Monthly Archives: July 2012

US drought planning: Congress reviews the National Integrated Drought Information System

As the US Drought Monitor recorded more than 70% of the country as Abnormally Dry or, worse, under Moderate, Severe, Extreme, or Exceptional Drought conditions this month, the House Science Committee held a hearing to examine the role of the … Continue reading

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White House energy policy talk has ‘all of the above’ except climate change

Speaking to a Washington, DC, audience at the NDN advocacy think tank, Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, outlined in 2,500 words what the Obama Administration is doing to promote production of oil, natural … Continue reading

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“Climate change goes AWOL”

“We can’t help but wonder where our president and would-be president are in all this. Everywhere President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney campaign across this drought-stricken land, there is evidence of the coming devastation of global warming, yet they … Continue reading

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US Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s evasiveness on climate change and drought

“I’m not a scientist so I’m not going to opine as to the cause of this,” Tom Vilsack said at a White House press briefing when asked about the connection between climate change and the disastrous drought now plaguing much … Continue reading

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Protesters ‘welcome’ ALEC to its meeting in Salt Lake City

The ALEC Welcoming Committee coalition is mounting a week of protest events in connection with the American Legislative Exchange Council conference in Salt Lake City July 23-28.  ALEC, a Koch-funded ‘free market’ policy organization made up of state legislators and corporate … Continue reading

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Jon Koomey on climate change mitigation, corporate power, social responsibility, and the role of the market

Reviewing Jonathan Koomey’s insightful book, Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs, led us to pose a series of follow-up questions to him. Herewith his reply to our question about the role of market-based innovation in climate change mitigation … Continue reading

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Key science and environmental questions to ask Obama, Romney

Fifteen of the leading U.S. science and engineering organizations today released a list of 14 science policy questions that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should be debating on the campaign trail.  There is one question on climate change: “The Earth’s climate … Continue reading

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Scientists urge State Dept to consider climate change in new Keystone XL pipeline review

Leading climate scientists released a letter to Secretary Clinton today, urging the State Department to conduct a serious review of the climate change impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline. The State Department is currently accepting comments on what environmental considerations should … Continue reading

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Drawing battle lines over impending Arctic Ocean oil drilling – while House Republicans advance radical offshore drilling expansion bill

Will the Obama Administration bend environmental protection rules and set aside scientific concerns to allow Shell Oil to proceed with Arctic drilling this summer? A Shell drilling ship has failed to meet EPA clean air standards and Shell also has failed … Continue reading

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JPSS satellite delays risk loss of global climate data continuity

Despite progress in managing the crisis in developing the next generation of climate observing satellites, significant problems continue and there now appears to be a likelihood of gaps in collecting key global climate data. At a recent congressional hearing CSW heard … Continue reading

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