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Despite Romney’s claims, Obama poses little threat to the industry.

Deepwater Horizon disaster

American politicians are touting a future of robust domestic oil production. There’s just one problem: our planet won’t allow it. 

Glacier

The presidential candidates have barely touched on environmental issues in their campaigns—and they both have plenty to answer for. Here’s what voters want to know.

But does his DNC speech signal that Obama will now champion the climate fight? Or was he just telling the Democratic base what they wanted to hear?

As the Democratic governor considers whether to allow the controversial gas drilling practice, anti-fracking forces vow to stop it—even if they have to go to jail to do so.

Coal mine in India

For decades, the World Bank pushed privatization of the power industry and assumed that energy services would "trickle down" to the poor.

The summer of 2012 has been one of heat, drought, rising food costs and global unrest.

Oil spill

Shell is getting ready to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, and while it’s not yet quite a done deal, the prospect should certainly focus our minds.

Melting ice sheet in Greenland

This scorching summer could be a global warming landmark—if we demand climate action from our leaders.

Cleanup efforts after the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster

Moral indignation is no longer enough to combat the power of Big Oil.

Blogs

A reaction to Chris Hayes's MSNBC documentary on climate change, The Politics of Power.

August 19, 2013

Democracy doesn’t fare well when a few personalities dominate media ownership.

August 16, 2013

Despite the ills of fracking, the Obama administration claims more natural gas is part of the solution to climate change. 

August 15, 2013

Representative Dana Rohrabacher says global warming is a “fraud” to “create global government.”

August 10, 2013

A new campaign wants to warn you about the perils of climate change by putting labels on gas pumps.

August 9, 2013

A new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says weather around the world is becoming more extreme.

August 8, 2013

How labor and environmentalists in California are finding common cause.

August 7, 2013

Do Democrats’ words matter, even if their climate policies are gutless? It depends on what the public says next.

August 1, 2013

At Sunday’s march on the Brayton Point coal plant in Massachusetts, I was reminded of what it takes for a movement to win.

July 30, 2013

The current drought in the Southwest bears echoes of the 1930s, when Nation writers and illustrators evoked what it was like to have “nice hot dust in your nose, eyes, and throat.”

July 27, 2013