Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

One of the sad ironies of Donald Trump’s victory is that climate change has risen up the political agenda only after the campaign, when both candidates and debate moderators largely ignored it. Trump’s denial in the face of an urgent, planetary threat provides some...
Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change

Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change

“It’s not being taken seriously enough,” Janet Redman said about the DNC’s policy agenda on climate change. “The fact that they’ve said no to different financial tools for cutting carbon, the fact that they’ve said no to...
Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

Resilience + Resistance: A Recipe for Justice and Sustainability

Monday morning in Boston, seven people sat down in front of construction equipment, blocking construction of a fracked gas pipeline coming into the heart of the city. That same evening, the Jamaica Plain Time Exchange hosted a spring seed and plant exchange. What do...
Oil and Gas Executive Was a Wrecking Ball Businessman

Oil and Gas Executive Was a Wrecking Ball Businessman

Aubrey McClendon’s 2013 Chevy Tahoe ignited after he slammed into an Oklahoma City overpass at high speed. Flames charred the brazen oil and gas executive’s body so badly that medical experts relied on dental records to verify that he’d died. One day before McClendon...
Betting the Farm on Free Trade

Betting the Farm on Free Trade

From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed halfway around the world may make her job much harder. Feridun got...
Pensions Powered by Climate Change

Pensions Powered by Climate Change

If I had $17 million in savings, I’d take advantage of that financial security and retire early. That’s the average total retirement assets of chief executives at the top 30 U.S. oil, natural gas, and coal companies, according to a recent report by the Institute for...
Don’t Get Burned by Coal’s Demise

Don’t Get Burned by Coal’s Demise

Stanford, Georgetown, and other universities are stripping coal stocks and bonds out of their endowments. Why? For starters, they don’t want to lose money. At least 200 U.S. coal-fired power plants have stopped operating since 2010, shrinking the total fleet by 40...
A Slick Maneuver

A Slick Maneuver

What a relief. In exchange for Iran taking steps to guarantee that it can’t build nuclear weapons, the sanctions that have choked off its access to world markets will end without a single shot. Instead of celebrating this diplomatic breakthrough, conservative...
Virginia Is for Dirty-Energy Lovers

Virginia Is for Dirty-Energy Lovers

If you live in Virginia and would like to shrink your carbon footprint, here’s what passes for good news: We’re now officially free to ban fracking. For two years, Old Dominion communities weren’t at liberty to prevent that kind of oil and gas drilling. After the...
It’s Not Easy for Obama to Prove He’s Green

It’s Not Easy for Obama to Prove He’s Green

  President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, recently boasted that his boss will “go down in history as the greenest president we’ve ever had.” Yes, cars, trucks, and buses will increasingly burn less fuel because of this White House. If the courts don’t...
Going off the Rails

Going off the Rails

When 27 CSX tanker cars loaded with fracked North Dakota crude tumbled onto a West Virginia riverbank on President’s Day, the ensuing fireballs leveled a house and forced hundreds of people to flee amid a heavy snowstorm. Even though 19 of the derailed cars — each...
Tilting at Turbines

Tilting at Turbines

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and several of John D. Rockefeller’s heirs have some investment advice for you. They want you, your college or alma mater, your local firefighters’ pension fund, and all other investors — big and...
The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40. What ignited his rise to the ranks of Americans with money to burn? He owns a company called Parsley...