Lost driver: “Can you tell me how to get to Union Grove?” Roadside farmer:”No. But if I was you, I wouldn’t start from here.”
Most of us have trouble seeing from here down the road to the uncertain. If we ponder, as this blog does, what life would be like if we have a lot less water, air-conditioning, meat, or municipal services, it’s not easy to imagine. How would limited transportation, lower home values, more community conflict, and food scarcities feel? We can’t quite picture it.
I spend hours researching dangers like these and the possible tactics for dodging them. [...]
The Congress needs to act on climate change – we should push our legislators towards a positive thinking in this matter. [...]
The premise that taxing the rich will hurt job growth is false, and it’s killing our ability to balance the federal budget. [...]
There are money pits America needs to fill. There are money piles we might use.
America needs to pay these obligations – or duck them.
$14,350,000,000,000 Our national debt, most will agree, is too big for our national income to support. Slowing or stopping its growth means significantly cutting the federal deficit, currently $1.65 trillion per year.
$2,000,000,000,000 Estimated infrastructure repair needs (e.g. roads, bridges, transportation networks and water systems) in the US.
$36,000,000,000,000 Estimated present value of unfunded obligations under the Medicare program.
$5,400,000,000,000 Estimated present value of unfunded obligations under Social Security.
$1,260,000,000,000 Retirement and healthcare benefits promised [...]
For many who are expecting to be Raptured, global warming seems like part of God’s will. They won’t try to prevent or even mitigate it. [...]
Scientists see evidence that human reason is weak when applied to finding the truth, but strong when used to defend a viewpoint, regardless of its truth. [...]
Is this the first step toward government effort to reduce the nation’s dependence on gasoline? Even if it’s not, it’s a warning we need to reduce the family’s use. [...]
Most of us don’t realize how shaky most predictions are – and how useful they can still be. [...]
Global warming believers and skeptics have different emotional approaches. Why? [...]
Population growth has been pulling the rug from under per-capital improvements. Maybe that is about to stop. [...]
Is a giant international insurance company an objective arbiter of climate change information? [...]
Some states are making it more likely than others that their residents will enjoy renewable energy. [...]
While not fine-tuned to your family’s plans and concerns, city sustainability rankings are a good place to start to find and evaluate places you might choose to live. [...]
If the President’s bipartisan commission can’t agree on recommendations, what chance does Congress have to prevent our kids from drowning in debt? [...]
Will our DC decision-makers protect us from the dangers economists predict from the next ten years’ budget deficits: rising interest rates, expensive imports, reduced services, higher taxes, and more? [...]
A strong voice against sea-level rise is now in the leadership of the US House of Representatives. I can’t believe I missed his reassuring pronouncement last spring. [...]
Those benefits touted by the science and engineering community – if it isn’t an outright hoax, at least they are grabbing for government grants [...]
“This has the potential of turning town halls into green power stations, saving huge amounts of money.” [...]
In the medium term, German planners say, every market-oriented national economy would collapse. [...]
After acknowledging a responsibility for picking up litter, only 2% picked up some that had been planted by the researcher. [...]