Josh Harkinson

Josh Harkinson is a staff reporter at Mother Jones.


Your organic fruits and veggies might have been irrigated with fracking wastewater

Irrigation water appears to be a major loophole in the USDA's organic food safety program.

Climate & Energy

Is your food being grown with wastewater from the oil industry?

The practice is gaining popularity in drought-plaged California, but is it safe?


Slaughter-free milk is great for cows, but not the environment

Just think about all the methane those geezer cows emit during their long retirement.

Climate & Energy

Why Big Coal’s export terminals could be even worse than the Keystone XL pipeline

Proposed Northwest coal ports could have a bigger climate impact -- with local pollution to boot.

Business & Technology

The real lesson from the flaming Tesla video

It's hard for companies to stake their success on radical innovation.

Business & Technology

Taxpayer subsidies helped Tesla Motors, so why does Elon Musk slam them?

Silicon Valley has always relied on the government to jump-start innovative businesses -- no matter how much it clings to the go-it-alone narrative.

Climate & Energy

Official Texas review: “Creation science” should be incorporated into every biology textbook

Reviewers appointed by the Texas State Board of Education are fighting against climate science and evolution in textbooks that will likely be used across the country.


First tar-sands mine approved in U.S.

They’re on their way.Photo: ShellThe Canadian tar-sands industry is invading the United States. Alberta-based Earth Energy Resources has won all necessary permits to excavate tar-sands oil from a 62-acre site in Uintah County, Utah. And that’s just the start. Earth Energy has 7,800 …

The Climate Desk

Chamber of Commerce goes after climate dissenters in its ranks

A split over climate policy is brewing within the US Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is already working behind the scenes to discredit the new group