Views for 2012-10-30

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Bill McKibben
Name Storms After Oil Companies (The Ones Most Responsible for Climate Change)
As gutsy New Yorkers begin the task of drying out the city, here’s one thought that occurred to me last night watching the horrifying pictures from a distance. It’s obviously not crucial right now —...
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William K. Black
The Great Betrayal – and the Cynicism of Calling it a Grand Bargain
Robert Kuttner has written much of the column I intended to write on this subject, so I will point you to his excellent column and add a few thoughts.
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Tom Mitchell
Has Sandy Abruptly Put Climate Change on the Election Agenda?
Last week, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney stressed their commitment to developing oil and gas to improve energy security. Climate chang e was not mentioned. This position is senseless. The U.S.
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George Lakoff
Yes, Global Warming Systemically Caused Hurricane Sandy
Yes, global warming systemically caused Hurricane Sandy — and the Midwest droughts and the fires in Colorado and Texas, as well as other extreme weather disasters around the world. Let’s say it out...
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George Monbiot
When Corporations Bankroll Politics, We All Pay the Price
It's a revolting spectacle: the two presidential candidates engaged in a frantic and demeaning scramble for money. By 6 November, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will each have raised more than $1bn...
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Kathy Kelly
Survival and Dignity in an Afghan Winter
“Mirwais, son of Hayatullah Haideri. He was 1½ years old and had just started to learn how to walk, holding unsteadily to the poles of the family tent before flopping onto the frozen razorbacks of...
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Ira Chernus
Who Lost the World? The Curious Case of How Libya Became an Election Issue
Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” Here’s the question we should really ask, though...
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Tim Dickinson
Helpless in a Hurricane: Mitt Romney's Five Dumbest Budget Cuts
As Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast this week, the so-called "Frankenstorm" exposed the dark underbelly of Mitt Romney's plans to delegate core federal responsibilities to the states and to blindly...
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John Nichols
Mitt Romney Is Just Not That Into Federal Disaster Relief
Who would have thought that a late-season hurricane would sweep up the East Coast of the United States on the eve of one of the closest election contests in the country’s history?
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Kostas Vaxevanis
Greece Gave Birth to Democracy. Now It Has Been Cast Out by a Powerful Elite
"The more laws a country has, the more corrupt it is," the Roman historian Tacitus used to say. Greece has quite a few laws. So many, in fact, that corruption can feel quite safe.
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Daphne Wysham
On Not Scaring Ourselves to Death: Moving Beyond the Adrenaline Rush of a Good Storm to an Energy Revolution
There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline high of a good storm. It’s like a good horror film: And this “Frankenstorm,” coming right on Halloween, is giving us the best of the worst of storms. As the...
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Mike Tidwell
We Are All from New Orleans Now: Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America's Coastal Cities
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Bill McKibben
Hurricane Sandy has Drowned the New York I Love
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Stan Sorscher
We Don’t Know, Exactly, What the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is, But I’m Against It
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is probably the most important trade agreement you’ve never heard of . Sometimes described as our “21 st Century trade agreement,” its terms are being negotiated...
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