Carbon Delirium: The Last Stage of Fossil-Fuel Addiction

Reprinted with permission from By Michael Klare Of all the preposterous, irresponsible headlines that have appeared on the front page of the New York Times in recent years, few have exceeded the inanity of this one from early March: “U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin.”  The article by normally reliable reporters Coral Davenport and Steven Erlanger […]

The Golden Age of Journalism?

Reprinted from with permission of the author. Your Newspaper, Your Choice  By Tom Engelhardt It was 1949.  My mother — known in the gossip columns of that era as “New York’s girl caricaturist” — was freelancing theatrical sketches to a number of New York’s newspapers and magazines, including the Brooklyn Eagle.  That paper, then more than a century […]

How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme — Again

Reprinted with permission from The Empire Strikes Back  How Wall Street Has Turned Housing Into a Dangerous Get-Rich-Quick Scheme — Again  By Laura Gottesdiener You can hardly turn on the television or open a newspaper without hearing about the nation’s impressive, much celebrated housing recovery. Home prices are rising! New construction has started! The crisis […]

Too Soon to Tell: The Case for Hope

What Comes After Hope By Tom Engelhardt I worked for years as an editor at Pantheon Books. Its publisher, maybe the most adventurous in the business, was André Schiffrin. Among his many accomplishments, he “discovered” Studs Terkel (already a well-known Chicago radio personality), published his first oral history (Division Street: America), and made him a […]

Michael Klare: “The Collapse of the Old Oil Order”

Reprinted with permission from How the Petroleum Age Will End By Michael T. Klare Whatever the outcome of the protests, uprisings, and rebellions now sweeping the Middle East, one thing is guaranteed: the world of oil will be permanently transformed.  Consider everything that’s now happening as just the first tremor of an oilquake that […]

Michael Klare: “The Year of Living Dangerously”

Published in, January 23, 2011. Reprinted with permission. Rising Commodity Prices and Extreme Weather Events Threaten Global Stability by Michael Klare Get ready for a rocky year.  From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society, producing […]

Bill McKibben: “My Road Trip With a Solar Rock Star”

Or Notes on the Enthusiasm Gap By Bill McKibben Originally published in Reprinted with permission. [Editor’s Note: I was tempted to change the title of McKibben’s piece to something like “How Obama Crapped on Bill McKibben’s Excellent Adventure,” because McKibben’s account of his trip to the White House with brave hearts and solar panels is […]

Tomgram: Bill McKibben, A Wilted Senate on a Heating Planet

Originally published in (Reprinted with permission) Where are they now?  Last winter, when record snowstorms brought life in the northeast corridor to a halt, Virginia Republicans launched a web ad, “12 inches of global warming,” and the family of Oklahoma senator and global warming “skeptic” Jim Inhofe built an igloo on the national mall, labeling […]

Michael Klare: “BP-Style Extreme Energy Nightmares to Come”

Reprinted with permission from Four Scenarios for the Next Energy Mega-Disaster by Michael Klare On June 15th, in their testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chief executives of America’s leading oil companies argued that BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was an aberration — something that would not have […]