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Individual Blame Won’t Address Environmental Problems

Sam Chapman

April 25, 2013


Filed under OPINION

I find it hard to recall the moment I first became an environmentalist. It's not as defined as the instant I became a writer (after reading "The Amber Spyglass" at the age of 11) or an environmental humanities major (about the fifth week of organic chem lab). What I do remember is that when my tender...

Environmentalists Are Not All Well-Off

Sam Chapman

April 4, 2013


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The image conjured by the word "environmentalist"––a vague and overlong term I still hate––is similar to the vision of the typical Whittie: a semi-outdoorsy, dirty-blonde post-hippie who jogs in sandals, feels very deeply about only the trendiest of issues, and is, in all likelihood, financially...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Address Leaves Obama Beholden to Environmentalists

Sam Chapman

January 31, 2013


Filed under OPINION

I skipped the broadcast of President Obama's second inaugural address in favor of reading it afterwards, so that I could better analyze its content without being distracted by the speechcraft. As an environmentalist, my response is optimistic––though it took some thinking to arrive at that optimism....

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

Sam Chapman

January 24, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

In 1970, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans––10 percent of the entire population––to a nationwide protest. This was the tail end of the Vietnam Era, when young people were justifiably outraged at a system that had failed them and their planet. Sensing a threat to their interests,...

Carbon Tax Needed to Put Dent in Pollution

Carbon Tax Needed to Put Dent in Pollution

Sam Chapman

November 29, 2012


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

Words cannot describe what a great time I had on Election Day, watching liberal progressives beat Team Rape and the Adelson Gang in state after state. However, the election's over, and it's time to head back to reality. Now that Washington has held onto its progressive government, we the people n...

Proportional Distribution Needed to Fix Electoral College

Sam Chapman

November 8, 2012


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

If you claim you haven't had the following conversation in the past month, you're lying: You're with your friends, and the subject turns to politics. Somebody is almost certainly from California, Montana or some other solidly red or blue state. They'll mention who they plan to vote for, then write off...

Green Party vote not wasted

Green Party vote not wasted

Sam Chapman

October 25, 2012


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

I dream of an election in which the Green, Libertarian, Constitution and Justice parties are all polling around 17 percent beside the Democrat and Republican, who are doing about as well. Instead, this election is another iteration of the usual two-party nightmare. I'm not writing to complain a...

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