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Big Oil will have to pay up, like Big Tobacco

by |September 17th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | September 17, 2017 Here is a message to investors in the oil industry, whether pension and insurance funds, university endowments, hedge funds or other asset managers: Your investments are going to sour. The growing devastation caused by climate change, as seen this month in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, are going to blow… read more

Categories: Climate Policy, Policy

Disaster insurance needs an overhaul

by |September 14th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | September 14, 2017 The federal government provides formal and informal disaster insurance to the states. Formal programs include the National Flood Insurance Program, while informal insurance comes in special recovery grants following major disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Irma. We urgently need an overhaul of such funding, starting… read more

Categories: Climate Policy, Policy

Afghanistan and the collapse of American governance

by |August 28th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 28, 2017 For years Donald Trump called for an end to America’s war in Afghanistan. Yet as president he has quickly decided to expand the war. Since Trump’s presidency fails daily on so many levels, it’s easy to overlook an important lesson of Trump’s awful Afghanistan decision. The Afghanistan war… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

The truth about Trump’s tax cuts

by |August 25th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | August 25, 2017 Give the Republicans their due: They are persistent. Since Ronald Reagan became president in January 1981, the Republican Party has focused relentlessly on tax cuts. And Donald Trump is no exception — he told the crowd at his Phoenix rally Tuesday, “We’re giving you the biggest tax cut in the… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy, Politics

How to break the 40-year working class losing streak

by |August 17th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 17, 2017 The Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year drought by winning the World Series last year. American workers are in a 40-year drought, but with the right game plan, they too can start to win. Consider first the sorry facts. The median inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time male workers peaked in… read more

Surviving America’s Political Meltdown

by |August 11th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | August 11, 2017 The US is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy. The White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread. If we are to survive and overcome this… read more

Categories: Politics

Big money is behind decarbonization. We don’t need politicians

by |August 3rd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 3, 2017 The world is moving to a low-carbon energy system built on wind, hydro, solar, and other zero-carbon sources and the electrification of transport, heating, and industry. Thirty years from now, today’s American fossil fuel giants — ExxonMobil, Chevron, TransCanada, Koch Industries, among others — will be shadows of… read more

America’s Dangerous Anti-Iran Posturing

by |August 1st, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate |August 1, 2017 In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump and his advisers have joined Saudi Arabia in accusing Iran of being the epicenter of Middle East terrorism. The US Congress, meanwhile, is readying yet another round of sanctions against Iran. But the caricature of Iran as “the tip of the spear” of… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

Lessons from JFK in a time of Trump

by |July 27th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | July 27, 2017 In the last week of July, 54 years ago, President John F. Kennedy initialed the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with his counterpart, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Kennedy spoke to the nation in a remarkable address, which reminds us of his gifts of vision and eloquence; of the obligation… read more

Categories: Politics

On ethics, Trump is leading America in the wrong direction

by |July 26th, 2017

As featured CNN.com | July 26, 2017 In a recent speech in Poland, President Donald Trump asked whether the West “has the will to survive.” It’s a good question, but aimed in the wrong direction. While Trump spoke about foreign aggression, the real threat to the West is the collapse of ethical norms, led by Trump and others… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics