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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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California Leads on Climate While US Sleeps

Does the road to a global climate deal at the Paris 2015 conference lead through California? That’s what Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown, the former and current governors of the world’s eighth biggest economy, argued yesterday in Sacramento, where they contrasted California’s pioneering, bipartisan example with the denial and paralysis in Washington. Read more in this piece for Bloomberg Businessweek:… Read more

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The $28 Trillion Climate Write-Down

I have the lead story in this week’s issue of Businessweek, drawing attention to president Obama’s (oddly overlooked) recent statement that, yes, two-thirds of the earth’s fossil fuels must be left in the ground to avoid catastrophic amounts of climate change: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-26/climate-change-and-the-two-thirds-imperative#r=nav-r-story/. This strikes me as by far the most important statement Obama has made about climate change during his presidency: if enacted, it would revolutionize global energy practices; halt all exploration for additional deposits of fossil fuels; effectively rule out fracking (the whole purpose of which is to access those two-thirds of reserves that conventional drilling can’t get); and affirm the importance of the fossil… Read more

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Will Jerry Brown Frack California?

The latest climate science says humanity must leave two-thirds of the earth’s proven fossil fuel reserves in the ground, unburned, if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. This imperative in effect rules out fracking–the practice of injecting water, sand and chemicals underground to force previously inaccessible oil and gas to the surface–because fracking is all about accessing those two-thirds of reserves. All of which creates a dilemma for governor Jerry Brown, a self-identified climate champion who nevertheless allows fracking in California. See my print piece The Nation here: http://www.thenation.com/article/180303/if-jerry-brown-so-green-why-he-allowing-fracking-california/. Radio versions of the story aired locally on KALW, one of the two NPR stations in the Bay… Read more

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Honest, But Constructive, Talk on Climate Change

After I posted my Harper’s piece on Monday pointing out how Obama’s moving of the goalposts made the new EPA carbon regulations much less ambitious than claimed, I was dismayed that some readers viewed my piece as an attack on the regulations, others as demonstrating the futility of demanding government action at all. In this new piece for The Nation, I respond, “To write honestly and constructively about climate change in 2014 is as challenging as it is necessary,” and I try to show how:… 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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