Monthly Archives: January 2012

Boykoff: Obama’s rhetoric of ‘clean energy’ vs. the reality of climate change

“What do we lose when global warming and climate change get repackaged as clean energy?” asks University of Colorado Prof. Max Boykoff in today’s Washington Post. “We wind up missing a thorough understanding of the breadth of the problem and … Continue reading

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US Climate Change Envoy calls Durban climate summit a success

Representing the Obama Administration at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jonathan Pershing, senior US climate negotiator at the State Department, took a more positive view of the 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, than CSW … Continue reading

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PEER adopts the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, established last year to support climate scientists who are under attack by the global warming denial machine, has teamed up with a new sponsor, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. This is a good development … Continue reading

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PEER alleges scientific misconduct at NOAA in lowballing of BP spill rate, traces political pressure to White House

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has filed a formal allegation of scientific misconduct by a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, charging that he manipulated and falsified scientific communication to policymakers and the public so as to … Continue reading

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“Greedy Lying Bastards” – forthcoming film a “searing indictment” of the fossil fuel industry

“Craig Rosebraugh, a US filmmaker and political activist, has produced a feature-length documentary that demands to be seen,” writes Leo Hickman in the UK Guardian. “If the trailer and impressive roster of interviewees are anything to go by, it’s likely … Continue reading

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“Obama Proposal Could Weaken Key Climate Agency”

“The White House proposal that would move the country’s oceans and atmosphere agency — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — from its current home in the Commerce Department and fold it into the Interior Department, could severely undermine … Continue reading

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Obama’s denial of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline permit was an easy decision, for now

The congressionally imposed 60-day deadline for a permit decision gave President Obama, under pressure from both sides, a different way to get what he had sought earlier: postponing a final decision on the pipeline until after the 2012 election.  Environmentalists … Continue reading

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Don’t disrupt NOAA’s climate change activities with Obama’s proposed agency re-shuffle

“How does it help us with the things we need from NOAA?” we said to ClimateWire, questioning the President’s proposal to subsume the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration into the Department of the Interior. “Is it going to help those … Continue reading

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“Inside Story: US 2012” – Are environmental concerns being sacrificed?

“I think we have a situation now where politics are driven by the limits that are set by concentrated corporate power,” CSW director Rick Piltz said as part of a discussion of President Obama’s record on the environment and the … Continue reading

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Honest Appalachia: New whistleblower website aims to promote corporate and government accountability

January 10 marked the launch of Honest Appalachia, a secure website meant to assist and protect whistleblowers who wish to reveal proof of corporate and government wrongdoing to citizens throughout the region.  From coal and gas companies to banks to … Continue reading

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