Monthly Archives: December 2008

First step for Obama in building integrity at EPA on climate change: Out with Administrator Johnson

Rebuilding integrity in Environmental Protection Agency decisionmaking calls for new leadership that doesn’t abandon scientifically based regulatory decisionmaking under political pressure.  EPA administrator Stephen Johnson’s record under the Bush administration provides some lessons on how not to do it.

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Combining energy and climate advice into one White House position is not a perfect solution

Global climatic disruption has been elevated as a national priority to the point that the Obama-Biden administration has acknowledged that it must have one or more top-notch climate advisers in the White House to deal with the problem effectively.  However, … Continue reading

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Communities call for strong federal support from President Obama to tackle climate disruption

Despite the spate of hefty price tags for government bailouts, military actions, and economic recovery, an effective climate change response at the grassroots level will require more than paltry budget leftovers.  This essential message is being echoed in towns and … Continue reading

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Obama “Protect Whistleblowers” view should aid bill passage, encourage reporting of wrongdoing

The Obama-Biden transition website says: “Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out…. We need to empower federal employees … Continue reading

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We need a strong Obama appointee to head NOAA, a key agency on climate change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration should play a significant role in the Obama administration as a key agency on climate change and oceans – with freedom of scientific expression ensured.  We told Andrew Freedman of the Washington Post’s Capital … Continue reading

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Congratulations to independent media host Amy Goodman, recipient of the “Right Livelihood Award”

Independent media advocate, broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, and author Amy Goodman joined three other women from around the world yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden to receive the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” given for personal courage … Continue reading

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Western water shortages: “Clearly, we’re on a collision course between supply and demand.”

What will a new Secretary of the Interior under President Obama need to do to manage the collision between burgeoning population in the US West and a water supply shrinking from a combination of prolonged drought, reduced water flows, and … Continue reading

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“The Climate Crisis and the Adaptation Myth”— a must read for Obama’s climate change advisors

A new “working paper” issued by Yale University— “The Climate Crisis and the Adaptation Myth” (.pdf)—claims the US is in a poor state of preparedness for climate change impacts.  “Private and public sector organizations face significant obstacles to adaptation” says … Continue reading

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Note to Obama economic team: New infrastructure must withstand climate disruption

President-elect Obama has tasked his new economic team with designing an ambitious job-creation initiative focused primarily on infrastructure improvements.  From now on, the design and siting of bridges, roads, and public buildings will need to take into account climate change … Continue reading

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What will the Obama transition do about Centers for Disease Control director Julie Gerberding?

A Washington Post report on November 27 suggested that it’s unlikely the Obama administration will keep CDC Director Julie Gerberding in place.  We showed in October 2007 how her Senate testimony on climate change and public health had been censored … Continue reading

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