Politics Archives - State of the Planet

New York City’s Subways Need Congestion Pricing Now

Charging drivers more could provide much-needed funding for public transit, while reducing traffic and making Manhattan a better place to live and work.

by |November 20, 2017

Resisting White House Chaos by Building Community

Despite the chaos that has enveloped the White House, we can take comfort in the day-to-day functioning of our American communities.

by |August 21, 2017

Staying Hopeful in A Troubling Time

The recent birth of my first grandchild reinforces my desire to believe that the world that she will inherit will be at least as good as my world, if not better. I am trusting her future to the sustainability leaders and professionals that have emerged during the first part of the 21st century.

by |July 24, 2017

Why Renewable Energy Will Replace Fossil Fuels

Renewable energy will displace fossil fuels when (not if) it becomes as reliable, cheaper, and more convenient. The polls indicate that the latent market for renewables in already in place, with young Americans strongly supporting a transition away from fossil fuels.

by |July 17, 2017

Understanding Today’s Climate Politics

The climate problem will be made less bad by technological, cultural, social and economic change that will force political change. Waiting for policy to be the change agent is an exercise in futility.

by |June 26, 2017

Trump’s Attack on Renewable Energy

The companies that develop cheaper and more reliable renewable energy and energy storage technologies will drive fossil fuel companies from the marketplace. Since Trump’s team won’t help, let’s convince them to end their attack on renewable energy and stay out of the way of the change that is on the way.

by |June 19, 2017

Ensuring that Real Information and Analysis Impacts Decisions

We are in a new era of information, computation and communication, which requires that we develop new methods for verifying facts and data.

by |May 8, 2017

Save EPA

Until now, Administrator Pruitt has been an enemy of EPA, but he has a chance to change the narrative and demonstrate that his conservative principles are consistent with the goals of environmental protection. I hope he decides to save EPA and serve the American people.

by |February 20, 2017

Ideology and Environmental Protection

With the phrase “climate change” disappearing from U.S. federal government websites and increased talk of regulatory overreach, it is obvious that protecting the environment will continue to be a fault line in American political ideology. However, though ideology will shape the nature and speed of response, the environmental problem is real and cannot be ignored.

by |January 30, 2017

President Obama Continues to Build His Environmental Legacy

There are limits to how much a president can do without a congress willing to legislate. Barack Obama produced his environmental legacy through the creative and determined use of his executive authority.

by |August 29, 2016