Sarah Laskow

Sarah Laskow is a journalist based in New York.

Recent Articles

How Long Will Salazar Stay at Interior?

On Friday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar [introduced]( the Obama administration's much-reduced plan for conservation of public land. Late last year, the administration [was arguing]( the the government should consider conservation—leaving land wild, even for a little while—as a possible use of public land.

What Action on Climate Change Would Romney Support?

Conor Friedersdorf argues this morning at The Atlantic that the right and its talk radio hosts are not doing conservatives any favors by pushing the conversation on climate in a way that will allow only conservative candidates who disavow climate change to get the nomination. (Rick Santorum argues a leftist conspiracy is using a happenstance trend in weather patterns to push government regulation.) Instead, Friedersdorf proposes that Republicans look for a message that would marshal "the biggest anti-carbon-tax, anti-cap-and-trade-alliance," and, at the very least, push Mitt Romney to disavow any interest in a carbon tax.

Harry Reid's Power Plays

Sometimes, it's good to be Harry Reid. You get to announce that the Department of Energy is loaning your state $350 million to create a geothermal power plant, which draws energy from water heated deep in the earth. It also creates jobs! (OK, not too many jobs, but 330 temporary construction jobs and more than 60 permanent jobs.)

Also, your former staffer now chairs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and can help derail that pesky and unpopular Yucca Mountain project.

Crashing a Bike into Trucks, Laws, and Public Perception

Casey Neistat got a $50 ticket for riding outside of a bike lane in New York and made an amazing video in which he demonstrates why, exactly, a cyclists might venture outside of the lines. (Skip ahead to 1'10" or so to see him crashing into stuff.)

Neistat got his ticket around the time the city was cracking down on cyclists for traffic infractions. The police officers giving the tickets were often ignorant of the rules; biking outside of a bike land is allowed, as long as it's for safety reasons.

What the Clean Air Act Has in Common With Preventative Medicine

The Clean Air Act, which has been taking a beating lately, falls under the EPA's jurisdiction, but in some ways, it's really a law about public health. Its goal is not to keep the air clean solely for the sake of atmospheric purity: polluted air exacerbates conditions like bronchitis, asthma, and heart disease. One of the law's earliest iterations, in 1963, established an air pollution program under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Public Health Service.