Chip Giller

Chip Giller is founder and CEO of that crazy organization Grist.

Fearless Leader Has Idea

Dear Grist Nation, Perhaps you saw our saucy little preview of the refurbished last week. If not, surprise! Do you now find us hotter and more irresistible than ever before? We hope so. Our new homepage makes it easier to get your eyeballs on our juicy journalism, astute advice, newsy nuggets, and hot-off-the-press posts from your favorite Grist voices. No wait, no layers, no convoluted searching required. We’re especially happy to introduce the new Grist List. It’s a one-stop, can’t-miss collection of the stories that matter the most each day. It’s the news you need even if (OK, especially …

Happy effing Earth Week

Deep thoughts from founder Chip Giller

Every year as Earth Day approaches, there’s a moment when we here at Grist stare at each other around a conference table and say, “What the hell are we going to do this time?” I imagine it’s the same way the window dressers at Macy’s feel when the winter holidays are approaching. How do you make an annual event feel fresh, exciting, and fun? One obvious solution, of course, is profanity. Last year, our “Screw Earth Day” campaign was a wildly successful reminder that eco-awareness shouldn’t be limited to one day; this week, we’re launching the similarly sailor-worthy “Earth: FML.” …

What a difference a day makes

Day of Climate Action shows power of web organizing. Join us!

Bill McKibben and Chip Giller want you to get pumped up for the International Day of Climate Action.   When Grist was launched 10 years ago, a key idea behind it was that the web could be used to spread the news about what’s really happening across the planet. Turned out to be true. Now the question is: Can the web spread more than information to the farthest corners of the planet? Can we really use it to effect the outcome of the most important scientific questions we’ve ever faced? And the answer to that looks to be “yes” as …

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 …

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 …

Sarkozy spanks Obama on climate

Times of London has the story.

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 …

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?

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 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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