Election 2012

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Paul Ryan’s plan: Screw clean energy

By Andrew Meggison [This was originally published as part of our coverage of the 2012 election. With Paul Ryan back in the news, we thought we’d remind everyone of how monumentally lousy Paul Ryan is on clean energy…] Paul Ryan is the new face of the Grand Old Party (GOP) these days; so Gas2 felt it would […]

October 21st

David Brin: Can Saint George Soros (or some other gazillionaire) save America?

By David Brin Mention George Soros anywhere on the far-right and you’ll get fulminations.  To Republicans, Soros is an aristocratic mastermind who swore to “spend whatever it takes” to end the Bush-Neocons’ grip on political power in America… a vile plutocrat, striving to trample the will of plain-folks, along with the populist GOP that protects them. Glenn Beck […]

February 19th

Rand Paul’s Tea Party response to the State of the Union 2013 (Text + video)

(Note: There is nothing green whatsoever in this speech. If you’re looking for a shred of environmentalism from Rand Paul, don’t waist your time – go watch Stephen Colbert instead.) More state of the Union coverage: The Green elements of the SOTU (a LOT!) SOTU Reactions (plus Drinking Game!) Obama’s full speach (text + video) Rubio’s GOP response (text […]

February 12th

Marco Rubio’s GOP response to the State of the Union 2013

GOP State of the Union Response by Senator Marco Rubio, as Prepared for Delivery Watch the speech, then read the full text… More state of the Union coverage: The Green elements of the SOTU (a LOT!) SOTU Reactions (plus Drinking Game!) Obama’s full speach (text + video) Rand Paul’s Tea Party tap dance (text + video) Good evening. I’m […]

February 12th

Bike DC: Our report on the ground from President Obama’s Second Inauguration

Riding my bike through downtown DC on this inaugural day, I encountered road barriers in the form of police cars, military trucks and entire buses which kept cars outside of a perimeter circling the mall where Obama’s swearing in ceremony took place. The hordes of people overflowing off the sidewalk and overall lack of car traffic made navigation easy on two […]

January 21st

The Second Inaugural Address of President Barack Hussein Obama

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations… THE WHITE HOUSE   Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________ EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY January 21, 2013 Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery Inaugural Address Monday, January 21, 2013 […]

January 21st

Climate Change Deniers Run House Committees

Surprised?  No. But there was some part of me that held out just a little hope that someday, somewhere out there, a reasonable Republican congressman (HA!) would find him or herself in a position of power to do something about, or at least, support, some small effort to mitigate climate change. Alas (and again), not […]

December 10th

The Simpsons explain the Fiscal Cliff

Wondering about the fiscal cliff, or fiscal curb, or fiscal speedbump? Who better to explain the mess than the Simpsons’ own master of all things fiduciary, Montgomery Burns? (For a more scientific look, check out David Brin’s explication.)

December 6th

Gerrymanders vs moderation – 2012’s surprising Congressional results

By David Brin Gerrymandering – I appraised it back when most blue and red states shared equally in this crime against democracy. Now, big changes are afoot, at long last, and reform has veered in unexpected ways. Prepare for several surprises. First a little background. Post-election, shallow rationalizations fingerpoint at California, where Democrats increased their control over the legislature to […]

November 19th

After Sandy, Obama says climate change will cost us if we don’t act

Will President Obama’s second term feature more emphasis on climate change – only the most important issue facing the planet? We’ve gotten a few tantalizing hints over the past few months but it took until today’s press conference for a reporter to actually ask the question. And Obama replied in depth. As Bill McKibben tours the country […]

November 14th

David Brin’s election round-up – The road ahead

By David Brin While I am relieved to have the U.S. election behind us, I’ll be disengaging from politics in stages. As a contrarian gadfly, I’m expected to toss some unusual, off-angle suggestions at both winners and losers. But first… a mere tad of gloating, plus some riffs about libertarians, marijuana, gay marriage, science and etcetera! 1) […]

November 12th

Post-election, conservatives double down on calling half of US moochers and takers

Remember the 47 percent tape? How Romney characterized 47 percent of Americans as moochers? And how the right-wing universe jumped on that as not being what he really meant, and that conservatives really don’t believe that half the country are a bunch of losers who would rather take free stuff from the government than go […]

November 8th

Election 2012: Dems expand their Senate majority – but how much?

At the beginning of the cycle, the GOP was convinced it was going to win back the Senate. But a funny thing happened on the way to the election… again. Just like last time, the GOP primary electorate went for hard-line, ultra-conservative and Tea Party candidates, which just like last time probably cost them the […]

November 7th

Election 2012: More Democrats in the House, but not enough.

How did we do in the House? It’ll be a while before we get the full answer. But here’s a rundown of a few key races. The GOP picked off 11 Democratic districts so far, while the Dems picked off 22, for a net gain of 11 so far (some districts remain un-called). The GOP […]

November 7th

President Obama’s Victory Speech, November 7, 2012

Read President Obama’s powerful, impassioned victory speech earlier this morning – full transcript is below the video… “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of […]

November 7th