Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: The Fight Against Climate Change

February 4, 2015 8:52 PM0 comments

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave an iconic environmental address to the nation. He spoke of the need for “a new conservation,” whose object was “not just man’s welfare but the dignity of man’s spirit.” And he warned of the dangers of climate change: “This generation […]

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The President Becomes a Prophet

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A big part of the conundrum that is Washington, D.C. is the existence of two core parallel realities, and some tangential ones, that everyone has to deal with. One is in the realm of values, the other in the realm of noses – counting them, that is. On the latter […]

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Scientists & the American Public at Odds

February 3, 2015 4:29 PM4 comments

The American public and scientists rarely see eye-to-eye, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. According to the poll, scientists aren’t too concerned about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power, while those ideas spook the public. Scientists are more certain that man causes global warming, evolution is […]

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Deflate-Gate Paled By Deflation Threat

January 28, 2015 5:50 PM1 comment

With yet another American national Superbowl spectacle upon us, headlines dominating newspaper front pages, not only their sports pages, national TV and cable news and the glut of radio, online and other sports commentators are all focused on the latest distraction from things that matter going by the name of […]

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Obama: The Lame Duck is Soaring Like an Eagle

January 26, 2015 3:27 PM3 comments

Obama is back. He was supposed to be a lame duck, but instead he is soaring like a majestic eagle – unloading a barrage of bird droppings at the puny Republican Congress below. The president delivered a defiant State of the Union address. He thumbed his nose at Republican lawmakers […]

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10 Key Points about U.S. and World Oil Supply

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By Steve Andrews The ongoing 50+% decline in world oil prices over the last six months grabbed attention back to our energy landscape, especially oil’s role.  It highlights a key point about oil over the last decades, summarized by industry analyst Douglas Westwood: “there is one recurring theme—the lack of […]

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Obama Compels a Sour GOP Response

January 22, 2015 1:47 PM1 comment

President Obama in his State of the Union message said the following early in his remarks Tuesday night that summed up a lot very succinctly: “We believed that sensible regulations could prevent another crisis, shield families from ruin, and encourage fair competition. Today, we have new tools to stop taxpayer-funded […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: My 1st 2 Weeks in Congress

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 My first two weeks in the U.S. House of Representatives have been challenging, interesting, busy, and fulfilling. Every day is different, and full of surprises. I loved my eight years presiding over the Senate of Virginia, and have been amazed at how differently the U.S. House works. For example, in […]

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When the Fish Are Gone and the Planet is Fried

January 20, 2015 2:46 PM3 comments

You know that phrase “there is more than one fish in the sea?” That may apply if you are looking for love on OkCupid. But if you mean actual fish in the ocean, this may no longer be true if we don’t drastically change our reckless and wasteful habits. A […]

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The Super-Rich Push For Deflation

January 14, 2015 8:42 PM0 comments

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich, one of a handful of U.S. political figures with a high profile, including on social media, who is focused on the nation’s desperate crisis of growing income inequality, said it succinctly in a blog post last weekend following his appearance on one of the Sunday […]

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