Climate & Energy

How Obama can revive the economy and heal the planet

A few days before the election, Barack Obama told Time‘s Joe Klein: Finding the new driver of our economy is going to be critical. There’s no better driver that pervades all aspects of our economy than a new energy economy …

Fungus in rainforest foliage has promise as biofuel

A fungus hiding out in the trees of a Patagonian rainforest could be “a better source of biofuel than anything we use at the moment,” according to the scientist who accidentally discovered it.

Obama on dealing with dumb debate questions

“I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, ‘You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.’ Instead of being appropriately [the tape is garbled]. So when Brian Williams is asking me …

Michael Crichton dies of cancer

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

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, …

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.” …

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 …

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 …