Bush administration moves toward the climate science mainstream – Rick Piltz interview

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With the release by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, under court order, of a scientific assessment report summarizing the evidence on climate change, the administration has taken a notable, if reluctant, step toward acknowledging the likelihood of a wide range of dangerous impacts of global climatic disruption on the United States, says Climate Science Watch director Rick Piltz in a June interview on Coffee House TV. Piltz discusses the failure of decision-relevant climate change assessment under the current administration and the need for reform under the next. Also, Piltz notes that former White House press secretary Scott McClellan’s valuable memoir, What Happened, didn’t manage to cover McClellan’s own involvement with spinning White House political interference with climate science communication.

The interview is posted online here.

See our previous posts:

May 30: Bush administration has run out the clock on climate change assessment and action

May 30: Government report provides strong evidence U.S. endangered by climate change impacts

May 29: New climate report counters Bush administration record of denial, disinformation, cover-up and delay

The Coffee House home page

“What public television is supposed to be…” The Coffee House is a monthly, hour-long, cable TV program of public affairs and the arts. It is taped at Montgomery Community Television in Rockville, MD, and airs regularly on cable channels in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee, Misissippi, and California. Overall, it reaches over five million people. Now in its tenth season, The Coffee House has won numerous awards. The producer of The Coffee House is Mark Cohen.

Program archive

Current TV schedule:

California

East Bay
Channel 33 (City of Albany – from Berkeley to Richmond); Sundays, 10 a.m. and Fridays at 9:00 p.m.

District of Columbia
Channel 95 (DCTV) (Comcast); 10 (RCN): Sundays, June 8 and 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Free Speech TV
Channel 9415 (DISH Satellite Network): Check at The Coffee House on FSTV.

Maryland

Anne Arundel County
Channel 99 (Anne Arundel Community Television): Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Baltimore (City)
Channel 75 (Baltimore Public Access): Varies from week to week. Click link for times.

Carroll County
Channel 19 (Community Media Center): Tuesdays at 10 p.m.; Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Fridays at 6 p.m.; and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Howard County
Channel 71 (HCC-TV): Thursdays at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Montgomery County

Channel 13 (Verizon FIOS Ch. 28)(Takoma Park City TV): Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Fridays at 11 p.m.; Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Channel 21 (Access Montgomery): Fridays at 9 p.m.; Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Prince George’s County
Channel 76 (Community Television of Prince George’s): Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m.

Mississippi

Starkville
Channel 18 (MSTV): Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.

New York

Herkimer
Channel 99 (HCTV ): Check HCTV for program times.
Schenectady
Channel 16 (SACC): Check SACC Web site link for program times.

North Carolina

Charlotte
Channel 22 (UNC Charlotte TV): Sundays at 11 a.m.

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
Channel 54 (Drexel University Television): Tuesdays, June 10 and 24 at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Wednesdays, June 11 and 25 at 11 a.m.

Tennessee

Pulaski
Channel 3: Check local listings.

Virginia

Arlington County
Channel 69 (Channel 38 on Verizon FIOS)(Arlington Independent Media): Tuesdays at 10 p.m.; Wednesdays at noon; Sundays at 10:30 p.m.

Fairfax County
Channel 10 (Fairfax Public Access): Check Ch. 10 Web site link for program times.

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