Climate & Energy

Sex, lies, and offshore drilling

Sex and drug scandal at Interior could affect the offshore-drilling debate in Congress

Yesterday’s revelation that 13 Interior Department employees who handle oil royalties are under investigation for allegedly engaging in illicit sex with and accepting gifts from employees of oil companies may affect the debate over drilling …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 11

So how much do renewables cost anyway?

One of the attractions of renewable energy is that for most renewable generators (except biomass power plants) the cost of the fuel is free. However, even more so than with a conventional power plant, much …

Old-growth forests absorb more CO2 than they release, study finds

Most of the world’s old-growth forests actively absorb more carbon dioxide than they release into the atmosphere, making them effective carbon sinks, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The new research, which …

Cheap drills

Energy set to ignite the Hill for the next three weeks

With only about three weeks left before Congress adjourns for election season, energy is the hot topic on the Hill. Here’s where things stand: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other Democratic leaders in the House …

Ethics violations alleged at agency that collects oil and gas royalties

Between 2002 and 2006, a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” existed at the federal agency responsible for overseeing oil and gas royalties, according to an investigation by Minerals Management Service Inspector General Earl Devaney. …

Greenpeace protesters acquitted in coal-activism case

In a decision that anti-coal activists say is a gamechanger, six Greenpeace protesters have been acquitted of nearly $53,000 in criminal-damage charges for painting “Gordon” on a British coal plant. The activists climbed a 650-foot …

Alien invaders: More to the story, part 2

NYT critiques alien biology

Last year, I posted an argument that not all alien species are bad, based on a study of the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla; I got pretty bloodied, not only because it’s an unpopular notion in …

Head in the oil sands

Turns out McCain doesn’t care about the greatest threat we face

All you need to know about McCain’s core beliefs on climate change: The 72-year-old McCain named a global-warming-denying, Big Oil Super-Shill as his vice presidential nominee. His much anticipated acceptance speech never once mentioned the …

Can Massey break the law with impunity?

Coal vs. wind showdown in West Virginia today

Back in August, Kate brought you the story of Coal River Mountain, one of the last intact mountains in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. WV activists want to site a wind farm on the mountain …