FROM Ben Lieberman
Obama Drills for Consensus on Energy Consensus The President says his offshore oil-and-gas proposal will "break out of the broken policies of the past." But he's set off a familiar debate over energy needs and environmental protection. Will it lead to another stalemate or a breakthrough on global warming — in an election year?
Obama Drills for Consensus on Energy Nobody really knows how much oil and gas lie under the vast areas of the oceans that President Obama wants to open for exploration. But environmentalists are "appalled" by the danger of spills on pristine coastlines, and drilling advocates say too many areas are still being left off limits. The big question is whether the strategy of giving a bit to both sides will provide enough votes for a comprehensive policy on energy needs and climate change. With little time left until the mid-term elections, we hear about the green economy, national security and the goal of "energy independence."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?