Yearly Archives: 2012

Remembering Jerry Mahlman, 1940-2012

Jerry Mahlman, a leading climatologist who for many years headed the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dyamics Lab, died on November 28. In the 1990s I saw him play a pioneering role in interpreting the science of global warming to policymakers and … Continue reading

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Obama 2.0 — Now what?

Now that the presidential election has been decided, what’s next for President Obama and climate change policy?  Given the political constraints and the continued gridlock in Congress, what can we expect in the next four years?  A discussion on Capitol … Continue reading

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Message to enviro groups: No more co-optation by Obama on climate change

During Obama’s first term environmental groups were complicit in enabling what became years of ‘climate silence,’ by allowing themselves to be co-opted by a White House messaging strategy to talk about ‘clean energy’ but not climate change. It’s time they … Continue reading

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Talking with Al Jazeera about the Doha climate conference

We discussed the UN climate change conference in Doha on Al Jazeera English TV November 26, with questions about the U.S. role in the treaty negotiations and fairness in the relationship between the U.S. and developing countries in meeting climate … Continue reading

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Open letter to climate treaty negotiators: Leave 80% of coal, oil, and gas reserves in the ground

“If we want a 50-50 chance of staying below two degrees, we have to leave 2/3 of the known reserves of coal and oil and gas underground; if we want an 80% chance, we have to leave 80% of those … Continue reading

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Message to whistleblowers of appreciation and long overdue credit

President Obama signed S. 743, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, into law today. The legislation provides millions of federal workers with the rights they need to report government corruption and wrongdoing safely. “After a 13-year campaign, federal whistleblowers will now … Continue reading

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Global investor network calls for low-carbon policy action dialogue with governments

A global network of institutional investor organizations responsible for roughly $22.5 trillion in assets has released a letter calling for a new dialogue between investors and “the governments of the world’s largest economies on climate policy and the development of … Continue reading

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We haven’t forgotten about the Keystone XL pipeline

This afternoon we were at a packed Warner Theater in Washington, DC, along with 1,800 others, as the 350.org Do the Math coast-to-coast tour hit the nation’s capital. This is the launching of a new campaign to call on colleges, churches, … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy, climate change, and what is to be done – Q&A with Judith Regan on SiriusXM

“Why is it that the politicians have such an insufficient response to this?  Do they wait until there is loss of life and billion and billions of dollars worth of damage before they do something?  Do we always have to … Continue reading

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New whistleblower law will significantly strengthen federal employee protections

On November 13 the Senate passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, sending the bill to the White House for the President’s signature. The legislation provides millions of federal workers with the rights they need to safely report government corruption and … Continue reading

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