Gregg Easterbrook

The wonder of the universe

December 22, 2010


Tuesday morning, I rose at 2 A.M. and stood for an hour in the freezing cold to watch a total eclipse of the full moon, occurring on a solstice: a conjunction that last occurred in 1638, and won’t occur again until 2094. Standing there, I wondered if this exceptional moonglow would give me a superpower — nothing to report yet. The sense of awe I felt right away.

The good and bad of 2011

December 15, 2010

With 2011 around the corner, what big developments might be expected in the coming year? Here are a few possibilities, bad and good:

Tax cuts and giveaways won’t save the economy

December 8, 2010

“If we don’t take meaningful steps to rein in our debt, it could …  jeopardize our recovery.”

What we should be taxing: greenhouse gases

December 1, 2010


Bravely, international diplomats, United Nations officials and environmentalists are meeting in Cancun this week to demand that other people use less fossil fuel. Bravely they met in Copenhagen a year ago to make the same demand, after also bravely meeting in Bali, Montreal and similar resort locales in prior years.