By William S. Becker

New technologies are alluring. We are a tool-making species that celebrates and rewards innovation. New technologies give us more convenience, pleasure, leisure, and efficiency. They allow us to do things and go places we could not imagine a few generations ago.

So, it’s understandable that we…


We can’t wait for politically convenient fixes to deal with climate change.

Despite the complexities of global warming, and there are many, we can describe the principle behind our necessary response in two words:

Everything counts.

The planet counts every molecule of carbon dioxide (CO2) and the other greenhouse gases…


The prevailing definition of “patriot” has changed profoundly since I joined the Army at age 19 and soldiered in the Vietnam war. In those days more than 50 years ago, a patriot was someone who recognized his or her duty to help the United States and its democracy be all…


There are 6,653 words in America’s most important founding documents: the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. The words “children”, “future”, and “generations” are not among them. That the supreme law of the land protects the welfare of unborn generations is only implied, and only once. …


States that have introduced bills this year to restrict voter access. As of Feb. 3, 2020, at least 35 bills restricting access were introduced in 15 states, most requiring stricter photo identification or absentee voting requirements. For a more complete description, go to https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-laws-roundup-2020

By William S. Becker

As we approach the 100-day mark until the presidential election, there is a lot of talk about voter suppression. …


July 14, 2020|Climate change, COVID-19, Election 2020, Trump

New Coronavirus cases reported daily since the beginning of the outbreak, current to July 13. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

By William S. Becker

We Americans will use any excuse to yell at each other these days. The flare up du jour is about the required use of face masks, a simple inconvenience while a highly communicable and deadly virus stalks the…


By William S. Becker

Joe Biden has just released an updated clean-energy platform, inspired in part by his desire to attract Sanders’ voters with stronger plans for leading a “clean energy revolution”. …

Bill Becker

Bill Becker is an author, journalist and lecturer on environmental issues. He is based in Golden, Colorado.

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