Climate & Energy

The storm of the century (so far)

Will Gustav be the next Katrina?

On August 23, 2005, a tropical depression formed 175 miles southeast of Nassau. By the next day, it had grown into tropical storm Katrina and was intensifying rapidly. Early in the evening on August 25, …

London mayor releases plan for adapting to climate change

London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled a draft plan Friday to help the city mitigate and adapt to climate change. Johnson put special attention to water conservation, calling for mandatory metering, increased efficiency, improved drainage, and …

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on CNBC's <em>Kudlow & Company</em>

McCain’s veep pick talks energy, ANWR, and the improbability of being tapped for VP

During a June 25, 2008, appearance on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company, Sarah Palin said, "Sen. McCain is wrong" on the issue of oil drilling.  She said, "I think he’s going to evolve into eventually supporting …

Industry groups sue Interior over polar bear

The U.S. Interior Department has been sued yet again over polar bears, this time by five industry groups that say the agency’s regulations for protecting bears unfairly single out Alaska businesses’ contribution to climate change. …

Hurricane forecast to hit U.S. Gulf Coast next week; oil and gas rigs shut down

Next week, just days after the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina‘s landfall near New Orleans, a new hurricane could hit the area, causing heavy winds, rain, and political problems aplenty for Republicans. Already, some energy …

Arctic ice in a ‘death spiral’ as it hits second-lowest point ever

Summer sea-ice melt in the Arctic is already the second-meltiest since satellite records began, and by the end of the melt season in mid-September, this year could surpass the all-time record low set last year, …

DNC: Waiting for the main event

Obama to tout clean coal, nuclear, and renewables in his big speech

David and I are in Invesco Field, among tens of thousands of delegates, reporters, and Denver residents awaiting Barack Obama’s acceptance speech tonight. We’re glad to be inside — outside the line snakes more than …

'Seven years to climate midnight'

Brookings calls for action on climate change in WaPo op-ed

The uber-centrist Brookings Institution joins the climate alarmist realist crowd. President Strobe Talbott and VP for foreign policy studies Carlos Pascual explain in a Washington Post op-ed: The world may have only seven years to …

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 from 1993 to 1997, then secretary of energy from 1997 …