Glenn Hurowitz

Glenn Hurowitz is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, where he works to protect tropical rainforests and on other environmental issues. In addition, Glenn is highly involved in politics and is the author of the critically acclaimed book Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party. Glenn's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Politico, The American Prospect, and many other publications and he is a frequent contributor to the online environmental magazine Grist.

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Friday, November 11, 2011 - 11:31am
Obama Tar Sands Delay May Put Decision in Romney's Hands
The Obama administration has decided to delay a decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline until after the 2012 election. This is an extraordinary achievement for the thousands of grassroots activists who put ourselves on the line -- and is clear evidence for the environmental movement that directly targeting President Obama works, and probably works better than any other strategy (kudos especially to 350.org, Bill McKibben, Bold Nebraska's Jane Kleeb and Friends of the Earth).
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Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 11:51am
Goose Strike! Humans and the Sky
I'll never forget the day the geese turned the sky black. It was a bright autumn afternoon in my favorite boyhood wilderness -- Rockefeller Preserve in New York's Hudson Valley. From a distance, I heard a few honks and flapping wings -- the not uncommon signal for the approach of some Canada geese. And with no more warning than that, the woods around me suddenly transformed from dazzling orange to a dusky purple.
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Monday, June 16, 2008 - 2:43pm
In Obama's America, Road to Power No Longer Runs Through Law Firms
There's a massive silver lining to the Obama and McCain campaigns' escalating war to rid each other of staffers and advisors with ties to lobbyists and corporate America: suddenly, slaving away at a big law firm no longer seems like a path to power, but an express off-ramp.
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Monday, May 19, 2008 - 2:24pm
Palm Oil: Clean Hair or Clean Air?
While showering a few weeks ago, I realized I had run out of conditioner. So I reached up and grabbed my wife's bottle -- Clairol Herbal Essences Rainforest Flowers, "with essences of nourishing palm." The label caught me slightly by surprise. As an environmental journalist, I've been writing about the ecologically destructive effect of palm oil for some time now.
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Monday, April 21, 2008 - 1:49pm
The Twisted Logic of the Border Wall
The concrete wall rising along the Mexican border is supposed to help keep illegal immigrants out of America. But it's precisely because it will do nothing of the sort that its politician defenders are willing to throw billions of dollars and hordes of political capital into constructing it. Those politicians know something they hope their constituents won't figure out: Walls don't work.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 1:57pm
A Washington Tryst? Questions from the Iraq Vigil
The great question on the minds of the people gathered Tuesday night outside the Capitol, and, I suspect, at the more than 150 similar anti-war vigils nationwide was, "Are the Democrats for real?" Tonight, Reid, Pelosi, and Carl Levin, for at least one glorious instant, became the "Fighting Dems." "I want everyone here tonight -- every American from coast to coast -- to know that we won't stop fighting until we end this war," Reid said."That is what this night is all about."
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 3:34pm
Environmentalism for Billionaires
Lately, I've been inundated with phone calls from venture capitalists, private equity guys, and hedge fundistas. They're coming to me because I'm their environmentalist friend and they all want to know one thing: how they can make a buck off the surge in interest in combating global warming. In a way, that's a sign that the environmental movement has finally arrived. After decades of struggling to convince the titans of finance that protecting the planet and making money weren't mutually exclusive, the tycoons are now coming to us.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 3:10pm
Flirting With Liquid Coal
Last week, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton showed that despite efforts to build support with progressives suspicious of their close ties to corporate America, when it comes to real decisions and real votes, big business will often come first. This was reaffirmed when the two senators voted for an amendment to the energy bill offered by Montana Democrat Jon Tester that would have provided $200 million in grants and $10 billion in taxpayer loans for projects to turn regular old solid, black coal into new, shiny liquid coal to power cars and trucks.
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Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 2:00pm
The Clinton-Obama Energy Plan
In their bids for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) have touted their environmental credentials. Yet despite compiling generally pro-environment voting records, at key moments each one has succumbed to pressure from powerful home-state polluters -- casting doubt on how much they will fight for the planet when special interests stand in the way.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 11:09am
Deal On Immigration Threatens Environment
The biggest - and least talked about - loser in the immigration "grand bargain" announced last week is the planet. The deal amounts to an environmental double-whammy: If enacted, it would cause damage through those provisions meant to increase the number of immigrants in this country and through those designed to keep immigrants out.
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