Philip Bump

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

Climate & Energy

How the oil boom in Montana has turned railroads into a pipeline

Yesterday, we worried about pipelines. Today: trains.

Texas judge rules that the atmosphere is protected under the public trust doctrine

The victory by a group of children who sued for climate action is significant, though the long-term impacts are uncertain.

Baseball’s All-Star Game: So green, you’ll forget the game doesn’t matter

How green is the All-Star Game? So green, even the red carpet is green.

The worst onshore oil spill in American history didn’t have to happen

The actions of the owner of a pipeline that dumped a million gallons of tar-sands oil into the Kalamazoo River made a bad situation worse.

Transportation

High-speed rail in America: It might possibly actually happen

Maybe. Possibly. But not for a long time. Unless you live in California, in which case it's a slightly less long time.

Climate Change

Gambling advice: Don’t bet that the warm weather is just a fluke

The odds that we just had the warmest 13 months in American history by chance? 1 in 1.5 million.

Natural Gas

Is fracking polluting Pennsylvania groundwater or not?

It depends on how you want to frame it. But a new study provides no evidence that it does.

Politics

Ethanol: Beloved by farmers, detested by Big Oil, endlessly debated by Congress

A case study in how change is made in Washington: slowly, with much debate, and with tangential regard for the science.

Politics

How nearly empty swaths of Montana guide policy on the Keystone pipeline

While Montana is home to only 0.3 percent of America's population, it controls 2 percent of the Senate. And that 2 percent supports Keystone.

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