By continuing to cater to the rich who don't want to impose reasonable regulations on Wall Street, Republicans continue to propel the injustices of the past. The corruption and the fraud that made the rich richer and collapsed our economy continues to be unrestrained.
We have a global warming president presiding over a massive expansion of fossil fuel production. Think of this as a form of collective mental compartmentalization that should frighten us all -- and yet from the president on down, it's remarkable how few seem disturbed by it.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: American business and technology are our greatest assets in the fight against climate change -- and they are carving a path toward a clean energy future for this country.
Vitter is likely too cynical to believe that there are people in this world genuinely interested in advancing efforts to clean up our planet and mitigating the damages from industrial pollution that will be wrought on future generations.
The domination, killing, destruction, increased work and effort of modern society are not the hallmarks of intelligence, but rather stupidity. How can we use the 10% of our mental capacity more intelligently and effectively? Here are a few ideas:
Refiners are still in the mode of resisting new government regulatory initiatives and are not acknowledging that reducing pollution is not only good for the environment, but also has an economic return.
Even a Koch Brothers-funded scientist who was paid to debunk climate change found that climate change is real, and exacerbated by human behavior. Pitting climate scientists against oil industry-funded politicians isn't a "debate," but a denial-fest.
Yesterday afternoon, Margaret Brown's new film, The Great Invisible, premiered at SXSW in Austin. It is the story of the BP well blowout in the Gulf in 2010, and follows several main characters whose lives were forever changed by tragedy.
The Koch brothers have turned loose their network of advocacy groups, think tanks and Capitol Hill friends to kill a key federal tax break for the wind industry, despite the fact that the oil and gas industry has been getting four times more in tax breaks and subsidies annually since 1918.
Those who say we needn't care much about warming because it's a cyclical, natural phenomenon miss the point entirely. The issue isn't whether or not there's cyclical global warning every so-many tens of thousands of years or even eons.
While the broad narrative of President Obama's speech on climate change in June was something to rally around, his support for fracking threatens to exacerbate climate change to the point of no return, while poisoning our water, air and families in the process. Here's what we need to do.
America has a choice to make. We can stand by and watch energy companies industrialize our beloved landscapes. Or we can create smart safeguards that hold companies accountable for pollution and put sensitive places off limits.
There's a part of the world in immediate danger. It's a part of the world not often talked about, and unless you're dreaming of traveling there for vacation on some adventurous escape, it probably doesn't come up in day-to-day conversation.
To destroy our planet with malice aforethought, with only the most immediate profits on the brain, with only your own comfort and wellbeing (and those of your shareholders) in mind: Isn't that the ultimate crime?
When money so heavily corrupts politics -- when special interests spread their cash not just to politicians but to the advocacy groups and media companies that host and contribute to policy debates -- it's hard to sort out which opinions have been reached honestly and independently.