Politics

Notable quotable

Obama brings California dreaming

“Now we’ll get our phone calls returned.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, on what effect an Obama presidency would have on California, possibly including approval of the state’s tailpipe standards and big green energy investments that …

The big O

Chorus of intellectuals and activists call on Obama to think big

Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman to Barack Obama: be ambitious (really ambitious)! Beltway CW bellwether Fareed Zakaria to Barack Obama: be ambitious! Former Secretary of Labor and current Obama adviser Robert Reich to Barack Obama: be …

A fuel's game

More enviro groups argue in favor of factoring greenhouse-gas emissions into EPA biofuel rules

More environmental groups are calling on the U.S. EPA to consider biofuels’ life-cycle greenhouse-gas emissions as the agency draws up rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The groups want to make sure that any emissions …

Waxman v. Dingell

Why polluter lobbyists are rallying to protect ‘Tailpipe Johnny’

While the Obama transition team starts assembling the pieces of his administration, one of D.C.’s most intriguing subplots is unfolding: the contest between Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and John Dingell (D-Mich.) for chairmanship of the …

The end of stasis and rot

Tardy reflections on the election of Barack Obama

It feels a little weird that Obama won the election and I haven’t written anything about it. Everyone with a platform apparently feels obliged to say something profound, but after several aborted attempts, I find …

Going up? Part 4

Michael Pollan and other food authors and activists offer their elevator pitches for Obama

We asked a number of leaders in sustainable food and agriculture to imagine they found themselves in an elevator with the president-elect — giving them one minute of his undivided attention. Here are their messages …

Island nation of Maldives to buy land elsewhere, fearing effects of climate change

The new president of the Maldives, a tiny nation comprised of low-lying islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean, has said the country will begin using a portion of its tourism money to buy a …

Congress to vote on clearing way for road through remote wildlife refuge

Congress is expected to vote this month on a potentially precedent-setting land swap that would clear the way for a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska. Locals say the road’s main purpose …

Obama’s team considers how to tackle energy and climate policy

An economic recovery plan will be priority No. 1, President-elect Barack Obama said on Saturday (and enviros hope that plan will include green elements). As part of its economic planning, the Obama team is looking …