November 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan
The Republican Party has won the popular vote in a presidential election only one time since 1988. That's more than 30 years (or 7 elections) with just one popular vote win, which went to George W. Bush, possibly due to an Osama bin Laden video tape that came out 4 days before the election. In 2000, Bush won the electoral college (well, maybe*) despite the fact that Gore got more than half a million more votes. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, but lost the electoral college vote (by fewer than 60,000 votes in key states)
October 9th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The 6th IPCC climate assessment is out and it describes a world speeding headlong toward disaster. Will we pay attention before it's too late? (Probably not.)
July 27th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
Last week, I wrote about a US democratic crisis. It concerns Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump on the surface, but a bit more deeply, it concerns oil. Take a deep breath and bear with me a moment while I set the stage before connecting the dots
July 20th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
One of the key lessons I learned while getting my first degree in sociology is a simple one, but it's also a profound one that is too often glossed over. The lesson is that democracy is fundamentally built on two pillars: 1) widespread availability of accurate, nearly complete information; and 2) a citizenry that engages in politics
May 5th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
High atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai'i, there is an observatory scientists use to study the cosmos. At 14,000 feet above sea level, it has a clearer view of the heavens than most places on Earth. (It is a neighbor of Kilauea, the volcano that erupted this week after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island.) The observatory is also an ideal place to monitor the Earth's atmosphere in a place with no local pollution from large cities. One of the instruments installed there measures the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air
April 1st, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
A federal judge in New York has dismissed a suit brought by ExxonMobil against two attorneys general accusing them of conspiring to sue the company just to get reelected.
March 11th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
Donald Trump is not that normal, but he is human. He is a human who has lived essentially all of his life with a totally stacked hand, to bring in a gambling analogy. He has still managed to lose all of his or his companies' cash several times, but then his connections in the benevolent and altruistic worlds of the mafia, luxury real estate, banking, and show business have bailed him out and let him start a fresh game with a new (again highly stacked) hand. As such, despite being human, The Donald has had a pretty abnormal life that has not fully warped his sense of reality by itself but which has warped his sense of what's proper and normal for the rest of society. After all, his reality is indeed real, even if it's not normal or proper
June 30th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
As Energy Week limps to a close, tension mounts between the nuclear vision of Bill Gates and the natural gas leverage embodied by of Rex Tillerson
June 5th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General for the state of New York, has filed a statement with a New York court alleging that Exxon has materially misrepresented key information to investors since 2010. The company vigorously denies the claim.
May 9th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
With the internal White House debate over whether to remain in or pull out of the Paris Agreement heating up, a bipartisan group of 20 retired senior military officers and national security experts have signed companion joint letters urging US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to lead on addressing the security implications of climate change.
April 18th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
With insiders predicting Donald Trump's senior advisers will aim to decide whether the United States will stay a part of the Paris climate agreement or not by Tuesday, a growing number of unlikely climate allies have arisen, including Washington's new power-couple, JIvanka, as well as officials from fossil fuel companies such as Exxon and Shell.
April 3rd, 2017 | by James Ayre
Will the Trump Administration "open the door" to planet-scale geoengineering experiments? That's the question posed in an article that I recently came across, one which referenced plans by Harvard engineers David Keith and Frank Keutsch to test in 2018 (in Arizona) the high-altitude spraying of sulphate particles as a means of limiting warming
March 6th, 2017 | by Susan Kraemer
On Tuesday, March 7th, the Trump administration will reverse the Obama administration's Final Determination requiring automakers meet an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, according to Inside EPA.
An alliance of manufacturers had urged protection for fuel inefficiency in a letter to Trump EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in February, and the industry request is one of hundreds of industry-requested rollbacks in Obama rules that are now on the chopping block, according to the New York Times
March 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
For years, many Republicans falsely claimed that Obama was not born in the US (and thus wasn't our legitimate president), that he's Muslim (he's actually Christian), that he hates America (so obviously absurd that the claim baffles the mind), etc., etc. All the while, Obama maintained his composure and was "presidential" for his entire 8 years as president. Try to imagine for a minute if he wasn't. And try to imagine he had serious conflicts of interest and strong ties to anti-democratic, anti-USA countries. What would the haters have been yelling if he crossed the lines Trump has crossed
February 20th, 2017 | by Susan Kraemer
The idea of the president of any normal country also owning one of its largest assets and using his office to protect it seems outrageous. Putin used his position to gain wealth for himself and a small group of cronies, and is trying to prevent sanctions from reducing the value of that wealth
February 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
Multiple people have asked me to chime in on the Elon Musk and Donald Trump "partnership." The requests have popped up for months. I've also noticed a lot of commentary — on Twitter, here on CleanTechnica, and elsewhere — that implies Elon has turned evil or is sacrificing his morals by working with Trump
February 3rd, 2017 | by Tina Casey
A new report paints a rosy picture for rapid solar and EV growth, but new US Sec'y of State Rex Tillerson could slow things down
January 24th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
Rex Tillerson, former chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, has moved a step closer to being confirmed as President Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State, with a vote split straight down party lines -- 11 Republicans voted in favor, 10 Democrats voted against.
January 14th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan
As the cleantech transition speeds up, many of us are jumping for joy. Trump may be king of tweetland, but he and his oil & gas buddies can't stop renewables or electric robotaxis. They know that. Their goals are pretty clear, though: pump up the carbon bubble as much as possible, stuff as much cash into their own bank accounts before it pops, and hopefully retire and die before the whole global economy is brought down with the the thin soapy liquid that was probably much prettier as a bubble
January 12th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor
In his hearing to be confirmed as Secretary of State, Exxon’s Rex Tillerson portrayed himself as a Chief Executive Officer (and Board Chair) who had no idea what the company was doing in several areas, including that of his greatest responsibility: Russia
January 12th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor
In Tillerson’s opening statement, which measured 2,155 words, the Exxon CEO mentioned Russia nine times, China nine times, and human rights six times. But he did not once utter the words “climate change,” “energy,” “oil,” or “ExxonMobil."
January 12th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor
The role of America’s top diplomat is not a light one. In many ways, the weight of the world rests on the US secretary of state’s shoulders. Which is why so many are so concerned about the outside influences that may have their thumbs on the scale with the man nominated to fill the role next: former ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson
January 5th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Before he becomes Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will be deposed by attorneys for Our Children’s Trust. The lawyers want to know what Tillerson -- who is currently CEO of ExxonMobil -- knew about the effect of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels and when did he know it