Climate & Energy

DNC: A Peña for your thoughts

Former Energy Secretary Federico Pena talks to Grist about energy, climate, and security

We interviewed former Energy Secretary Federico Peña shortly after his Tuesday night convention speech on energy, the economy, and security. Peña was secretary of transportation …

Pickens in a pickle

T. Boone Pickens embraces progressive policies but not progressive politicians

I interviewed the billionaire conservative oilman for Salon. My article and the interview are now online here. My goal was not to trip him up …

DNC: Dingell ducks

Grist tries (unsuccessfully) to find out Rep. John Dingell’s climate and energy plans

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair John Dingell (D-Mich.) spoke yesterday at an event sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation — “I Fish, I Hunt, …

DNC: On your Markey

Rep. Ed Markey talks about the Dems’ strategy for energy legislation in the House

Yesterday, I talked to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, about what to expect from …

In the zone

Must-have slide No. 1: The narrow temperature window that gave us modern human civilization

I am starting a new feature and a new category for must-have PowerPoint slides. I’ll begin with my favorite new slide, which shows just how …

Decoupling details

Kansas conversations on utilities and efficiency

Check out this article from Energy Central. A workshop in Topeka, Kansas has been trying to figure out how to incentivize Kansas utilities to embrace …

In landmark deal, utility will disclose climate-change risks

In a first-of-its-kind deal, utility Xcel Energy has agreed to give its investors detailed information about the risks that climate change poses to business. New …

Hansen's still got it

Right for 27 years: 1981 Hansen study finds warming trend that could raise sea levels

“After all, just 20 years ago scientists were worried about the new Ice Age.” This myth is so potent for deniers from Michael Crichton to …

High oil prices in future could spur plastic mining from dump sites

Sustained high oil prices on into the future could prompt entrepreneurs and scavengers to seek oil and oil derivatives from plastic items long ago thrown …