Politics

T. Boone Pickens airs his first television ad

T. Boone Pickens — the conservative billionaire oil baron turned wind activist — just released his his first TV ad. Pickens has said that “we can’t drill our way out” of our energy problem, and in the ad he says …

Border-fence design exacerbated flooding along U.S.-Mexico border

The hastily built new fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has apparently exacerbated flooding in parts of Arizona and Mexico due to poor fence design. Environmentalists and others had warned the Department of Homeland Security that rushing border-fence construction could cause …

Beijing officials consider extending some clean-air measures beyond Olympics

Beijing’s emergency measures to clear its famously polluted air during the Olympic Games have been largely successful, with the city reportedly experiencing the cleanest summer air it’s had for over a decade. But now that the Olympics are over, full-time …

Grist heads to the Democratic and Republican national conventions

David and I are bound for Denver this week, where we’ll be bringing you on-the-ground reporting from the Democratic National Convention. Immediately thereafter, we’ll be in St. Paul, Minn., for the Republican National Convention. Whose convention will be the greenest? …

Enviros generally pleased with Biden’s record on environmental issues

Joe Biden. Photo: Michael Millhollin In a 3 a.m. blast of emails and text messages, Democrat Barack Obama announced that his selection for a vice presidential candidate is Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. And, for the most part, representatives from the …

Reactions and info on Joe Biden’s selection to the Obama ticket

Biden, Biden, Biden. Everybody’s talking about Biden. I’ve rounded up some of the more interesting stuff below. Start, of course, with Grist’s fact sheet on Biden’s environmental record and our interview with Biden on environmental issues. Other green stuff: see …

Barack Obama and Joe Biden make their first public appearance as ticket mates

“We literally can’t afford four more years of this non-energy policy, relying on hostile foreign countries … literally putting America’s security at risk,” said Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, in his first speaking engagement as Barack Obama’s vice-presidential candidate today in …

Barack Obama selects Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate

Joe Biden. Photo: senate.gov Barack Obama’s running mate will be Joe Biden. Here’s a fact sheet on Biden’s environmental record. Grist interviewed Biden in August 2007, when he was running for president. He said this about dealing with climate change: …

Obama’s energy and climate advisors

Greenwire ($ub. req’d) has published a detailed list of who is advising Obama on energy and environment policies, which I am reprinting below the fold. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, has a notably deep bench of experts to help him answer …