A coal-fired power plant in West Virginia. (Creative Commons)

New EPA rule will be boon for RI renewable energy sector

Rhode Island’s renewable energy industry is sure to benefit from the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, said Abel Collins, program director of the Rhode Island chapter of the Sierra Club. “The new EPA Carbon Rules are great news for Rhode Islanders, because the coal burning fire plants in the Midwest that have been poisoning our [...]

Spending money is not free speech, we need to take it to the streets

Spending money is not free speech, we need to take it to the streets

In the recent Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. FEC, the right wing Bush appointed Supreme Court Justices tipped the scales and ruled essentially that spending money is free speech. When Abel Collins interviewed famed linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky, Noam asked rhetorically asked why not just admit that we have given up on democracy and [...]

Mass, Conn have already acted; is RI finally ready to tackle climate change?

Mass, Conn have already acted; is RI finally ready to tackle climate change?

The newest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released today, and it isn’t pretty. The Guardian summarized it well, saying “The report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off [...]

The deck at the Ocean Mist just keeps getting closer and closer to the water. (photo by Bob Plain)

Sheldon, Abel talk climate change at O’ Mist

No one in Washington DC has been more vocal about the need to address climate change than Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. And here in Rhode Island, no one has been more vocal than Sierra Club director and former congressional candidate Abel Collins. On Friday, at 2pm, these two leading climate activists will be together at the [...]

Poem: ‘Meditation On The Economy’

Poem: ‘Meditation On The Economy’

John Kenneth Galbraith, were he here and breathing, would probably be biting his nails with worry. This week we learned that the economy contracted for the first time since 2009. In words reminiscent of what was said in the midst of the Great Depression, economic commentators have said it’s just a one off event in [...]

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Progress Report: Why Public TV Matters; Public Cars for Legislators; Woonsocket School Committee; Climate Change

Remember way back in the days when we feared Mitt Romney might become president and, if he did, he would cut public funding to PBS? Well Rhode Island already beat Romney to this nightmare scenario for liberals … WSBE Ch.36 is being transitioned off the state payroll beginning this month, reports Bill Rappleye of WJAR, [...]

Debate Confirms: Collins Best Congress Candidate

Debate Confirms: Collins Best Congress Candidate

Following Abel Collins’ televised debate last Friday, where he clearly bested both Rep. James Langevin and GOP challenger Michael Riley, it’s more apparent than ever that Collins is the best candidate for progressives—perhaps the only candidate—in the 2nd Congressional District. He’s a genuine peace and environmental advocate who’s determined to get big money out of congressional [...]

Vote For an Independent, Spoilers Are a Myth

Vote For an Independent, Spoilers Are a Myth

“It’s hard to spoil something that is already spoiled” Abel Collins uttered these words on a recent edition of RIPR’s Political Roundtable, and they ring truer today than at any other time in our history. The “spoiler” argument by the lever-voting Democrats in Rhode Island is patently false, and this is an attempt to disabuse [...]

Progress Report, Halloween/Post-Sandy Edition: Cicilline, Doherty Neck and Neck; Pols Without Power, Ocean Mist

Progress Report, Halloween/Post-Sandy Edition: Cicilline, Doherty Neck and Neck; Pols Without Power, Ocean Mist

It seems in David Cicilline’s struggle to retain his seat in Congress  that it will all come down to the so-called ‘get out the vote’ efforts, or the boots on the ground in the final few days of the campaign, according to a new WPRI poll that shows Cicilline with a 1 point lead over [...]

Abel Collins for Congress

Abel Collins for Congress

For progressives living in the Second Congressional District, there’s no tougher choice on this year’s ballot than deciding whom to vote for in the race between Jim Langevin and Abel Collins. Both are sufficiently liberal to warrant your support, but they represent opposite extremes of the left side of the of the state’s political spectrum, [...]

Happy Food Day, RI

Happy Food Day, RI

If there was any relationship between what really matters in life and what stuff costs, farming would be far be the most lucrative industry to be in. But of course no such relationship exists between how much we need a commodity and how much we’re willing to pay for it. Farmers, by extension, end up [...]

Progress Report: Whitehouse Stands with Middle Class; Romney Plan Would Hurt RI; SNL on Undecided Voters

Progress Report: Whitehouse Stands with Middle Class; Romney Plan Would Hurt RI; SNL on Undecided Voters

While Senator Sheldon Whitehouse stood with the middle class, saying social security and Medicare must be preserved, Barry Hinckley stood with, well, Grover Norquist, saying he wouldn’t consider any tweaks to our tax code until the whole thing gets revamped. The two candidates for Senate had no shortage of differences in their first debate last [...]

President Obama makes his case for re-election at DNC. (Photo by John McDaid)

Progress Report: Horses and Bayonets for the Win; Profiles in Candidacy; Alexion Gets Tax Break, Amount Unknown

Good news, Democrats … Obama easily won the rubber match debate last night. And as a bonus, the president’s foreign policy poise coupled with Romney’s obvious lack of similar acumen will likely become a talking point for liberals and conservatives alike during the final 14 days. “Obama succeeded because he conveyed his unique view of [...]

Collins’ Own Email Poll Shows Different Results

Collins’ Own Email Poll Shows Different Results

Either independent congressional candidate Abel Collins is doing better than previous polls predicted, or how well he is doing is in the eye – or methodology – of the pollster asking the question. The Collins campaign would have you believe the former. It released an email-based poll conducted by CCRI political science professor Eric Siegel [...]

Abel Collins Responds to WPRI Debate Questions

Abel Collins Responds to WPRI Debate Questions

At long last, the Abel Collins campaign sent me the YouTube code for his response to the questions posed WPRI posed to the other two CD2 candidates in the Tuesday night debate that he was excluded from. It’s only 20 minutes long, and if you’re a voter in the Second Congressional District or a fan [...]

Brown Poll: Good News For Progressive Candidates

Brown Poll: Good News For Progressive Candidates

There’s a lot of good news for progressive candidates for Congress in Brown’s new poll that came out today. The biggest is probably that Abel Collins, an independent running for the second congressional district, garnered high enough support to be included in WJAR’s debate. Collins campaign manager Dave Fisher said he “absolutely” thought his candidate [...]

Collins Didn’t Debate But Showed Voters His Style

Collins Didn’t Debate But Showed Voters His Style

Abel Collins would have been a great addition to WPRI’s CD2 debate last night, but how he handled his exclusion also gives voters a good glimpse as to how he might govern. He organized a fantastic grassroots effort to petition the station to change its mind and include him on the stage. He also came [...]

Collins to Participate in Debate, Via RI Future

Collins to Participate in Debate, Via RI Future

Congressional candidate Abel Collins will be participating in the CD2 debate tonight. Well, sort of. The Collins campaign will either livestream their candidates responses to the debate questions immediately after WPRI’s portion ends at 8 p.m. or it will release a You Tube video of their responses to the questions later that evening. Either way, [...]

WJAR: Collins Can Debate Depending on Poll Results

WJAR: Collins Can Debate Depending on Poll Results

Depending on the results of a new Brown University poll expected next week, WJAR News Director says it’s likely congressional candidate Abel Collins will be invited to debate the other two candidates for the the second congressional district seat. “I suspect he will pass our criteria and be invited to our debate,” said WJAR Channel [...]

Langevin: Collins Should be Allowed in TV Debates

Langevin: Collins Should be Allowed in TV Debates

In contrast to WPRI, Congressman Jim Langevin thinks his campaign competitor Abel Collins should be allowed to participate in the televised debates, he told me in an interview today. “All three of us should be debating,” Langevin said. “The voters on election day are going to be confronted with three options. If they aren’t hearing [...]