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The Oil Boom Produces Another Spill

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.15.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The oil boom is alive and kicking in North Dakota where fracking has opened up huge new reserves of oil trapped in shale. Apparently oil spills are also kicking up a bit of a kerfuffle in North Dakota.

Casinos for Inequality

David Blankenhorn | Posted 12.14.2013 | New York
David Blankenhorn

The Institute for American Values is conducting a series of investigations called "Casino Land: America in an Age of Inequality." The goal is to under...

Humanity, Policy, Making Things and Etsy's Future

Caterina Fake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Caterina Fake

I like to think of my work as making technology more human. This is why I became interested in Etsy. Etsy helps work be more human -- you can stay at home and work alongside your kids -- and it makes commerce more personal.

Why the Affordable Care Act Is Bad Policy

Dr. John Jackson | Posted 12.11.2013 | College
Dr. John Jackson

I'm a college president, a pastor, and a husband and father. But I do have concerns.

Fracking Water: It's Just So Hard to Clean

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.04.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fracking wastewater can contain massive amounts of brine (salts), toxic metals, and radioactivity. And so the gas companies have a problem: what to do with the stuff.

Why Conservatives Deny Climate Change

Bill Shireman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

The politics of climate are dominated by two groups who seem incapable of understanding how their mutual objectives could both be advanced.

Energy Efficiency Bill Goes From No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B

Bill Chameides | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

when Congressional gridlock derails a good, sensible, popular bill on energy efficiency in a country that harnesses less than half of the energy we produce and loses almost 30 percent due to inefficiencies, at least some attention should be paid.

China's Coal Policy: A Bait and Switch

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Is China really contemplating eschewing coal for cleaner fuels to address environmental issues like climate change?  Or is it just a case of China talking green while walking further and further down coal-emission road?

Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry Cohen

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

With Just 10 Days Until Exchanges Kick Off, Obamacare Limps To The Field

John Murray | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
John Murray

We should be building a well-functioning, patient-focused healthcare system that puts families first, lowers costs, promotes high quality, and doesn't encourage employers to "sack" workers or "turn over" their insurance coverage.

From Welfare to Work: What Americans Are Saying About Government's Role in Helping the Neediest

John Murray | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
John Murray

How do middle-class Americans feel about the Obama administration's record of emphasizing government programs over job-creation while much of the coun...

How Much Chicago Food Can Chicago Corruption Buy?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

What will $500 million buy you, in terms of orders of some great Chicago foods?

Put Social Justice Back in the Social Contract

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Tiziana Dearing

Social justice says that we have inherent dignity as human beings. As we organize ourselves into communities and societies, we should do so in a way that preserves and allows expression of that dignity by everyone. That means doing our best to share resources and opportunities.

Our Counterintelligence Philosophy and Why It Deserves a Second Look

Mehroz Baig | Posted 11.03.2013 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

It is important to understand the thinking behind our response to terrorism.

Weighted Funding: What it Is and Why Michigan Needs It

Dan Varner | Posted 10.26.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

Today, if your district has a higher proportion of more expensive students, it isn't reflected in the funding it receives from the state. And as a consequence, new inequities are created, and inequities that already existed are frequently made worse.

Higher Ed Costs Are Important, But Jobs Are Number One

John Murray | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
John Murray

While it's important to promote transparency and accountability within the education system, it's even more important to care about the big picture: young Americans deserve meaningful, full-time work.

Why My Wife and I Pulled Our Daughter Out of Soccer

Ken Reed | Posted 10.22.2013 | Sports
Ken Reed

Sitting around an outside table at a restaurant near our home, we were sharing news our youngest child didn't want to hear: Mom and Dad were not going to let her play soccer anymore.

Food Additives: How Do We Know If They're Safe?

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Toxic substances -- how does the government prevent them from getting into the products we buy? Not well at all.

Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

It seems fairly certain that as long as we gulp down barrels and barrels of oil each day, we are going to have pipelines and pipeline spills. There is a solution, admittedly not an easy one: get off the gasoline kick.

On Carbon Taxes and Competition

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The United States and China are talking different languages when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

Why Candidates for Detroit City Council and Mayor Need an Education Policy

Dan Varner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Detroit
Dan Varner

If we demand that they help us improve the quality of the education being offered our children, they will have no choice but to listen.

Social Change in the Face of Austerity

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

The idea of these high net-worth individuals and empowered citizens taking action into their own hands is exciting, but what does this mean for our society as a whole?

If Stop-and-Frisk Is Illegal, NYC Will Become Dangerous Again

Stephen Robert Morse | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Stephen Robert Morse

Stop-and-frisk is working. There are clearly fewer "bad guys" roaming the streets with guns, hard drugs, and other illegal possessions. If the NYPD is forced to no longer practice this policy, the results will be clear.

Beltway Battle Over Patients' Rights to Integrative Medicine and Health

John Weeks | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

At stake is the meaning and potential revocation of "non-discrimination in health care," Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act. The requirement is due to become law in January 2014.

Science Mag's 'Once and Future Climate Change' Coverage

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

"Is the climate changing?" is not the big climate question one of the world's most respected scientific journals is seeking to address. Instead, the question they attempt to address is: What does climate change mean for us, for our ecosystems, for the globe?