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What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

Paula Mints: Will The Tariff Wars Ever End?

Paula Mints is one of the top market researchers in the country whose insights are sharp and incisive. She is also the founder and chief market research analyst for SPV  Market Research. In this post, she says the trade wars currently raging in the solar industry must stop — or the long-term damage to the industry may be irreparable. […]

April 6th

David Brin – Optimistic vs pessimistic futures in science fiction

By David Brin Earlier I wrote about how Iain Banks represented the rare optimistic wing of science fiction, showing repeatedly that you can have more and better adventure and ideas without always assuming the worst. This matter has been getting attention also from Neal Stephenson’s Project Hieroglyph that aims at encouraging a re-engagement of science fiction with positive […]

June 15th

Is the world headed toward zero population growth?

It seems totally counter-intuitive, but it looks like the ZPG crowd may win out after all: The rate of global population growth is now declining, and within our lifetime, we could see the population stabilize and actually start to decrease. But wait, you say… didn’t world population hit 7 billion last year? Jeff Wise explains at Slate: […]

January 10th

A final message of hope from Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach

Epistle to the Ecotopians By Ernest Callenbach [This document was found on the computer of Ecotopia author Ernest Callenbach (1929-2012) after his death.] To all brothers and sisters who hold the dream in their hearts of a future world in which humans and all other beings live in harmony and mutual support — a world of sustainability, stability, […]

David Brin takes on the myth of Libertarianism

Is Libertarianism Fundamentally about Competition? Or about Property? By David Brin Some folks have heard me beat this drum. But it’s a fresh-enough thought – going to fundamentals that run deep beneath normal politics – so that I am moved to raise it yet again. In part because someone recently asked me, as author of The […]

January 19th

Martin Luther King and the Possibility of Change

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” By Jeremy Bloom I have friends who don’t believe in change. They […]

January 16th

Eagle Poem

One for the Holiday… Eagle Poem By Joy Harjo To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can’t see, can’t hear Can’t know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren’t always […]

December 25th

Is the NYPD pushing drunks and drug dealers on Occupy Wall Street?

It’s no secret that the New York Police Department is no fan of Occupy Wall Street. They’ve indulged in everything from petty harassment (see: NYPD and Fire Department raid Occupy Wall Street, confiscate generators) to urban assault (see: More trouble for pepper-spray cop Anthony Bologna?) It’s even reached the point that crime in the rest of the […]

October 30th

Will winter weather stop Occupy Wall Street?

Mayor Bloomberg  hopes the onset of winter will finally convince Occupy Wall Street to pack up the tents and tarps and go home. On October 10 he predicted the protests would dissipate with the first sign of frost. But now, as winter is setting in to the Northeast, he may find himself disappointed by the […]

October 28th