John Upton

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

What you don't know can hurt you

Pennsylvania ordered its health workers to never discuss fracking

Two former state employees say they were told not to return phone calls of residents who complained that fracking was harming their health.

say what?

NATO chief accuses fracking opponents of being Russian puppets

NATO's secretary general says Russia "engages actively" with "environmental organizations working against shale gas." Enviros say that's bullshit.

out damn spot

Federal bill would wash away plastic microbead problem

At least one member of Congress wants to get plastic microbeads out of our grooming products -- and out of our waterways.

Politics

Turns out there are a few Republicans who want to do something about climate change

Former EPA chiefs who served under four Republican presidents are backing the Obama administration's efforts to regulate CO2 from power plants.

get out!

Oakland votes to keep coal and oil trains away

The city council also moved to divest from fossil-fuel stocks.

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.

no comment

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.