Katharine Wroth

Ooh, shiny

Cars: they’re not just for driving anymore

There's nothing green about the in-car gizmos featured in this MSNBC piece. Unless you consider the underlying message: Americans are never, ever, ever, not ever, going to give up their cars. Why would you, when espresso and a toilet are …

Ugh, what a feeling

Toyota to American public: we make bad cars too!

A wire story just caught my eye. The subject? How Toyota is preparing for the potential backlash caused by its growing popularity in the U.S. (Cue Lee Greenwood here.) Seems that last month, Toyota's U.S. sales increased 7.8 percent, while …

Lines of quiet desperation

But hey, it’s better than nothing.

Among the press releases meandering into the Grist inbox this morning was one from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The council's weary flacks put their best spin on today's Senate energy-bill vote with this headline: "Senate Energy Bill: …

Life on Lamars

Colorado town takes on eponymous senator over wind power

In a fabulous bit of word play worthy of the best geeks among us, the town of Lamar, Colorado, has launched a letter-writing campaign to convince Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to support wind power. Just so happens Lamar I …

Drunk, with power

Oil industry compares fuel prices to liquor.

Methinks the oil barons might be getting desperate. Either that, or they're doing their brainstorming in, uh, new locations. A new industry "study" makes the following startling announcement: Gas is cheaper than booze! Here's what the study said: "On a …

They put the P in EPA

Recent move actually protects public

Back in March, we reported on a pending EPA decision that would have allowed untreated sewage to be released on a regular basis. Yuck. We're happy to report that someone -- namely 98,000 people who took the time to make …

What's so funny about ...

… heat, love, and understanding?

OK, I've worked at a weekly paper. I know how tough it is to put out annual summer guides and make them feel fresh. I mean, how many new things can you say about berrypicking and lighthouses? But Seattle Weekly's …

Flipping (over) the bird

My favorite side effects of the ivory-bill discovery

Best local creation to emerge from the recent discovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas: a haircut that pays tribute. For $25, you too can sport a moussed mohawk painted red, white, and black. Second best: the ivory-billed cheeseburger. Um …

Don't get Glad, get even

New ads give recycling a smackdown

OK, I was watching bad TV last night, and this ad came on for Glad ForceFlex trash bags. Apparently these are very exciting trash bags because they stretch, which makes them better for bulky items. Such as, according to this …