Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern is the summer 2008 Prospect web intern.

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The Flex Fuel Solution

TAP talks to energy security advocate Gal Luft about the economics of alternative fuels and why natural gas isn't the solution to our energy problems.

This article has been corrected.

Drive smaller cars. Drill more. Many such solutions have been proposed to wean the United States off of our dependence on foreign oil, but -- at least according to Dr. Gal Luft, the executive director of The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security -- flex-fuel vehicles are the only plan of action that will yield lasting results. According to Luft, the U.S. government needs to mandate the manufacture of cars that will run on not only a combination of gas and ethanol but also other alternative fuels such as methanol and butanol.

TAKING AWAY A RIGHT IS TAKING AWAY A RIGHT.

Supporters of California's Proposition 8, the amendment to ban gay marriage, have said they will file suit to challenge the Attorney General, former Governor, and possible 2010 gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown's recent change in the measure's language. It now states that it would "eliminate the right of same sex couples to marry," rather than the opponents' preferred wording that it would "provide that" marriage is only between a man and a woman.

THE CASE FOR ALASKA

Barack Obama may be campaigning in notoriously red Alaska at the end of this summer. Even if he can win there, why does he care about a measly three electoral votes?

BARACK OBAMA SUPPORTS WORKING MOTHERS.

Barack Obama spoke in support of working mothers -- including his own mother and his wife Michelle Obama -- in a speech that he gave today in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Women, said Obama, should have the same opportunities as men, and not have them be stymied by motherhood.

"TOO GOOD A JOB OF EMBRACING TEEN MOTHERS."

Editors' Note: Rachel Stern is a summer 2008 Prospect editorial intern.

About eight high school girls in one blue-collar Massachusetts town
have made--and kept--a pact to become pregnant together, according
to this piece in Time. Author Kathleen Kingsbury
assembles some viable explanations to this startling statistic: lack
of contraception, low self-esteem and even the supposed glam
surrounding fictionalized pregnant teens, i.e. Juno. But the
following? Really?