Monthly Archives: February 2011

Hertsgaard confronts the ‘climate cranks’ on Capitol Hill

Author Mark Hertsgaard “went to Capitol Hill on a mission: to confront the climate cranks who still refuse to accept what virtually every major scientific organization in the world, starting with our own National Academy of Sciences, has concluded: man-made … Continue reading

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House research budget cuts “would effectively end America's legendary status as the leader of the worldwide scientific community” – Ray Orbach, Bush’s Energy Dept. Science Under Secretary

Orbach watched the U.S. House of Representatives action on H.R. 1, the 2011 continuing appropriation bill, “with a mixture of astonishment and dismay,” he writes in a February 24 online editorial in Science. “Scientific research is not a partisan issue … Continue reading

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Waxman letter to Upton on Pat Michaels’s statements about funding sources

House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton calling on Upton to join with him in requesting clarification from Dr. Patrick Michaels, on whether Michaels provided misleading information to the committee about the … Continue reading

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Inspector General’s review of stolen emails confirms no evidence of wrong-doing by NOAA climate scientists

At the request of U.S. Sen. Inhofe, the Department of Commerce Inspector General conducted an independent review of the emails stolen in November 2009 from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and … Continue reading

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Straight talk from Kevin Trenberth on denialists, climate science communication, and climate change policy

In a paper presented at the American Meteorological Society meeting in January, leading climate scientist and IPCC lead author Kevin Trenberth talks about climate change deniers, ‘climategate’, the IPCC assessments, the media, and politicians. He challenges the climate science community to … Continue reading

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House votes 244-179 to kill U.S. funding of IPCC

Just before 2 a.m. on February 19, the war on climate science showed its grip on the U.S. House of Representatives as it voted to eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Republican majority, on a mostly … Continue reading

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Amendments to kill U.S. funding for IPCC proposed for House 2011 appropriations bill

Proposed amendments that would eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are among hundreds of amendments that would modify legislation (H.R. 1), currently being debated on the House floor, to fund the U.S. government through September 30.

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Will Obama stand up under pressure on EPA regulation of greenhouse gases?

As congressional Republicans ramp up their effort to kill EPA regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act -- it's included in the new House budget resolution slated for debate tomorrow -- will President Obama uphold EPA’s authority, or trade … Continue reading

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House Republicans seeking to use crucial budget resolution to kill EPA greenhouse gas regulation

House Republican appropriators are seeking to use the Continuing Resolution on the Fiscal Year 2011 budget to block EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and to de-fund the White House energy and climate office. That’s in addition to proposing a … Continue reading

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Draft Republican bill would repeal EPA scientific “Endangerment Finding” on greenhouse gases and prohibit regulation

House Energy and Commerce Committee chair Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) announced draft legislation that would repeal a scientific determination that carbon pollution poses threats to public health and the environment, strip EPA’s statutory authority and responsibility … Continue reading

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