mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Hurricane Sandy As Greek Tragedy

The Nation has just posted my article on climate change and the super-storm that has devastated New York City and much of the East Coast, “Hurricane Sandy As Greek Tragedy,” at:

A key snippet: Sandy is short for Cassandra, the Greek mythological figure whose warnings about the future were fated to be ignored. But America might still avoid Cassandra’s curse if its citizens break the stranglehold that Big Oil exercises over their government in Washington.



One Response to “Hurricane Sandy As Greek Tragedy”

  • Karl Sanchez says:

    Good essay, except for your mistake about what is “the richest industry in human history;” that would be the Money Power, which controls the entire Fossil Fuel Industry and the federal government that’s supposed to regulate both.

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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.