Monthly Archives: January 2013

James Taylor’s deceptive attempt to discredit National Climate Assessment experts

In a new Forbes op-ed, James Taylor denigrates the validity of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) on the grounds that seven of its directors have past connections to groups he considers to be biased. His accusations are thoroughly misleading and … Continue reading

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Recalling an exchange with Sen. John Kerry about climate change and the Bush White House

John Kerry is for real on pushing back against climate silence and the denial machine in Washington. I had the opportunity to testify before Senator Kerry and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee at a hearing on Climate Change Research and Scientific Integrity, … Continue reading

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New National Climate Assessment draft report a reminder of the first NCA and the Bush White House denial machine

The new draft U.S. National Climate Assessment report is a threat to the global warming denial machine because it takes projected global warming seriously and focuses on the implications of climatic disruption, region by region and across socioeconomic and natural … Continue reading

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In Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bjorn Lomborg urges delay with misleading stats

Displaying his trademark doublethink, Bjorn Lomborg’s latest op-ed in the Wall Street Journal switches between recognizing the risks of climate change and rejecting the need for meaningful action in the near term. Lomborg incorporates misleading and discredited scientific information to justify dangerous … Continue reading

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What does Obama mean by “Sustainable Energy”?

“The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult,” President Obama said in his second Inaugural Address on January 21.  “But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.” What is the President thinking of when … Continue reading

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“We will respond to the threat of climate change” – Looking ahead from the Inaugural Address

President Obama took a major step in the right direction when he made responding to global climate disruption a central commitment in his second Inaugural Address yesterday. There are many opportunities for sustained communication and action during his second term. … Continue reading

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Climate change preparedness “Guardian of Gotham”

Among their “Ten people who mattered” in 2012, the science journal Nature included Cynthia Rosenzweig, co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. We strongly agree … Continue reading

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Release of National Climate Assessment review draft: Roundup of media coverage

The release of the draft U.S. National Climate Assessment for expert and public review got a fair amount of good media coverage. Here, selectively, some links with quotes and annotation of coverage by the Washington Post, UK Guardian, Mother Jones, … Continue reading

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On floods and climate change

U.S. National Climate Assessment draft report: “Certain types of weather events have become more frequent and/or intense, including…in some regions, floods and droughts.” Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research: “The incidence of floods has a component related to climate change … Continue reading

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Scientists call on President to reject the Keystone XL pipeline

Eighteen of the nation’s top climate scientists released a letter to President Obama today urging him to say no to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. “The year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear … Continue reading

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