Politics

Why Biden is such an important pick for those who care about the climate

Catastrophic climate change is the primary preventable threat to the health and well-being of all Americans — as readers of this blog already understand and as pretty much everyone else will figure out in the coming years. Keeping total planetary …

Mark Warner talks to Grist about his energy vision and upcoming keynote address

Mark Warner. Photo: John Rohrbach “I’m a big believer that to get the American people to agree on transformative change, you’ve got to show bipartisan support,” Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Mark Warner tells Grist. “And I think if we’re really …

U.S. foreign policy: GMO all the way

About a week ago, The New York Times ran a brief interview with Nina V. Federoff, official “science and technology adviser” to the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Not surprisingly, Condoleeza Rice’s science czar has a …

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 …