Clark Williams-Derry

Clark Williams-Derry is research director for the Seattle-based Sightline Institute, a nonprofit sustainability think tank working to promote smart solutions for the Pacific Northwest. He was formerly the webmaster for Grist.

  • Turning over the new Leaf

    How do the Leaf’s emissions stack up?Finally. If you don’t like being dependent on oil — but find that you do need to drive — you’ve got at least one decent option. The Nissan Leaf is the first mass-produced, mass-market …

  • EPA reports massive drop in U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions

    Don’t be confused, we’ve got some good news.Photo: Corie HowellCross posted from Sightline’s Daily Score blog. Great Scott, how did I miss this? Late last month, the EPA released a draft greenhouse gas inventory, showing that net climate warming emissions …

  • The Coase isn't clear

    The shaky foundations of free-market environmentalism

    Photo: Steve RhodesCross-posted from Sightline Daily. [CORRECTION: As mentioned in the comments under this post on Sightline, this discussion of the “Coase theorem” contains several errors — most notably, that Coase himself did not present his arguments mathematically. In fact, …

  • Smaller SUVs are safer than bigger ones, but walkability trumps all

    If you want to be safe, buying a big SUV won’t do it. But living in a place where you don’t have to drive so much is a sure bet.

  • Fewer and fewer young people are driving — but why?

    American teenagers simply don’t drive as much as they used to. But should we really chalk it up to the internet and the digital revolution?

  • Taking Stock of BP

    As happens with stock charts, this one is likely to be out of date even before I get this post published.  But here’s Google Finance’s chart comparing the stock price of British Petroleum (in red), an energy-stock index fund (in …

  • The six Americas of climate change

    Researchers at George Mason University and Yale broke down U.S. public opinion into six different categories [pdf], based on people’s belief in, and concern about, global warming.  For the nickel version, see the graphic below: Of course, I’m sure there …

  • James Hansen vs. cap-and-trade

    NASA climate scientist James Hansen has a new book out about climate policy, with excerpts in this month’s issue of The Nation. And in my view, he’s got a pretty good policy idea: tax carbon, and use the revenue to …

  • NASA climate scientist should come back to earth

    Eric’s take on Jim Hansen’s opposition to cap and trade is exactly right.  Hansen is a renowned NASA climate scientist.  But on climate policy, he’s just lost in space.  Now, I’m not going to call Hansen’s support for carbon taxes …