And The Gloves Come Off: Welcome to Obama 2.0

Waving “hello!” to the second term

With the sacred oath of office and the conclusion of the inaugural address, we have officially entered the second term of Barack Obama’s presidency. Presidential inaugurations are typically very formulaic: left hand on the Bible, right hand up in the air; a nod to equality here, a toast to freedom there.… [Read more]

Is the Government Prepared for ‘Frankenstorm’s’ Affect on Early Voting?

Here on the East Coast of the United States, we wait with anxiety and dread the horror that will clog our sewers and storm drains with our dead. They call it “Frankenstorm.” We’ll probably lose power. There will likely be lives lost. Millions, if not billions in property damage. Thank goodness the pundits are focusing on the most important impact this storm may have on the lives of people from Virginia to New Hampshire.… [Read more]

New Bill Aims to Stop Nonexistent “War on Coal”

In a bid to curb the so-called “environmentalist agenda,” the House of Representatives passed the “Stop the War on Coal Act” (H.R. 4309) 233 to 175 in the House of Representatives on Friday, Sept. 14.

Though one of the “Stop the War on Coal Act”‘s sponsors, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), claimed that the legislation, “…is not about climate change,” and that, if signed into law, the bill wouldn’t apply, “If it’s a public health, public safety, national security issue [where] common sense regulations are appropriate,” his next sentence suggested otherwise.… [Read more]

Who Are the Climate Deniers?

I came across an interesting article yesterday in the Telegraph titled, “Climate change deniers ‘are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists.” Well, I read that headline with a fair degree of skepticism because it was exactly what I wanted to hear: that climate change deniers, like conspiracy theorists, aren’t quite in touch with reality.

The article was about a scientific paper titled, “NASA faked the moon landing — Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science,” which is due to be published in a psychology journal. … [Read more]

Going for Green: Do Romney and Obama Believe What They Say?

Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his VP pick, much to the despair of environmentalists. However, if President Obama’s recent actions are anything to go by, neither party is running a strong green platform this election cycle. Though headlines would have us believing that Romney denies climate change and President Obama is the “green” candidate, both candidates have far more nuanced positions on energy and environmental issues than the soundbite oriented news cycle suggests.… [Read more]

North Carolina Passes Law to Ignore Science

Great. Climate change is here, and it’s not pretty. Even a Koch brothers funded skeptic has admitted it’s real. Unfortunately, North Carolina no longer believes in science. (Never mind the majority of the Republican party).

“North Carolina lawmakers have temporarily banned using a science panel’s recommendation to plan for rising sea levels, after the governor decided Thursday not to veto the measure.“

That’s from the beginning of an article in the SF Gate explaining how North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (Democrat) and other lawmakers pushed the legislation forward out of worries that science-based policy would harm the coastal economy.… [Read more]

Protesters Unite in Summer of Solidarity

The above photo has been circulating around Facebook and the Energy Action Coalition’s website as part of their #ClimateSOS campaign. (Check out the hashtag on Twitter). The man behind the podium is Tim DeChristopher, who was (and is) jailed for falsely bidding on oil and gas leases in order to prevent drilling, and the quotes are from a speech he gave at Power Shift 2011, a youth environmental conference.*

All around the country, protesters are taking his message to heart.… [Read more]

Another Week Gone By: July 22, 2012

Some of us are wondering if a sensible conversation about guns will ever take place — or are we, as a nation, too far gone. After all, the NRA is one of the most powerful organisations in America; congressmen are theirs for the picking. In this culture, violence is brought out into the open and it is glorified while, simultaneously, mental health issues are still swept under the rug.… [Read more]

Wait, Climate Change is Real? How Extreme Weather is Waking Up the Nation

If you’re on the East Coast of the United States (or, okay, pretty much anywhere in the United States), how are you holding up in this heat? If you’re like me, you’ve sequestered yourself indoors, occasionally opening the front door a crack to see if the heat still blasts you in the face like an oven, and only venturing outside when the air feels breathable instead of like something you could swim through.… [Read more]

Is the Truth About Tar Sands Emerging?

“Oil sticks to everything. It collects in eddies and sheltered areas away from the rushing current, and swirls metallic, glinting in the sun. It collects in clumps of dry roots and grasses, like slick, matted hair. Along the river, wild strawberries, clovers, and a cluster of wild roses—Alberta’s official flower— were all painted delicately in oil.[Read more]

Rio +20 and the Problem of Global Action

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, aka Rio+20, is happening right now, and as usual there’s a storm of opinions flying around the internet. The conference is a converging place for activists of all stripes concerned about environmental issues, and everyone has a different perspective on how we’re going to address the world’s problems. So of course, it’s a mess.… [Read more]

The Dumbing Down of the GOP

The following post originally appeared on jesuswasademocrat.org (now http://jesuswasnotarepublican.org/, which will be launched on Tuesday) on January 14, 2012.  Although it was acutely relevant during the Republican primary, it remains as relevant today. I hope you enjoy it!

The anti-intellectual bent of the Republican Party is really nothing new. … [Read more]

In Defense of Reason, Part 2: Bending Over Backwards

On May 9, 2012 President Barack Obama, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, became the first president in U.S. history to publicly support marriage equality, stating that “for me personally –- it is important…to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” President Obama’s announcement came on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s interview on Meet the Press three days earlier, where the Vice President said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage.… [Read more]

Scorched Earth

Spring is here! My windows are open. Birds are singing. A sweet breeze is wafting through the room. I can step outside in a t-shirt. I can hear lots of sketchy people partying in the abandoned shack behind my house well into the wee hours of morning…

But so what?! It’s been spring for months! At least here on the east coast.… [Read more]

Fossil Fueled Problems: The (biased) Keystone XL Coverage

My involvement with the Keystone XL pipeline began around the same time the media started to cover the issue. I was arrested in front of the White House for protesting against the pipeline on August 26, 2011. Until the week before my arrest, I didn’t know much about what was going on. An oil pipeline? Aren’t those built, like, every day?… [Read more]

Climate Change Conspiracy? We Wish.

Normally I would decline to comment on Rick Santorum’s politics, but these recent statements have left me feeling like there’s no other choice.

At an event in Colorado, Santorum told the crowd that climate change is, “An absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.”

Wow.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review February 5, 2012

Open mouth, insert foot. The thing about primary season is that those of us who are interested and affected observers will be presented with several sides of the same face. There is the side the candidates want us to see; the side the media chooses to reveal; the version presented by the comedians who, thankfully, make us laugh at the folly of it all; and, of course, the real side that the candidates want to keep hidden.… [Read more]

2012 Republicans May Not Believe in Climate Change, But Your Insurance Company Does

“I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man…is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors.”  ~ Rick Santorum,

“I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring.” ~ Newt Gingrich

“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” ~ Mitt Romney

“There is no consensus in the scientific community that global warming is getting worse or that it is man-made.” ~ Ron Paul

2011 was a record high year for disasters: Hurricane Irene, a blizzard, the floods in Mississippi and the wildfires in Texas.… [Read more]