Monthly Archives: July 2011

R.I.P. John Marburger, Bush White House science adviser

The Washington Post reports: “John H. ‘Jack’ Marburger, 70, a former college president who endured strident criticism from his fellow scientists as the chief science adviser to President George W. Bush, died July 28 at his home in Port Jefferson, … Continue reading

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Sentencing transcript shows U.S. Justice Dept.’s vindictive effort to penalize NSA whistleblower Tom Drake for Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize

A transcript of the sentencing hearing in the case of National Security Agency whistleblower and public servant Thomas Drake, following the complete collapse of the government’s 10-count felony case against him, shows the Justice Department prosecutor calling for Drake to … Continue reading

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Annals of the Republican war on EPA regulation of coal, cont’d…

At a July 26 House Oversight subcommittee hearing, power industry representatives battled EPA and public health interests on the necessity for new pollution controls on coal-burning power plants.  The hearing echoed one on mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia held by … Continue reading

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Environmental hero Tim DeChristopher sentenced to 2 years in prison for creative nonviolent disruption of oil lease auction; Justice Department once again on the wrong side of justice

Government prosecutors, seeking to intimidate future civil disobedience protesters, sought a significant prison term for Tim DeChristopher for his heroic fake-bid action to interfere with an illegitimate 2008 Bush administration auction of oil leases near Arches and Canyonlands national parks. “I … Continue reading

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Report to President calls for assessment of US ecosystem services and sustainability trends

“As we undergo climate change, it’s going to be very difficult to understand the specific effects if we don’t know what the baseline is,” says a co-chair of a new report by the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and … Continue reading

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House blocks another attempt to re-establish the Office of Technology Assessment

Climate Science Watch joined 11 other scientific, environmental, transparency, public health, and public interest groups in supporting an amendment to the legislative branch appropriations bill that would have provided $2.5 million to re-establish the congressional Office of Technology Assessment.  The amendment, … Continue reading

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Dangerously Unprepared: Congressional Budget Cuts are Leaving Americans Vulnerable to Climate Extremes

In 2011, the U.S. has been hammered by climate extremes, with economic damages by mid-June approaching a record $32 billion. Yet determined Congressional opponents of federal climate change efforts are doggedly impeding Federal activities to inform and engage the public … Continue reading

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Did Murdoch’s News Corp hack the East Anglia CRU climate scientist e-mails?

Climatic Research Unit building, University of East Anglia Climate Science Watch supports the call for an independent investigation into the stolen climate scientist e-mails at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. As Joe Romm at Climate Progress wrote on … Continue reading

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EPA review of mountaintop removal permits is not a job-killing ‘permitorium’: pushing back at a House Oversight hearing

EPA’s statutorily prescribed, affirmative duty under the Clean Water Act to protect the natural environment and the public health of citizens played second fiddle to the concerns of coal mining representatives at a July 14 House Oversight subcommittee hearing. “Mountaintop removal should be … Continue reading

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State of the Climate report: Multiple climate indicators give an “unmistakable signal that there is warming from the top of the atmosphere to the bottom of the oceans”

In a Capitol Hill briefing on the recently released State of the Climate in 2010 report, Tom Karl, Director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, rebutted the skeptic argument that global warming has stopped. During the question and answer period, … Continue reading

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