This is a victory for all Americans who want to breathe clean air, drink safe water, and protect treasured landscapes. And it is a setback for the fossil fuel companies that invested so heavily in this election and have so little to show for it.
Part of the oil industry clearly wants to return to the era when secrecy was acceptable, when companies and governments kept details of their transactions to themselves. Big oil companies are increasingly isolated in this approach.
Maligning Al Gore for making shrewd investments is silly. But trying to poison public opinion about the need to promote clean energy alternatives with what we know about climate change? That's irresponsible.
After forty years of standing up for nature, forty years of progress, Robert Redford still looking forward. Still focused on the work we have to do. Still driven by that same passion that first stirred him as a boy in the Texas hills.
In talking recently with climate expert Michael Mann, I realized that our conversation was nothing short of a roundabout tour in an effort to identify just how the well-funded climate denial machine has become a Catch-22 phenomenon.
When fact-checking organizations tend to find many more conservative lies than liberal ones, rather than respond that conservatives tell far more lies, the fact-checkers go looking for liberal fabrications and find them whether they exist or not.
There's a problem: the very word "subsidies" makes American eyes glaze over. If due attention is to be paid, we have to figure out a language in which to talk about them that will make it clear just how loony our policy is.
The discovery of oil must be good news for people of Turkana who have always felt left out by government of the day. But will people of Turkana really benefit from the excursion? The signs do not look good.
Instead of offering targeted policies, many leaders are suggesting an "all of the above" approach to energy development. The idea is that we should throw everything we have at the problem and see what sticks. It's a misguided strategy that would do more harm than good.
President Obama needs to keep his 2008 campaign promise and pass a windfall profits tax on oil and gas industry. It will help keep the price of gas down, boost the economy and raise revenue to balance the budget.