Climate & Energy

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 used in spreading climate chaos denialism: It highlights the odd …

Nice work if you can get it

Wis. utilities want customers to cover all fuel volatility

Wisconsin’s five regulated electric utilities have asked to have fuel increases in gas and coal costs automatically passed along to their customers rather than wait until they can file a formal rate case. Their regulator …

Conclusions of ‘hockey stick’ graph stand up to further scrutiny

The infamous “hockey stick” graph, which shows the northern hemisphere beginning to rapidly warm around the industrial age, has been backed up by new research. Michael Mann, who helped develop the 1998 graph that climate …

Religion and energy policy collide

Palin asked folks to pray for natural-gas pipeline

The Huffington Post did some digging on the church that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin spent most of her life attending. Apparently the church films and posts all of its services. In June, Palin gave …

The unbearable cost of high gas prices

Science debate 2008

A presidential pop quiz on energy, water, scientific integrity, oceans, and climate change

Barack Obama’s answers to the 14 top science questions facing America. (McCain is still working on his answers.)

Ghosts of the 21st century

Disappearing owls, threatened forests, and the city-country conflict

"Ghost" is a word field biologists use to describe a species near the end of its time on earth. Often these endangered species are birds, but in a spectacular essay in a newly internet-friendly issue …

Mark Udall visits rural Colorado

Udall stumps on renewables and more to a crowded room

I had the opportunity to attend a campaign event for Mark Udall Friday afternoon, when he stopped by the Montezuma County Democratic headquarters for a short stump speech and Q&A. Udall is a sitting representative …

Oil platforms off La. fare OK under hurricane; wetlands, not so much

Louisiana’s people and property fared better under Hurricane Gustav than had been feared, but acres of valuable wetlands were likely irrevocably destroyed. “The last thing on anyone’s mind during a hurricane is how the wetlands …