Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thomas Armstrong of Interior Dept announced as new Director of USGCRP Office

The White House announced March 29 that Tom Armstrong, recently the Senior Advisor for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the new Director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Coordination Office. Over the years, … Continue reading

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Will Senate Democrats stand up for EPA regulation of greenhouse gases – or vote to block it?

Returning from a week-long recess, the Senate confronts voting on amendments that would halt EPA rulemaking to limit emissions from stationary sources, including power plants and refineries. There appears to be an excellent chance that such a ban, for two … Continue reading

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Will House negotiators in budget standoff continue effort to shut down biological and environmental research at DOE?

As the likelihood of a government “shutdown” on April 8 appears to grow, House Republican budget negotiators continue to seek draconian budget cuts in a long list of programs – including, in effect, killing further 2011 funding for the Department … Continue reading

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The U.S. Congress has entered the anti-science intellectual wilderness of willful ignorance, says the science journal Nature

“It is hard to escape the conclusion that the US Congress has entered the intellectual wilderness,” said Nature, the international weekly journal of science, in an editorial on the March 15 House committee action on the EPA Endangerment Finding. “Republicans … Continue reading

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In Texas field hearing, Congressional subcommittee will attack EPA even as the state faces another year of devastating drought

A March 24 U.S. House Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing will focus on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act enforcement, including its steps to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  The hearing will take place against a backdrop of long-term – and devastating – … Continue reading

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Earth Hour 2011: Lights out for Congressional climate change denialists

Proposed legislation to block higher energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, scheduled to go into effect in 2012, is just one more element in a broad assault on efforts to improve U.S. energy efficiency and address global climate change. This year, in … Continue reading

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Record participation with 5 days until Earth Hour

Just 5 days out from the global lights-out event, Earth Hour 2011 has reached record participation, with 131 countries and territories registered to take part, on all seven continents, with all G20 countries, thousands of cities, and iconic landmarks and … Continue reading

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Climate Science Watch Update – March 18, 2011

Updating a few stories we’ve been following: Federal government shutdown temporarily averted again with stopgap measure that avoids anti-science provisions; Virginia AG Cuccinelli’s Michael Mann inquisition goes to the state Supreme Court; Climate activist Tim DeChristopher interview following his guilty … Continue reading

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Partisan climate science denialism reigns as U.S. House committee votes to repeal EPA Endangerment Finding and prohibit regulation of greenhouse gases

On March 15 the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on a mostly party-line 34-19 vote, approved a bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases pursuant to the agency’s scientifically based Endangerment Finding under the Clean Air … Continue reading

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Upcoming House committee vote on bill to kill EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has scheduled mark-up sessions March 14-15 to vote on H.R. 910, a bill to repeal EPA’s scientifically based Endgangerment Finding on greenhouse gases and prohibit the agency from regulating emissions.

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