A version of this article appeared in Salon

Tip O’Neill is gone — and so is the party system he once described by saying, “All politics is local.” In Congress, the Republicans have replaced it with a party loyalty system which at times resembles a Leninist “party line.” This reality…


“A version of this article appeared in The Hill

The stakes of the reconciliation package couldn’t be higher. To reach our climate goals and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we must cut our emissions in half by 2030. …


“A version of this article appeared in Salon

The most significant images from Hurricane Ida’s devastating landfall on the Gulf Coast are the ones we are not seeing: no refugees huddled in the Superdome, no shots of block after block of New Orleans under water, no miles of overtopped and…


“A version of this article appeared in Bloomberg

The trillion-dollar spending package that the Senate has passed along to the House is being described as a once-in-a-generation fix for America’s deteriorating infrastructure. It should be viewed as only the first in a long series of such big investments, because Earth’s…


“A version of this article appeared in Salon

Alfie the mute swan may be the world’s first jet-ski refugee. Alfie has been forcibly expelled from his home in Seawood Harbor, New Jersey, to a relocation center in nearby Popcorn Park. His offense? Protecting himself from harassment by jet skiers invading…


“A version of this article appeared in Salon

Few days spell out the future as clearly as this Wednesday did in terms of energy and climate action. …


“A version of this article appeared in Salon

Here’s the biggest problem with Republican complaints that President Biden’s American Jobs Act puts too little money — $621 billion — into ports, roads and bridges: Their so-called alternative would spend less than half as much on those urgent needs, only $236…


“A version of this article appeared in Salon

Breakthrough: That’s the best way to describe President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit. Setting aside the Paris Climate Agreement, that was clearly the best week in history for climate progress, and the most important Earth Day since 1970.

The most unexpected, good…


“A version of this article appeared in Salon

Reporting on the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Bill — aka the infrastructure bill — has been is particularly uninformative, Paul Krugman thankfully aside, on the crucial issue of what, besides a massive economic stimulus, America will get out of it. What…


“A version of this article appeared in The Bulwark

by JOSEPH MAJKUT AND CARL POPE

Hot on the heels of the large COVID recovery package, President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a major new policy priority: infrastructure. Looking to make good on his campaign promise to “build back better,” the…

Carl Pope

A veteran leader in the environmental movement, former executive director & chairman Sierra Club and Senior Climate Advisor to Michael Bloomberg

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