Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is lead reporter for Voting Rights Watch, a partnership between and The Nation magazine. Over the past year, he covered the voter-ID law controversy, felony disenfranchisement, voter intimidation and challenges to the Voting Rights Act.

Recent Articles


Earlier, I posted a quote from the Environmental Defense Fund's Joe Rudek that stated that a carbon tax would have probably no effect on agriculture. Technically that should say no direct effect on agriculture. There is a possible indirect impact. Last week, the federal Biomass Research and Development Board released a "Biofuel Feedstocks Report" that stated farms could be impacted by a carbon tax due to a rise in fertilizer production costs.

Green Standards Aren't Just for Detroit

As Congress looks to attach environmental requirements to the automaker bailout, it should consider not just the Northern Big Three manufacturers but also the Southern Big Three: Honda, Hyundai, and Mercedes Benz.

As heads of the Big Three automotive corporations go before Congress looking for at least $15 billion in bridge loans, they come with greener promises. The automakers and members of Congress have offered greater fuel efficiency, even going so far as to pledge working toward a 45-miles-per-gallon threshold (much higher than the "35 miles per gallon by 2020" requirement called for in the energy bill).

Green or Die

TAP Online talks with the Rev. Lennox Yearwood about the cost of environmental degradation on communities of color, how to change the consumerist culture of hip-hop, and what Obama owes the hip-hop generation.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., addresses survivors of Hurricane Katrina and their supporters as they demonstrate outside the White House, Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, executive director of the Hip Hop Caucus, recently wrapped up the "Respect My Vote" campaign to get the "hip-hop vote" out for Election Day. Yearwood -- who in 2004 coined the slogan "Vote or Die" -- claims that the hip-hop vote, more than any other constituency, was responsible for getting Obama into office and that therefore, Obama has a mandate from hip-hop. Looking forward, Yearwood says his new challenge will be mobilizing the hip-hop generation for environmental-justice issues.

The hip-hop generation has suffered disproportionately from poor environmental stewardship. What does the greater environmental movement owe to the hip-hop generation? What is their mandate from hip hop?

Races to Watch: Alabama 3

Josh Segall, a 29-year-old lawyer and former campaign worker for Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold, is enjoying improbable success.

Palin's Polar Bear Problem

Sarah Palin's denial of global warming isn't the only scientific idea she has dismissed -- she has also rejected protection of endangered polar bears.

Scientists and comedians alike have derided vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin over her denial of human responsibility for global warming. Palin has repeated in interviews and debates that the "the world's weather patterns are cyclical" and that "over history there have been cooling and warming trends" that explain climate change. She also claims that polar bear populations are stable, not endangered as scientists report.