Philip Bump

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

Climate & Energy

Shocker: Oil sheen over BP spill site is from BP spill

The Coast Guard says a new oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is from the 2010 BP spill. How surprised are you? We were pretty surprised!

Climate & Energy

So long, warmest April-to-September in American history!

And hello warmest year-to-date ever! Though melting Arctic ice means that the winter might make up for all of that heat.

Politics

Asshole coal boss: ‘I’m not an asshole’

Yes, it's big coal CEO Robert Murray again. Because he is consistently amusing.

Living

Amtrak ridership up as icy hand of budgetary death stays its touch yet again

More Americans than ever are riding Amtrak, a 49 percent increase over 2000.

Climate & Energy

Insurer: Hey, these climate-related disasters are getting expensive

Apparently the best way to get people to care about the changing climate is to make it cost them money.

Politics

CEO of Lockheed Martin clear-cuts protected trees, pays staggering $1,000 fine

We're sure he's learned his lesson.

Climate & Energy

Fracking oversight: With regulators hobbled, good samaritans step in

This is one instance in which outsourcing to the private sector isn't appreciated by conservatives.

Politics

Guess how many times the House voted for fossil fuels and against clean energy

Hint: a lot. A new report spells out the dirty details.

Climate & Energy

Massive wildfires are chewing through budgets as fast as they are forests

Climate change brings unpredictable disasters, and unpredictable disasters aren't budgeted for, which puts governments in a bind.

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