Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a journalist based in New York.

Recent Articles

Slowing Down to Save Money and Oil

In the annals of "things that would never happen in America," Spain has decided to temporarily knock 10 km/h (8 mph) off speed limits on certain roads in order to decrease the country's energy use. This action has kicked up some opposition, as the BBC reports:

The main opposition Popular Party has labelled the idea as "absurd" and "improvised", recalling that the last time Spain reduced the speed limit in such a way, dictator Gen Franco was in power.

"This measure is restricting the freedom of people who are not harming others," agrees [economist] Ismael Sanz, who believes the best way to reduce a driver's fuel consumption is to put the price up.

Subsidizing O'Keefe's Pranks and Koch's Yacht

For James O'Keefe, "defunding NPR is obvious." He hasn't expanded on his reasoning, but the Republican line on NPR funding, in general, is that our deficit-ridden nature can't afford these kind of luxuries.

What we can afford, apparently, is to subsidize O'Keefe's work. He's applied for a 501(c)3 designation for his organization, Project Veritas, which would make all contributions to the group tax-deductible.

LA Could Be the Next Great Cycling City

Los Angeles doesn't have a reputation as a great biking city, even though, unlike Portland, Minneapolis, or San Francisco, it's warm year round and generally pretty flat. But (transpo geek alert!) if you look at this fantastic reference guide that the National Association of City Transportation Officials put out this morning, as part of its new Urban Bikeway Design guide, you'll see that LA's Bicycle Master Plan handbook covers more ground than New York's or San Francisco's. And Long Beach, which is part of the greater LA metro area, is working to become "the most bicycle friendly urban city in the nation."

Losing Vivian Schiller

What most people heard about Vivian Schiller's tenure at NPR was that she let Ellen Weiss fire Juan Williams and, now, that her head of fundraising doesn't feel too warmly toward the Tea Party. But Schiller's most important and less-juicy contribution as the organization's leader was to transform NPR's clunky digital presence into a more vibrant Web destination.

Belief v. Science on Climate Change

Climate change–denying Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are taking this morning's hearing on climate science as an opportunity to compare themselves to Copernicus and Galileo. Like these visionaries of the past, Republicans and who don't believe in climate change and their few allies in the scientific community are, apparently, brave geniuses using their vast intellects and scientific training to speak truth to power. Or, as Rep. Morgan Griffith of Virginia put it, "Just because you might be in the minority doesn't always mean you're wrong."