Philip Bump

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

New fuel-efficiency standards coming any day now — and not a day too soon

The Obama administration has delayed new standards for auto fuel efficiency -- but not for too long, we hope.

Climate & Energy

If you’re building a power plant and it isn’t natural gas, you’re not trendy

And if you're building one that burns oil? Graduate into the 20th century, pops.

Climate & Energy

One way to stop coal mining: Cut off the water

Sunrise Coal's plan for a new Illinois mine is being held up by concerns over water use -- bad luck in a drought year.

Climate & Energy

Court strikes down major EPA air pollution rule

The decision from a D.C. appeals court is a victory for power generators, and a defeat for air-breathers.

Climate & Energy

2012: Fewest tornadoes, least ice, most acres burned

In the climate Olympics, we're all winners! If by winners you don't mean anything positive.

Climate & Energy

Coal train derails in Maryland, killing two

The derailment occurred just west of Baltimore.

Bill Koch is building a cool Wild West town and you can’t come

The billionaire oil magnate's faux town will never be open to the public.

Climate & Energy

Yet another ship makes it through the ice-light Northwest Passage

Little did European explorers know that they only had to burn a shit ton of coal and then wait a bit in order to discover the fabled route.

2012 may not end up being the hottest year ever — just close

The world is hot, getting hotter, and generally getting hotter faster. But not uniformly, so that's good anyway.