Election 2012

Politics

In State of the Union, Obama should stress that environmental protections don’t kill jobs

President Obama will likely focus heavily on economic growth and job creation. He should also make clear that economic progress need not come at the expense of the environment.

Renewable Energy

On cleantech, no Newt is good Newt

No single politician since Ronald Reagan has done more to set back America’s leadership in clean technology than Newt Gingrich.

Election 2012

Old dog, Newt tricks: Gingrich’s views on climate, EPA, and ‘green conservatism’

Gingrich has been all over the map on climate change. Catch the highlights and revisit his 2010 interview with Grist.

Election 2012

Obama sings his support for Green causes

We guessed from his first campaign ad that President Obama was going to be vocal about clean energy this election, but we didn’t realize he was going to go full-on Green:

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Newt Gingrich thinks riding the subway is for fancy people

Not that this is the most ridiculous Gingrich news in the last few days or anything, but it’s pretty amusing: Evidently “metro-riding” is the Gingrich equivalent of “arugula-eating.” “Those who, you know, live in high-rise apartment buildings writing for fancy newspapers in the middle of town after they ride the metro, who don’t understand that for most Americans the ability to buy a home, to have their own property, to have a sense of belonging is one of the greatest achievements of their life, and it makes them feel like they are good solid citizens,” he told the crowd.

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Up with people: What is Obama doing about our cities’ chronic problems?

Puffy ideas from the creative class are not going to solve urban America’s stickiest problems of subpar education, poverty, and mass imprisonment. To do that, we’ll need hard-nosed solutions and strong leadership from the top. How is the president doing?

Election 2012

Obama’s first ad focuses on green jobs

President Obama released the first ad of his reelection campaign, and it’s about clean energy jobs and oil independence — plus, it hits back at a Koch-funded attack ad that fudged the facts. This is unusually green (as in actually mentioning green issues) and unusually brass (as in balls)! Let’s hope it keeps up.

Cities

President Obama and the forgotten urban agenda

Obama came to the White House promising new energy and resources for American cities. Has he lived up to that promise? And anyway, who’s paying attention?

Election 2012

What environmental policy could we expect from President Colbert?

Stephen Colbert has officially thrown his hat in the ring for definitely possibly considering a run for president. He's already out-polling Jon Huntsman! So what kind of environmental policy platform could we expect from a President Colbert?

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