Philip Bump

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


Why the fracking boom may actually be an economic bubble

The huge growth in fracking is not sustainable, in multiple senses of the word.

100% of electric capacity added in U.S. last month was renewable

The U.S. added 1,231 megawatts -- all in wind, solar, and biomass.

BP thinks people are still kind of overreacting to the Gulf oil spill

The media push by BP's lead attorney has one goal: make the company pay out as little as possible.

How one fracking company bullies residents and elected officials alike

As one local official notes, Range Resources does nothing to "avoid the perception of the big-bad-bully oil company."

American energy infrastructure at risk from hackers in China and elsewhere

A report highlighted by the New York Times emphasizes the risks our nation faces as its systems move online.

Climate change means more blizzards but less snow, which confuses people apparently

The media, of course, played up the apparent contradiction instead of the science.

Anti-climate House Science committee now worried about the critical threat of asteroids

Committee chair Rep. Smith has suggested that the threat of climate change is overblown, but now worries about space rocks.

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The GOP’s three-step plan for being loved

We wish them all the success in the world.

With pipelines at a premium, fossil-fuel companies get creative

Canadian oil is having trouble getting south (thanks, Keystone protesters!), so pipeline companies might convert natural-gas pipelines to crude.