Gregg Easterbrook

The first bogeyman of the 2012 campaign

September 1, 2011

If an election is coming, that means each side needs a bogeyman. The Republicans have chosen first, and theirs is the Environmental Protection Agency. Michele Bachman calls the EPA “the job-killing organization of America,” promising to “padlock” its doors. Tea Party leader Eric Cantor says environmental rules are “job-destroying”. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he “prays daily” for the EPA to be restricted.

Why didn’t the heat wave cause power failures?

July 28, 2011

Last week a record-setting heat wave afflicted much of the United States — yet there were no brownouts.

The good and bad of 2011

December 15, 2010

With 2011 around the corner, what big developments might be expected in the coming year? Here are a few possibilities, bad and good:

Ethanol a “stealth tax” on drivers

October 20, 2010

Substituting ethanol for petroleum – what could be wrong with that? A lot, it turns out, including a cynical “stealth tax” on drivers.