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Why we rob our children

William S. Becker | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
William S. Becker

In 1934 when the FBI asked Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he reportedly answered, "Because that's where the money is." Today, if you ask an inve...

A National Security Pipe Dream, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

As for natural gas, why should taxpayers foot the bill to help the industry be more responsible? If gas companies don't adopt more responsible production practices voluntarily, the government's job is not to write them a check; it's to implement regulations that protect the public.

Oil and Gas in the Crystal Ball

William S. Becker | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

For those of us concerned about the future of the U.S. in an era of global climate change and international competition over diminishing natural resources, the new report from the National Intelligence Council contains goods news and bad news.

De-Carbonize Our Taxes

William S. Becker | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Tax policies that encourage carbon emissions range from subsidies for oil companies to mortgage interest deductions for energy-wasting McMansions, but neither Romney nor Obama has addressed it head-on.

Big Oil's Political Ploy

William S. Becker | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
William S. Becker

This isn't the first time we've had this debate. Again this week, oil executives were called before Congress to justify excessive profits. For the past 40 years of oil crises, oil wars and oil-induced recessions, it has been Groundhog Day on Capitol Hill.

Can We Win the Future Racing Uphill?

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

Stop treating support for renewable energy like tree hugging and begin treating it as a critical investment in national security.

Job for the New Congress: Read the Latest Review of Wasteful Welfare for Dirty Energy

Mike Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Casey

The new, fiscally conservative Congress could do what it has committed itself to doing -- cutting wasteful spending -- by starting with arguably the most wasteful spending of all: corporate welfare checks for the highly profitable oil and coal industries.

Fossil Energy Knows It's a Full Contact Game -- Does Cleantech?

Mike Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Casey

Attacks by dirty energy are serious, coordinated, and are beginning to get traction in public opinion research. While clean energy has the facts on its side, it needs to capture peoples' imaginations, not just their intellects.

Why Do Republicans Like Fossil Fuels and Not Care That Much for the Environment?

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

McCain and Obama are at polar opposites on the matter of energy; the issue of fossil / nuclear energy versus green energy could well be the uniquely different determining factor in November.