Susie Cagle

Susie Cagle writes and draws news for Grist. She also writes and draws tweets for Twitter.


Amtrak is making a comeback, kinda

Ridership has grown by 55 percent since 1997 and is now at record levels, with over 31 million travelers annually, says a new report from Brookings.


Meet Obama’s EPA pick: Gina McCarthy

The brash Bostonite has been strong on climate change policy, but she's also friendly with industry.


Michigan gov.: Detroit is no longer capable of taking care of itself

The mostly white, Republican Michigan government is taking over the mostly black, Democratic Detroit government. What could possibly go wrong?

Climate & Energy

How the USDA plans to plant around climate change

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers need help coping with climate change and encouragement to become part of the solution.

Climate & Energy

Al Gore’s ‘Reality Drop’ gamifies climate news commenting

Copy and paste pre-written science-y comments ... for the climate? Basically, the Climate Reality Project wants you to troll for change.

Business & Technology

Japan is going nuclear again, Fukushima be damned

The previous government planned to phase nuclear power out, but Japan's new leader intends to restart the country's reactors.


Drought is taking a toll on the Texas beef industry

Cargill is shutting down a beef processing plant in response to epic drought, and that's causing lots of trouble for one West Texas town.


Entire food system may be contaminated with BPA and other plastic nasties

We can try to minimize our exposure to phthalates, but a new study suggests we're all eating plastic chemicals anyway. Yes, even the vegans.

Climate & Energy

Northern California sees driest winter on record

Back in December, the state was drenched. Two months later, it's drier than ever.