Monthly Archives: February 2009

Climate change and sustainable energy in President Obama’s proposed FY 2010 budget

President Obama’s FY 2010 budget overview, released February 26, contains numerous elements that support climate change-related science, technology, and action.  See Details for text from the budget overview document on “Creating a Clean Energy Economy” and on budget highlights for … Continue reading

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Public comment period closing for US gov’t report on climate change impacts in the US

Tomorrow is the deadline for public comment on a report many were surprised to see initiated under the Bush White House:  “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.”  An about-face from the typical Bush administration reluctance to connect the … Continue reading

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New Climate Law Institute to launch multipronged legal attack on causes of climate change

The Center for Biological Diversity announced that its newly created Climate Law Institute is aimed at launching “an unprecedented assault on the causes of climate change.”  This is a strong organization with a record of effectiveness, including one case that … Continue reading

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What does it mean for me? Excellent article on regional climate assessments in “Issues in S&T”

“Climate change is here to stay.  Scientists must develop regional assessments of climate change that are essential to the local policymakers who will have to make the critical decisions about how to respond,” says Charles Kennel at Scripps Institution of … Continue reading

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Stimulus bill gives whistleblower rights to contractor employees, fails to protect federal workers

The final economic stimulus agreement includes “best practices” anti-retaliation rights for any workers at recipients of the new federal spending, including contractors, grantees, and state and local government employees.  But Senate conferees killed a provision in the House bill that … Continue reading

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George Will recycles global warming disinformation talking points in Feb. 15 Washington Post column

“Dark Green Doomsayers” by columnist George Will in the February 15 Washington Post shows that the global warming disinformation campaign is alive, if not particularly well.

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Economic stimulus bill update: Funding for climate science at NASA and NOAA is retained

The $789 billion economic stimulus bill that was expedited through the House and Senate and negotiated in a joint conference committee February 12 retains some funding for Earth observation and climate science programs: $170 million for NOAA to address “critical … Continue reading

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Holdren and Lubchenco sail through Senate confirmation hearing with flying colors

It was pretty much smooth sailing, with questions about climate change, climate science, and scientific integrity at the February 12 Senate confirmation hearing for John Holdren, director-designate of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Jane Lubchenco, … Continue reading

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Questions for Jane Lubchenco Senate confirmation hearing to become NOAA Administrator

During the confirmation hearing for Dr. Jane Lubchenco tomorrow, Climate Science Watch would like to see Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee members ask her about her views on how best to design, operate, and fund a “National Climate Service” … Continue reading

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Questions for John Holdren Senate confirmation hearing to head Office of Science & Technology Policy

Climate Science Watch would like Senators to ask John Holdren a number of questions about climate science leadership under the Obama administration at his February 12 confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  Dr. Holdren is … Continue reading

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