This week: Obama outlines an aggressive plan to address climate change, Egyptians brace for a second revolution and the Supreme Court continues to erode workers’ rights.
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“‘We Need to Act’: Transcript of Obama’s Climate Change Speech.” Bloomberg News, June 25, 2013.
This week’s climate article is, in fact, a speech. President Obama outlined an aggressive plan to address climate change during a landmark address Tuesday from Georgetown University. Credit to The Weather Channel for actually carrying the speech in full, one of a disappointingly few channels to do so. In his speech, Obama seemed to crack the door for a possible Keystone XL pipeline denial later this year and told climate change skeptics that there’s “no time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the War on Terror and the Middle East.
“I Know What You Think of Me,” by Tim Kreider. The New York Times, June 16, 2013.
As I went through an intensely emotional weekend, a dear friend sent me this blog post about unconditional love. Possessing more flaws than virtues, I am lucky to be surrounded by people who love me despite my failings, or perhaps even because of them. This is an article that I will find myself repeatedly returning to, as I fumble, fall and fail through life.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” —Siddhartha Gautama
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.
“Obama Climate Plan Touts Gas Fracking As “Transition Fuel,” Doubling Down on Methane Risk,” by Steve Horn. DeSmogBlog, June 25, 2013.
Obama’s climate speech blasted “Flat Earth” climate contrarians and described “a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged.” But he also spent a large portion cheerleading for the natural gas industry. He tried to make the case for using it as a “transition fuel”—but the Climate Action Plan notes the need to “encourage the development of a global market for gas.”
— Keenan Duffey focuses on Middle East national politics.
“Across Egypt’s Cairo, districts brace for 30 June and beyond,” by Dina Ezzat. Ahram Online, June 26, 2013.