Christopher Mims

Christopher Mims's dystopian non-fiction is sought after by an ever-growing roster of publications.


No one can agree whether or not Cali is due for a Japan-style shakedown

Submitted without comment: Special report: Big California quake likely to devastate state ReutersJapan-style earthquake and tsunami unlikely to hit Southern California, experts say Los Angeles Times


If Rush Limbaugh’s heart fell out of his chest and into a bowl of raisins, you wouldn’t spot it

Rush Limbaugh is laughing at Japan’s earthquake refugees. “They’ve given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are recycling their garbage.” Here, he began to laugh, continuing, “and yet, Gaia levels them! Just wipes them out!” h/t John Rennie for the …

Japan’s tsunami gets the Pixar treatment in realistic animation

This reporter didn’t really appreciate how a “subduction zone earthquake” of the kind that afflicted Japan causes a tsunami, until he watched CGI-ish animation of one in progress. Watch out for the explosive kick around 0:06: Read more: Animation: Subduction …

Climate & Energy

Nervous China to break up with nuclear, run back to coal

China is suspending its development of nuclear power plants amid rising public anxiety. As the country’s economy develops rapidly, nuclear power had been seen as key to answering the need for rapid growth in production of electricity. Some 28 reactors …

Smart Cities

Actor/activist Mark Ruffalo will follow you on Twitter if you donate to Japan relief

Last seen agitating for a ban on fracking, actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo is now using Twitter as a platform to raise money for relief efforts in Japan. Dude is following and retweeting the sh*t out of anyone with …

Smart Cities

Liberal NIMBYism: the most despicable form of hypocrisy?

Prospect Park’s new bike lane is worse than airborne weaponized AIDSPhoto: shannonvsimmsIn staunchly liberal enclaves all over the country, citizens who profess to progressive environmentalism in the abstract are thwarting local efforts to increase the sustainability of their immediate environment. …

Energy Policy

Con: Nuclear power is expensive, risky, and some of its proponents are kind of annoying

Today, many outlets report that it’s very likely that the #2 reactor at Daiichi is in full meltdown. There is a strong possibility that rising radiation levels from other sources (such as a pool of spent nuclear fuel rods that …

Energy Policy

Pro: Japan’s terrible disaster is no reason to stop building nuclear power

Japan is now facing a worst-case scenario for its Daiichi nuclear power plant. But that’s no reason to stop building new nuclear power plants, say a bevy of pundits. Their reasons are myriad. Some, like one Wall Street Journal editor, …

electricity too lethal to meter

So much for all that new nuclear energy we were going to build

Photo: Joost J. Bakker The possibly-impending meltdown of three very shaky nuclear reactor cores at the Daiichi plant in Fukushima, Japan, isn’t doing much for the public image of nuclear power, a source of energy about which fans of planet …