James Schlesinger Dead: Former Defense, Energy Secretary Dies At 85

By Mollie Reilly BY TOM RAUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington think tank confirms that James Schlesinger, a hawkish and erudite Republican who served in top Cabinet-level posts under three presidents, has died. He was 85. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, where Schlesinger was a trustee, confirmed his death Thursday….

Oil And Gas Boom Spurring Growth West Of The Mississippi, But Challenges Loom

By Brianna Elliott WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s energy boom is fueling population growth west of the Mississippi River. New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that 6 of the 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas and 8 of the 10 fastest-growing counties in the country are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the…

Statistics and Climate Science: Roger Pielke Missed the Mark

By John P. Abraham, Ph.D. Did Roger Pielke fumble, trip, or score an own-goal? In his inaugural post on Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website, Roger Pielke Jr. put forth a number of arguments suggesting that many changes to extreme weather are not occurring as our climate changes. Pielke offers: When you read that the cost of…