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Steven Pearlstein: 'Death of Journalism is Overstated'

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 27, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and George Mason University professor Steven Pearlstein sounded an optimistic tone about the future of journalism at a time when the profession is going through a massive upheaval and many are concerned about the current state of the media.

The remarks were made during a panel discussion last Tuesday afternoon at the GMU campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Pearlstein was joined on the panel by former National Public Radio and current Fox News Channel political analyst Juan Williams; and NBC Washington weekend anchor Angie Goff. The panel was... (more)

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Occupy DC Turns into Tent City

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 20, 2011

This past summer I saw tent city protests all over Israel. These mostly young Israelis pitched tents to protest the high housing costs and lack of affordable housing in Israel. Voluntarily living in tents was a powerful symbolic demonstration. Well, the tent cities have come to our shores, at least in Washington, D.C. as part of the Occupy DC branch of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement. But these tents are for more practical purposes -- to protect the growing community of the hunkered-down demonstrators in McPherson Square from the rain and harsh elements as cool fall weather settles in... (more)

Tags: occupy wall street, occupy dc

Alliance to Save Energy Keeps Bipartisan Spirit Alive

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 4, 2011

Political partisanship and polarization are preventing progress on Capitol Hill. The latest victim might be the American Jobs Act and its National Infrastructure Bank. The real victims are the American people. That's why it is so important that organizations like the Alliance to Save Energy continue to keep the bipartisan spirit alive, because the American people deserve more responsible leadership in Washington.Alliance to Save Energy co-founders, Illinois Republican Senator Charles H. Percy, who died last month at the age of 91, and the late Minnesota Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, had a bipartisan... (more)

Tags: alliance to save energy, bipartisan, capitol hill, summit, energy efficiency

Thomas Friedman Fights for Future of America in New Book

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 4, 2011

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and foreign policy scholar Michael Mandelbaum discussed their new book, "That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back," on a cool, rainy early September night in the Nation's Capital while President Barack Obama was delivering his major address to Congress on jobs and the economy only a few Metro stops away.The event at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue was co-presented by Politics and Prose bookstore and featured Friedman and Mandelbaum summarizing each chapter followed by a brief Q&A session with... (more)

Tags: thomas friedman, michael mandelbaum, that used to be us

Panelists: America Needs to Invest More in Clean Energy

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 3, 2011

The Clean Economy Network of Greater Washington, D.C. recently hosted a panel discussion on the state of the clean energy economy with Mark Muro of the Brookings Institution and Ethan Zindler of Bloomberg New Energy Finance.Solyndra, the California solar panel manufacturer that received a $535 million Department of Energy loan guarantee and recently filed for bankruptcy, was discussed. The two experts defended the DOE Loan Guarantee Program as being vital to encouraging American innovation and competitiveness in the global clean energy market. They both agreed that if the government is going... (more)

Tags: china, solar, wind, clean energy economy, solyndra, doe, department of energy

Washington Greenskins?

By Josh Marks, published on Feb 17, 2011

Dear Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder,

We all know these are troubled times for Washington's football franchise. During your unfortunate tenure over the Redskins, you have managed to accomplish the one thing I didn't think was possible -- lose the Nation's Capital.

Yes, there is still a huge population -- mostly inner city African-Americans and rural white Virginians -- that will pack in FedEx Field win or lose. And there are even fans who will defend you over your frivolous lawsuit against the Washington City Paper. And, there are even certain citizens who will vigorously... (more)

Tags: green, racist, dallas cowboys, philadelphia eagles, washington redskins, daniel snyder, george preston marshall, fedex field, logo, name

D.C. Auto Show Gets Volt of Energy

By Josh Marks, published on Feb 15, 2011

(This story was first published on the blog Green Center. Click here for more stories.)

This wasn't your typical auto show in our Nation's Capital. Not when the major car makers are trying to out-green each other instead of out-gas-guzzle their competitors. Heck, even Cadillac was showing off a Hybrid version of the Escalade.

Of course, GM was happily showing off their new clean, green Michigan machine -- the plug-in hybrid electric Chevy Volt. And not to be left out, Ford was grinning over its all-electric Ford Focus. Downstairs Nissan was beaming over its 100 miles-to-a-charge,... (more)

Tags: ev, focus, d.c. auto show, electric vehicles, volt, leaf, prius, biofuels, biomass, tesla, alternative fuel

'Gasland' Exposes Evil of Natural Gas Drilling

By Josh Marks, published on Feb 11, 2011

I just saw the powerful Oscar-nominated film "'Gasland" by Director Josh Fox and it is the most important film of the year. What is being done in communities across the country is a crime. This is the United States of America and the oil and gas industry is running roughshod all over this great country in the name of creating jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.The consequences of this unregulated hydraulic fracturing of oil shales is nothing short of catastrophic for the victims who happen to live near one of the thousands of facilities popping up seemingly everywhere. "Gasland"... (more)

Tags: water, natural gas, chemicals, gasland, fracking, contimation

Scientists: Smart Meters Are Safe

By Josh Marks, published on Dec 23, 2010

Smart Meters are crucial to fighting climate change because they are the first step in implementing the Smart Grid, which promises to make it easier for households to become more energy efficient and also integrate clean energy sources into their residential electricity system.

That is why it is a relief that, unlike cell phones, there is no cause for concern with the radiofrequency (RF) radiation of Smart Meters. That’s because the wireless devices produce an infrequent and incredibly weak RF field, according to scientists interviewed by BrooWaha. Essentially they are computers that... (more)

Tags: global warming, obama, science, climate change, scientists, technology, smart grid, smart meter, safe, radiofrequency radiation, utilities

Beverly Hills Residents Rally to Keep Fear Alive

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 12, 2010

You would think Beverly Hills, California residents would take a measured and educated approach to the Westside Subway Extension that will be built through their city. But at a recent Metro hearing in B.H., reason gave way to fear-mongering about the "children" at Beverly Hills High School and the homeowners who would live above an underground subway if the alternative Constellation routes are chosen over the Santa Monica Boulevard route.These residents are ignorantly and selfishly putting their own needs above the greater L.A. community that desperately needs better public transit. The Constellation... (more)

Tags: beverly hills, westside subway extension, century city

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