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Environmental Politics

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.

A Challenge for Climate Negotiators, and an Opportunity for Scholars

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The negotiating teams are now tasked under the Durban Platform with identifying a new comprehensive policy architecture. The negotiators are therefore hungry for new ideas, in particular for outside-the-box thinking.

Senate: Two Different Worlds

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Recent back-to-back speeches given by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) illustrate the sharp contrast in that chamber between environmental activists and their opposition.

Presidential Q & A

Edward Flattau | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

Both he and President Obama have so far avoided any significant reference to environmental matters that have potentially life and death implications for future generations, if not out own. How does one correct this great disservice to the American people?

Sad Commentary

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.04.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

In many respects, the recent United Nations Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro was a sad commentary on the international community's -- and our own -...

Can Market Forces Really Be Employed to Address Climate Change?

Robert Stavins | Posted 07.29.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Unlike the environmental threats addressed successfully in past U.S. legislation, climate change is essentially unobservable to the general population.

Sustainable Prosperity

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

There is no denying the inexorable law of supply and demand's effect on the earth's remaining natural resources.

Low Prices a Problem? Making Sense of Misleading Talk About Cap-and-Trade in Europe and the USA

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Since when are low prices considered to be a problem? To understand what's going on, we need to remind ourselves of the purpose (and promise) of a cap-and-trade regime, and then look at what's been happening in the respective markets.

Boehlert's Play Book

Edward Flattau | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
Edward Flattau

In previous White House contests, environmental concerns rarely surfaced in the exchanges between candidates. But the 2012 campaign could be different.