Alexander C. Kaufman, Mother Jones

Alexander C. Kaufman

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Kingston, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Alexander:

Oklahoma Utility Seeks $1,400 Consumer “Exit Fee” to Swap Gas for Electric

Oklahoma giant's proposal could spark copycats, climate advocates warn. → Read More

Oklahoma Proposes Letting Gas Utility Charge A $1,400 ‘Exit Fee’ To Go Electric

The fee could give the fossil fuel industry a new tool to slow the energy transition. → Read More

Supreme Court Will Consider Limiting EPA’s Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases

Friday's decision is a “huge deal—and a big surprise,” says a former agency official. → Read More

What Happens In Glasgow Could Set A Course Away From Climate Calamity — Or Cement A Disaster

Months after scientists warned of "code red for humanity," the world's two carbon superpowers are arriving with lackluster solutions to an increasingly desperate problem. → Read More

Climate Change Is a Serious Threat to America’s Financial System

It poses “credit and market risks” to banks, insurers, and pension plans, report notes. → Read More

Plastics Destined to Create More Emissions Than Coal in the US, Study Finds

Besides tainting food and waterways, the industry is a growing contributor to warming. → Read More

Money For Green Energy Creates More Jobs Than Fossil Fuel Investment, New Study Finds

The findings are true across the world, but the U.S. could see some of the biggest benefits from spending on renewables and nature restoration. → Read More

Biden’s Pledge to Double US Climate Aid Doesn’t Go Nearly Far Enough

The US would need to contribute eight times as much to cover its share. → Read More

Biden Pledges To Double U.S. Climate Aid. It’s Still A Fraction Of What’s Needed.

Even if the president persuades Congress to fund his proposal, it'll still be less per year than what the U.S. spends on a single aircraft carrier. → Read More

New Cable Ad Pitches Biden’s Big Climate Proposal As Apple-Pie Americana

The 30-second spot puts a cheerful, patriotic face on the policy many see as the last, best chance of quickly cutting power plant emissions. → Read More

As NYC Reels From Ida, Its Likely Next Mayor Faces Fresh Scrutiny On Climate

Eric Adams won the Democratic primary vowing to crack down on crime. But he's far less clear on climate, and recent campaign statements worry advocates. → Read More

We Might Not Know The True Toll Of Hurricane Ida For Weeks

Officials have attributed seven deaths to the powerful storm. But past hurricanes, including Katrina and Maria, offer lessons about early fatality counts. → Read More

Biden Faces Mounting Pressure To Yank Line 3 Oil Pipeline Permits

More than two dozen Democrats in Congress are demanding the White House pause construction on the Line 3 project and carry out new environmental studies. → Read More

Biden Faces Mounting Pressure To Yank Line 3 Oil Pipeline Permits

More than two dozen Democrats in Congress are demanding the White House pause construction on the Line 3 project and carry out new environmental studies. → Read More

Western States Face First Colorado River Water Cuts As Megadrought Drains Reservoirs

Farmers in Arizona and Nevada, along with two Mexican states, will face cutbacks next year in a grim sign of what’s to come as the climate warms. → Read More

Biden Asked OPEC To Pump More Oil. Is That Climate Denial?

Expensive gas is a financial hardship, but more oil is a climate disaster. The gas price flux shows us about why we should already be weaned off fossil f... → Read More

Harrowing New UN Report Finds Humans Are The ‘Unequivocal’ Cause Of Climate Change

The latest review of climate literature finds that the window to avert catastrophic warming with existing tools is rapidly closing. → Read More

NYC Is More Addicted To Fossil Fuels Than Ever. Now It May Make Solar Harder To Build.

First, a loophole let fossil fuels eat up funding meant for community solar. Now proposed new fire codes pose new challenges for rooftop panels. → Read More

With Disasters Mounting By The Day, The U.S. May Finally Enact Real Climate Policy

It’s the summer of cascading disasters in the United States: Downpours have made rivers of major metropoles’ transit lines, a coastal condo collapsed, flames have engulfed vast swaths of land, and triple-digit heat has roasted typically temperate regions. The catastrophes have brought a mounting death toll and incalculable trauma. But, for the first time in over a decade, the U.S. government may… → Read More

Poll: Most People Don’t Realize Their Homes Spew Carbon, But They Love The Fixes

As climate change increasingly becomes a literal kitchen table issue, a new survey suggests that programs to electrify homes would be popular. → Read More