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Beyonce deserved this more ...

Wow: the Heinz Award (or, hands off my mic, Kanye!)

As a journalist, I feel like I should have some clever and creative lead for this piece. But I keep coming back to the tried and true: It is such an honor to receive the Heinz Award. It's an honor to be recognized by Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation. It's an honor to follow in the footsteps of heroes and heroines of mine who've received the award in previous years. And it's an honor to accept the award on behalf of everyone involved in Grist: my talented colleagues, our generous funders, and the mentors who have helped me …

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GOP leader: the idea that CO2 is harmful to environment is “almost comical”

Here's Rep. John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House, talking to ABC's George Stephanopoulos today: "George, the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you've got more carbon dioxide." More sweet goodness below: STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask you then about energy. We showed your statement on the president's decision through the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases. Also, you've come out against the president's proposal to cap-and-trade carbon emissions. So …

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How to Green Your Friendly Neighborhood Monopoly

What should Microsoft do on climate?

Caught up today with Rob Bernard, Microsoft's smartie-pants green dude, who elaborated on CEO Steve Ballmer's TOP-SECRET memo to his 90K employees laying out the company's ambitions on energy and climate change. The memo contains juicy nuggets like: "Our goal is to reduce our carbon emissions per unit of revenue by at least 30 percent compared with 2007 levels by 2012." (Kinda hard to unpack what that means, I know.) Microsoft has been criticized by some as behind the times on green, compared to, say, a Google, but Bernard, who has been on the job about a year and a …

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Friedman uses perch at Gray Lady to push for carbon tax

Tom Friedman says cap-and-trade is in truth a form of taxation. But taxes don't suck. Why don't Dems and the adminstration just tell it like it is and push for something more straightforward: a carbon tax. Such a tax, he goes on to say, should be pitched as a way of renewing the American economy -- seeding an industry of clean energy -- and as a necessary means of protecting America's place as a top dog in the world. Will this piece make Dave puke?

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Happy Anniversary

Welcome to the new Grist!

This year marks Grist's tenth anniversary! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we've redesigned our site. (We'll also be passing out glasses for a sparkling organic-cider toast at some point, so don't run off to the powder room.) The new Grist.org is better organized and easier to navigate, featuring topic areas like politics, food, and climate. It's also way more interactive and customizable -- you can now track your favorite writers and stories, and coming soon you'll be able to start topic threads in our community section. We envision Grist as a place where people come to discuss issues, ask questions, …

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Brains of Steele

Titular head of GOP says we’re in period of global cooling

OMG. RNC Chair Michael Steele (i.e., the titular head of the GOP) says that global warming is really "global cooling." Sam Stein at HuffPost excavates Steele's thoughts on global warming from his little-noticed stint as guest host of a conservative talk radio show on March 6: We are cooling. We are not warming. The warming you see out there, the supposed warming, and I use my fingers as quotation marks, is part of the cooling process. Greenland, which is covered in ice, it was once called Greenland for a reason, right? Iceland, which is now green. Oh I love this. …

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The Architect speaks

Karl Rove says history to view Bush as ‘far-sighted leader’

Here is how The Architect describes President Bush's environmental legacy: On energy, the environment, and climate change, [Bush] is developing a new paradigm. Emphasizing technology, increased energy-efficiency partnerships, and resource diversification, his policies are improving energy security and slowing the growth of greenhouse gases without economy-breaking mandates and regulation. The president who won criticism by rejecting the failed approach of Kyoto has implemented policies that enabled the United States to grow its economy by 3.1 percent and reduce the absolute amount of CO2 emissions (by 1.3 percent).

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Motor City audacity

Obama speech indicates new day is here

Dave gives Obama's speech short shrift. I would argue that this speech -- taking it to the automakers on their home turf, apparently to some applause -- is a big-time deal. The same could be said of the speech what Dave wrote in starry-eyed fashion when the outlines of the TXU deal became public: "The 'tipping point' concept is cheap from overuse these days, but to me this is the clearest sign yet that we have entered a fundamentally new stage in the fight against global warming." Sure, the policy recommendations behind the speech may not be the boldest out …

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Bad day for organics?

E. Coli news is bad news, any way you cut it

Grim headlines for organics, as the feds are linking Natural Selection Foods (Earthbound Farm) and its prepackaged fresh organic spinach to an outbreak of E. coli in many states. If the linkage is confirmed, I bet we'll be hearing a lot from organics skeptics (including chief skeptic Dennis Avery), who'll do their darnedest to say that organic food on the whole is a scary thing (inputs like cow manure may contain contaminants and dirt is, you know, dirty!). And we'll probably be hearing too from smaller farmers, local-is-best-ers, and back-to-the-landers, who'll say, see!: organics doesn't work well on an industrial, …

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