The Great Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming

The Great Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming

Pumpkin fever is back. The latest bout of this seasonal disorder has infected Hostess Twinkies and moved Starbucks to put a smidge of real pumpkin in its pumpkin spice lattes. Previously, the ubiquitous coffee purveyor used a common ploy: It evoked agrarian and...
A Fossil-Fueled Fantasy

A Fossil-Fueled Fantasy

Newfangled carbon-capture power plants supposedly burn coal without poisoning the planet. They don’t. Extracting coal from the ground and disposing of its toxic byproducts makes a dirty mess no matter how it’s burned. But this “clean coal” ruse is conjuring up...
Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits

Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits

When you hear the name Joe Walsh, you may think of the Eagles guitarist. But Joe Walsh is also the name of a tea-partying Republican lawmaker from Illinois. That Joe Walsh has released several of his own hits — really, really offensive hits. Most recently, the...

Climate Science can Weather a Winter Storm

News of the Great Winter Storm of 2011 arrived a day early. It was going to be bad, forecasters said. The entire Midwest and much of the Northeast was going to be hit with wind and snow, but the real story was Chicago. Chicago was to be Ground Zero for the end of the...

Put a Human Face on Spending Priorities

Across the country, state legislatures are grappling with billion-dollar deficits. The prevailing narrative among Republicans–and many Democrats–is cut, cut, cut. But in some of the nation’s most populous states, a few legislators are pushing back....