How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

How 'Green' Are Wood Pellets as a Fuel Source?

The wood pellet industry argues that it provides an alternative to coal and relies on a sustainable resource: forests that will regrow in the future and remove carbon from the atmosphere .But many scientists and conservation groups say the opposite: that burning wood is as dirty as coal, and the claim of carbon neutrality is an error that will boost emissions and make it impossible to keep the planet from warming further.

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden’s FCC Picks Are a ‘Dream Team’ for Broadband Advocates

Biden will also fill the empty Democratic slot on the commission by nominating Gigi Sohn, a longtime consumer advocate who was an FCC official during the Obama years.

Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It's Not Enough

Biden Wants $10 Billion for a Climate Army. It's Not Enough

“A lot of the activities of the original Civilian Conservation Corps were focused on both getting people to work, obviously, but also improving the accessibility and the infrastructure surrounding our natural resources,” says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, which advocates for action against climate change.

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden Announces His Broadband Plan—and ISPs Will Hate It

Biden's plan also seeks to "promote price transparency and competition among internet providers, including by lifting barriers that prevent municipally owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing on an even playing field with private providers, and requiring internet providers to clearly disclose the prices they charge."

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

"Trump advances so many lies already, so much disinformation, so many claims, that it's very difficult to shift things such that Biden would have to respond to it," Watts says.

The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers

The FTC Cracks Down on Bot-Wielding Ticket Scalpers

A new site called Faces of the Riot has run that trove through some machine-learning and facial-recognition software to publish thousands of images of people who were at the Capitol Hill protests —and riots—on January 6.

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden gets to work on the pandemic, the CDC adjusts vaccine guidelines, and death tolls rise worldwide.CDC data suggests the country has already reached a pace of approximately one million vaccines administered per day several times in the last few weeks, but it also indicates that states and cities are administering fewer than half of the doses that they’ve received.

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

Biden Returns the US to the Paris Climate Accord. Will It Matter?

With the stroke of a pen from his new desk in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden pulled the US back into the Paris climate accord on Wednesday, an international agreement that experts say is vital to getting the world’s nations to slow the emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

There will be more news to come about the SolarWinds supply chain attack and possible other elements of the extensive campaign, but in the meantime officials, security practitioners, and researchers are all puzzling over questions of where to draw the line on global espionage and how to deter destructive and otherwise unacceptable hacking.

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

“When I read some of your tweets, my jaw dropped,” the host told Jodi Doering, referring to her account of gravely ill patients who “scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA.

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

Trump Broke the Internet. Can Joe Biden Fix It?

This one is sort of cheating, because we already know Biden is defaulted into at least some antitrust action: Thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s somewhat controversial decision to file a suit against Google before the election, the incoming administration will inherit the highest-profile antitrust case in a generation.

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

So How Wrong Were the Polls This Year, Really?

The results hinge on a handful of swing states that may not finish counting votes until the end of the week; in the Rust Belt, Trump’s early leads look to be morphing into narrow Biden victories as absentee ballots get counted.

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

Republicans Make an Unlikely Closing Pitch: Amend Section 230

On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

Joe Biden Is Very Offline—and That’s OK

As the election approaches, many liberal and left-leaning digital organizations and influencers have rallied behind Biden, creating a late-breaking wave of online support.

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

Twitter’s ‘Hacked Materials’ Rule Tries to Thread an Impossible Needle

On Thursday evening, Twitter's head of trust and safety, Vijaya Gadde, posted a thread of tweets explaining a new policy on hacked materials, in response to the firestorm of criticism it received—largely from the political right and President Donald Trump—for its decision to block the sharing of a New York Post story based on alleged private data and communications of presidential candidate Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Senator Josh Hawley, who wants to strip Section 230 protections from platforms if they moderate misinformation in political speech, cited Thomas’ memo and asked Barrett her views about it.Pai gave us a hint of his thinking: “Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech,” he wrote.

Could Biden Rebuild the Economy by Funding Green Energy?

Could Biden Rebuild the Economy by Funding Green Energy?

“It turns out, that's really important for creating a grid with a lot of renewable energy, because there's all that difference in climate across the entire United States,” says Louisiana State University environmental scientist Brian Snyder.

The Covid Information War Is Entering a Frightening New Phase

The Covid Information War Is Entering a Frightening New Phase

According to The New York Times, no one contacted the Biden campaign after Trump tested positive, despite the two candidates having been onstage together days earlier.

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Politics Is a Metaverse. The Trump-Biden Debate Was Metahell

Earlier this week, which is to say Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell, an almost-October-surprise just a couple days too early: President Trump ’s taxes.

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

Google's Autocomplete Ban on Politics Has Some Glitches

After WIRED flagged them to the company, Google said Friday it had blocked those suggestions for breaking its new election-related policies for autocomplete.Typing "donate bid" on Thursday suggested searches related to the Biden campaign.

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

With VP Pick Kamala Harris, Joe Biden Gets a Digital Juggernaut

“I think especially when we think about operating in this new reality that we’re in, where you really need to build compelling digital experiences for people,” says Alfred Johnson, cofounder of Mobilize, an organizing platform used by Democratic and progressive campaigns.

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

That’s true even in the modern era of microtargeted advertising and social-media-enabled disinformation; and it’s particularly relevant as we begin to imagine what electoral campaigns will look like in the midst of (or, hopefully, the aftermath of) the Covid-19 pandemic.

Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like

Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like

After an initial response that critics said was too slow, Obama took aggressive action, including deploying thousands of troops to West Africa and bringing on Klain as the Ebola czar.

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

How to Watch Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Debate Tonight

Tonight, former vice president Joe Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders will meet onstage to debate for the 11th time in the 2020 campaign season—but it's never been quite like this.

If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

If Russia Hacked Burisma, Brace for the Leaks to Follow

All of that makes Burisma an almost inevitable target for another hack-and-leak operation of the sort that Russia carried out against the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign in 2016—once again with the goal of influencing a US election .Now the first evidence has surfaced, in a report from security firm Area 1, that the very same team of Russian hackers who hit those targets may in fact have hacked Burisma.

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates

What unfolds before us, to quote Susan Murray and Laura Ouelette in 2008's Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, "is an unstable text that encourages viewers to test out their own notions of the real, the ordinary, and the intimate against the representation before them.".

WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls

WIRED Suggests Updated Theme Songs for Presidential Hopefuls

But if she doesn't stick with Dolly Parton's feminist anthem, Taylor Swift's latest hit is a strong contender to be the theme track for the Warren 2020 campaign.

President Trump's Meeting With Jack Dorsey Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

President Trump's Meeting With Jack Dorsey Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: With all the important matters needing his attention, perhaps it's a good thing that President Trump spent part of last week meeting with the man responsible for his—and everyone's!—favorite social media platform, Twitter.