Dan Watson

Dan Watson is a fellow at Miller-McCune. An editor originally from York, Pa., he has a bachelor's in English from Emory University, and previously served as the editorial intern for Grist.

The U.S. budget slashes information-gathering on energy

In times of rising gas prices and uncertainty about the nation's overall energy future, it would seem that obtaining information on energy would be a top priority for our government. But not so. The Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of the Department of Energy, is facing a 14 percent cut in the 2011 spending bill. That'll hamper its ability to crunch numbers on gas prices, oil and gas production, and industry profits. Sure, gas prices are shaping up to be a major football for the 2012 election, but talk is cheap, and data is expensive! As you might imagine, …

Sustainable Business

Pro sports are going greener, and that means the rest of us are too

The Seattle Sounders don’t just have crazy fans. Their facilities have a 57.6 percent landfill diversion rate.Photo: Mike HPro sports may not seem like a natural ally for environmentalists. Players fly from Boston to Los Angeles and back for a single game. Leagues and teams convince cities to build expensive and often unneeded new facilities with taxpayer money. Fans clog up roads as they drive to games and clog up trash cans with hot-dog wrappers and beer cups once they arrive. But six teams representing six major North American sports leagues have kicked off a new effort to make themselves …


Foreign oil follies: Stop Obama if you think you’ve heard this one before

President Obama is talking big about reducing our consumption of foreign oil. We predict he’ll be just as successful as his predecessors … After the BP oil spill, The Daily Show did a roundup of past presidential calls for us to use less oil. As Jon Stewart concluded, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me eight times, am I a f*cking idiot?”   Here’s a rundown: George W. Bush’s 2006 State of the Union address: “Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than …

toll road 4 sale

Maybe selling off government-owned fossil-fuel infrastructure isn’t such a bad idea

Might a little bit of the free market be just what we need to get Americans paying something closer to the true cost of driving?Photo: Marius WatzEveryone knows about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s unhinged attack on his state’s unions, but did you know that he’s also pushing for the right to “sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant [PDF] or … contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount”? Walker’s not alone in his inclination to sell off public infrastructure; for the past several years, budget-strapped …

maine and suffering

Paul LePage, new Maine guv, takes aim at the environment

This week, Paul LePage made the leap from abrasive style to corrosive substance, proposing a dramatic rollback of Maine's environmental protections.

dumbest green story of the millennium?

Genghis Khan — not that green after all

A new study highlights the supposed green benefits of Genghis Khan's mass slaughter -- but neglects his not-so-green sex life.

The future-of-the-world series

World Series inspires opponents of California's Prop 23

Texas and San Francisco aren't just going head to head in the World Series -- they're also battling it out over California's contentious Prop 23.

It'll melt your popsicle

How air-conditioning is baking our world

Q & A: Stan Cox explains in his new book, Losing Our Cool, how AC is a big driver of global warming and unsustainable development.

Not the sharpest tools in the shed

Republican governor candidates deny climate change

Republican gubernatorial candidates in many states deny climate science. Check out these quotes.

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