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Glick: Energy Revolution
Feb 26, 2009
It began with a statement by Nancy Pelosi in early January, referring to federal legislation to cap and reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions: "I'm not sure this year, because I don't know if we'll be ready. We won't go before we're ready."
Glick: Under Obama
Feb 03, 2009
The nomination of Tom Daschle for both White House "health czar" and Secretary of Health and Human Services is in trouble. It's in trouble because information has come out that Daschle, former Democratic Party leader in the U.S. Senate, didn't pay until very recently $128,000 in back taxes owed for "the use of a car and driver provided by a private equity firm," the same one which gave him $2 million in consulting fees.
Glick: Che & Gaza
Jan 06, 2009
I wonder if, centuries from now, Che Guevera will be looked upon by people around the world in the way Jesus of Nazareth is looked upon by billions today, as a model for how one lives one's life.
Dec 09, 2008
My Thanksgiving holiday and the days right after it weren't the greatest, and it's not because I didn't enjoy spending time with my extended family in Pennsylvania. It's because, literally right before I left home to drive there, I read a couple of emails about the intensifying climate crisis that had a deep personal impact. And then, upon arriving home afterwards, I found a couple more that only added to my feeling of, well, verging-upon-hopelessness, that's the best way to describe it. Is it really too late?, I kept wondering, all weekend and for most of last week.
Glick: Green Revolution
Oct 24, 2008
A review of three recently-published books on the climate crisis and what we need to do about it.
Glick: Two-Party Conventions
Aug 25, 2008
The first Democratic or Republican Convention I went to as an outside protester was the 1972 Republican Convention in Miami, Florida. This was where Richard Nixon was nominated for what turned out to be a much-shortened time in office due to his resignation in 1974 in the face of certain impeachment.
Glick: Obama's Energy Plan
Aug 20, 2008
On August 4th the Barack Obama Presidential campaign released a comprehensive program for reform of the U.S. energy system. In the words of Obama supporter and climate blogger and author Joe Romm, it was "easily the best energy plan ever put forward by a nominee of either party." The critical question, however, is this: is it an energy plan that will actually do the job of giving U.S. leadership to the world in a way which gives us a decent chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change?
Glick: Jobs and Climate
Aug 17, 2008
At least eight years late, the Democratic and Republican Presidential campaigns are actually debating U.S. energy policy and what to do about global warming. And not just this week but many times during the course of this way-too-long Presidential campaign.
Glick: Prioritizing Climate
Jun 30, 2008
The hard truth is that humankind is in grave danger of blowing it. Serious action to shift from oil, coal and natural gas to renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation is a good 10 years late, particularly in the USA. And we need to be clear why this is the case. Primarily, it is due to the dominance over energy policy of the coal, oil, automobile and utilities corporations.
Glick: No Easy Victories
Jun 20, 2008
It is a basic tenet of successful organizing that you need to win victories in order to hold the allegiance of a critical mass of supporters and keep your organization together. But it is also true, as African revolutionary Amilcar Cabral said, that if we are to be credible, we must "tell no lies, claim no easy victories."
Gordon: Land Not People
Jun 06, 2008
Israel has decided to alter its methods of upholding the occupation, replacing a politics of life, which aimed to secure the existence and livelihood of the Palestinian inhabitants, with a politics of death.
Glick: Renewable Energy!
Jun 03, 2008
As the climate movement increasingly focuses its energies on Capitol Hill, Dr. Navarro's insights about the potential negative impacts of doing so in the wrong way are worthy of serious consideration.
Glick: Tony Mazzocchi
May 21, 2008
I don't know if Gus Speth and Tony Mazzocchi knew each other personally. Speth's work career has been as a co-founder and senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, with President Jimmy Carter's Council on Environmental Quality, as founder and president of the World Resources Institute, as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and, since 1999, as Dean of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Glick: Obama and Wright
May 05, 2008
Jeremiah Wright summarized the difference between him and Obama in his interviews last weekend as, "I do what pastors do. He does what politicians do. I am not running for office."
Glick: Intensify Anti-War
Mar 28, 2008
March 19th was an historic first for the Iraq peace and justice movement. Over 1,000 activists, intergenerational but with many dedicated and energetic young people, took part in non-permitted, edgy, stepping it up type actions in Washington, D.C. If the Metropolitan D.C. cops had been arresting people, many hundreds would have been arrested for blocking major streets in downtown D.C.
Glick: Obama, Clinton, McKinney
Mar 05, 2008
Progressives, speaking broadly, are clearly divided when it comes to the four most well-known, liberal or progressive Presidential candidates who are still out there.
Glick: Non-Electoral Activism
Feb 25, 2008
Just about a year ago a leading activist in the climate movement made a comment that I took note of at the time and haven't forgotten: Presidential politics overshadows all other politics during a Presidential election period.
Glick: Obama vs. Clinton
Feb 10, 2008
Obama vs. Clinton, A Second Thought
Glick: No War, No Warming, Round Two
Feb 02, 2008
Early in the morning of October 22nd last fall several hundred people quietly arrived on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Many of us were organized into affinity groups. There was the anti-capitalist bike block. There were Iraq Veterans Against the War. There was the group of people dressed in polar bear costumes agitating through a portable sound system. There were the young people from Students for a Democratic Society in their yellow Campus Climate Challenge t-shirts. There was the Separate Oil and State group. And there were Code Pinkers, some wearing giant bobble-heads of Cheney, Bush and Rice.
Glick: Obama vs. Clinton: What's the Beef?
Jan 22, 2008
After Iowa and New Hampshire, it sure looks like the three-person horse race for the Democratic Presidential nomination has now become a two-person race.