Monthly Archives: April 2012

Who is threatened by climate science?

From a lecture at the American University School of International Service, Washington, DC, April 26:  A few thoughts about the political and cultural implications of the climate change problem and what it implies for going forward.

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The 2012 Ridenhour Prizes

The 2012 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling was awarded to Eileen Foster, the whistleblower who exposed systemic corporate toxic mortgage fraud at Countrywide Financial, the nation’s largest mortgage provider; and to Lt.Col. Daniel Davis, for bravely speaking out against senior military … Continue reading

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Senate hearing on “Impacts of Rising Sea Levels on Domestic Infrastructures”

Global warming contrarian Senators gave the April 19 hearing, held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, a wide berth, allowing an all-too-rare uninterrupted meaningful discussion between expert witnesses and elected officials.  Thanks to Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), the hearing … Continue reading

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On some questions about blogosphere skirmishing

Dealing with denialists in the blogosphere is part of the skirmishing within the 99%, we said to a class at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.  It doesn’t touch the power elite that makes the most consequential decisions in … Continue reading

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Climate Reality Check Coalition: Action, Action, Action!

On April 5 CSW tuned into another Climate Reality Check Coalition conference call, this time discussing upcoming events that climate activists and allies are organizing to draw public attention to the grave environmental problems we face today – in particular the … Continue reading

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On the intellectually empty, politically motivated attacks on NASA climate scientists by former astronauts

With the 2013 NASA budget endangered by upcoming votes in Congress, attacks on Earth Science (where climate research and observing systems are funded) are to be expected.  A denial machine letter signed by 49 former NASA administrators, astronauts, and engineers – … Continue reading

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Answering some questions about the whistleblowing experience

“People who are doing something behind closed doors that is an abuse of power should worry about whether what they’re doing will come out.  They shouldn’t feel safe in doing it.”  The Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour 2011-12 made … Continue reading

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Hansen: Climate science and moral responsibility

Calling climate change an issue of intergenerational justice on a par with ending slavery, James Hansen will argue in his lecture on being awarded the Edinburgh Medal that current generations have an overriding moral duty to their children and grandchildren … Continue reading

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Assessing the risks of climate extremes in an already-stressed world

In a world that is already very stressed, climate disruption becomes a stress multiplier that will affect vulnerable populations and assets in both developed and developing countries, we said in a brief response to a couple of questions from Al … Continue reading

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