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Environmental Politics

Debasement of Science

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican politicians are in the habit of labeling science credible only if it supports their positions. If it doesn't, the science often ends up the...

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

International negotiations continued under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The two most important countries in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- China and the U.S. -- engaged in a war of words.

War on Health

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Undaunted, the industry is pressing Congress for more leeway to slice off Appalachian mountaintops to get at seams of coal just below the surface. But at what price to the health of humans and the environment on which they depend? How meaningful is a job if one is too sick to show up for work?

A Conservative's Lament

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In 2004, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina won 85 percent of the primary vote in the most conservative district of arguably the most conservative state in the union. Six years later, he received only 29 percent of the vote in the primary and was ousted from office by the Tea Party's candidate. Why this precipitous fall from grace?

More Is Not Merrier

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In an oblique plug for an abortion ban, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte advocates runaway population growth as a solution to job creation. Regardless of the merits of abortion, Goodlatte's cheerleading stance on demographics reflects a detachment from reality.

Will Europe Scrap Its Renewables Target? That Would Be Good News for the Economy and for the Environment

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Without the renewables mandate, the cap being planned for the EU ETS will be achieved at lower cost and will foster greater incentives for climate-friendly technological change.

Unlikely Hero

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, another ultra conservative Republican who has also adopted an activist stance towards renewables, have not come close to experiencing an environmental epiphany. Their enthusiasm for renewable energy is driven primarily by economic pragmatism.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Hannity Inanity

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media
Edward Flattau

Hannity's cure for the nation's ills is to drill and mine every square inch of American land and waters for oil and natural gas. It is a scary vision because it is the polar opposite of the principle strategy needed to reduce the chances of global warming-related calamity.

CO2 Whitewash

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

A favorite global warming denier's spiel to put our minds at ease is to assure us that "CO2 is good for you." The claim that the greenhouse gas carbo...

Tea Party Wakeup Call

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

I feel sorry for the Tea Party. It is paying dearly for being duped by the very corporate culture that is bankrolling it. And to make matters worse, T...

Shifting Allegiance

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It might be time for a rupture of the symbiotic relationship between corporate donors and the Republican Party as currently constituted. Already, the...

Impeachment Backlash

Edward Flattau | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

A faulty decision, dislike of presidential policies, or dislike of the President himself are not grounds for impeachment. Otherwise, none of our 44 Wh...

Revenge By Default

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky, recently asserted in behalf of his cost-cutting party that "President Obama's priorities are...

Taxation Without Conservation

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The Virginia State Legislature has got it directly backwards in advancing the cause of environmental protection and ecologically sustainable energy us...

Two Different Worlds

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It is a world where the government has misrepresented natural weather fluctuations to create a bogus threat called global warming. Washington bureaucr...

Required Reading

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

A recent report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) ought to be required reading for President Obama, members of Congress, and all other public o...

False Dichotomy

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

President Obama's environmental legacy is at risk. That became glaringly evident when Obama's new budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell recently out...

Cruz Control

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is a very smart fellow, so you have to wonder if he really believes all of the things he is saying for public con...

Geographical/Political Irony

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It is ironical that the region of the country most vulnerable to economic loss from climate change-related extreme weather is the Southeast. One says ...

Seeing Red

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The correlation between the ideological environmental negativity of other Republican-controlled "red" state congressional delegations and sub-par conditions in their respective jurisdictions remains striking.

All or Nothing at All

Edward Flattau | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Statistics are all too often used as a cop-out in dealing with climate change instead of serving to sound the alarm and encourage the public to become more engaged.

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxes, and My Neighbor's Lovely Lawn

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.

The Worst of Times

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

You don't hear many Republicans praise the drop in the unemployment rate below eight percent. Why couldn't they give the American economy credit where credit was due?

GOP: Oblivious to Oblivion

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

By dismissing Obama's clean energy initiative as wasteful, wishful thinking, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are displaying obliviousness to potential oblivion. They have totally ignored an elemental objective of the Obama program -- slowing the pace of global warming.