Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a journalist based in New York.

Recent Articles

If a Law Chops Down a Forest, Does Anyone Care?

Republicans aren't just against cap-and-trade. They're going after long-standing environmental laws, too.

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As a whole, the GOP doesn't like environmental regulation. In the past few years, though, Republicans in Washington have had little time to act on that animosity: They've spent their energy insisting that climate change does not exist, that if it does exist, it's not humanity's fault or that if it is humanity's fault, dealing with the consequences will cost too much. That was when Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and were pushing to pass legislation to address climate change. After having disarmed the cap-and-trade bill, which passed the House but failed in the Senate, and gained a majority in the House, Republicans are going even further.

Nonsensical Natural Gas Policies

In Washington, the conventional wisdom [for awhile now](http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=an_unnatural_alliance) has been that natural gas should serve as a "bridge fuel" to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower. But people who live in states from which natural gas will be extracted are less psyched about the possibility of having a new extraction industry with a questionable environmental record move in.

The New Revolving Door

Stephen Colbert will be able to set up a super PAC that receives financial support from Viacom, The Colbert Show's parent company. Campaign-finance groups fought against this decision because it opens the possibility of actual politicians employed by TV networks running campaigns with undisclosed funding from those media companies.

Rethinking Points of Departure

New York City is [planning to erect street signs](http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/nyregion/signs-to-help-pedestrians-new...) that will help pedestrians get around the city. The Department of Transportation says the signs are meant to promote walking, but that strikes me as a rather limited goal.

Getting More Health Care for Less

Matt Yglesias asked yesterday if we're ready to accept cheaper health care if it's as almost as good as the health care we're paying for now. I'm ready to raise my hand and say that yes, I would, because, in my particular case, at least, I think that cheaper health care that sacrificed quality on one front could mean I'd be getting better health care overall.

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