President Obama has called for the creation of an infrastructure bank. Congress must follow his lead. “It’s not a bigger government we need,” President Obama said in the State of the Union address, “but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.” The creation of a national infrastructure bank is a “smarter

President Obama’s second inaugural had soaring language but fell short of a transformational vision of the future. Inaugural addresses are poetry and vision. They are not about governing and programs. Judged this way, President Obama’s second inaugural speech was wonderful poetry. The president excels at these big set pieces and he delivers them magnificently. In

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

The Green Side of the Fiscal Cliff

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.