William Tucker

William Tucker is the author of Marriage and Civilization: How Monogamy Made Us HumanTerrestrial Energy: How Nuclear Power Will Lead the Green Revolution and End America’s Energy Odyssey. He is news editor for RealClearEnergy.org.

How About Suing Bill McKibben for Racketeering?

 

Bill McKibben, a writer for The New Yorker, has emerged as the leader of the popular movement to get us to give up fossil fuels. He is the founder of 350.org, which is intent on returning the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (it just passed 400). McKibben has […]

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We Need Another Gulf War Effort

 

In August 1990, Saddam Hussein led what was then the fourth largest army in the world, a battle-hardened group that had just fought the ten-year Iran-Iraq War, into Kuwait to seize its oil fields. It was a clear violation of international law and national sovereignty, but as usual, Saddam had his own list of rationalizations […]

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Memo to Republicans: Start Winning Now for November

 

The November elections could be watershed. The Republicans have a very good chance of taking the Senate, which would be a complete rejection of the Obama years and set the stage for winning back the Presidency in 2016. Then we could get back to the America we all know and love — the one that […]

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Let’s Buy That Kurdish Oil

 

There’s a situation going on down in Texas right now that deserves everyone’s attention, even though it hasn’t received much notice in the press. The Kurds are a gritty minority in the Middle East, surviving in a barren swathe of land across northern Iraq and eastern Turkey. They are Muslims but not too fanatical about […]

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Instead of Immigration, Let’s Try Colonialism

 

Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi visits shelters housing the thousands of children streaming across the border from Central America and says, “We’re all North Americans” and she’d like to take them all home with her. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont thunders that 9-year-old girls are being raped on the streets of Guatemala and that we […]

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Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage

 

In 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasn’t going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins’ “soft path,” opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and […]

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Don’t Say Goodbye to Redheads Yet

 

As everyone knows, the easiest way for a scientist to get his or her name in the paper these days is to make a prediction about global warming. Miami will be underwater, millions will die of starvation, giraffes will be roaming Nebraska — you name it, someone will print it. After all, how could President […]

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Return to Mississippi Summer, 1964

 

In 1964, at the age of 22 and just out of college, I went to Mississippi as part of the Freedom Summer effort that broke the back of Jim Crow society, setting off what I still think was probably the most radical and abrupt social transformation in American history. I was not a leader of […]

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The Good Doctor

 

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future By Ben Carson, M.D. (Sentinel, 256 pages, $25.95) Just for the record, here’s a list of the jobs that Dr. Ben Carson held before he had graduated from Yale University: Payroll office clerk at Ford Motors Bank teller (“I learned accuracy and efficiency as […]

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Can We Abide the Death Penalty Any Longer?

 

No Messing With Death by Jesse Walker The typical conservative is well informed about the careless errors routinely made by the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Service, and city hall. If he’s a policy wonk, he may have bookmarked the Office of Management and Budget’s online list of federal programs that manage to issue […]

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