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Wingnut Watch: What Now for the Birthers?

When I started doing this column back in February, I had this to say about the parameters of “wingnuttery” I considered sufficiently legitimate to address:…

On Syria, Speak Up Please

Let’s grant that Washington has limited leverage over Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. Let’s further stipulate that Assad’s claim that it’s either him or the Islamists,…

Why One Critic of “Going Exponential” is Misguided

Writers usually do not respond to critiques from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) because they are so one-sided and predictable, especially if a report…

P-Fix Celebrates Earth Day

Friday, April 22 was Earth Day. We put together five great pieces to celebrate: Like Tax Day, Earth Day Calls for a Full Accounting by…

Wingnut Watch: Earth Day is Lenin’s Birthday

It’s almost universally understood that the sudden withdrawal of nearly the entire Republican Party from any significant interest in environmental protection has had and will…

Like Tax Day, Earth Day Calls for a Full Accounting

The greatest irony of Earth Day is that it has become a yearly event that is almost ignored by environmentalists and celebrated mostly by politicians…

The Wrong Tools for the Job

Whatever you read today, you’ll find writers marking Earth Day by taking stock of environmental progress. Some will celebrate how far we have come in…

Why the U.S. is No Longer a Leader in Environmental Policy

The past decade has been extremely depressing for the U.S. environmental community. Rather than lead the world on climate and energy policy, the U.S. has…

The Environment: What the Public Thinks

It’s Earth Day, but as far as problems go, the environment now ranks last among 15 issues that the public thinks Congress and the President…

Why Budget Line Items Don’t Die

In today’s Washington Post, David A. Fahrentold marvels at what he calls the “Line Items That Won’t Die” – federal programs that benefit narrow interests,…