Politics

  • When pleasing industry compulsively takes precedence over public interest

    It’s gratifying to see EPA chief Stephen Johnson writhing under pressure to resign in disgrace. The agency is being hounded by lawsuits from states while Johnson faces perjury accusations from Congress. My question: what took so long? Documenting the agency’s …

  • Ninth time’s the charm?

    Yesterday, for the eighth time this session, the Senate took up the extension of the critical tax credits for solar and wind. The Republicans filibustered and the cloture vote failed. Read the sordid story here. Congress is now adjourning for …

  • Ads from Sierra Club and MoveOn hit McCain over energy policy

    “Big Oil companies have our economy and politics in a choke hold,” says a new TV ad released today by the Sierra Club Political Committee. “They are getting billions from the government, raking in record profits, while we pay more …

  • New Obama ad responds to McCain’s Britney ad

    Barack Obama is hammering back after John McCain ran an ad comparing him to Britney Spears. In a new ad of his own, Obama accuses the Republican candidate of taking “the low road.” “John McCain: Same old politics, same failed …

  • Bush praises coal, other fossil fuels in speech to West Virginia Coal Association

    In a speech to coal industry executives in West Virginia Thursday, President Bush praised nuclear power and fossil fuels of all kinds, but lavished special praise on coal. “There’s no more reliable source of electricity than coal,” he said. Bush …

  • Pink slip

    I spent eight years working for the U.S. EPA. It was a foundational experience for me — it gave me an excellent perspective on how environmental regulation works (and doesn’t work). That said, I’m really much happier now that I’m …

  • States, green groups to sue EPA for not regulating plane or ship emissions

    Two separate coalitions of states, environmental groups, and state and local pollution regulators announced Thursday their respective intents to sue the U.S. EPA over its failure to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from ships and planes; the group of states and pollution …

  • Grist talks to New Hampshire Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen

    “We can’t depend just on oil,” says Democratic Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen. “I think people want choices. They understand that we’ve got to address this issue and they want some leadership to get it done.” Shaheen is taking a second …

  • Cheney, Johnson, and CO2

    Since folks are calling for EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to resign, it’s perhaps time to reveal exactly why he has been such a stick in the mud on CO2. Full hilarious details are now available, from satirist Harry Shearer’s July …