DeSmogBlog: Trailbreaker Lives: How Plans to Bring Tar Sands Crude to the East Coast are "Going in Reverse"

With efforts to pump tar sands crude south and west coming up against fierce resistance, Canada’s oil industry is making a quiet attempt at an end run to the east. The industry is growing increasingly desperate to find a coastal port to export tar sands bitumen, especially now that the highly publicized and hotly contested Keystone ...

Progressive Proselytizing: The New Hampshire model for pushing marriage equality

For most progressives, the issue of accepting gay marriage is an easy one. It is also widely recognized that at some point in the future, gay marriage probably will be accepted and that the momentum in public opinion and the nascent process of state level legalization is going to continue until it is legal nation ...

Slap Upside The Head: Battle of Service

While legislators in New Hampshire consider a bill that would make it legal for business owners in the public sector to deny services to any gay person getting married, an owner of an upscale bistro in Tennessee is doing almost the opposite—refusing service to homophobic lawmakers. (Ah, the sting of their own discrimination… Think it’ll change any minds?)

DeSmogBlog: Who’s Afraid of Kerry Emanuel? Why Republicans Are Attacking a Republican Climate Scientist

kerry emanuel.jpg Last week, MIT climate scientist and hurricane specialist Kerry Emanuel received email threats for his view on climate change. These were quickly and appropriately condemned by the progressive and environmental blogosphere—as they are condemned by me—but I want to go a bit further and contemplate why Emanuel’s views in particular appear so menacing ...

The Equivocator: Hot or Not: Liberal Biennial Convention Edition (Part 2)

Hot: Peter Milliken: Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House can still silence a room with a stern look or wry turn-of-phrase , which is even more impressed when that room is filled with 3200 Liberal delegates instead of 308 MPS. Cannabis: With 77% of the vote it looks like the policy motion put forward by ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Mitt-Sock Wins! (again)

It took all of 10 minutes after the polls closed for Willard “Mitt” Romney to be declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary election. Meanwhile, there will be four hours of “live” coverage on all the cable news networks analyzing the results and pretending there is some significance to be gleaned from the outcome.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Worst “Debate”… Ever

Good grief, what an abysmal travesty ABC News televised earlier this evening in New Hampshire. Absent any substantive discussion, the most notable “gaffe” the media was able to latch onto (something that’s now supposedly trending in the Twittersphere) was Jon Huntsman’s ill-timed barb at Mitt Romney for being a clueless idiot… delivered, unfortunately for him, ...

DeSmogBlog: As Santorum Surges, Sound Science Sags

blog_harmon_santorum-320×268.jpg This is a guest post by Bill Walker, originally published at Climate Central. There’s a new ringleader of the skeptics' circus — otherwise known as the 2012 field of Republican presidential candidates. Rick Santorum’s out-of-nowhere surge to a virtual tie for first place in the Iowa caucuses may not boost him to frontrunner status in ...

gay persons of color: New Hampshire Republican supports marriage equality, gay son

As Dustin Lance Black wrote for the voice of Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant’s 2008 film Milk, “People vote two to one for us if they know just one of us.” This seems to hint at what is happening in New Hampshire, where state Republican party Vice Chairman J.P. Marzullo has said that repealing ...

LeDaro: Rick Perry’s Speech in New Hampshire: Excerpts

It is a doozy.