Monthly Archives: June 2012

Climate science denier Colorado Congressman wants federal wildfire disaster aid

The High Park Fire in freshman Rep. Cory Gardner’s (R-Colorado) district has torched 87,284 acres, burned 257 houses and has cost $33.5 million to suppress. Rep. Gardner is part of the House majority that rejects climate science that connects fossil fuel … Continue reading

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On the Green Front: “It’s hostile territory out there”

“If we’re not using mainstream media outlets for the biggest planetary crisis of our time, what the hell are we using them for?”  In a wide-ranging conversation with veteran radio host Betsy Rosenberg on her program On the Green Front, … Continue reading

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EPA greenhouse gas rules upheld but the attack continues in Congress

Defenders of regulation of greenhouse gases and strong climate policy were an articulate minority at a recent House hearing designed, as usual, mainly to beat up on the Environmental Protection Agency. A federal appeals court today issued a slam-dunk ruling … Continue reading

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Have multinationals hijacked Rio+20?

Multinational corporations are well-represented at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil this week.  We talked with Al Jazeera English TV’s Inside Story Americas, which asked, “whether in the push to attract so-called corporate stakeholders to the environmental cause, the UN summit … Continue reading

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Popular Science reviews denialists’ war on climate scientists

“How had a small band of non-scientists managed to so quickly and thoroughly  pursuade the nation’s leaders to reject an ever more coherent and definitive body of scientific evidence?” asks Popular Science magazine, in “The Battle Over Climate Science.” This … Continue reading

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Sen. Kerry condemns climate disinformation campaign, challenges Washington’s “conspiracy of silence”

“When it comes to the challenge of climate change, the falsehood of today’s naysayers is only matched by the complacency of our political system,” Sen. John Kerry said in a powerful speech on the Senate floor yesterday. “We should be … Continue reading

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Tim Wirth calls out powerful denialism on human environmental impacts

A Washington Post poll shows a sharp partisan division on the question of whether, during the past 10 years, human activity has had a negative effect on the world’s natural environment. UN Foundation president Tim Wirth says powerful economic interests … Continue reading

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Bush 2005, Obama 2012: An interview on the collision between climate science and politics, then and now

On June 15 Rick Piltz talked with Brad Friedman on nationally syndicated radio about how things have changed, and not changed, in the battle for government accountability on global climatic disruption, whistleblowing, and the global warming denial machine.  Brad, guest … Continue reading

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On the threat to email confidentiality, Part 1: Woods Hole scientists and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil blowout litigation

What are the implications of telling scientists they should no longer expect to communicate confidentially with each other using email?  The issue is raised again by a US federal court decision requiring Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers to hand over … Continue reading

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“Campaign 2012: Climate Change and Energy”

The tension between climate policy and electoral reality was on display at the Brookings Institution on June 11.  Speakers on climate change and energy in the 2012 election suggested that pricing carbon emissions should be a priority for the next … Continue reading

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