Environmental note 1: Methane leakage may mean natural gas is much more part of the problem than part of the solution on climate change, at least with current techniques.
Environmental note 2: David Biello, an excellent science writer and former colleague from my SciAm days, is writing a book on the Anthropocene, i.e. the incipient era in which human impacts dominate the environment. That is sure to be interesting.
Political note 1: David Frum writes that it's "Time to toot horn for George H.W. Bush." I agree, and with the perspective of 20 years, my vote for the Libertarian Andre Marrou seems amazingly fatuous.
Political note 2: John Avlon foresees "113th Congress May Actually Get Something Done." I am currently working on a column that similarly looks beyond the obvious polarization.