedman Calls For Green Revolution

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

At the Aspen Ideas Festival Thursday, New York Times columnist and The World Is Flat author Thomas Friedman gave a preview of his new book, Hot, Flat,...

Michael Chertoff Discusses War On Terror At Aspen Ideas Festival (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was one of the many influential people to appear at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Jeffrey Goldberg con...

POLITICS ZOHN: How Bill Clinton Lost His Way But Found It Again

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Zohn

Clinton is best on offense: having to defend HRC was just not his shining moment. Let's not throw Bill's bountiful baby out with his murky bathwater.

Con Games: Code Friedman

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Conniff

Something has happened to Thomas Friedman: he has started to believe his own bullsh*t. A fatal flaw has crept into Friedman's reporting that borders on journalistic megalomania.