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May 28, 2019

How did lobbying affect the last attempt at US climate legislation?

Enlarge / House Republicans hold a press conference opposing part of the Waxman-Markey Bill with the help of a chart representing… something. (credit: Talk Radio News Service/flickr)

Lobbying is ostensibly a way to inform politicians about issues affecting their constituents. But it has also become an industry of its own as those with a financial interest in legislation vie to sway decisions in their favor. Windows into the lobbying world are limited in the US, but required public reporting can at least enable a postmortem of the actions associated with major bills.

In the first two years of the Obama administration, [...]

 
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October 8, 2018

We Have a Decade to Prevent a Total Climate Disaster

By 2030, we as a collective 7 billion humans will know our fate, or at the very least, the fate of the most vulnerable among us. A landmark report released on Sunday sets the clock ticking for humanity and its quest to keep global warming to within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels.

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