How did the Keystone XL Become Such a Big Deal?

The Republican takeover of Congress has marked a new phase in the ongoing fight over the  Keystone XL, a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. After regaining control of the Senate, one of Mitch McConnell’s first acts … Continue reading

SCIENCE CORNER: Let’s Talk About Climate Change

The truth is that the scientific question of whether or not an increase in greenhouse gasses lead to warming relative to baseline temperatures is different than the forecasting question of how much warming will obtain over the next 50 or 100 years. What sets the conversation about climate change apart isn’t the uncertainty; rather it’s the rock solid conviction with which so many Americans approach it. Let’s take a look at why and where it all comes off the rails. Continue reading

The Think Tank: Fixing America in 5 Not-So-Easy Steps

Here are five ideas that would work to make things better and help get past the budget showdown. Now, if only Washington was still in the business of proposing solutions. Continue reading