Given the domination of our political system by big money in this post-Citizens United world, the question is whether it will be possible for the U.S. government to take the large-scale political actions that are necessary to address climate change.
Every year seems to furnish us with more and more graphic images of climate change. And yet, other than the temporary reprieve we got during the world's deepest post-war recession, there seems to be no let-up in the growth of carbon emissions.
At least 30 million acres of America's forests could be cut down and used for fuel at US power plants if renewable fuels and biomass provisions of current Congressional climate and energy proposals aren't radically revised.
BP's spill safety response plans include references to protecting walruses, which have not called the Gulf of Mexico home for 3 million years. The American people deserve oil safety plans that are ironclad and not boilerplate.
Cap and trade has proved infeasible. But it remains critical to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions. We need to do it right this time. Let's avoid complexity and adopt a straightforward carbon charge.
Some politicians and environmental organizations are using the Gulf Coast tragedy to push for passage of this flawed bill. To hear their arguments, you'd think the bill adds important safeguards and limits to offshore drilling.
Nontroversy feeds on empty, twisted brains. In this case, a general unfamiliarity with the language of scientific banter allows the "climategate" nontroversy to overwhelm the consensus on global warming.
The right-wing misinformation machine is in full swing. And that machine doesn't have its final cylinder cranking until Sarah Palin jumps into the fray, which she did today in a mistake-riddled, anti-clean energy op-ed.