Drilling Down
August 27, 2008

Representative John Shadegg was very proud of his Republican colleagues in the House. They had, after all, wrestled down rising gas prices. "The market is responding to the fact that we are here talking," he told reporters.

Greening Exxon Will Have To Wait
May 28, 2008

The results are in, and the shareholder effort to push Exxon in a more environmentally friendly direction has come up short, winning 40 percent of the vote: Exxon Mobil’s chairman and chief executive, Rex W. Tillerson, defeated a shareholder effort on Wednesday to take away one of his jobs at an annual meeting punctuated by a debate of the company’s policy toward renewable energy and global warming. The vote was nonbinding and would not have guaranteed a change in company policies had it passed.

Has Exxon Really Reformed?
February 02, 2007

I've seen plenty of news reports lately about how ExxonMobil is trying to burnish its public image by becoming more green-friendly. See this story in today's Financial Times, for example. The company has even promised to stop bankrolling the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which has waged a long disinformation campaign by attacking the science on global warming. This certainly sounds like good news, right? That's what I thought, too.

Balance in the Earth
October 02, 1995

The good, the bad, and the ugly of environmentalism.

That’s Oil, Folks
April 24, 1989

One in 28,000 would be a pretty good failure rate for a condom manufacturer. It’d be a spectacular for a method to prevent prisoner recidivism. But in fields like nuclear deterrence and ecological disaster prevention, one little mistake can spoil the whole darn program. What is happening in Prince William Sound is a horrible catastrophe. The place looks even worse than Boston Harbor did in those Bush for President TV commercials. Tens of thousands of oil soaked birds and animals are dead or dying, but that’s only the beginning.