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Exxon Expects Carbon Price, Invests Accordingly

ExxonMobil has been the chief corporate funder of climate denial, but internally it assumes that a rising price on carbon emissions is inevitable, partly because of public pressure such as the huge September climate march in New York. The oil and gas giant tests all of its long-term investment decisions against a carbon price of $60/ton by 2030 in OECD countries. Scores of other companies do likewise. The global economy is moving; when will Congress? Read more at… Read more

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GOP Still Lacks Votes to Gut US Climate Agenda

The top priority of the new Republican majorities in Congress is to overturn president Obama’s climate policies. But they didn’t gain quite enough seats in the 2014 elections to succeed, provided that Democrats stay united and fight back, Obama is not shy about using his veto pen and the public keeps the pressure on. Read more at… Read more

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Bill Moyers on the Two Party System

No one says it better than Moyers; in this Q&A with viewers, see in particular his answer to the endless question on the Left: Is it time for a third party? Ain’t gonna happen, says Bill, so best to focus your energies elsewhere. Democrats and Republicans control the rules for running politics and so can make sure no third party can compete. The only solution, he adds, is to build a powerful grassroots movement, like what is beginning to emerge on climate change, to challenge ALL politicians, especially at the local level, to put the people’s interests before those of big money. Read the full Q&A here:… Read more

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The Pentagon Takes on Climate Deniers

The US military has long worried about climate change but kept relatively quiet, in part because its budget is set by a Congress where climate denial remains a Republican litmus test. Defense Secretary Hagel’s announcement that climate change poses “immediate” risks to national security indicates the Pentagon has decided to wait no longer. Read the backstory to this potentially game-changing development in my Businessweek article:… Read more

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NYC Climate March = People’s Movement?

The People’s Climate March that thronged the streets of New York on September 21 was important not only for its immense size but also its impressive diversity–of race, age and class. At last, the climate movement appears to be organizing itself into the kind of people’s movement that can build, and wield, political power. See my eyewitness report in The Nation:… Read more

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Will the People’s Climate March Be A Success?

It’s easy to get cynical about street protests: do they really make much difference? I tackle that question in this piece for The Nation about the People’s Climate March taking place this Sunday, September 21, in New York City, which the organizers promise will be the largest climate demonstration ever and an “historic” event:… Read more

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HOT

By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.


The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drake—and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.


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About Mark

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.

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