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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A good federal court decision against a coal mining expansion: There are no remedies for failure to consider climate change impacts

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Arch Coal leasing area, Colorado (Photo: WildEarth Guardians)

Arch Coal leasing area, Colorado (Photo: WildEarth Guardians)

Confirming and finalizing a preliminary decision made in July, a Colorado judge has killed a federal permit to allow expanded coal mining in the Gunnison National Forest, after Arch Coal’s application had been approved by the Obama Administration. The Bureau of Land Management failed to consider the cost of climate change impacts in granting the permit, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson had ruled. Now, after considering potential remedies, Judge Jackson has decided not to send the flawed permit back to the government for reconsideration, saying: "This case is more like a Gordian knot that needs cutting than a simple tangle that the government can untie with a little extra time," Greenwire reported on September 12 (by subscription).

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McKibben: Natural gas won't work as a 'bridge fuel' -- fracking may be worse than burning coal

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Process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground (Wikimedia Commons)

Process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground (Wikimedia Commons)

In an article posted at Mother Jones today, Bill McKibben takes down the Obama administration's pro-fracking policy and argues that creating a new generation of natural gas infrastructure -- pipelines, power plants, export terminals -- is not a bridge to a clean energy future, but an obstacle. "There's no easy bridge to a working climate future," he writes, "no way to avoid angering powerful interests." Continue reading

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Matt Ridley unleashes slew of climate delayer talking points in the WSJ

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In his latest Wall Street Journal op-ed, Matt Ridley provides a predictable litany of reasons why action on climate change shouldn’t be a priority right now. It’s a classic “delayer” mash-up of professing respect for science while simultaneously failing to take repeated warnings from scientists seriously. None of his distractions or excuses change the fact that acting on global warming now is the cheapest, safest, and most effective way to ensure a livable future climate for humans. Continue reading

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Daily Mail touts McKitrick study using biased methods to question climate change

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The Daily Mail (UK) has reported on a study by Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph in Canada that, yet again, resurrects the tired old “warming pause” meme.  Climate Nexus notes that the study uses methods designed to show no trend; ignores a large body of contradictory scientific evidence; and was published in a journal known to be a “predatory publisher.”  McKitrick, a well-known antagonist to mainstream climate scientists, is using bad analysis to reach a pre-determined conclusion. Continue reading

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Michael Mann DC Appeals Court brief lays out defamation case and seeks to move toward trial

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

In a brief filed today in the DC Court of Appeals as part of his defamation lawsuit against the National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Michael Mann once again argued his case and requested that the Court proceed to adjudicate the merits of Defendants' appeal of the trial court's denial of their motion to dismiss. The stated intention of Dr. Mann's request is to expedite moving to trial on a case that has been long-delayed in procedural tangles. Continue reading

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How does oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean fit in with Obama’s climate plan?

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Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institutes of Health

Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, National Institutes of Health

Royal Dutch Shell is seeking once again to gain U.S. government approval to move forward next year with drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska. What will the U.S. Interior Department's environmental impact statement conclude about this high-risk, potential oil spill disaster waiting to happen? How will it consider the climate impacts from burning the oil, vis-a-vis alternatives to this activity?  Continue reading

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White House won't use NEPA effectively on climate and clean energy -- Part 2

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Council on Environmental Quality Bldg on Jackson Place in Washington DC (Photo: Wikipedia)

Council on Environmental Quality Bldg on Jackson Place in Washington DC (Photo: Wikipedia)

Draft guidance to federal agencies on environmental impact assessment of proposed federal actions such as energy development permits, which the White House has allowed to languish for four years, could move the system toward analyzing specific proposed projects within a larger context of cumulative global warming impacts. The 2010 draft guidance on implementing the National Environmental Policy Act also called for a comparison of the emissions associated with proposed projects with the emissions associated with potential alternatives, such as renewable energy development, and with the alternative of no project development at all. Think of how such a big-picture approach to federal decisions could be applied vis-a-vis the relentless pressure today to step up U.S. permitting of new fossil fuel projects. Continue reading

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White House won’t use NEPA effectively on climate and clean energy -- Part 1

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Council on Environmental Quality Bldg on Jackson Place in Washington DC (Photo: Wikipedia)

Council on Environmental Quality Bldg on Jackson Place in Washington DC (Photo: Wikipedia)

The White House won’t use the law on federal environmental impacts assessments as an effective tool for executive action on climate and clean energy projects. The Council on Environmental Quality has let four years go by without acting on proposed guidance to federal agencies on permitting of energy projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, rejecting appeals to take stronger action and leaving the playing field tilted in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Continue reading

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