President Obama’s second inaugural moved past a vague message of compromise and charted a progressive course toward the future. Four years ago, I stood in the cold listening to President Obama’s first inaugural address. I remember it leaving me cold. This year, in the warmth of my den, the president’s clear projection of progressive values
As part of the “Millennial Priorities for the First 100 Days” series, When Hurricane Sandy decimated the East Coast, laying waste to coastal towns, flooding main streets, and shutting down power for 8 million people, the U.S.’s 40-year inaction on climate change slapped us in the face. If there was ever a wake-up call, this
As part of the “Millennial Priorities for the First 100 Days” series, a call to tackle the budget and climate change at the same time. On last Tuesday night, a triumphant President Obama thanked supporters in Chicago. “We know in our hearts,” he said, “that for the United States of America, the best is yet
The debate was certainly heated, but did it offer any solutions to the next generation? Members and staff from the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network and Pipeline weigh in. Grant Ferowich, Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, Wake Forest As Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney stated in consecutive debates, one message is clear: they stand for a
Michigan, once the industrial capital of the United States, has the opportunity to create jobs and economic opportunity while paving the way forward for a clean energy future. In 2008, the state of Michigan made a commitment to clean energy, to the environment, to economic opportunity, and – most of all – to people. Public
Individual action alone won’t solve our environmental problems, but neither will giving up on responsible consumer habits. “Story of Stuff” creator Annie Leonard has posted a new video, titled “The Story of Change,” in which she argues that it’s not responsible consumers but good citizens – those who vote, participate, take action, and generally show up –
Cutting back on meat is healthier for us and for the environment, but Republicans are more concerned about the health of corporate profits. Not content to keep Congress from doing anything about climate change, the GOP showed last week that it will also go out of its way to keep anyone else from taking action.
When FDR tackled an environmental crisis, he didn’t just put people to work to fix it in the short-term — he solved it for the long-run. The severe drought that has afflicted more than half of the country this summer has led some commentators to wonder whether the country might be headed for another Dust Bowl.
As part of the 10 Ideas: Generating a Green Future series, a proposal that can continue to foster growth while keeping it under control. “If in a given community unchecked popular rule means unlimited waste and destruction of the natural resources-soil, fertility, waterpower, forests, game, wild-life generally-which by right belong as much to subsequent generations as
As part of the 10 Ideas: Generating a Green Future series, a call for policies that level the playing field for wind power, which would in turn create jobs and revenues for the states. North Carolina has 140 gigawatts (GW) of potential offshore wind energy capacity — the largest resource of any state on the