Keith Harrington

Keith Harrington is the Maryland/DC Field Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Climate and Energy Specialist for the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. His writings can also be found on the Huffington Post,, Truthout and

Taxpayer dollars squandered in Virginia climate scandal

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continues his state-funded crusade against "hockey stick" climate scientist Michael Mann, despite Mann's repeated vindication.

Mr. Obama: XL + Tar Sands = Bad Political Equation

Three years ago, I spent a number of weekends going door to door in Virginia urging people to vote for our President.  In that campaign I found a sense of pride, a sense of excitement, a sense of energizing virtue. …

Koch brothers declare war on offshore wind

The dirty-energy-loving Koch brothers have put out a “cost-benefit analysis” of New Jersey offshore-wind plans that finds lots of costs and not so many benefits.

Smithsonian exhibit connects art to climate advocacy

Rockman's Icons paintings depict symbols of American power and prestige ultimately undone by an abuse of the powers that willed them into reality.

Why our economy 'required' the Gulf oil spill

Earlier this month, environmental and clean energy activists, as well as coastal communities breathed a much needed sigh of relief when the Obama administration reversed last spring’s reckless decision to open up new offshore areas to oil drilling. Now, thankfully, …

Plugging the black hole afflicting the U.N. climate talks (and everything else)

After the stratospheric buildup and colossal letdown of last year’s major global climate talks in Copenhagen it can be tough to see the promise in this year’s Cancun round of talks. But despite the gloom of low expectations, climate advocates …

Energy machismo and White House solar panels

If there’s one thing you can say about President Obama it’s that he certainly hasn’t given his erstwhile fans on the left a shortage of things to keep scratching their heads over. One of the biggest perennial question marks hanging …

Death by Growth: what the climate-bill autopsies missed

By now the corpse of the climate bill has been so thoroughly autopsied, that examining it any further seems almost inhumane. A whole army of coroners have weighed in, suggesting an array of possible causes of death: Republican obstructionism, failed …

Good news for deepwater-oil junkies

We’ve all heard that we’re addicted to oil. But in the wake of the BP spill we might do well to take the oil-as-a-drug metaphor a little more seriously. For starters we need to understand that deepwater oil is the …