Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is the political director of Climate Hawks Vote.

Energy Policy

Rep. Ralph Hall attacks his own badly designed clean energy standard

Ralph Hall.Photo: vexroboticsCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the science-denying chairman of the House science committee, says a federal clean energy standard would be an “expensive new electricity tax on the American people,” based on a study he …

Oil

Top Obama official warns of consequences of Arctic drilling

Photo: NASACross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Jane Lubchenco, a top marine ecologist and senior Obama administration official, is concerned that opening the Arctic to oil and gas development brings unknown risks to human civilization. In an exclusive interview with ThinkProgress Green, …

Business & Technology

Obama rips GOP defeatism: ‘I’m not going to surrender to other countries’

Republicans are using Solyndra as an excuse to dismiss clean energy manufacturing in the U.S. Obama doesn't give up so easily.

Coal

Economists say coal is incredibly costly

An analysis compares the "gross external damages" of six major pollutants with their value added to the economy, and coal comes out the biggest loser.

Oil

Public disservice: Pipeline hearings run by Keystone XL contractor

State Department public hearings on federal approval for the proposed Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline are being run by a contractor for TransCanada.

Solar Power

Fossil-fueled Republicans grandstand against Solyndra, solar energy

At a hearing in Congress today, GOP representatives used Solyndra's collapse to declare that government investment in clean energy is a bad idea.

Politics

Chris Christie says ‘climate change is real’ while vetoing climate action

The New Jersey governor believes that human-made climate change exists, but is blocking his state's participation in a regional climate program.

Climate Change

Rick Perry on climate change and Texas agriculture: 'We'll be fine'

It's just a bad year for the crops, the Texas governor assures farmers. What will he tell them in 2050, when his whole state could be a barren desert?

Natural Gas

Rick Perry wants to frack Iowa

At an Iowa campaign stop, Rick Perry told voters that he's not aware of any instances when fracking contaminated groundwater.