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How to Have Faith in Possibility

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a Trojan princess who was given a great gift by the god Apollo: the ability to see into the future. But when Cassandra refused his advances, he added a curse. He made it so no…

Biden Concedes Defeat on Climate Bill as Manchin and Inflation Upend Agenda

WASHINGTON — President Biden bowed to political reality on Friday, conceding that he had been unable to persuade a holdout coal-state Democrat, or any Republicans in the Senate, to back legislation that had been his greatest hope to confront the…

The Supreme Court Dealt a Terrible Blow to Children’s Health

Adverse experiences in childhood, such as disasters and displacement, don’t just raise the short-term risk of mental health issues; they also confer a vulnerability to anxiety, depression and mood disorders in adulthood. And worries about climate change are causing problems…

How Can We Still Be Talking About Trump?

There’s still a big question of the overall wisdom of a prosecution, however well-justified. If, God forbid, Trump runs and wins in 2024, the first thing he’ll do is find any pretext to prosecute Joe Biden, and then it’s off…

Spurred by the Supreme Court, a Nation Divides Along a Red-Blue Axis

As the political divide between the states becomes more pronounced, what political scientists call “sorting” may accelerate. The conservative Illinois billionaire Kenneth Griffin announced last week that he had moved to Miami from Chicago, and would take Citadel, his hedge…

The E.P.A. Ruling Goes Beyond Coal Regulation

On Thursday, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, with its 6-3 ruling in the case of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, curtailed the power of the agency to protect the environment, and specifically to require the reductions in emissions that…

With Climate Agenda Stalled at Home, Biden Still Hopes to Lead Abroad

On his first day in office, President Biden recommitted the United States to the Paris climate agreement, noting in his inaugural address that “a cry for survival comes from the planet itself. A cry that can’t be any more desperate…

The Court vs. the Climate

The Supreme Court has made it harder for the country to fight the ravages of climate change. In a 6-to-3 decision yesterday, the court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to prevent power plants from releasing climate-warming pollution. The court…

The Supreme Court’s E.P.A. Decision Is More Gloom Than Doom

On climate, as recently as several years ago, advocates had hopes of seeing a much different case reach the court and radically reshape the climate priorities of the country. In Juliana v. United States, often called “Kids v. Climate,” a…

Supreme Court Limits E.P.A.’s Ability to Restrict Power Plant Emissions

In dissent, Justice Kagan wrote that the statute at issue in the case had given the agency ample authority. “The Clean Air Act was major legislation, designed to deal with a major public policy issue,” she wrote, adding: “Congress knows…

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