Philip Bump

Philip Bump wrote about the news for Gristmill. He now writes for The Atlantic Wire.

Politics

The right gets mad about the carbon tax, as everyone knew they would

On Friday, we predicted outrage over a right-wing convening on the carbon tax. It happened. We're basically psychic.

Like a bad gambler, TransCanada promises it will have Nebraska’s money next time

Pipeline operator TransCanada paid 60 percent less in taxes to Nebraska than it promised. But the company says it'll pay more next year!

Oil

Oil industry dumping crap in North Dakota. Um, literally.

The oil industry is diversifying the ways in which it pollutes. Hold your nose.

Oil

Drug traffickers take advantage of energy-company roads in Texas

We're not saying that the DEA should crack down on ConocoPhillips, but, yeah, the DEA should crack down on ConocoPhillips.

Climate & Energy

Talking the talk on the environment doesn’t equal walking the walk

People who advocate green behavior are not more likely to engage in it, according to new research in Hungary. How you think America is doing is a glass-half-full sort of question.

This drought ain’t the Dust Bowl, but it ain’t good

The current drought is devastating agriculture, but it's not as bad as the Dust Bowl. Not that "this isn't the worst thing ever" is cause for optimism.

Oil

Shell celebrates new Alaska drilling by apparently losing control of a ship [updated]

The aptly-named Noble Discoverer appears to have run aground in remote Alaska, just to demonstrate Shell's sheer competence.

The U.S. is the most environmentally sustainable country in the world, except all the others

The annual Greendex places the U.S. in dead-last in sustainability and near dead-last in giving a shit about it.

Clean Air

Hazing gone amok: How the EPA is trying to clear up our national parks

The EPA's recent proposal to limit soot could make our cities less hazy. But what about our parks?

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