John Atcheson

John Atcheson is author of the novel, A Being Darkly Wise, an eco-thriller and Book One of a Trilogy centered on global warming. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News and other major newspapers. Atcheson’s book reviews are featured on Climateprogess.org.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 8:30am
The Paris Climate Conference: Playing Craps With Our Planet's Future
The climate change talks to be held in Paris this December (COP 21 in UN lingo) are all about how much risk to the livability of our planet we’re willing to accept. And the dirty little secret is, we’re accepting a hell of a lot right now, and we’re imposing even more on our children and future...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:45am
Hillary's Real Problem: The Emails Are a Symptom, Not the Issue
There’s been a lot of talk about Hillary’s private email system. Most of it has centered on whether she used it to send classified information. A few have noted that it exposes an hubris that is toxic politically. And even fewer have noted that—whether or not there was classified material sent over...
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 6:45am
Risk, Climate Change, and Black Swans
It’s getting increasingly hard to make a case for the sanity of humanity. "One of the most dangerous scenarios I can conceive of is having the countries of the world agree to their woefully inadequate self-determined emission reduction goals, then walk away with the illusion of victory." Incredibly...
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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 6:30am
Bush-Clinton Is Not Inevitable
A funny thing happened on the way to the oligarch’s quadrennial choice between tweedle-de and tweedle-dum. Two renegade candidates decided to ignore the script. One, a right-wing lunatic with a boatload of money; the other a socialist/democrat relying on small contributions, which are pouring in...
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 7:00am
Poll Driven Spin Doctors in the Age of Big Money Elections
For too long, candidates from both parties have been conducting a cynical game of asking us what we want to hear, then feeding it back to us in carefully managed sound bites, while they dance to the tune of corporations and the uber rich. Leadership? At its best, this is like using a hood ornament...
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Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Will We Save the World? The Paris Summit and the Last Exit Before Armageddon
This December the world’s nations will gather in Paris to attempt to come to grips with climate change. The stakes are high, and all signs point a massive collision between the physics of what is required to limit climate change to safe levels, and the politics of what’s achievable. Unfortunately,...
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Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 1:00pm
Americans Have a Chance to Declare Independence from the Corporate Oligarchy
For the first time in a very long time, a candidate who represents the average citizen appears to have an outside shot at winning the Presidency. Will we have the good sense to elect him? First the facts. If you were to examine which candidate most closely represents the expressed will of the...
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Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 9:45am
It's the Planet Stupid!: Capitalism and The Destruction of the Commons
There is a war going on right now between those who are working to protect the commons and the hard-core capitalists, who are working to privatize our economy, culture, ecology, environment and government. The stakes are high. The outcome will determine whether we live in a dystopian chaos, or a...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:15am
As Long as We're Talking about Bush, Iraq, and the Patriot Act...
Republican Candidates have been tripping over their own tongues when it comes to Iraq. Rubio and Jeb Bush have been blithering idiots when asked if they would have invaded Iraq knowing what we know now. For the most part, the press is continuing to pretend Bush and the US were misled by “bad...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 6:30am
Capitalism in America: Giving Crazy a Bad Name While Subverting Democracy
Ever since Milton Friedman’s series of essays on Capitalism and Freedom , conservatives have tried to link democracy and capitalism into essential handmaidens. But as the evidence shows, it’s a reality-busting bundle that only a psychotic could love. Or believe. The fact is, capitalism as practiced...
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