Monthly Archives: May 2010

Government Whistleblower Protection: the Long Ignored Way to Better Connect the Dots

“The politicians need to stop stalling in the end game to restore a credible Whistleblower Protection Act,” write Government Accountability Project legal director Tom Devine and former FBI special agent Coleen Rowley. “In the wake of our national security and … Continue reading

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Holdren at Adaptation Summit: We’re not serious until we put a price on greenhouse gas emissions

“If we do not accept that climate change is an enormously important dimension of the energy challenge that we face, and larger environmental challenges that we face, we will not put into the legislation that we need, the key ingredient … Continue reading

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Text of remarks by Obama science adviser John Holdren to the National Climate Adaptation Summit

“Mitigation alone won’t work, because the climate is already changing, we’re already experiencing impacts….A mitigation only strategy would be insanity,” President Obama’s science and technology adviser John Holdren said in his remarks to the National Climate Adaptation Summit conference in … Continue reading

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University petitions court to quash Cuccinelli subpoena of climate scientist Michael Mann’s papers

The University of Virginia has petitioned a state court to “set aside” Attorney General Cuccinelli’s not-so-civil Civil Investigative Demand that it turn over a mass of former UVa Prof. Michael Mann’s documents and e-mail correspondence with 39 other scientists. The … Continue reading

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NRC: US should act now to cut emissions, develop a national strategy to adapt to inevitable impacts

Climate Science Watch attended a briefing at the National Academy of Sciences on the release of a set of three new major National Research Council climate change reports, part of the larger America’s Climate Choices study requested by Congress.  The … Continue reading

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National Climate Adaptation Summit, 25-27 May, 2010 – Washington, DC

The U.S. Global Change Research Program, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and other organizations are sponsoring a National Climate Adaptation Summit conference in Washington, DC, this week. The 3-day Summit will bring together government officials, climate information providers, and … Continue reading

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ABC World News: Climate Scientists Claim ‘McCarthy-Like Threats’

ABC-TV World News on May 23 aired a story about how some leading climate scientists are being subjected to a smear campaign by global warming deniers, with hate communications and an attempt to criminalize their activity.  Scientists Michael Mann of … Continue reading

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Reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment: Letter to Congress from 90 organizations

Climate Science Watch and the Government Accountability Project have joined with 88 other organizations to call for the restoration and funding of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.  OTA produced 750 reports on a wide range of complex scientific and … Continue reading

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Climate scientists tell House committee: We know the risk, now it’s up to policymakers to act

The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing on May 20 to examine the intersection between climate science and the political process.  Ralph Cicerone, Mario Molina, Stephen Schneider, Ben Santer, and William Happer testified.  The … Continue reading

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Nine ways to undermine Virginia AG Cuccinelli’s McCarthyite demand for scientists’ communication

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to subpoena Prof. Michael Mann’s documents and e-mail correspondence with 39 other scientists would establish a precedent for essentially destroying the ability of university faculty to correspond with colleagues with any sense of confidentiality—a … Continue reading

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