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    Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style

    Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.Oil drills and fracking for natural gas cause far-reaching damage to natural environments.When I was a kid, I was creepily fascinated by the wrongheaded idea, current in my grade school, that your hair and your fingernails kept growing after you ...

    A New World Beckons

    Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven an enormously complicated process, requiring decades to complete. In similar fashion, it will undoubtedly be many years before renewable ...

    By the Way, Your House is On Fire

     The climate of change and the danger of stasis.  This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.  As the San Francisco bureaucrats on the dais murmured about why they weren’t getting anywhere near what we in the audience passionately hoped for, asked for, and worked for, my mind began ...

    The Two Faces of Empire

    Reading Melville in the Age of Terror. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville’s most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has ...

    Our Fossil-Fueled Future

    Washington planners predict an endless appetite for fossil fuels. Does that mean game over for the climate?This article originally appeared at Tom Dispatch. What sort of fabulous new energy systems will the world possess in 2040? Which fuels will supply the bulk of our energy needs? And how ...

    Bill McKibben's Math Starts Adding Up

    From climate science to grassroots organizing, for 350.org founder Bill McKibben, it's all about the numbers. This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence.You can’t build a movement without numbers. If anyone understands that, it’s 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben.Standing in ...

    Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History

    This post originally appeared on Tom Dispatch. ***Along with “fivedollaragallongas,” the energy watchword for the next few months is: “subsidies.” Last week, for instance, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez proposed ending some of the billions of dollars in handouts enjoyed by the ...

    The New Thirty Years’ War

    Let’s see: today, it’s a story about rising sea levels.  Now, close your eyes, take a few seconds, and try to imagine what word or words could possibly go with such a story.Time’s up, and if “faster,” “far faster,” “fastest,” or “unprecedented” didn’t come to mind, ...

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