Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Big Oil plays jobs card as it fights offshore-drilling moratorium

First we saw interview after interview with out-of-work fishermen and shrimpers.  Now we’re hearing from oil-rig workers.  Jobs are the trump card of political debate in America these days and, not surprisingly, that card is …

Climate & Energy

How To Talk About Energy Policy

Matthew Yglesias makes a strong case that the “energy independence” frame has backfired when it comes to moving the public on climate-friendly energy policy. I agree. (Jon Stewart illustrates better than anyone how poorly this …

Climate & Energy

Obama and Senate finally dive in on climate and energy bill

Tick … tick … tick … The Senate now has about 30 working days before its August recess to decide how serious to get about dealing with greenhouse-gas emissions.  By the end of this week, …

Climate & Energy

Energy Independence Is America's Most Elusive Technological Goal

In calling for a new “national mission” to achieve energy independence during his Oval Office address last week, President Obama was clearly seeking inspiration from his predecessors, a number of whom actually achieved the big …

Climate & Energy

Is a ‘utility-only’ cap-and-trade bill worth passing?

Energy deliberations in the Senate are in the home stretch. There’s a crucial White House meeting on Wednesday between Obama and key senators where some final decisions are likely to be made. There are, believe …

Climate & Energy

Ask Umbra comes up empty on enviro-friendly gas stations

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, In light of the recent BP oil gush, I have begun to think more critically about where I purchase gasoline. And while I don’t drive all that …

Climate & Energy

Senate Democrats doubt Obama can find votes for climate

Senate Democrats have cast doubt that President Barack Obama can achieve his intention of finding the votes to pass comprehensive climate legislation this year. To overcome a Republican filibuster, Obama needs to mobilize the entire …

Business & Technology

You should totally apologize to BP

There have been a lot of apologies flying around this week. BP CEO Tony Hayward to the U.S. people. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to Hayward and BP. Now it’s Twitter’s (and your) turn to tell …

Climate & Energy

Anti-BP antics are angry but artistic [SLIDESHOW]

Photo courtesy Infrogmation via FlickrThe Gulf of Mexico oil spill has triggered the usual stages of grief: Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Elaborate costumes. Nudity. Protesters in New Orleans, New York, Washington, D.C., and other cities have …