Climate & Energy

FACES of Coal are iStockphotos?!

The new coal industry front group “FACES” has yet to come forward with a list of their members. Well, thanks to a few new-media gumshoes, including Appalachian Voices’ Jamie Goodman and our friends at DeSmogBlog, we’ve learned that not only …

Thoreau, Walden and civil disobedience in the age of climate change

On a frigid January night some years ago, a friend and I snuck into a Massachusetts state preserve, stripped naked, and charged into Walden Pond. For a few exhilarating, painful moments we swam, and I imagined some hard-to-name kinship with …

Sen. Tom Coburn has scientific document reading training

“I am not the smartest man in the world, but I have been trained to read scientific documents, and [anthropogenic climate change] is malarkey.” — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who also explained why Jesus would oppose a public option in …

Netroots Nation panel on blogging and climate change [VIDEO!!1!]

On Aug. 13, at the Netroots Nation conference for progressive bloggers, journalists, and activists, I was part of a panel called “A Warming Web: The Blogosphere and Climate Change.” Also present: Kevin Grandia of DeSmogBlog Brentin Mock of The American …

A crucial climate vote lost with Ted Kennedy’s death

Ted KennedyPhoto: jonathanpbergerSen. Edward M. Kennedy’s environmental legacy was remarkable, wide-ranging, and not all roses. Joe Romm’s got an early look at his record. But there’s one clear and simple impact of Kennedy’s death late Tuesday night: The push for …

‘Monkey trial’ petition tells EPA to ‘eliminate the taint’

Cross-posted from Wonk Room. Calling for the “Scopes trial of the 21st century,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has delivered a petition [PDF] to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a public hearing on the EPA’s proposed global warming endangerment …

Sen. Landrieu’s plan to export Louisiana’s coastal destruction to Florida

While Louisiana struggles to restore coastal wetlands ravaged in large part by decades of oil and gas drilling, its senior senator is leading the effort to lift the ban on drilling off Florida’s Panhandle. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is …

Chuck Grassley does not believe in the threat of anthropogenic climate change

Chuck Grassley In a Tuesday conference call with Iowa agricultural reporters, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) offered some state-of-the-art Republican doubletalk on climate change (maybe he read it in Glenn Beck’s book). This is worth reading in full, in part to …

US Chamber of Commerce calls for ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’ on climate change

Cross-posted from Wonk Room. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — the 97-year-old organization that bills itself as the “voice of business” — wants to put climate science on trial. As the Environmental Protection Agency nears a final ruling that manmade …