John Upton

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

another bright idea

Now Elon Musk wants to revolutionize solar panel production

SolarCity, the leading residential panel installer, is buying a solar manufacturer and planning to build a huge panel factory in New York.

Climate & Energy

Berkeley could mandate climate warnings on gas pumps

If the city council OKs the plan, Berkeley motorists would be confronted with a "CO2 Alert" every time they fill up their tanks.

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Hillary Clinton won’t discuss Keystone XL

Clinton is promoting her new book "Hard Choices," but she's dodging a choice on the controversial pipeline.

Kochs in the kitchen again

The Kochs are cooking up a new dirty-energy political scheme

The brothers and their allies are gearing up to spend $290 million on this year's elections, including money for a new energy initiative.

Climate & Energy

We’re massively underestimating climate costs, experts warn

Nicholas Stern of the famed Stern report has a new paper arguing that we're relying on a drastically outdated economic model.

Business & Technology

India blames environmental activists for its economic problems

The country's spy service says Greenpeace and its ilk are reducing the nation's GDP by 2 to 3 percent every year.

don't frack me, bro

Yes, frackers can forcibly drill your land, even if you don’t want them to

Forced pooling allows drillers to tap gas beneath a reluctant landowner's property if enough of their neighbors sell their drilling rights.

Genetically engineered lawsuit

Big Food is already suing Vermont over its GMO labeling law

It only took 35 days. So now organic advocates and anti-GMO activists are raising money for a defense effort.

It's open season

Tesla abandons its patents, aims to spur electric-car revolution

The pioneering EV manufacturer is going open source, allowing competitors to use all of its patented technology.

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