• Modesty

    Gristniks hit the pages of the Globe

    It looks like modesty has prevailed in the Grist offices again, as there hasn’t been a peep about the op-ed in today’s Boston Globe, entitled “A fit of (oil) peak,” co-authored by Dave Roberts and Chip Giller. It’s also the …

  • Recreation vs. preservation

    New National Park Service guidelines proposed

    Dueling stories in the NY Times and LA Times today on a document that would loosen restrictions on what qualifies as recreation and is allowed in national parks. The changes, which would allow snowmobiles, cell phone towers, and low-flying tour …

  • Access is free

    Oiloholics

    The Economist has on its cover this week a not-so-flattering caricature of Uncle Sam and a dragon, both sipping down oil like there’s no tomorrow. The article is “The Oiloholics.” Why do I mention this now? Usually you have to …

  • I'll take "things that get libertarians really mad" for $400, Alex

    What are ‘price caps’

    Hawaii has responded to soaring gas prices by capping wholesale prices at $2.74/gallon including taxes, starting September 1st. This would put the retail cap at about $2.86, slightly higher than the state-wide average but significantly lower than prices in Maui, …

  • Can you hear me now?

    Africa goes cellular

    One in eleven Africans is now … a mobile phone subscriber.Africa has an average of just one land line for every 33 people, but cellphones are enabling millions of people to skip a technological generation and bound straight from letter-writing …

  • Going it alone

    Vashon Island goes energy independent

    From the Seattle PI: Vashon Island, located just south of Seattle, has plans to do what every environmentalist and geo-green wants to see America do: become more energy independent. But Vashon Island is shooting for 100%. The proposal, which is …

  • We have a taker

    Tierney puts up $5,000

    “I know next to nothing about oil production [in Saudi Arabia] or anywhere else.” But John Tierney is still willing to put up $5,000 to say that the price of oil will stay low. He’s found a taker in Matt …

  • Not so fast

    The pendulum swings back on ecosystem services

    In a developing field like ecosystem services, there’s bound to be a lot of competing paradigms out there, some of which may even argue that the entire field isn’t all it’s made out to be. A four-year long study [PDF] …

  • Some light sweet crude reading

    The NY Times does peak oil

    Peak oil made what might be described as its MSM debut today, and in dramatic fashion, as the cover story in the New York Times Magazine. Weighing in at just about 9,000 words, the article by Peter Maass qualifies as …