Politics

Show-me the renewables

Missourians to vote on renewable energy ballot initiative in November

Renewable things are happening in the heartland. Ohio passed a renewable portfolio standard in the spring, and Michigan did the same a few weeks ago. Renewable activists in Missouri recently qualified a renewable energy standard …

Bush signs off on $25 billion loan to Big Auto

President Bush on Tuesday signed a $630 billion spending bill that includes a $25 billion loan to the struggling auto industry. (Bush’s sign-off also marks the expiration of the offshore-drilling ban and keeps the federal …

New California law aims to cut CO2 emissions by discouraging sprawl

A brand new law in California, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Tuesday night, aims to cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the state by discouraging sprawl. The influential California Air Resources Board will develop GHG-reduction goals …

'There are man's activities that can be contributed to the issues that we're dealing with now'

More Couric and Palin, on drilling and climate change

More excerpts from the Couric interview with Palin, on subjects including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The trademark borderline-incoherence is in full effect: Here’s the transcript. Here’s the part on climate change, where …

It’s just that they keep talking about the causes of the problem …

It’s clear to anyone paying attention that much if not most of global warming “skepticism” is driven by political opposition to the solutions, but you rarely hear people slip up and admit it: “I do …

A spend in need is a spend indeed

Obama says energy will remain a top priority despite financial crisis

On the campaign trail in Reno, Nev., today, Barack Obama attempted to quell fears that the financial crisis would lead him to shelve key components of his agenda if he were elected. During Friday’s debate, …

Meat Wagon: House of fools

While antibiotic-resistant bugs flourish, a House subcommittee buries its head

In Meat Wagon, we round up the latest outrages from the meat and livestock industries. As the fruits of three decades of financial-market deregulation and lax oversight ripen on Wall Street, now is a fitting …

McOops

McCain claims U.S. has ‘the world’s largest oil reserves’

John McCain did an interview via satellite yesterday with WSYX ABC News in Columbus, Ohio, in which he claimed that the United States has the world’s largest oil reserves. You can watch the video, or …

The case for country

Why I ditched D.C. and moved to rural Nebraska

“You’re moving where?! Why?!” Steph Larsen on the road in North and South Dakota Photo: ruralaffairs. This response was by far the most common among acquaintances when I told them excitedly that I was leaving …