If the government doesn’t go bold on the environment, the economy and the earth will continue to suffer. The news from the world of global warming science is grim. We need to keep the planet from warming by more than 2 degrees centigrade or the climate could become extremely dangerous. To stay below that level

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Bo Cutter has brought a lot of top thinkers together to discuss what the Next American Economy should look like. But it’s hard to imagine future economic policy without also figuring out energy policy. As Bo’s latest guest points out, American energy policy has largely failed. John Deutch, professor at MIT and former Director of Central Intelligence, explains how “we have not had an energy policy for 40 years” and why “it is a hard slog to improve this.” In this excerpt, he lays out four key steps to making real progress:

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By sparking a national dialogue about inequality, Occupy Wall Street is highlighting the link between economic and environmental justice. It would seem that progressives have finally found in the Occupy movement the kind of populist momentum for which they have long hungered. Health Care for America Now, Green for All, MoveOn.org, and a number of

  The tax debate can be about values without devolving into a battle between good and evil. Some day, but certainly not until after the 2012 presidential election, we will have to arrive at an economic policy that supports our economy in the short run and brings fiscal deficits and the growth of federal debt

TransCanada’s tar sands oil pipeline poses a threat not just to the health and reliability of local ecosystems, but to investment and productivity in rural America. On September 12, hundreds of low-income residents in Nairobi spotted a leak in the pipeline that runs adjacent to their slum. Hoping that they might be able to cash

Solyndra’s bankruptcy is a lesson in the need for more than political points and investors out to turn a profit. Solyndra, a venture-backed solar panel maker founded in 2005, was the poster child of the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It was the first company to receive federal loan guarantees under the

While some have started preparing for rising sea levels, it will take a global effort to pay for adaptation. City policymakers constitute the frontline in cities’ battles to secure funding from their parent states. But as the world experiences the largest urbanization trend in human history — the UN projects that by 2050, 70 percent

If the U.S. wants to tackle climate change and stay competitive in the global economy, it needs to stop playing by the old rules and start making new ones. The looming global warming catastrophe could be worse, in the long term, than any war, social collapse, or single famine in human history. We need to

The youngest generation is already working hard to transform the country in honor of those who lost their lives. On September 11, 2001, I stood up and walked out of class. I was studying international relations at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and my class had been invited by our professor to discuss what just

Between questionable science, health hazards, and exorbitant costs, there’s no fracking way that drilling for natural gas will solve our long-term energy issues. Natural gas is being touted as a fuel of the future, a way to bridge the gap between a dirty energy and clean energy economy. But according to numerous articles and a