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Do you despise Congress? (If not, you’re probably not paying attention.)

By David Brin Do you despise Congress? You’re not alone.  The current Congress’s 11% approval rating is the lowest since polling began. Yet, because of gerrymandering and the resulting hyper-partisanship, people tend to support their own particular Representative, and to heap the blame on the other party. Is everything just a subjective matter of partisan opinion? Are there  explicit […]

January 16th

The Keystone XL pipeline isn’t about jobs – it’s about exporting oil

By Danielle Droitsch Director of NRDC’s Canada Project You’ll hear the GOP, the American Petroleum Institute, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce make wild claims about the job creation potential of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Don’t be fooled. The pipeline company itself admits only “a few hundred permanent jobs” are created by Keystone XL.  The debate […]

January 16th

King Kong vs. Godzilla: Does Big Oil Get a Pass Because Big Coal is Bigger?

By David Doniger Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program of the NRDC When EPA released the first comprehensive “right-to-know” data on America’s biggest carbon polluters last week, there was a curious reaction from the one of the biggest industries involved. As expected, the 2010 data show that coal-burning power plants are the biggest sources of the carbon […]

January 15th

Finally: Wasteful corn ethanol subsidies ending

By Sasha Lyutse Natural Resources Defense Council I turn 30 this weekend. That means that for my whole life, the corn ethanol industry has been receiving federal subsidies. From the Energy Tax Act of 1978, which gave ethanol its first tax exemption, to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which put in place the Volumetric […]

December 26th

2011 year in review: Solar energy has a great year

WASHINGTON – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, today published the following review of the U.S. solar energy market in 2011: “In contrast to some of the recent headlines, the solar energy industry is a strong, thriving industry in the United States that is creating jobs and lowering costs for the consumer. […]

December 26th

GOP holds YOUR tax relief hostage… for the Keystone dirty oil pipeline

By Frances Beinecke  President, Natural Resources Defense Counsel  (Originally appeared at the NRDC blog, Switchboard) At the insistence of Republican lawmakers, the tax bill moving through Congress includes a provision requiring President Obama to make a fast-track decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days. This is political opportunism at its most cynical. The […]

December 19th

David Brin: Why culture war?

By David Brin  Yes, Phase Three of the American Civil War has been foisted on us by powerful, cynical men for their own political and economic gain.  But there have to be deeper things going on.  Psychological drives that those men cleverly exploit. Our next guest, researcher and science fiction author Dr. Charles Gannon, has offered his […]

December 17th