Category Archives: Politics

The Distillery: December 5, 2017

Youth are suing the government for endangering future generations by not addressing climate change. And they might win. Continue reading

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The Distillery: November 17, 2017

With the US’s move to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the role of the federal government is even further diminished and local governments are filling the void. Continue reading

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A Positive – and EcoOptimistic – Outlook

The public and Congress aren’t getting it, but businesses will. Continue reading

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Will 2015 bring legalization of hemp?

2012 and 2014 brought hemp closer to federal legalization. Will 2015 be the year it finally happens? Continue reading

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Are Geoengineering Proposals EcoOptimistic?

They’re very seductive – proposed solutions to climate disruption that don’t involve carbon fees or changing our modern comforts and habits. Continue reading

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Has John Kerry been reading my EcoOptimism blog?

John Kerry calls climate change a weapon of mass destruction. Does that mean he’s been reading my blog? Continue reading

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A Letter to Mayor de Blasio: Don’t forget the environment as a cause of inequality

Environmental initiatives are integral to addressing the “tale of two cities” that Mayor de Blasio campaigned on. Continue reading

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Density Part 3: Kenneth Jackson’s “Future” of New York

Buried in Jackson’s idea of the future of NYC are two huge and, I believe, mistaken assumptions. Continue reading

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Nature Bats Last and Owns the Stadium

The revenge of Hetch Hetchy? 100 years later maybe nature is sending us a message. Continue reading

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How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Word

What sequester really means and its relevance to the environment. Continue reading

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