Randy Udall, energy poet

They found Randy Udall yesterday — he had been hiking alone on a remote trail up in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, a place he knew well. Poles were still in hand, the Denver Post reports. “Randy left this Earth doing what he loved...

Population argument bombs

The Denver Post did a sort of quasi book-review/reax piece today to Weekly Standard writer Jonathan Last’s What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster. Cute, but no panacea One of the few things...

Gun Appreciation Day, annotated

I received an email from the #GunAppreciationDay people today. I figured I’d annotate it. My comments follow the **. Help us fund advertsing and spread the word far and wide… On Drudge, FOX News and Facebook Gun Appreciation Day is January...

Proud gun owner

The #NRA, in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre of children and elementary school teachers and staff, has its friends out in full force. One thing I’ve heard in several media interviews now is “proud gun owner.” This is NRA boilerplate. I bought...

Global warming, empty bellies

A few months ago, Micah Williams, TEDxMileHigh’s newest (and only full-time) employee, asked if I might write a blog post about climate change. I said “sure,” and then I thought about what I could say about climate change that...

Richard Mourdock and God’s intent

Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock lit up the media yesterday with the following comment: The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to...

Oil Shale Decision Right On

The U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to limit land leases on oil shale — a euphemism for rock mixed with kerogen with the energy content of french fries — was wise. I wrote up a story pitch after the Bush Administration decision to...

Imaging Earth, 2012 vs. 1972

NASA has released a phenomenal image: Taken by the the Suomi NPP spacecraft on January 4. Ball Aerospace built the NPP spacecraft; the instrument, the snappily named Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), is Goddard’s work...