“Baked Alaska,” Anyone? The Race to Save (or Cook) the Planet

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Holdren GLACIER

Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, addresses attendees at the GLACIER conference in Anchorage, AK on 8/31/15.

Climate Science & Policy Watch has all eyes on Alaska this week, as President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the region. As a rare treat, he will venture outside of his hotel and conference room to witness climate impacts first hand and converse with “real people, in real places” who are being impacted negatively by a disrupted climate system. We tuned in to yesterday’s live stream of the State Department’s GLACIER conference in Anchorage and commented in real-time in social media. We’re concerned about the blatant contradiction between the President’s statements regarding the present consequences of human-induced climate change and threats to the people of Alaska, and his recent approval of drilling by Shell Oil off of the Alaskan coast. White House Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, made a rare public appearance – presenting the room full of high-level delegates representing over a dozen powerful nations with a basic tutorial on climate change, complete with a slide presentation. Today we are analyzing the remarks President Obama made last night, and will be watching closely for continued inconsistencies as he tours Seward, hikes to Exit Glacier and boats to Kenai Fjords National Park while continuing to promote this glaring, and dangerous, contradiction. It’s show time for global warming, the curtain is up and the actors are all delivering their lines. How it all plays out is anybody’s guess… stay tuned.

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Introducing the Next Phase of Rick Piltz’s Climate Science Watch Program: Climate Science & Policy Watch

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Rick Piltz accepting The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling in 2006. Source: The Ridenhour Prizes.

Rick Piltz accepting The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling in 2006. Source: The Ridenhour Prizes.

Today we are launching the next phase of Rick Piltz’s legacy program, which he outlined for GAP President Louis Clark and me before he passed away last fall. As you are likely well aware, in 2005 Rick courageously blew the whistle on the George W. Bush White House for political interference with the integrity of climate change communication. Rick and GAP then created Climate Science Watch (CSW), and under Rick’s leadership, the program became an important opposition voice in a hostile political environment of climate change denial.

Rick was clear about his expanded vision and where the effort needed to go, given the high ground he and his team had so heroically achieved over the years with Climate Science Watch. The next phase of Rick’s program – now aptly renamed: Climate Science & Policy Watch (CSPW) – is to assess the actual implementation of the current administration’s stated support for a comprehensive climate policy and critique its contradictory, behind-the-scenes actions which support accelerated fossil fuel development. Today’s launch, after months of preparation by a team of CSPW contributors composed of experts and colleagues he had mentored and worked with, is the first step in realizing that vision. Continue reading

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Climate Science & Policy Watch: Continuing the Rick Piltz Legacy

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As recent events in Florida clearly show, the issues around which Rick Piltz fought so passionately have not gone away. Instead, they still surface at an alarming rate. His timeless voice has never been more crucial, and the Government Accountability Project (GAP) is committed to continuing this fight in his name.  A post from Louis Clark, President of the Government Accountability Project and Michael Termini is Climate Science & Policy Watch Interim Director and GAP’s Corporate & Financial Accountability Deputy Director… Continue reading

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Tribute to Rick Piltz by Louis Clark, President of the Government Accountability Project

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Louis Clark,  President and Corporate & Financial Accountability Director of the Government Accountability Project.

Louis Clark, President and Corporate & Financial Accountability Director of the Government Accountability Project.

 

Remarks delivered by Louis Clark, President of the Government Accountability Project on November 16, 2014 at the Piltz Memorial Service held at the World Wildlife Fund headquarters, Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Remembering Rick Piltz

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We provide here a listing of notable blog posts, articles and other statements about Rick Piltz published since 18 October 2014. We will update this list regularly, so check back.  Material is listed in reverse chronological order.  If you wish to alert us to something not on our list, please submit a link to the item by using our “Leave a Comment Feature.” Continue reading

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R.I.P. Rick Piltz

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Rick Piltz, Founder and Director of Climate Science Watch

Rick Piltz, Founder and Director of Climate Science Watch

The founder and director of Climate Science Watch, Rick Piltz, passed at 2:46 a.m. on Saturday, 18 October 2014.

In the spring of 2005, Rick resigned from his position with the Coordination Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program to protest the Bush Administration’s political interference with climate change communication.  He did so at considerable personal cost and risk.  His departure also demonstrated a great level of integrity, authenticity and commitment to the science community and the American public.  He soon established Climate Science Watch and over the last decade continued to be a strong, independent and eloquent voice on climate science and policy.

His family, friends and colleagues will miss him greatly.

I can think of no greater tribute to Rick than to commit ourselves to “speak truth to power,” as Rick used to say.  Let us furthermore rededicate ourselves to moving our communities, businesses, organizations, and governments to effectively and urgently address our climate crisis. I hope many of you will join me in drawing inspiration from Rick as we move forward around the climate issue.

–Nicky Sundt, friend and colleague.

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The Case for the 2 C Warming Limit

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Jonathan Koomey responds to an opinion piece that appeared in the journal Nature, titled “Ditch the 2 C warming goal,” by David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel.  In this re-posting of a piece Koomey published today (8 October 2014) on his blog, he explores some key aspects of the 2 C limit that Victor (and others) seem to misunderstand, arguing that the 2 C limit is important in highlighting the urgency of addressing climate change — and in driving action. Continue reading

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On leave

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Friends–  Climate Science Watch is on leave until further notice.  We hope to return soon. In the meantime, we generally won’t be posting comments.

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Front pages from all over on the People’s Climate March

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DSC02607“Hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and around the world participated in the People’s Climate March on Sunday to demand action on global warming. Front-page photos and headlines demonstrated the power in the numbers and the seriousness of the cause: ‘Global Warning,’ said the Hartford Courant. ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words,’ declared The Standard-Times. ‘Climate Surge,’ said AM New York.” From the Newseum in Washington, DC: Today’s Front Pages.

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On eve of climate march, Wall Street Journal publishes call to wait and do nothing

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In a new Wall Street Journal piece former BP scientist and DOE Undersecretary of Science Steven Koonin delivers a paradoxical case for climate change inaction. Koonin mis-states a number of scientific details, and ultimately lures readers toward the conclusion that climate change isn’t an urgent problem. His choice of emphasis doesn’t hold up when confronted with all of the available evidence. Continue reading

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