Stories by David Morris

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Posted on: Dec 2, 2007, Source: AlterNet

The new book <i>Breakthrough</i> believes we need hope to counteract environmentalists' dreary pessimism. But is this new "politics of hope" actually hopeful?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Those who say eating local is not always the best choice for the planet are forgetting one very important part of the equation: community.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In the last few years, the environmental community has begun attacking corn-derived ethanol. Although imperfect, there are reasons to give ethanol a fair trial.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2007, Source: AlterNet

These days, everyone thinks that carbon trading is the solution to our climate crisis -- from Congress members to Al Gore to the folks organizing the Oscars. Here's why they are wrong and what we can do instead.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Why do we skew tax breaks to favor richer people and more profitable businesses? There is a way to avoid incentive inequity.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2007, Source: AlterNet

George Monbiot's new book <i>Heat</i> picks up where Al Gore left off on global warming, offering real solutions without sugar-coating the large personal sacrifices they will require.

Posted on: Jan 4, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In his new book <i>Capitalism 3.0</i>, Peter Barnes writes that the costs of our current capitalist system are clear: inequality, stressful lives and a dwindling financial safety net. But how do we revise such a complex system?

Posted on: Oct 25, 2006, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to standing up to Bush and other conservative bullies, Ah-nold is a girly-man.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Four years ago this month, one of our biggest political assets was taken from us. Today, more than ever, American politics suffers from his absence.

Posted on: Jun 28, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The prohibition against using the flag for advertising purposes, as every American will discover on July 4, is universally ignored. It's time to enforce the Flag Code.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The future is here -- and it's a plug-in, flexible-fuel hybrid car that would transform the way we live and drive today.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to NAFTA's success, the flood of illegal immigration is up and the standard of living of the average Mexican is down.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2006, Source: AlterNet

As the violence over the cartoons expands, we are no closer to defining the boundaries of free speech in an age of growing religious fundamentalism.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Eight months ago, the Dems agreed to filibuster future Supreme Court nominees only in 'extraordinary circumstances' -- like right now.

Posted on: Dec 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

From sperm to zygote to fetus to baby, isn't it time we brought some precision to the language of the reproductive rights debate?

Posted on: Nov 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In Paine's version of 'intelligent design,' science and religion are inextricably linked; in the Kansas school board's definition, they are adversaries.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If ever there was a time for government to step in and restrain unbridled corporate greed for the social good, this is it.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

There's a stark difference in the way the U.S. confronted an oil crisis when Democrats were in control, compared to the way it has now that Republicans dominate.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In the last quarter-century, the rate of bankruptcy among air carriers has been as much as 10 times higher than that of the general business community.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If Americans knew precisely how the two parties vote on ideological bills like CAFTA and gun control, they could reshape politics. Too bad the parties -- much less the media -- won't tell them.