Climate & Energy

Gore and Edwards, not sitting in a tree

Joel Makower makes a fantastic point here: Why aren’t Gore and Edwards working together? Or rather, why aren’t those fighting climate change working with those fighting poverty? I know Van Jones et al have done …

NYC officials fear natural-gas drilling would taint water supplies

New York City officials want to ban natural-gas drilling within a mile of six major upstate reservoirs for fear that the city’s drinking water could become contaminated. Extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale rock layer, …

Matt Yglesias on the GOP drilling push

Is drilling debate a repeat of the immigration debate?

Last week, Matt Yglesias finished his stint blogging for The Atlantic. Next week he starts blogging for the Center for American Progress. In between he’s taking a week off — the first time, according to …

Efficienciezzz …

Bob Herbert’s column in the NYT yesterday makes two points: One, efficiency and conservation are the smartest strategies to combat our energy woes; two, it’s very difficult to talk about efficiency and conservation without being …

Drumming up outrage

Are Obama’s energy panders as bad as McCain’s?

I think Kevin Drum is being too hard on Obama here. Obama and the entire Democratic Party are getting killed on energy right now. The pressure to do something is extraordinary. Obama is looking for …

Revkin agonistes

Is tackling climate change contrary to human nature?

On DotEarth, Andy Revkin again wrestles with a dilemma he returns to frequently: how do we overcome human nature? He quotes the work of David Ropeik, who’s done considerable work on communicating risk, and who …

Something for nothing

Since offshore oil is de minimis, why shouldn’t Obama and the Dems make a deal? Part 1

Getting something for nothing is always a good idea. Kudos to Senator Obama and other progressives for understanding this. The key questions are: How much of a "nothing" is ending the congressional moratorium on offshore …

Flat tire

What’s the deal with Republican attacks on the tire gauge?

I’ve had a few pundit types ask me what the deal is with the kerfuffle over the tire gauge. What’s the attack here on Obama? That pumping your tires is elitist? That it’s unbefitting a …

At last he's ready to vote

McCain says he’d end his vacation from Congress to ‘drill here, drill now’

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. In eastern Pennsylvania yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) repeatedly argued, "We need to drill here and we need to drill now." His invocation of the slogan of Newt Gingrich's …