Climate Policy


U.S. gangs up with Saudi Arabia to crush European climate initiative

All the world's countries love to talk piously about the need to address climate change. What happens if someone goes beyond talk to action? If the E.U.'s aviation program is any indication, it ain't pretty.

Rick Santorum rewrites the history of clean air in America

Here is a video of Rick Santorum lying about the history of clean air in America and specifically Pittsburgh.

Congress toys with the future of wind energy

The same lawmakers clinging desperately to Keystone won't extend the production tax credit that keeps the burgeoning wind industry alive.

Crazy talk: Rick Santorum out-denies the climate deniers and spins eco-conspiracy theories

Rick Santorum is way crazy when it comes to environmental issues -- so crazy he makes Newt Gingrich's moon-colony plans sound plausible, and Mitt Romney's climate flip-floppery look presidential.

Seattle skyline

A new way of measuring carbon emissions that doesn’t let rich people cheat

There's no comprehensive, standardized way for cities to track their carbon pollution, but a new study puts forward a useful model. And it counts not just the CO2 we produce, but the CO2 we consume.

Tar-sands magnate, Bill Gates support research on geoengineering

The latest to join the fray are Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and "tar sands magnate Murray Edwards." Just goes to show you what strange bedfellows geoengineering makes.

The great carbon bubble: Why the fossil-fuel industry fights so hard

Big Oil will do anything to avoid coming to terms with the fact that the business models which have made it so profitable directly threaten the Earth's survival, writes Bill McKibben.

Republicans cockblock NOAA appointment because of an oil-drilling snit

You’d think that the main criterion for being named the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s chief scientist would be that you are a scientist. (Lesser criteria: being plausibly chiefly; studying some field related to oceanic and/or atmospheric science.) Turns out, …

Obama at State of the Union

Obama doesn’t back down on clean energy

During the State of the Union, I was watching for whether the president would back down on clean energy in the face of coordinated GOP assault. He did not. Instead, he doubled down.