It’s All About the Carbon


Fossil fuels are all variations on carbon. Coal, crude oil, natural gas: when burned, they generate carbon dioxide, CO2, a greenhouse gas. So which states among the 50 generate the most CO2? It depends on how you measure it. If we focus just on energy-related CO2 emissions, Texas is the worst in absolute terms. By…

Caribou from the Porcupine herd gather in a drainage of the Brooks Range in ANWR, June 2009. (Richard J. Murphy / ADN archive)

Young Calls Constituents Liars


The provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and development remains in the so-called “tax bill”. Rep. Don Young (R, Assholes) reported to an industry support group recently, according to the Anchorage Daily News that “We have in there the ANWR provision,” he said of the deal being fashioned in the conference committee Wednesday.…

William Magear Tweed, c. 1870, via WikiCommons

Boss Tweed Comes to Interior


William Magear Tweed (1823 to1878) – Boss Tweed – was a New York politician and arguably the most corrupt man in the history of American politics, Through his control of the New York state Tammany Hall political machine, he exerted iron-fisted control over political patronage in New York City through Tammany, and his ability to ensure the loyalty of voters…