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Articles by Sara Robinson

Sara Robinson is a social futurist who writes often on issues of change resistance and change management. She is a Senior Fellow at the Campaign for America's Future, where her weekly column appears at ourfuture.org. Her work also frequently appears online at Firedoglake, DailyKos, OpenLeft, Grist, and Alternet. A native of California's eastern High Sierra, Sara spent 20 years in Silicon Valley before moving to Vancouver, BC in 2004. She shares her life with her husband Evan, two almost-grown kids, and a Norwegian Buhund who is usually somewhere underfoot.

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Brad Johnson calls out the “Climate Peacocks” in Congress who are ostentatiously shaking their tailfeathers in mock outrage over the very idea that the Environmental Protection Agency might actually act as agents of environmental protection:

Earlier this month, 47 senators — every Republican and six Democrats — voted for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific global warming endangerment finding, finalized after years of delay in following a Supreme Court mandate to obey the language of the Clean Air Act.

Twenty of Murkowski’s supporters claimed they voted to reject science in order to preserve the “balance of power” between the legislative and executive branch. They said that they had to overturn the EPA’s scientific finding because setting pollution limits should instead be the job of the elected members of Congress. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) even said he voted for Murkowski to “ensure that Congress keeps its responsibility to establish our nation’s environmental regulations.

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  • Climate change: Four futures

    As the debate over the climate bill heats up, there’s one rule of thumb that may help you keep your bearings as the rhetoric becomes more gaseous and the weeds grow ever higher around the facts. It’s this: There are, in the end, only four possible futures here. Future 1: Continuation More business as usual. […]

  • Copenhagen: Getting past the urgency trap

    Copenhagen’s still three weeks away, but climate activists are already voicing their enormous disappointment about everything that’s not going to get done there. The heat is rising, and we’re all feeling the overwhelming urgency to get a strong global agreement that will get the laggards off their butts and launch the structural reformations most of […]