Trump’s Economic Gamble

Donald Trump invariably presents his agenda as prioritizing the American economy over abstract ideals like global cooperation. But that’s not accurate. With decisions like last week’s blustery withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Trump’s agenda prioritizes some segments of America’s economy over others. He’s attempting to restore the primacy of […] Read more »

Why is climate change such a hard sell in the US?

People gather outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 1, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change accord. AP Photo/Susan Walsh Firmin DeBrabander, Maryland Institute College of Art President Donald Trump on June 1 took the dramatic […] Read more »

Most Americans support government regulation to fight climate change. Including in Pittsburgh.

… We took advantage of a survey called the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES), which has an extraordinarily large sample of about 40,000-50,000 Americans. In 2016, the CCES was fielded just before the election and asked this question: “Do you support or oppose the Environmental Protection Agency regulating carbon dioxide […] Read more »

Democrats see political opportunity in Trump’s decision to abandon Paris climate deal

President Trump’s triumphant Rose Garden ceremony announcing his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement sent a message loud and clear to his supporters: Promise kept. But the move also served as a clarion call to angry Democrats, potentially complicating the political path for Republicans facing tough midterm challenges and, ultimately, […] Read more »

Why are Republicans getting so little done? Because their agenda is deeply unpopular.

Every new president tries to claim a mandate for his agenda, that because he won the election that means the public supports everything he wants to do. But ask yourself this: Is there anything — anything — on the agenda of the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress that […] Read more »