Monthly Archives: March 2013

Where are the Keystone XL pipeline whistleblowers?

In a new article published in the Washington Spectator I note the importance of whistleblowers in the context of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would bring up to 830,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil a day … Continue reading

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The connection between climate change denial books and right-wing think tanks

Books denying human-caused climate change and its significance are one key means of creating an aura of credibility around manufactured uncertainty and attacks on climate science and scientists. New research published in the journal American Behavioral Scientist finds a strong … Continue reading

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New report on Harper government interference with science communication in Canada

The continuing saga of the Harper government’s suppression and manipulation of public communication by Canadian government scientists is documented in a new report from the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. The report concludes: “The policy … Continue reading

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German public television story on German corporate support for the denial machine

A story on ZDF, the German national public television channel, talked about two German companies that contribute money to global warming denialists in U.S. politics. I told ZDF that a number of U.S. corporations try to have it both ways … Continue reading

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EPA to delay rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants?

The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration is “leaning toward” delaying a proposed EPA rule limiting GHG emissions from future U.S. power plants. The rule, pending for almost a year now, would essentially preclude construction of new coal-fired plants … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Foundations Must Step Up Giving to Government Watchdogs”

Foundations “would do well to give money to groups that are challenging how Washington works,” writes Pablo Eisenberg in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. “Watchdog groups like the Center for Effective Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, … Continue reading

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On Obama’s nominees for EPA Administrator and Secretary of Energy

Will the White House allow EPA to move aggressively on regulating greenhouse gases? Will the Energy Department continue President Obama’s ‘all of the above’ approach on oil and gas development? I talked with Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Story Americas” about … Continue reading

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Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific: Climate change is top threat

According to Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, the Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific:  Significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more … Continue reading

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“Greedy Lying Bastards” opens in theaters nationwide

“Greedy Lying Bastards,” a new documentary film about global climate disruption and the global warming denial machine, opened in theaters in 29 cities nationwide on March 8. In addition to dramatic footage of extreme events, the film has a large … Continue reading

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Court of Appeals upholds decision to protect polar bears as a threatened species

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 1 upheld a 2008 scientifically based decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect polar bears throughout their range as a “threatened” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The court found that … Continue reading

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