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Citigroup to Planet: A Low-Carbon Economy Is Worth the Cost

August 20, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change, Additional Focus, Climate Change

In a new report out this week, Citigroup breaks down the cost of taking action on climate change—or the lack thereof. TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya discusses key findings from the report.

Tags: renewable energy, global warming, energy, coal, climate change, clean energy, citigroup

Bernie Sanders Is Enjoying a Lift But Only a Fool Would Bet against Hillary Clinton

August 16, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Since entering into the spotlight surrounding the 2016 presidential race, Vermont Democratic senator Bernie Sanders has been drawing big crowds at his public appearances. Despite his popularity on the Left, however, TCF fellow Michael Cohen says that Sanders has little chance of securing the Democratic nomination.

In the end, there is, with only a few exceptions, a striking sense of unanimity among Democrats on a host of policy issues. And, in the face of growing Republican extremism, any differences that do exist are likely to be papered over in pursuit of the far larger – and important – liberal goal of keeping the White House in Democratic hands. Bernie Sanders may challenge Clinton on the campaign trail but, paradoxically, he’s more likely than not going to help her make it to the White House.

Read more from Cohen on Sanders's run at the Guardian.

Tags: presidential race, hillary clinton, democratic party, bernie sanders

How New York Could Convene Another Grand Jury Investigation Into Eric Garner’s Death

August 14, 2015 BY: Mark Zuckerman TOPICS: Additional Focus

In the months since a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer responsible for Eric Garner's death, there has been virtually no exploration of alternative means of achieving justice for the Garner family. TCF president Mark Zuckerman recently drew attention to the fact that a little-discussed clause may allow for a second grand jury to be convened in the Garner case.

But in the year since Garner's death, there has been another, curiously unexplored alternative to get justice: pressure local officials to simply convene another grand jury. In other words, if the case really was mishandled -- as so many protesters, politicians and pundits have suggested -- there can be a do-over.

"Far too little attention has been focused on another option: the discretion the current law gives to Staten Island’s court and district attorney’s office to order a new grand jury in the Garner case," Mark Zuckerman, president of The Century Foundation, wrote Thursday in an editorial on the prominent think tank's website.

Find out more at the Huffington Post.

Tags: police reform, police

Staten Island Justice Officials Should Consider Sending Garner Case to a New Grand Jury

August 13, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Mark Zuckerman TOPICS: Additional Focus, Rule of Law

TCF president Mark Zuckerman calls on local justice officials to consider ordering a new grand jury in the Eric Garner case.


Critics Pounce on Australia’s New Climate Plan as Misleading, Unambitious

On Tuesday, Australia released its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Many, including TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya, have called the plan unambitious, offering targets far below the kind of measures needed to make meaningful progress on combatting global climate change.

"Sadly the Abbott government seems wedded to an economic model that sees Australia as the world's mine," Neil Bhatiya, a policy associate at the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank, told Mashable in an email.

"The Abbott government has argued as recently as last week that Australian coal is key to reducing energy poverty in places like India. It is thus reluctant to add significant momentum to a process that threatens its competitive advantage."

Find out more about what Bhatiya and other critics are saying about Australia's climate plan at Mashable.

Tags: climate policy, climate change, australia

We’re Just Living in Donald Trump’s World

August 7, 2015 BY: Michael Cohen TOPICS: Additional Focus

Donald Trump has been at the center of much of the media coverage of the race to secure the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Following the first Republican 2016 presidential debate, TCF fellow Michael Cohen discussed how Trump, with his over-the-top behavior, dominated the night.

Even if Trump’s numbers don’t show a big post-debate boost, Thursday night proved that he remains a force to be reckoned with. His very presence turns Republican debates into “Trump and the nine other guys.”

Read more on Cohen's take on Trump in the Boston Globe.

Tags: republican party, presidential race, donald trump


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