Monthly Archives: May 2008

Bush administration has run out the clock on climate change assessment and action

ABC World News reported on May 29: Today, the White House finally released an overdue report on the comprehensive impact of global warming on the United States. It is the first such report from the Bush administration since it took … Continue reading

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Government report provides strong evidence U.S. endangered by climate change impacts

On May 27 the U.S. Government released a report, The Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in The United States, with strong conclusions that ought to suffice to establish an “endangerment” finding under which … Continue reading

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New climate report counters Bush administration record of denial, disinformation, cover-up and delay

A report released May 29 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Scientific Assessment of the Effects of Global Change on the United States, summarizes evidence of global climate disruption, the harmful impacts it is already having … Continue reading

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ICLEI local action summit on climate and sustainability underscores federal government “no show”

The federal climate research program was AWOL from the 2008 ICLEI Local Action Summit for North America, where more than 300 local elected officials and their staff, from Alaska to Florida, gathered to help one another tackle the hard choices … Continue reading

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“Conspiracy Theory”—Will the legal strategy that brought down Big Tobacco work against Big Oil?

In an article about climate litigation filed against major energy companies on behalf of a village on the coast of Alaska, Stephan Faris writes in the June 2008 Atlantic Monthly: “Proving that energy companies tried to slow government action on … Continue reading

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4th National Integrity in Science Conference on Rejuvenating Public Sector Science – July 11, 2008

Register now for the 4th National Integrity in Science Conference in Washington, DC, July 11, 2008. Meet with activists, scientists, and academics in our nation’s capital to discuss the diminished budgets, political interference, and declining morale that plague regulatory science. … Continue reading

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Have things changed? What reforms are needed? Remarks at Whistleblower Week in Washington

Climate Science Watch director Rick Piltz spoke at a Whistleblower Week in Washington event May 12, on a panel on “Scientific Freedom and the Public Good.” In addition to comments in response to questions about his own experience, he talked … Continue reading

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Michael Gerson’s strange and evasive spinning on the Republican war on science

In how he dismissed the conclusion that there has been a Republican war on science, Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and senior policy advisor to President Bush, struck an ethical pose in his May 7 Washington Post op-ed column but showed … Continue reading

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Administration refusal to protect polar bear from greenhouse emissions “won’t hold up in court”

The May 14 decision to list the polar bear as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act “is a watershed event,” said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity. But “The administration’s attempts to reduce protection to the polar bear … Continue reading

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How will the Interior Dept implement protection of polar bear as a threatened species?

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The listing … Continue reading

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