The Hairball That Gagged a Fracker

The Hairball That Gagged a Fracker

Imagine a political campaign against environmentalists that’s so negative, so ridiculously slanted and downright dirty, that it actually repulsed executives of some of America’s biggest fracking corporations. It’s got to take a big wad of ugly to gag...
Wine over Brine

Wine over Brine

My home near Seneca Lake in New York is famous for a lot of things — good wine, fine food, and the Finger Lakes region’s beautiful scenery. Now, though, Crestwood Midstream — a Houston-based company that drills, stores, and distributes fracked natural gas — wants to...
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 spike...
Life in Anxietyland

Life in Anxietyland

Greetings from Anxietyland. Or as some might know it, graduate school. I’ve got just a few weeks left of teaching and taking classes before the semester ends. You might see that as hectic yet manageable. It’s not exactly fun, but it’s only temporary....
Blowing Past Political Turbulence

Blowing Past Political Turbulence

The gaggle of workers in Montana’s Carbon County hacking at the barely thawed ground in late December were on a mission: Secure Mud Springs Wind Ranch’s eligibility for a green-energy incentive. Why were they racing to catch a tax credit in that sparsely inhabited...