Climate & Energy

Hurri-cane we stop these storms?

Why global warming means killer storms worse than Katrina and Gustav, part 1

Hurricanes can get much, much bigger and stronger than we have so far seen in the Atlantic. The most intense Pacific storm on record was …

Warning signs from Hurricane Gustav

How did so much water get into a New Orleans canal?

Here’s a question I’d like to know the answer to. Hurricane Gustav dealt New Orleans a glancing blow, passing it by to the west. Yet …

Henry Hudson would be delighted

North Pole an ‘island’ for first time in 125,000 years

The fabled Northwest and Northeast passages are now open. That makes the North Pole an island for the first time in human history, most likely …

U.S. EPA criticizes DOT over fuel-economy standards

Officials at the U.S. EPA have criticized their counterparts at the U.S. Transportation Department lately over the DOT’s proposed fuel-economy standards for vehicles of 31.6 …

Offshore wind power in U.S. poised to take off

There are no offshore wind turbines generating electricity in U.S. waters yet, but that’s expected to change soon if wind-power advocates and wind developers have …

RNC: Bipartisanship trumps renewable energy, at least party-wise

Kate and I did the party circuit tonight, and it was … weird. Our first stop was a party thrown by the Bipartisan Policy Center. …

RNC: Shale mary

Grist talks to Sen. George Voinovich about oil shale, energy, and climate legislation

Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) stopped by an event Monday sponsored by PIRG and the Young Republicans to talk about energy policy, among other things. In …

RNC: We're no doom-sayers on climate

Republican platform acknowledges climate change but spurns ‘no-growth’ radicalism

The Republican Party approved its 2008 platform yesterday, which it hailed in a press release as containing “the most aggressive and innovative energy policy in …

Climate chaos and internet rumors

Deniers’ talking points spread via the same process as that of all urban legends

John McGrath, a contributor to Grist, made an important comparison between how the internet contributes to making urban legends look legitimate and how it is …