Is climate change too much of a psychological challenge for the president? Is it simply too much for him to confront the near-almighty power of the fossil fuel industry and the Republican (and some Democratic) politicians who are that industry's acolytes?
When I heard in late December that Bill McKibben had written another article for Rolling Stone, I was thrilled. His July 2012 piece for that publication -- 'Global Warming's Terrifying Math' -- started a firestorm.
If I am going to be informed about our dismal future living on a carbon-crammed planet I want you to be miserable right alongside me. We will sink or swim together. Literally. Bottoms up!
The anti-apartheid divestment protest at Occidental was one of the most formative moments of his life. It was the beginning of a trajectory that led him from student, to community organizer, to law professor, to politician and eventually to the White House.
Because climate change is going to inflict increasingly severe harm on human populations, the impulse to rebel is only likely to gain in strength across the planet.
If we want to prevent runaway climate change from getting worse we need to leave the carbon reserves we know about -- and the ones we do not yet know about -- in the ground. So how can we stop the fossil fuel industry destroy our future on this planet?
Recently, "good" news about energy has been gushing out of North America, where a cheering crowd of pundits, energy experts, and government officials has been plugging the U.S. as the "Saudi Arabia" of the twenty-first century.
"We demand that Columbia and Barnard immediately freeze any new investment in the 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies currently holding the vast majority of the world's proven coal, oil and gas reserves," the initiative read in part.
Here's a set of songs with suitably Green-ish hue -- starting with one by Miley Cyrus because I believe saving the world is even more fun than twerking.
Europe is the next front in the growing movement. Home to some of the largest stock exchanges and corporations in the world, making progress in Europe will be key if the divestment effort wants to pose a serious threat to the fossil fuel industry.
In a rare television interview, environmental legend and writer Wendell Berry leaves his Kentucky farm for an inspiring conversation on Moyers & Company.
For millennia, many readers of the Bible (including me) have experienced the moments when the Voice pronounces a new Name to Moses as among the moment...
XL is a clear test of President Obama's commitment to his values and to the principles that he ran on. Caving now wouldn't just be a bad decision for the environment, it would leave a stain on the Presidency and the president himself.
Hundreds of events are planned around the country this weekend for a national day of action to "Draw the Line" on tar sands, Keystone XL, and other extreme energy projects that are driving the climate crisis.
All through my activist life, I've seen police looking for leaders to negotiate with or suppress. A body with a head can be decapitated, but headless organisms charge on as long as some of us remain.
Just a few years after Carter's installation, Ronald Reagan took down the solar panels and cut federal support for renewable energy. Now it seems like the adventure might be underway again.