Philip Bump

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

BP sells disaster site to pay bills from another disaster

BP is selling its refinery in Texas where an explosion killed 15 people in 2005. The money will go to clean up the Deepwater Horizon mess. The big wheel of life keeps turning.

Plans to ship coal to China face a hurdle: The West Coast

The politics of fossil fuel exports from Washington and Oregon are a little different than from Texas.

Does early snow disprove global warming?

Ha ha no. What are you, stupid? Come on. Grow up.

Finally! Chipotle signs deal to pay tomato pickers more

The agreement brings an end to a long fight between the restaurant chain and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Green group buys up Wyoming oil leases to stop drilling

The Trust for Public Land has struck a deal to buy $8.75 million worth of oil and gas leases, to make sure the oil and gas don't get drilled.

More jobs lost as wind tax credit nears expiration. Congress, you listening?

A ball-bearing manufacturer in South Carolina announces plans to close a plant, thanks to GOP unwillingness to extend a key wind tax credit.

Texas grandmother arrested for trespassing on her own land to protest Keystone

TransCanada seized a 78-year-old woman's land for its tar-sands pipeline, and she got arrested for protesting. TransCanada blames "out-of-state activists."

With fuel prices spiking in southern California, gas stations close up shop

Only temporarily mind you. And there's additional bad news for jet owners.

Indian electricity and Nigerian oil: Lucrative targets for thieves

In India, about a quarter of all electricity is stolen or lost in transmission. In Nigeria, $7 billion worth of oil was pilfered last year.