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If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

Hollywood Environmentalist Video Sting: Who Needs Solutions When You've Got Distraction?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Hemingway and Begley are devoted environmentalists; the Tickells are filmmakers who have dedicated most of their adult lives to promoting clean energy. Does a petty and possibly illegal scheme to entrap them accomplish anything?

Political Fiction Is What Really Kills Jobs

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

In politics, the line between reality and fantasy is often hard to decipher. The recent ruling by a Nebraska court regarding the Keystone XL pipeline offers another example of this situation.

Markets Aid Environmentalists' Efforts to Curb Oil Drilling in Alaska

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

On Friday, we found out why, when his State Department announced its findings that the pipeline, despite releasing between 147 and 168 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually, would not 'significantly increase carbon in the atmosphere.'

The State of the Union Address

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

What are America's long-term strategic objectives? Relative U.S. decline has created a paradox: by exposing America's growing inability to underpin the international system, it has also cast greater light on the (present) inability of any other country or coalition to replace the U.S. in that role.

Keystone XL Is a Sucker's Deal for America -- And a Steal for Foreign Oil Interests

Tom Steyer | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Steyer

Apparently, Big Oil lobbyists and politicians take Americans for a bunch of suckers. Here's the truth: Keystone XL won't make America energy independent. It will threaten our land and livelihoods to pump Canadian tar sands' heavy crude through America and out to foreign countries, like China.

Light Bulb Angst: Grow Up

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Just as with the rather ridiculous and exaggerated claims about the calamities that would befall all of us if we removed lead from gasoline, we hear similar refrains about the catastrophic consequences of eliminating incandescent bulbs. And yet, just as with lead removal, the economy did not collapse as the bulb phaseout was implemented.

U.S. Dominance Is the True Renewable Energy Incentive

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Personal opinions on global warming and climate change have no bearing on the value of energy independence and the economic potential that renewable energy offers.

The Globalization 5 -- How Globalization Changed America in 2013, and What It Might Mean for 2014

Edward Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Welcome to the age of Central Bank Power. Since the 2008 crash, the U.S Federal Reserve Bank has become a new type of global hegemon.

Is oil-by-rail boom an accident waiting to happen?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Tick, tick, tick. The countdown to another rail accident is already on. A 90-car derailment last week in Alabama is only the latest in a series of tra...

Rules of the Road Needed for North American Energy

Denise Bode | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Denise Bode

With new North American resource abundance, we have the opportunity to better control our destiny and move to greater independence. But we cannot hope to do that without a robust integrated North American energy marketplace.

Israel and Arab States: Strange Bedfellows

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

Positive winds came out from Geneva on October 16 upon the conclusion of the first round of talks with Iran. Not so positive wind came from Iran's neighbors. The progressing thaw of U.S.-Iran relations is worrying the oil-producing Gulf States.

Energy Independence?

Denise Bode | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Denise Bode

I read daily that America's shale oil revolution means we are finally on our way to being energy independent. If so, does that mean our national security interests no longer require American troops to defend foreign oil imports from the Middle East?

Stephen Hawking's Lame Argument for Space Exploration

Marco Cáceres | Posted 06.18.2013 | Science
Marco Cáceres

The argument goes, "We've done such a crappy job of caring for our planet that we really do need to look for another place to live." I suppose that's what bugs me about Mr. Hawking's call for more public money for space exploration. It's the rationale.

Let's Upcycle Everything

William McDonough | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
William McDonough

What if we reimagined the potential of the land around our railroad tracks or federal highways, already secure as public rights‐of‐way, as host to renewable power systems?

Shale Gas: Black Hole for Water

Asit Biswas | Posted 05.29.2013 | Green
Asit Biswas

If each state adopts its own unique set of shale gas regulations, a regulatory race to the bottom is possible. However, if the federal government adopts rigid regulations, America's shale gas boom may prove to be more environmentally friendly.

Shale Gas and Tight Oil: Boom? Bust? Or Just a Petering Out?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.27.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could be that despite fracking and its current bounty, we're not going to be able to drill our way to energy security after all.

Re-Defining 'Energy Independence' in the Keystone Era

Tom Steyer | Posted 04.21.2013 | Green
Tom Steyer

If we're going to get serious about addressing climate change, we need to be independent of dirty energy. And I believe we need American leadership to solve this urgent global problem.

Independence -- From Rational Analysis?

Daniel Davis | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Daniel Davis

It is well beyond time when we must stop deluding ourselves with claims that all is well with our energy security and begin to take serious steps to address the likely looming problems.

Waiting for the State of the Union Address

David Coates | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Ideally, it is the silences in the last four SOTU addresses that will begin to be filled in next Tuesday night. The biggest of these silences -- the greatest domestic failure of this would-be progressive president -- has been on the issue of poverty and the need for anti-poverty programs.

U.S. Energy Independence: A Step in the Wrong Direction?

Bill Destler | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green
Bill Destler

We need to do more than just reduce our dependence on oil and gas imported from abroad. We need to reduce our dependence on these fuels, period. True American energy leadership can only be shown by working toward the rapid development of sustainable energy sources.

The Pipeline President: Obama's Keystone XL

Tom Weis | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

The minute we see President Obama use the powers of his presidency to end this immoral assault on America is the day we'll know he is ready to deal with a climate spiraling out of control on his watch.

Is Fracking Safe? Democracy Now! Hosts Debate on Controversial Natural Gas Drilling Technique As NY Moratorium May Expire

Democracy Now! | Posted 03.06.2013 | Green
Democracy Now!

The controversial use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," that is behind the country's natural gas boom has come under scrutiny in the new Hollywo...

Energy Independence - Free at Last?

Michael Brenner | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There is a current of excitement running through the foreign affairs community sparked by the prospect that the United States will cease being a net energy importer within 25 years. How justified is this celebration of a euphoric future?