David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

David Roberts was a staff writer for Grist. You can follow him on Twitter, if you're into that sort of thing.

Snowmen march against global warming

The Onion: always funny. (via Kit Stolz)

LNG island

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is, at least in the minds of many large monied interests, the fuel of the future. But LNG terminals face NIMBY opposition as fierce as the kind that's stymied new nuke …

Science says: Ethanol good on energy, not so much on environment

The "Findings" column on WaPo has this cryptic tidbit: Ethanol -- alcohol produced from corn or other plants -- is more energy-efficient than some experts had realized, and it is time to start developing it …

Improve your community over coffee

Via Inhabitat and BLDGBLOG comes word of the Ben Franklin Coffeehouse Challenge. It's sponsored by Starbucks, and goes like this: You get together with some folks at your neighborhood, um, Starbucks, and talk about what …

EPA inspector general Nikki Tinsley steps down

Bush admin won’t be sad to see her go

Nikki Tinsley, the tenacious inspector general at the EPA, stepped down today. She's been something of a thorn in the side of the Bush administration, publicly lambasting its weak clean-air enforcement and calling its mercury-emissions …

More Gore

Al Gore had "a most excellent time" at Sundance, and if press coverage is any indication, he is well on his way to shaking his image as a stiff automaton. Check this out: He is …

Big Oil suppressing biofuels? Obama thinks so.

Well well. Seems Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) agrees with ThinkProgress that Big Oil doesn't want you to know about biofuels. Hot off the press-release presses: U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) today …

Steven Milloy and Fox News

Another pundit on the take

Is every conservative pundit on the take? Today Paul D. Thacker reports in The New Republic that Fox News columnist and junkscience.com proprietor Steven Milloy -- stalwart defender of tobacco and fossil fuels -- has …

Biofuels again

It’s biofuel realities that matter, not airy scenarios

All due respect to the intrepid folks at ThinkProgress, but I think this defense of biofuels falls a bit short. There's this: First, developing a biofuel economy can actually help reduce hunger and poverty by …