Politics

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 …

McCain compares Obama to Britney and Paris in new energy ad

In the ongoing energy ad battle, John McCain released another television ad today on the subject. Or at least it purports to be about energy. The ad juxtaposes video of Obama at his recent speech in Berlin with photos of …

Obama responds to McCain’s ‘Pump’ ad with call for higher mileage standards and renewables

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama released a new television ad on energy prices yesterday — a direct response to John McCain’s recent ad blaming Obama for high gas prices. “Have you seen John McCain’s TV ad?” the Obama ad asks. …

Four senators call for perjury investigation of EPA chief’s testimony

Four senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee have called for the resignation of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson and have asked the U.S. attorney general to investigate whether Johnson lied to Congress in a hearing about California’s greenhouse-gas emissions …