Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Michael Crichton dies of cancer

Michael Crichton, bestselling author and climate skeptic, has died of cancer at the age of 66.

Climate & Energy

House Dems already talking about major leadership changes

Mere hours after the election, some Democrats in the House are plotting a major leadership shakeup. Via Politico: House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman is calling senior Democrats to seek the top spot on Energy and Commerce, …


A video story of post-election hopes for the planet

Now that the most epic presidential election of our lives is over, Americans should have plenty of free time on our hands. So, what next? This is where Jo comes in. She’s an average American looking for real — heck, …

Climate & Energy

Bush admin to open almost 360,000 acres of Utah public lands to drilling

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that over 359,000 acres of public lands in Utah will be up for lease in December, some of which have “wilderness characteristics” or are “in the vicinity of national parks or monuments.” …

Climate & Energy

Judgment and objectivity in media

Kevin Drum examines the notion of journalistic objectivity via cap-and-trade: The biggest difference between the two cap-and-trade plans, of course, is that Obama seems to actually believe in his proposal whereas McCain pretty plainly doesn’t. For him, it’s just window …

Climate & Energy

Umbra on compost and climate

Dear Umbra, I was explaining to my neighbor (who doesn’t even recycle) why he shouldn’t throw out a bag of leaves with his trash. Just to clarify, he asked what to do with it. I explained composting; he doesn’t want …

Business & Technology

The European wind industry continues its march to dominance

The European energy market has been driven for years by restrictions on CO2 and taxpayer support for renewable energy. As a result, Europe boasts many of the biggest, strongest wind companies in the world. In the U.S., we largely leave …

Climate & Energy

How could Obama put climate and energy policy under a single roof?

Last month, the U.K. government grouped energy and environmental policy under a single department. Last week, the Canadian government put the economy, environment, and energy security together under a single ministry. This reflects growing realization in the developed world that …

Climate & Energy

EPA investigator blows the whistle on BP oil spill case

Way back in March 2006, BP pipelines ruptured and dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil all over the Alaskan tundra. It was the biggest oil spill since the Exxon-Valdez. There was a criminal investigation. And then … …