Andy Brett

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …