Are we really in a new era of political civility?
Articles By: Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson '14 is a Staff Writer for the Harvard Political Review. He covers domestic and international environmental issues. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, he is the Communications Chair of the Harvard Environmental Action Committee. His academic interests include cognitive science, global health and domestic politics. Danny attributes his intellectual passion for environmental issues to his belief that they involve the perfect mix of economics, international relations, politics and psychology. Danny enjoys reading -- particularly the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the New York Times and the New Yorker, travel and long conversations.
Salvador Dali blathers on about a rhinoceros. The message? The surrealists are just as wacky as we had hoped.
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As I mentioned in my last post, it’s time for a midterm post-mortem. Fortunately, Barbara Boxer kept her senate seat in California, and the Democrats held the senate, so Senator Boxer will remain chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works committee. Unfortunately, Henry Waxman will relinquish his chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a post he held for ... Read More
With the midterms less than 50 hours from now, it’s fascinating to note how the environmental furor of the summer, especially in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill, seems to have largely subsided in discussions about the elections. Nevertheless, the outcome of the midterms, especially in the House, could have disastrous ramifications for the future of climate legislation. It’s ... Read More
Last week, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies released a report called Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change. The document is the result of an extensive analysis of how well Americans grasp the practical and scientific nature of climate change, and by the fifth page, the authors have declared the quality of the knowledge for 52% of those surveyed ... Read More
Last week I mentioned 350.org and the 10/10/10 Day of Work in this space. On Sunday, I went to a small rally on the steps of the Statehouse in Boston. Activists from Greenpeace and a smattering of local groups had gathered on Beacon Hill to rally for environmental change. A microphone was set up on the steps in front of ... Read More
On June 14th of this year, President Obama appointed a commission of seven men and women to evaluate the events that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon spill. The commission, organized less than two months after the spill began but a full month before the oil stopped flowing, released its initial reports this week. In one report, a working paper titled ... Read More
Bill McKibben’s 350.org movement, a grassroots organization that promotes cutting carbon dioxide emissions to 1988 levels of 350 parts per million, is promoting a global day of action on environmental issues this Sunday, October 10th. In a follow-up to the group’s wildly successful “day of political action” on Saturday, October 24th, 2009, this year’s event is a massive “global work ... Read More
In 2006, an article in Reason magazine declared an age of “corporate environmentalism.” Reason attributes part of the rise of corporate environmentalism to independent environmental groups. Since the administration of George W. Bush was seen as hostile to their goals, the article suggests, groups shifted their lobbying efforts to corporations. The recent expansion of corporate social responsibility to include environmental ... Read More