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The Exelon-Pepco merger: Big, nuke-heavy utility looking for new ratepayers to fleece

grist.org — Get ready, people. We're about to make utility mergers sexy! The short version: Exelon is a big, crappy utility company that's in trouble because it's saddled with a bunch of uneconomic nuclear plants. It wants to buy Pepco, a smaller, better utility, so Pepco's ratepayers can help pay for those uneconomic nuclear plants.
Jan 24, 2015

Live in DC? You should care that your power utility’s about to get eaten by a big, nuke-heavy, $$$-hungry crapbag: grist.org/climate-energy…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @scotthomasson: Don't let @drgrist's boring lede fool ya: protest of Exelon's takeover of Pepco is an honest-to-god #OccupyPUC story. grist.org/climate-energy…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @scotthomasson: Don't let @drgrist's boring lede fool ya: protest of Exelon's takeover of Pepco is an honest-to-god #OccupyPUC story. grist.org/climate-energy…

Jan 23, 2015

Occupy PUCs! Big, nuke-heavy utility looking for new ratepayers to fleece grist.org/climate-energy…

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Climate and population are linked - but maybe not the way you thought

grist.org — It's not a topic that comes up in high-level international negotiations on climate change. Yet who would disagree that when individuals and couples use modern contraception to plan childbearing according to a schedule that suits them, they tend to have fewer children than they would otherwise?
Jan 24, 2015

#ThePWord RT @grist Climate and population are linked — but maybe not the way you thought buff.ly/1D4DAiV

At least a couple GOP presidential contenders accept climate science, and that matters

grist.org — Even by the standards of Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney has had a lot of positions on climate change. In 2008, when Republicans were allowed to accept the enormous evidence of anthropogenic climate change, he did.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @grist: At least a couple GOP presidential contenders accept climate science, and that matters buff.ly/1B08qqB pic.twitter.com/clkYeyiNUY

Jan 23, 2015

At least a couple GOP presidential contenders accept climate science, and that matters grist.org/politics/at-le…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @grist: At least a couple GOP presidential contenders accept climate science, and that matters buff.ly/1JuR09Z pic.twitter.com/kYEk3bWi5u

Love letters to Thor, whose things we found in the melting ice

grist.org — Melting Ice, Melting Hearts A team of archaeologists led by Lars Pilo in Oppland County, Norway, have uncovered a number of viking and Stone Age artifacts that have been revealed as ancient layers of ice start to melt away.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @dumbledarb: Love letters to Thor, whose things we found in the melting ice grist.org/list/love-lett… Real treat of an article by @eefandrews

Jan 23, 2015

Love letters to Thor, whose things we found in the melting ice grist.org/list/love-lett… Real treat of an article by @eefandrews

Tom Steyer is not running for Senate, and that’s a good thing

grist.org — Tom Steyer, billionaire anti-climate change activist, announced Thursday afternoon that he will not be running for the open Senate seat in California in 2016. The seat is currently held by Barbara Boxer (D), leading climate hawk and ranking Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

India invites Obama over, but wants 350.org and Sierra Club to stay home

grist.org — Even as Barack Obama prepares to visit India next week to talk about climate change and other issues, the Indian government is cracking down on some of the same environmental groups that play a significant role in shaping the conversation around climate in America, including 350.org, the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace.

This chart of rising ocean temperatures is terrifying

grist.org — This year's biggest climate change news was that 2014 was hottest year on record. Turns out, there's bigger news: It was also the hottest year in the oceans, which are warming so fast they're literally breaking the NOAA's charts. Don't think you mind a little jacuzzification in your ocean? You're wrong.

We only got 3 minutes to save the world

grist.org — Climate apocalypse or nuclear holocaust? Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists , a magazine started by the creators of the first atom bomb to inform humanity about threats to its survival, has kept time on its Doomsday Clock - how much time we have left, that is.
Jan 23, 2015

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (w/ a little help from Madonna): We only got 3 minutes to save the world grist.org/news/we-only-g…

Senator clears humans of climate change using acclaimed scientific journal

grist.org — To understand the craziness that just went down on the floor of the U.S. Senate, you first have to understand the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. It's pretty simple, actually: The planet is getting warmer, largely because humans are releasing heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @grist: Senator clears humans of climate change using acclaimed scientific journal buff.ly/1JoTbM8 pic.twitter.com/YGpYYwNcuT

Jan 22, 2015

For real RT @grist: Senator clears humans of climate change using acclaimed scientific journal buff.ly/1yTykkG pic.twitter.com/FP0m4T6LV6

How Citizens United paved the way for Big Oil’s bribes

grist.org — If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonald's is the No. 1 priority of what used to be known as " the world's greatest deliberative body," you are not alone. The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money, and in particular, the Supreme Court's tragic 2010 Citizens United ruling.
Jan 22, 2015

How Citizens United paved the way for Big Oil’s bribes grist.org/climate-energy… Lots of good/shocking numbers in here.

Now Republicans are trying to block international climate deals

grist.org — Along with a whole mess of other amendments that senators are trying to tack on to Keystone pipeline legislation, there's now one aimed at invalidating the U.S.-China climate pact announced last November. The amendment, offered by Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Jan 22, 2015

Now Republicans are trying to block international climate deals grist.org/news/now-inhof… Where "now" = "always"

Exclusive: Mandolin Orange’s intimate “Wake Me” performance at Pickathon

grist.org — Drawing influences from classic bluegrass, folk, country, and even traditional gospel, the North Carolina-based band Mandolin Orange evokes the balmy timelessness of Americana in their music. Here they are performing an acoustic version of "Wake Me" at last year's Pickathon, a sweet, bluegrass-inspired tune about a weary, heartsick wanderer.
Jan 23, 2015

This intimate live performance by Mandolin Orange is just lovely. So happy it debuted on Grist. grist.org/living/mandoli…

Jan 22, 2015

RT @drgrist: The latest in @grist’s exclusive performance videos from @pickathon features a lovely song from @mandolin_orange. grist.org/living/mandoli…

Jan 22, 2015

The latest in @grist’s exclusive performance videos from @pickathon features a lovely song from @mandolin_orange. grist.org/living/mandoli…

Big palm oil trader’s website begins to deliver on sustainability pledge

grist.org — There's some more news from the series of successes in palm oil reform: Wilmar International, the biggest palm oil trader in the world, has set up a website that reveals its supply chain and allows anyone to report violations of its recent sustainability pledge.
Jan 23, 2015

#wilmar MT Big palm oil trader’s website begins to deliver on sustainability pledge via @grist @SavorTooth buff.ly/1CkEREu

Jan 22, 2015

Big palm oil trader’s website begins to deliver on sustainability pledge grist.org/food/big-palm-… via @grist

James Inhofe, Senate’s top skeptic, explains his climate-hoax theory

grist.org — Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), one of the world's most vociferous climate skeptics, is practically giddy these days. He's argued since 2003 that global warming is a massive "hoax" being played on the American people, and now he believes he's got more backing than ever before for his claim, from "Climategate" emails to errors in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the recent blizzards in Washington, D.C.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @grist: #TBT to our 2010 interview with Senator James "Climate Change Is A Hoax" Inhofe buff.ly/1BMEPpQ pic.twitter.com/HO8LiVYecf

When did letting your kids walk home alone become a crime?

grist.org — Silver Spring, Md., is not known for being backward. Just north of Washington, D.C., it is similar to other liberal-leaning inner-ring Montgomery County suburbs, only more racially and socioeconomically diverse than most. Like its neighbors, such as Bethesda, the area has gradually urbanized in recent years, as a mixed-use, relatively high-density area has grown up around its mass transit hub.
Jan 22, 2015

When did letting your kids walk home alone become a crime? by @badler: grist.org/cities/when-di…

Jan 22, 2015

@badler Would be interesting to look at the route those kids were on. Seems it was Ga Ave, a very busy street. grist.org/cities/when-di…

Jan 21, 2015

RT @badler: When did letting your kids walk home alone become a crime? grist.org/cities/when-di…