A green house divided

Ethan Elkind quoted by San Francisco Magazine, April 17, 2018

Elkind poses the challenge to the Sierra Club as though it’s a parable: “What do you do when building something produces an environmental good?”

Trump would break the law bombing Bashar Assad, some scholars say

John Yoo quoted by Washington Examiner, April 12, 2018

“I think that statutory authorization comes from the [authorization for use of military force] passed after 9/11, which allows the use of force with regard to any group connected to the 9/11 attacks, which includes ISIS (which is an offshoot of al Qaida). Because ISIS is operating in Syria, the U.S. can use force in Syria,” Yoo said in an email.

Mark Zuckerberg survived Congress. Now Facebook has to survive the FTC

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by TIME, April 12, 2018

“The best the FTC can do is ‘fence in’ Facebook’s behavior to curb how misleading and surprising the company’s information sharing is,” explains Berkeley Law Professor Chris Hoofnagle. … “Facebook will survive any assault by the FTC,” he writes in an email, “because there is no substitute for consumers to go to.”

Facebook should be a nonprofit

Ann Ravel quoted by Bloomberg, April 11, 2018

Ann Ravel … said a company like Facebook could convert to nonprofit status by buying out shareholders and complying with the IRS requirements for 501(c)(3) organizations.

Amid scandals, Pruitt puts the brakes on auto regulation

Ethan Elkind interviewed by The Real News Network, April 11, 2018

“By trying to roll the standards back at the federal level definitely I think will hurt our long term competitiveness. And there’s no question that in terms of our climate change goals, transportation is the single biggest emitter in the United States. … So it’s a big setback in terms of our competitiveness here and also in terms of tackling climate change.”