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 28, 2010 - 8:49am
"Pledge to America": Drinking Sand
The Republican "Pledge to America" doubles down on the Bush/Reagan policies which brought this country to its economic and ethical knees. And yet, one of the great paradoxes of politics in this silliest of seasons is how Republicans, whose policies created the Great Recession, can be getting traction in the polls because people are angry about the recession the Republicans created.
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Monday, August 2, 2010 - 11:01am
Republicans in the Land of Oz
Holy cow, Auntie Em. Stockman and Greenspan committing heresy on the same day. What's going on? Well, basically, the Republicans have boxed themselves in. For all but true believers like Stockman and Greenspan, cutting taxes was never really about supply side economics, it was a stealth way to gut and cut government -- to shrink it until they could "drown it in a bathtub." They needed a stealth approach for two reasons.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:24am
Trusting the Scorpion: BP, the Legacy of Republican Hypocrisy and Democratic Cowardice
The progressives are up in arms over the oil spill. Like a scene from Frankenstein, the good citizens are storming the hydrocarbon castle with torches ablaze, and pitchforks held high.
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Friday, March 26, 2010 - 4:15pm
March Madness: Why Progressives Always Lose
Hurling Hail Mary's -- When is a victory more like a defeat? At the risk of being churlish, passing this health care bill was the palest of victories. Yes, it's better than nothing, but as the President himself has pointed out, it's largely made up of proposals the Republicans advocated a little more than a decade ago. So, while this is certainly a political victory, it is far from a triumph of progressive ideals. Indeed, this Legislation is a sign of how far the political center has drifted to the right in the last three decades.
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Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 1:34pm
Fear, Ignorance and the Summer of Our Discontent
Fear To those of us in the reality based community, watching the tea-baggers, death panelist propagators, birthers and assorted other whackjobs conjure up government fascism out of whole cloth, even as they unwittingly defend the unbridled fascistic behavior of corporations, defies logic.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 11:48am
Global Warming and the Only Question that Matters
"...you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?" You know the question. It's iconic. Asked of a scumbag by Dirty Harry, who was pointing a .44 magnum at him; the question referring to whether there was one bullet left in the chamber or whether Harry had fired all six shots. Our current failure to seriously address climate change raises a similar question. Why?
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 4:09pm
William Kristol and the NYT: Symptom of a Greater Malady
The decision by the New York Times to put William Kristol on their op-ed page exposes all that is wrong with the Mainstream Media. Kristol's introduction into the MSM is what phlegm is to the flu- a symptom of a far worse pathology. Andy Rosenthal - NYT editorial page editor - reacted to criticism of the Time's decision by claiming not to understand "this weird fear of opposing views." Actually, Mr. Rosenthal, I suspect the fact that you're hiring a proven idiot and a liar has more to do with the anger you're seeing.
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Monday, November 26, 2007 - 2:41pm
The High Price of Arrogance and the Bitter Harvest of Hypocrisy
The Twin Horsemen of the New Apocalypse: Slowly, the nuclear genie escapes from the carefully constructed bottle of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, threatening the world with annihilation. Inexorably, global warming advances across the decades as temperatures climb, fires rage, glaciers melt, droughts escalate, hurricanes intensify, habitats shrink, species disappear. These, then are the twin horsemen of the new apocalypse: the prospect of nuclear war and the reality of global warming.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 2:28pm
Democrats: Slack-Jawed Yokels at a Three-Card Monte Festival
In rhetoric there are two common tactics debaters use when the facts aren't on their side: they attempt to change the subject or alter the terms of the debate. Magicians frequently use misdirection when they're about to make something disappear. Grifters have been making money off of rubes since biblical times with the, "Hey, look over there" ploy just before they hide a card, slip a coin from under a shell or otherwise fool the mark. And strong-armed stooges have been intimidating the timid for time immemorial.
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Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 2:17pm
Bush Fiddles While World Burns
This week, Bush is hosting a global warming summit composed of the world's sixteen largest greenhouse gas emitters. Unlike the UN meeting held earlier in the week, it is not intended to actually deal with global warming. It's designed to kick the problem down the road to the next administration, while creating the illusion of progress - just like his Iraq policy. Bush is pushing "aspirational goals" based on an index of carbon intensity - a measure of carbon emitted per unit of GDP. There are three problems with this approach.
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