Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Entries Tagged as 'Environment'

Obama’s horrific coal attacks

October 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Obama’s horrific coal attacks

President Barack Obama, in last night’s second presidential debate: And when I hear Governor Romney say he’s a big coal guy, I mean, keep in mind, when — Governor, when you were governor of Massachusetts, you stood in front of a coal plant and pointed at it and said, “This plant kills,” and took great […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Climate Crisis · Environment · Mitt Romney

Climate Change Terror

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Climate Change Terror

First, read this article by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone. OK, now that you’ve done that and we’re both terrified, let’s move forward. McKibben sees a real need as making the fossil fuel industry out to be a villain, a global villain. Here’s why: If you told Exxon or Lukoil that, in order to avoid […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Environment

Marcellus Shale: fracking for 80% less

August 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Marcellus Shale: fracking for 80% less

Originally posted at AMERICAblog. This is a big deal – the Marcellus Shale natural gas field is becoming like the new ANWR, only instead of being in the Alaskan wilderness, it’s a gas field that runs through the highly populated east coast and midwest. Instead of risking the health and well-being of rare animals as […]

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Tags: Climate Crisis · Economy · Environment

Nukes and Banks

March 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on Nukes and Banks

John Moyers at AMERICAblog makes a great point, namely nuclear power is an industry defined by privatized profits and socialized risks. This is exactly like the financial sector around the world, where banksters made hundreds of billions of dollars in profits and bonuses doing things that blew up the global economy and begat a massive […]

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Tags: Economy · Environment

Read Froomkin

June 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Read Froomkin

Dan Froomkin does a very good job explaining all the ways that last night’s speech on BP by President Obama failed to be the turning point the White House claimed it would be. Froomkin concludes: As for inflection points, there may have been one on Tuesday night after all, just not the one the White […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Environment

Why Are We Angry?

June 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Why Are We Angry?

The New York Times editorial board captures the main question that I have which speaks to why I and many others are upset with the response to the BP spill by both the administration and BP. Fifty-six days into the spill and it is not clear who is responsible — BP, federal, state or local […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Environment

Getting Tough?

June 11th, 2010 · Comments Off on Getting Tough?

Yves Smith of Naked Capitalism has a really good post on how, finally, Obama is getting tough on BP and more importantly, how absurd BP’s assumption that they would not be held fully accountable by the US government for this spill has been. The upcoming meeting between Obama and BP executives seems to have them […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Environment

Responding To BP Isn’t About Politics

June 4th, 2010 · Comments Off on Responding To BP Isn’t About Politics

On TPM, Theda Skocpol is given space to respond to Robert Reich’s case for President Obama putting BP America in receivership so the company would be forced “to use all its available resources and submit itself to full federal oversight and control.” Skocpol’s response is purely taken from a political standpoint: When a huge private […]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Environment

Deficit Hawks Should Be Honest

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on Deficit Hawks Should Be Honest

Of course it isn’t shocking that the deficit hawks that want to cut Social Security don’t give two wits about the damage the BP oil spill causes to future generations and the costs that today’s actions are incurring for them. Sarcastic cynicism aside, Dean Baker is right when he writes, “[deficit hawks] just want to […]

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Tags: Economy · Environment

Critical Perspective?

May 27th, 2010 · Comments Off on Critical Perspective?

It’s great that an anonymous oil industry insider writes to TalkingPointsMemo to say he thinks BP is doing a swell job, but should the rest of us care? Yes, having someone who understands it beyond reporters for the Times or CNN provide perspective is useful. But we are at a point where industry experts have […]

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Tags: Environment