October 21, 2015 |
TORONTO - Canadian journalist Naomi Klein became an important commenter on the world scene with her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism . Her latest book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate , talks about the overhaul needed to our economic system if we want to save our land, water and food from destruction. It's a controversial approach, especially here in the U.S., where a very loud faction of the political class does not even believe that climate change is real.
October 13, 2015
ISSUE | CLIMATE CHANGE Trust the market A letter writer misses the point on climate change, energy, fossil fuels, and innovation (Oct. 5). He does get one thing right: Privation will not solve the problem. Any policy that lowers our standard of living will not get public support. On the other hand, continuing to burn fossil fuels without reductions and relying on technological innovation to get us out of the climate mess it will create will not work. The science is clear. We need to reduce our consumption as fast as possible, as much as possible.
September 25, 2015 |
THE U.S. HOUSE and Senate were dark yesterday because of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, but they were to be jarred awake this morning when Pope Francis brings his message of peace and goodwill to the legislators. The pope has already made it clear that climate change and immigration are among his priorities, and they are also topics of considerable controversy in the Republican-controlled Congress. Nevertheless, he will be the first pope ever to address a joint session of Congress, where he is expected to emphasize to Americans that being the most powerful nation on Earth carries with it a moral responsibility.
September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON - What a way to start. If the White House welcome of Pope Francis was any indication of what's coming in the next few days (including, of course, in Philadelphia), the pontiff's visit to America promises to be immensely impressive. At the "People's House," on a flawless first day of fall, all stops were pulled for the "People's Pope. " Under a brilliant morning sky at a ceremony yesterday including military bands and welcoming remarks by President Obama, some 11,000 invited and ticketed guests enthusiastically embraced His Holiness and his message.
September 25, 2015
SINCE MARCH 2013, when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires became Pope Francis of the Universe, I've written about him at least 20 times. My first words, just a few hours after he'd been selected by his fellow churchmen in Rome, spoke of "a gentle warrior" who married the twin characteristics of the Jesuit soldier of Christ to the peaceful caretaker of all creatures, great and small whose name he'd adopted as a symbol of his mission. At that point, I had no idea how prophetic my words would be. Francis has turned out to be a true warrior in his own fashion.
September 19, 2015 |
In June, Pope Francis made headlines when he challenged the world to take action against climate change and other environmental ills. Those who deny the scientific evidence that humans pose a threat to the climate were not amused, and on Thursday, a week before the pontiff arrives in Philadelphia, some of them struck back. Representatives from the Heartland Institute, a conservative Chicago-based think tank, joined the local Independence Hall Foundation and other advocates in railing against what one them called "eco-zealots.
September 18, 2015 |
NEARLY FOUR MONTHS ago, Pope Francis decried global warming as a man-made catastrophe requiring immediate ecological activism and blamed modern materialism for turning the planet into "an immense pile of filth. " Yesterday, a few folks in Philly didn't mince words in their opinions of the pollution-busting pleas the pope made last May in his encyclical, Laudato si '. Paganism, declared one. "What is environmentalism but nature worship?" said Gene Koprowski, marketing director of the Heartland Institute.
September 4, 2015 |
The Christie administration on Wednesday officially moved to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of new clean-energy rules, blasting them as "unprecedented regulatory overreach. " Gov. Christie, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, announced his opposition to the rules immediately after President Obama unveiled them last month as part of an ambitious effort to combat climate change. On Wednesday, Christie's top environmental regulator, Bob Martin, wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting a stay of implementation and a proceeding for reconsideration of the rules.
August 17, 2015 |
The battle over President Obama's clean power plan - in Congress and the courts, in the realms of commerce and common conversation - will rage for some time. But few are debating the value of the potential health benefits, which are expected to be significant. In the final rule announced Aug. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a goal of reducing carbon pollution from the power-generating sector by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This major climate-change initiative focuses on power plants because they are a major contributor to carbon pollution, accounting for one-third of all carbon emissions in the U.S. The EPA has predicted that once the reductions are met, Americans will avoid up to 90,000 asthma attacks a year.