STOP SCOTT PRUITT!

Tomorrow’s the day – Wednesday the 18th, 10 AM Eastern time – Scott Pruitt faces a Senate committee to answer questions about his nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency.  It’s time to call your state’s elected senators and make it known that this will be a disaster for the environment. A new opinion poll […]

THE MELTING ARCTIC AND THE COMING DRILLING DELUGE

Two weeks after the presidential election, scientists from eleven different agencies released the Arctic Resilience Report, the first comprehensive study of the region’s ecosystems and societies.  The news was dire.  Arctic temperatures were described as “off the charts,” an astounding 20 degrees Centigrade above the expected norms for this period of the year.  Sea ice […]

POSTINGS FROM THE EDGE

THE KOCH BROTHERS TAKEOVER Here is what’s weird, at least at first glance.  The Koch brothers, Charles and David, whose predominantly fossil fuel-based wealth has been estimated at over $50 billion apiece, did not support Donald Trump.  He was the only Republican candidate who wasn’t invited to their annual donor summit in 2015.  The Kochs […]

POSTINGS FROM THE EDGE

THE OIL TYCOON AS SECRETARY OF STATE At his confirmation hearing before the Senate yesterday, Rex Tillerson didn’t mention climate change in his opening statement.  Later, in response to questioning, the just-retired CEO of ExxonMobil did say he thought it “important that the United States maintain its seat at the table on the conversations around […]

POSTINGS FROM THE EDGE

THE NEW FACE OF THE EPA Scott Pruitt’s selection to head the Environmental Protection Agency was one of president-elect Trump’s first appointments.  I first heard of Pruitt last spring, when I traveled to Oklahoma to research Harold Hamm for my forthcoming book “Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  One of America’s wealthiest citizens, Hamm had made his […]

POSTINGS FROM THE EDGE

OUR NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL? Last night I attended a teach-in at the University of Southern California, where legal experts talked about what it will mean if Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama becomes the new Attorney General of the United States.  Since no filibuster is allowed on such nominations and the Republicans control the Senate, 52-48, […]

Postings from the Edge

Time-traveling fifty years into the future, I wonder how my children and grand-children will look back upon what transpired on November 9, 2016 – the election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States.  At this moment, my friends and I are caught up in daily outrage.  But perhaps something is needed that […]