Climate Change Won’t Wait – by Bill McKibben

An Op-Ed by Bill McKibben in the Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2013 Societal change usually happens slowly, even once it’s clear there’s a problem. That’s because, in a country as big as the United States, public opinion moves in leisurely currents. Change often requires going up against powerful, established interests, and it can take decades for those currents to erode the foundations of our special-interest fortresses. Think civil rights, gay marriage, equal rights for women. Even facing undeniably real problems — say, discrimination against gay people — one can make the case that gradual change is the best option. Had some mythical liberal Supreme Court declared, in 1990, that gay marriage was now the law of the land, the … Continue reading

RNC Turns Blues Riff Into Attack Ad

President Obama thrilled audiences this week when he joined in to sing a few lines of the classic, “Sweet Home Chicago,” during a blues concert at the White House. Among those watching, but decidedly less thrilled, were national Republicans, who quickly transformed Obama’s turn with the mic into an online attack ad blaming Obama for the steep rise in gas prices nationally. The Republican National Committee (RNC) released the spot to coincide with Obama’s Thursday speech in Miami to discuss his energy policy, in which he repeated his call for an “all-of-the-above strategy for energy,” in which the United States develops both more clean, renewable energy as well as increased domestic production of petroleum. “You know there are no quick … Continue reading