John Upton

John Upton is a former Grist news blogger. He tweets, posts articles to Facebook, and blogs about ecology.

Climate & Energy

In the battle against proposed coal terminals, you are kicking ass

Companies that want to build coal export facilities in Washington state say they are being outmatched by their grassroots opponents -- for now.

Climate & Energy

Europe wimps out again on airlines’ carbon pollution

International air carriers were supposed to join the E.U.'s emissions trading program, but after the U.S. and China bitched and moaned, they've been given another years-long reprieve.

Politics

Republicans join Democrats in trying to revive wind energy incentives

A proposal to restore critical tax credits for the wind industry breezed through a key Senate committee on Thursday with notable bipartisan support.

Politics

Obama admin sued for dragging feet on studies of climate impacts

The White House has said it will require environmental impact studies to consider climate change, but new guidelines have been stalled for years.

Climate & Energy

What’s worse than burning coal? Burning wood

New power plants fueled with trees and wood waste are being built across the U.S. They're marketed as green, but they're actually more polluting than coal plants.

Climate & Energy

California’s cap-and-trade program pays loggers to clearcut old-growth forests

Idiotic, right? That's why enviros are calling on the state to change its rules.

Climate & Energy

Vermont expands solar net metering, gives finger to ALEC

The polluter-funded American Legislative Exchange Council has also failed to roll back solar programs in Utah, Washington, and Arizona.

Politics

Congress members ask EPA to reopen three fracking investigations

Eight U.S. reps are calling on the EPA to research possible links between fracking and water pollution. The agency abandoned the investigations over the last two years.

Politics

Republican’s bill calls for weather forecasting, not climate forecasting

An Oklahoma rep wants to defund climate research because 48 Oklahomans were killed last year by tornadoes. Seriously.

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