Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic.

American aqueduct: The great California water saga

A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in California.

Shooting the well: The petroleum torpedoes of the early oil fields

Almost immediately after we started drilling wells, we started fracturing the rocks underground to increase the flow of fossil fuels.

Climate Next

Debating new strategies for curbing global warming

As the final component of the Climate Next series, our panelists sent a flurry of emails back and forth, debating the best way forward.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu posts his nuclear rationale on Facebook

Originally posted at Inventing Green. Following the Department of Energy’s announcement of a loan guarantee for a new nuclear plant, the Nobel Prize-winning head of the agency, Steven Chu, laid out his rationale for nuclear in clear and plain language. …