Climate & Energy

Live at Coal River — mass arrests against mountaintop removal

James Hansen getting arrested on June 23 at an anti-mountaintop-removal protest.Antrim Caskey Note: This blog will be updated during the day, with dispatches, video and photos being filed by Stephanie Pistello.) “When I get to the other side, I shall …

Growing a better world

Crossposted from Znet “Every society clings to a myth by which it lives. Ours is the myth of economic growth.” So begins “Prosperity Without Growth“[1], the report of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission.  Questioning growth has been the obsessive …

Florida’s beaches now threatened by offshore drilling

In a disappointing move, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave its blessing for offshore drilling in Florida last week, potentially opening Florida’s coasts to oil and gas development. This is a major reversal that reneges on the …

Climate bill might get a vote this week after all

The American Clean Energy and Security Act might get a vote in the House this week after all. The House Committee on Rules posted the bill on its website late Monday — with 255 additional pages, bringing the total page …

Big Ag aims its pitchfork at historic climate legislation

Photo illustration by Tom Twigg / GristLike a tractor inching through a wet field, the Waxman-Markey climate legislation slowed to a crawl last week, on the verge of getting stuck. The bill’s authors still have to deal with plenty of …

White House refuses to disclose information on meetings with coal executives

Is the White House taking a page from Dick Cheney’s playbook by refusing to disclose who’s visiting the West Wing to lobby on energy and climate issues? Much like the preceding administration, Team Obama is fighting to keep White House …

Anthology features Americans’ personal stories of global warming

Union of Concerned Scientists“I knew climate change had no boundaries,” writes Michelle Nijhuis, prominent science writer and Grist contributor, in Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming, “even so, I didn’t expect to see its effects on the shores of …

Coal is the enemy of West Virginia

I wrote a slightly snotty post about West Virginia recently, in response to Gov. Joe Manchin making coal the state rock. The point was that dependence on coal has produced more misery than benefit for West Virginians — nothing to …

What will the U.S. and other major economies commit to?

I am outside of Mexico City with delegates from the world’s 17 biggest economies who are meeting this week ahead of the next G8 meeting to further negotiate international climate agreements. Issues on the table include funding for forest protection, …