Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook

Christopher D. Cook is an award-winning journalist and author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. Cook has written for Harper's, The Economist, Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. See more of his work at www.christopherdcook.com.

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Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) co-chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) Views
Saturday, December 08, 2018
The Democrats Need a Clear Economic Vision. Here's Where to Start
As the newly Democratic-controlled House of Representatives enters office in January, the People's Budget presents an immediate opportunity for Democrats to support a bold, concrete plan for creating living-wage jobs and rebuilding America's corroded and unsustainable infrastructure.
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In another casualty of our times, we suffer from what the favored son, Bush 43, called “the bigotry of low expectations.” (Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
The Mean, Rough Legacy of George H.W. Bush
The triumphal and counter-factual celebrating of President George H.W. Bush as an “honorable” leader who evoked kindness and “civility” raises a potently crucial question: What does it mean to be civil and kind in person and in word, yet brutal in policy and deed? Despite the gentlemanly veneer,...
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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Protesters Take to the Streets to Demand Green New Deal From Democrats
Donning particle masks in the smoke-fogged air Tuesday morning, dozens of protesters urged Bay Area congressional representatives Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee to endorse a Green New Deal select committee that could create millions of jobs combating the climate crisis.
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A panel at last month's climate summit gave welcome attention to agricultural emissions, but speakers failed to suggest adequate reforms. (Photo: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
To Address the Climate Crisis, We Must Completely Rethink How We Produce and Consume Food
The clock on climate upheaval is ticking fast with little time to lose, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made frighteningly clear last week. “Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” the October 8...
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Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Councilwoman, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma, speaking in Jessie Square Thursday. (Photo: Christopher D. Cook) Views
Friday, September 14, 2018
Brown, Bloomberg (and Their Agenda) Face Protests at Climate Action Summit
As Governor Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened the Global Climate Action Summit Thursday, they were greeted by hundreds of protesters and direct action outside Moscone Center, led by the indigenous and frontline communities hit hardest by climate chaos. For nearly...
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Saturday, November 04, 2017
Can the Democrats Save Themselves?
Beyond Hillary Clinton’s epic unraveling in 2016, the Democratic Party has been amassing electoral corpses for years. Since President Obama’s 2008 win, the party has lost both houses of Congress and more than 1,000 state legislative seats. Republicans now control both the governorship and...
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Why the Democrats Won't Wake Up
Moments after rightwing Republican Karen Handel won America’s costliest congressional race ever in Georgia’s sixth district, the de rigueur post-election quarrelling erupted: Why did Democrat Jon Ossoff lose, and what does it mean for the Democrats and American politics? Many on the left bemoaned...
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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Trump Labor Secretary Acosta’s Deadly Agenda for Workers
With the Senate’s confirmation of new Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Thursday night on a 60 to 38 vote—with a full eight Democrats in support—the Trump administration’s plans to decimate workers’ rights and protections begins in earnest. Acosta inherits an already-embattled Labor Department...
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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Trump’s Labor Nominee, Alexander Acosta, Is More Dangerous than You Think
Overshadowed by the high-octane wars over the Affordable Care Act and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is cruising toward a March 30 Senate committee vote with little fanfare. Yet Acosta’s acquiescence to President Trump’s labor agenda...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Earth to the Democrats—Anybody Home?
In the wake of the distressing confirmation of Scott Pruitt to ruin the Environmental Protection Agency—the very agency he has undermined for years—there are important lessons to learn beyond the fact that Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Senate, and that millions of Americans are still...
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