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  • Do We Really Need Nuclear Power?

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:00 am By Bradford Plumer
    Just how necessary is nuclear power? Lately, politicians around the globe have been asking themselves that question as they watch a small handful Japanese technicians race to prevent three reactors from spewing out radiati
  • Is The EPA Confrontational Enough?

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:00 am By Bradford Plumer
    Here's a quick sketch of how environmental policy will get made for the next two years. Congress won't pass any new laws. The EPA will try to use the authority it already has to mop up pollution from coal plants, factories, and vehicles (and the agency has a…
  • The Movie Review: ‘If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise’

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:00 am By Matt Zoller Seitz
    Spike Lee's wonderful 2006 documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, wasn’t just about Hurricane Katrina. Rather, it explored the social inequities that the hurricane laid bare, and the incompetence, confusion, greed, and stupidity that made…
  • China Journal: An Eco-Utopia In The Desert?

    May 28, 2010, 12:00 am
    Jiayuguan, China—My first question to the mayor, naturally, is about the porpoise. On the outskirts of Jiayuguan, an industrial city of about 300,000 smack in the middle of the Gobi Desert, there's a 15-story-tall steel dolphin, standing erect, balancing a…
  • Muslims About Whom Obama Never Speaks

    Tue 12:00am
    We’ve had more than a few homilies from the president about how Islam is a communion of peace. And I don’t doubt that there are hundreds of millions of Muslims who yearn for quiet and productive lives. May Allah be with them, according to their prayers.…
  • Senate Health Bill Reduces Deficit By More Over Time

    Nov 19, 2009, 12:00 am
    Fox News All-Star panelist Charles Krauthammer says the Senate health care bill starts collecting revenue immediately, but runs an annual deficit, so that it will explode the deficit in the long run:
  • So How Does The Senate Climate Bill Stack Up To The House Version?

    Sep 30, 2009, 12:00 am By Bradford Plumer
    All told, the draft Senate climate bill that John Kerry and Barbara Boxer unveiled today looks awfully similar to the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House back in June. Everything you've read about that earlier bill, gripi
  • The Case for Clusters

    Sep 22, 2009, 12:00 am
    President Obama gave a good speech yesterday in Troy, N.Y. that nicely linked the renewal of fading manufacturing centers like Troy to the imple
  • Self Service

    Mar 25, 2002, 12:00 am
    For Washington lobbyists, these were supposed to be the salad days. The Bush administration was to be their playground, the regulatory agencies their dolls to dress up and knock down. And on paper they’ve made out pretty well—tax cuts, the squashing of…