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U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Nadine Y. Barclay

The Clean-Energy State

The Guardian reports that New Mexico, with its thousands of square miles of sun-soaked, wind-swept land, is vying to become the epicenter of the new green economy. Given the right tax breaks and technological breakthroughs, the Land of Enchantment could become the Saudi Arabia of sun.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


coal
Flickr / LHOON

The Democrats’ Lump of Coal

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton agree on many issues, but it’s a bit surprising to see two candidates who’ve talked so much about the climate crisis and a new green economy tout their love of coal. Obama has an ad up in Kentucky that claims “Barack understands” the plight of the coal industry, while Clinton has promised voters in the state she would put more money into coal programs.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Baghdad power lines
AP photo / Samir Mizban

Baghdad’s Other Power Struggle

As one U.S. soldier tells Truthdig foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen, it’s not entirely a bad sign that residents of Baghdad’s Saidiyah neighborhood are complaining about their meager daily power allotment: A year earlier they were concerned about just staying alive.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


John Yoo
Washington Post / Karen Ballard

Torture’s Poet Laureate

A recently declassified memo shines the spotlight once again on John “Take Them to the Point of Death” Yoo, a UC Berkeley law professor and once deputy legal counsel in the Justice Department.

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE


Berger and Albright
news.bbc.co.uk

Whispering in the Ear of the President

It’s safe to assume that the people currently advising Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy will continue to do so if their candidate is elected. So what approaches can we expect from an Obama or a Clinton administration? There are some bad apples in either bunch, but Foreign Policy in Focus says the company Obama and Clinton keep largely parallels their votes on the war.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Iraq power line
nytimes.com

Iraq Awards Iran Contracts, U.S. Sulks

Determined to show just how adolescent they can be, U.S. representatives in Baghdad have expressed dissatisfaction and suspicion over a pair of power plants that Iranian and Chinese companies plan to build in Iraq. One American military official described the contracts this way: “As you know, it’s not always as it appears.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Leading Iraqis Get Practical

If one were to ask President Bush to make sense of his strategy in Iraq, he would likely suggest that by providing stability, the Iraqi government could work toward reconciliation and an end to sectarian bloodletting, but according to several key Iraqi leaders, that just isn’t going to happen. Better, they argue, to focus on the basics of governing and providing services that Iraqis continue to suffer without.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Harnessing the Sun Leaves Vidal in the Dark

Powering his home with solar energy sounded like an enlightened idea to Gore Vidal, but after several exasperating rounds of “routine” inspections and unexpected blackouts, it seems that even Southern California’s most abundant natural resource can be caught up in red tape.

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 READ MORE


King George Loses His Crown

In his quest to expand presidential authority, George W. Bush has claimed extraordinary powers, whether to imprison American citizens without charge or ignore the laws of nature. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the EPA is a breath of fresh air, not just for the environment but for our democracy.

Posted on Apr 5, 2007 READ MORE


power lines
pbs.org

Who Are You Calling a Gas Guzzler?

Although California has a reputation for smog-choked freeways and self-indulgent excess, the Golden State consumes less energy per capita than any other state in the union. What’s the secret? A combination of tough regulation and high prices.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Susan McDougal

Susan McDougal: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk

When Susan McDougal refused to implicate the Clintons in the Whitewater fiasco, she was thrown in prison, left alone with murderers and her own stubborn dignity. Savaged by Republicans and abandoned by Democrats, she would emerge from that dark chapter of American history a hero.
UPDATE: Full transcript now available.

Posted on Jan 16, 2007 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich
From Kucinich.us

The Charge of the Muny Light Brigade

Twenty-eight years ago today, 31-year-old Dennis Kucinich, then the youngest-ever mayor of a major American city, famously pushed Cleveland into economic default rather than capitulate to the demands of a group of bankers eager to gobble up the city’s power plant. Today, as Kucinich kicks off his White House bid, he speaks to Truthdig about a stand of integrity that nearly cost him his political career, but which has striking relevance in the current political landscape—where such integrity seems in short supply.

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Castro Has Surgery, Cedes Power to Brother

The Cuban leader temporarily relinquished power to his brother Raul because of intestinal surgery. Castro said in a statement he expected to be unable to govern for at least a few weeks.

  • Read a brief profile of Raul Castro

  • Posted on Jul 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Consumers Opt for Green Power Despite Price Tag

    In the absence of genuine government policy, more and more consumers are spending their own cash to support green energy.  Utility companies in 36 states offer energy from renewable sources to their customers for an added fee.  Despite increasingly high energy costs, enrollment in such programs is up 20%, according to the Energy Department.

    Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran and the Dixie Chicks
    Mike Luckovich

    Iran Deal: Good Faith or Another Charade?

    Even though the U.S. and five other countries have offered Iran a series of rewards for giving up its nuclear program, Bush and Cheney have given the world ample reason to be skeptical that the White House has any intention of settling this issue diplomatically. (And we’re not alone in this sentiment.)

    Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Stewart_Feingold
    From crooksandliars.com

    Feingold Speaks Truth to Power, and Stewart

    The Wisconsin senator whips Jon Stewart’s audience into a frenzy with his insistence on holding Bush accountable for his spying program.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran Ascendant After Iraq War

    The L.A. Times charts how America’s war in Iraq has made Iran the dominant power in the region, with a stronger nuclear program, strengthened ties to Hamas and a burgeoning core of anti-U.S. Shiites.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Sweden Plans to Be World’s First Oil-Free Economy

    The progressive European enclave has set a 15-year limit on its switch to renewable energy. | story
    Hey, they won’t even have to get on a plane to collect their Nobel Prize!

    Posted on Feb 8, 2006 READ MORE


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