Monthly Archives: August 2007

Bush-Cheney Administration spins a sound legal defeat into an affirmation of their illegal actions

On August 22, a spokesperson for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Kristin Scuderi, released an official statement of reaction to the court case, Center for Biological Diversity et al. v. Dr. William Brennan et al … Continue reading

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Inslee, Kerry Applaud Decision Forcing Administration to Comply with Climate Change Law

The office of Repesentative Jay Inslee (Democrat, Washington) released a press release on 22 August 2007 in response to the court order issued on 21 August 2007 regarding Center for Biological Diversity et al. v. Dr. William Brennan et al.  … Continue reading

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Court Rules that Bush Admin. Unlawfully failed to produce Scientific Assessment of Global Change

A Federal judge says the Bush Administration has violated the Global Change Research Act by failing to produce a national global change research plan that was due by July 2006; and a scientific assessment of global change that was due … Continue reading

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Congressman Markey Queries Federal Aviation Administrator on Failure to Consider Climate Change

The Chairman of the House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence, Rep. Ed Markey (Democrat from Massachusetts), prompted in part by a Climate Science Watch report [PDF] and Web site post, has sent a letter [PDF] to the … Continue reading

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“In These Times” says U.S. Puts Concerns about Aviation’s Climate Impacts “On Stand-by”

An article published August 15 by the online magazine In These Times quotes CSW Director Rick Piltz and echoes concerns raised in a CSW report issued July 18 that the FAA is failing to take into account the potential climate … Continue reading

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House of Representatives Passes the Global Change Research and Data Management Act of 2007

A legislative proposal repealing the US Global Change Research Act of 1990 and replacing it with a set of provisions that re-establishes an interagency Global Change Research Program passed the US House of Representatives on August 4 as part of … Continue reading

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Energy Bill Passed by House Has Many Provisions on Climate Change Impacts, Assessment, Adaptation

An omnibus energy bill (HR 3221) and a companion energy tax package (HR 2776) were passed by the House of Representatives in a rare Saturday session on August 4 2007. Both are voluminous and contain hundreds of provisions that, if … Continue reading

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CSW Director on leave

Climate Science Watch Director Rick Piltz will be on leave working on a writing project from August 10 through September 2.  During that time the Climate Science Watch research team will continue to post occasional entries (see below).  Media inquiries … Continue reading

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IPCC 2007 final report on climate change impacts now available online

Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, the Working Group II contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is now available online.  Chapter 14 focuses on climate change impacts on North America.

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House Science Chairmen suggest NOAA is railroading Hurricane Center Director Bill Proenza

Continuing their investigation of the recent controversy at the Tropical Prediction Center / National Hurricane Center (TPC/NHC), chairmen of two House Science and Technology Subcommittees have called on NOAA Administrator Lautenbacher either to reinstate the Center’s Director William Proenza or … Continue reading

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