Trump-Putin Arctic Dreams

In an analysis in Vanity Fair titled “In Trump’s Amerika”, Mike Mariani posits that Trump is using the same “chaos theory” techniques to accumulate power that Putin has used successfully for twenty years. From tweets to out-and-out lies, Trump forces the media to focus on fact-checking rather than digging for truth, making honesty and values irrelevant and feeding passivity among the citizenry. Once this quagmire is established, Trump can pursue his aim unfettered.
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Battle Cry For Climate Isn’t Enough

For at least a decade, I’ve been a huge fan of Bill McKibben, thought leader for the climate movement. But his most recent article in The New Republic, “A World at War,” falls short.

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Clean Energy Transition May Have Role in Fighting ISIS

First published November 20, 2015.  As we got closer to the December 7-8 climate talks in Paris, I began seeing movement towards an outcome so positive that it might surprise us all. Politically, climate change-related events of the week are just short of astonishing.

Compassion Rising as Strategy for Climate Adaptation

First published September 17, 2015. On last Thursday’s  Late Night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Joe Biden about his son’s death. It was remarkable to hear a potential presidential candidate speak so candidly about his emotions. He used the term empathy in almost every sentence. 

Capitalism and Climate Change: A Partnership That’s Working?

In his op-ed piece “Two Cheers for Capitalism,” conservative columnist David Brooks quotes fellow New York Times writer Anand Giridharadas about why capitalism isn’t working —

A Common Motivation to Solve Climate Change

Originally published July 26, 2015.  Steve Yuhas, a resident of wealthy California enclave Rancho Santa Fe, has become famous for his reaction to drought-imposed water restrictions. His post reads: “(People) should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful.” In a follow-on […]

Shell’s Shell Game

Unfortunately, most of the fossil fuel companies have since adopted Shell’s approach:

Harvard’s Silence on Climate Change: Donor Savvy or Bad Strategy?

As of April 2016, Harvard has still not joined the fossil fuel divestment movement.