John Upton

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

Climate & Energy

Cow causes oily spill; energy companies ruminate over whether to cow-proof facilities

A cow in North Dakota rubbed up against a tank valve, probably while scratching an itch, and triggered a spill of natural gas condensate.

quel soulagement

World cautiously relieved by Obama’s climate announcement

Leaders around the globe are glad to see the U.S. finally taking global warming seriously. This could lay the groundwork for a new international climate deal next year.

Don't ask me

Republicans confirm they don’t know squat about science

GOP politicians are using a new tactic as they fight climate action: playing dumb.

Oily withdrawal

Chevron and BP are pulling out of wind and solar

Beyond Petroleum? Not anymore. These two oil giants plan to stay oil giants, with emphasis on the oil.

Climate & Energy

More oil spills ahead for Puget Sound?

Three proposed fossil fuel projects aim to boost coal and oil exports out of the Pacific Northwest, which would raise the risk of oil spills.

Business & Technology

Could a bullet train take you from the U.S. to China to Europe?

China wants to build a high-speed rail network that could ferry passengers from the U.S. to Beijing in two days, and onward from there.

Climate & Energy

Billions of barrels of new reasons to not frack California

Fracking opponents are seizing on news that California shale deposits may contain 96 percent less recoverable oil than previously estimated.

Politics

These are the states where climate hawk Tom Steyer will wage political war

Steyer's super PAC plans to spend $100 million on races in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Politics

India’s new prime minister is big on solar power

Narendra Modi is conservative, but he's making clean electricity generation his top energy priority.