John Atcheson

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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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:18am
Government Works Fine, Just Not For You
Recently, Bob Schieffer ripped into “Washington ineptitude.” Not long afterward, Ted Cruz wowed the crowd in Iowa with an extremist anti-government rant. And Rand Paul is trying to make bad-mouthing government the key to the White House.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 6:54am
Pundits, Politics, and Plutocracy
There’s a new axis of evil in town consisting of: 1) the uber rich and powerful; 2) the massive lobbying/think tank/media establishment they fund; and 3) the politicians they’ve bought – from both parties. We the people are the casualties.
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 11:36am
The New Social Contract — and Why You're Not Part of It
People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both. - Benjamin Franklin It was, I suppose, inevitable. For 225 years, we stumbled toward freedom and held tyranny at bay with a simple piece of parchment.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6:57am
In Memoriam: Putting American Democracy on Sale
Well, another Memorial Day has come and gone. Another day when we were supposed to remember those who gave their lives to preserve our democracy by working ourselves into a shopping frenzy to get really great friggin’ deals on stuff.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:26am
The Fire Next Time: Media Advice for Reporting this Year’s Climate Change Stories
It’s noon in Southern California… a place known for its friendly climate and pleasant temperatures. But today, the thermometer already reads 97 degrees. Not very hospitable.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:41am
On 400 PPM, Mass Stupidity, and the Suicidal Language of Climate Lemmings
OK, lemmings don’t commit mass suicide. But they do reproduce chaotically, and periodically consume their way out of sustainable habitats, and into mass migrations that result in most of their population dying. Sound familiar? We’re cavalierly headed for our own cliff – 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere sometime in the next couple of months, if not sooner.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7:10am
The Day After Earth Day
Well, glad that’s done. The speeches are over; the sermons delivered; the demonstrations dispersed.
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 8:41am
Keystone XL's Impact Statement: How Stupid Do They Think We Are?
This just in: building a pipeline to carry the dirtiest oil ever used, creating 17% more greenhouse gasses than conventional oil and hastening the greatest environmental disaster ever faced by humanity, has no negative environmental impact. At least that’s the conclusion of the Environmental Impact Statement issued by the State Department …
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:32am
Capitalism as Psychosis (or No One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
Can a society become psychotic? Certainly a quick look at our national political dialogue would suggest that’s precisely what’s happening. Let’s start with what passes for rational discussion on the economy.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 7:07am
Economics and the Twin Horsemen of the New Apocalypse
What is the purpose of the economy? When you get down to it, this is the question of our time. How we answer it determines whether we will be able to sustain civilization as we know it beyond the mid-century.
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