Monthly Archives: November 2010

Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips: Next steps in the war on climate science

Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips, Koch-funded astroturf leader, talks about next steps in the war on climate science. A good case study in how denialism is intertwined with right-wing “free market” radicalism fronting for corporate interests.

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Markey to hold what may be final hearing for House committee on global warming

The House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence will hold a hearing on Wednesday, December 1 to discuss climate change from “national, economic, and planetary security perspectives.”  Chairman Edward Markey (D-MA) has assembled a list of prominent witnesses, … Continue reading

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Ben Santer on the attribution of extreme weather events to climate change

“When you warm up the planet, you experience that through changes in weather that makes up the climate,” says Dr. Benjamin Santer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab. In a video interview with Climate Science Watch, Santer answers the questions: … Continue reading

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House Science Committee: one last ‘rational’ climate science hearing?

On November 17,  a subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee held a “Rational Discussion of Climate Change,” with testimony from climate scientists including Ralph Cicerone, Gerald Meehl, Heidi Cullen, Richard Lindzen, Ben Santer, Richard Alley, Richard Feely, Patrick Michaels, and … Continue reading

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“Deep Down”: A community battle over proposed mountaintop removal coal mining

See this film if you can: “Deep Down,” a new documentary that premieres this week on PBS’s Independent Lens, is a portrait of a small mining community in Kentucky and its contentious internal division over the destructive policy of mountaintop … Continue reading

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‘Climategate’ lives on in federal court challenges to EPA greenhouse gas regulations

With all hopes for passage of climate and clean energy legislation in the Senate long gone and the deadline for EPA regulation of greenhouse gases fast approaching, the showdown on climate has moved to the courts.  A number of legal challenges … Continue reading

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Support passage of whistleblower protection in the lame duck

The whistleblower protection community has reached the end game for passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, a package of badly needed reforms that would restore meaningful whistleblower rights to federal government employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam in the climate abyss (Toles, Washington Post)

With a single memorable image of America falling into the abyss, the incisive editorial cartoonist Tom Toles (Washington Post, November 15) foresees the fate of a country in the hands of indecisive leaders, denialist propagandists, fake-balance journalists, “centrist” analysts, and … Continue reading

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Revkin asks: “Same as it ever was?” No, it’s not.

Andrew Revkin raises the question on his New York Times Dot Earth blog of whether an instance of misleading Obama White House editing in a statement on the deepwater drilling moratorium is analogous to the Bush White House’s political interference … Continue reading

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One last “rational discussion of climate change” in the House

In a November 17 hearing, the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the House Science and Technology Subcommittee will hold a “rational discussion of climate change.”  Witnesses include prominent climate scientists, a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral in charge of addressing … Continue reading

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