John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

As Warsaw climate talks end, scraps of good news in a mess of bad

The U.N.'s process grinds forward, and delegates agree on some important steps to halt deforestation, but remain allergic to bigger commitments.

Climate & Energy

Study reveals how badly frackers lie about jobs

The fracking industry would like you to believe that each of its wells directly employs 31 workers. A new report says the number is closer to four.

Politics

This Ohio lawmaker thinks you’re an enviro-socialist rent-seeker

A state senator is pushing a bill to water down Ohio's renewable electricity rules. Don't like it? Then he has some choice words for you.

Business & Technology

Fracking boom is fueling a plastics boom

Plastic crap that Americans are accustomed to importing from Asia is increasingly being manufactured right here in the U.S., thanks to cheap natural gas.

Climate & Energy

U.K. joins the club, vows to curb coal financing

Britain joined a growing list of countries and international organizations pledging to end financial support for most coal power plants.

Climate & Energy

BP sends more drilling rigs to the Gulf of Mexico than ever before

Deepwater Horizon disaster? Forgetaboutit. BP recently deployed two more oil-drilling rigs to the Gulf, taking its count to a record-breaking nine.

Politics

The three anti-environmental bills that are wasting Congress’ time

House Republicans, joined by a handful of Democrats, have passed three egregious dirty-energy-promoting bills. But don't worry, they won't become law.

Climate & Energy

How one small community is going big on solar

The Farmers Electric Co-op in Iowa is gearing up to build the state's biggest solar array. “It keeps our money local,” says the co-op manager.

Climate & Energy

Nuclear industry scores a big win, but still no solution for nuclear waste

The feds have been ordered to stop collecting $750 million in annual fees for a nuclear waste dump. That's because they have no plans to build a nuclear waste dump.

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