RL Miller

RL Miller is an attorney, climate/enviro blogger, runner, quilter, keeper of chickens. If you hate the terms climate zombies and oilpocalypse, blame RL Miller.

Politics

Oil shale drilling another terrible aspect of GOP transportation bill

Yet another reason why the Republican transportation bill sucks: It would open up more land to oil shale mining -- a destructive and not-commercially feasible technology.

Natural Gas

Situation normal, all fracked up: Obama embraces fracking

The Obama administration appears to have bought the hype about abundant natural gas. In a report last week, it endorsed the "safe and environmentally responsible" extraction of the fuel via hydraulic fracturing.

Keystone cave? No, Keystone Kabuki.

The payroll tax cut extension deal, approved by the Senate 89-10 this morning, is being widely reported as including a requirement that the State Department act on the Keystone XL pipeline within 60 days. Talking …

Coal

Water. Coal. Texas. Sanity. One of these words does not belong.

Texas’ water problems won’t be over anytime soon.Photo: SeanIn case anyone missed it, Texas had a big drought last summer — the worst one-year drought in the state’s history. Lakes dried, animals were slaughtered, cities …

A mini-Keystone XL in Utah

Photo: RL MillerThe Keystone XL pipeline symbolizes our national debate: a governmental policy to be made that will set policy, for good or bad, for years to come: claimed energy security (access to friendly North …

Oil

Will other states follow Nebraska’s lead in fighting Keystone XL?

Nebraskan protesters outside the state capitol.Photo: Mitch PaineThe Keystone XL pipeline will cross six states: Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Opposition has been fiercest in Nebraska, whether because of a desire to …

Politics

Solyndra and Keystone XL: A case study of skewed coverage at Politico

Politico has hyped Solyndra as a "scandal" while giving comparably little coverage to the culture of cronyism surrounding Keystone XL approval.

Climate Change

Why the insurance industry won’t save us from climate change

Could pricey premiums deter people from living in high-risk areas and prompt action on climate change? The evidence so far suggests not.

Solar Power

Solyndra was collateral damage in a trade war with China

Solar-panel installations are booming in the U.S. even as domestic solar companies are struggling, thanks to China's policy of shoveling money into its solar industry.

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