Monthly Archives: January 2014

Climate science-policy champion Rep. Henry Waxman to retire

With Rep. Waxman’s (D-California) announcement that he will retire at the end of his current term, I’m reminded that, seven years ago today, I testified before this champion of climate science and policy when he held his first hearing as … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Pete Seeger, 1919-2014

Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

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Defendants’ appeal in Michael Mann defamation case further delays discovery process

Defendants Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg have appealed Judge Weisberg’s denial of their motion to dismiss. One effect of this latest move is to further delay movement to the discovery phase of the lawsuit.

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DC judge denies defendants’ motion to dismiss Michael Mann’s defamation complaint

Accusing a scientist of conducting his research fraudulently is a factual allegation that can be proven true or false, not mere hyperbolic opinionating. If it is false it is defamatory, and if it is made with actual malice it is … Continue reading

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Reducing greenhouse gas pollution is the cheapest path in a warming world

Bloomberg’s coverage of the leaked draft summary of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report on climate change mitigation was misleading in several respects. The article tilted its conclusion toward inaction, by ignoring many benefits from mitigation and leaving many harmful impacts … Continue reading

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The assault on knowledge: more on anti-science policymaking in Canada

“Scientists across the country are expressing growing alarm that federal cutbacks to research programs monitoring areas that range from climate change and ocean habitats to public health will deprive Canadians of crucial information,” reports CBC-TV’s fifth estate (video below). “What … Continue reading

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Moving White House regulatory review away from political roadblocks

Are we seeing a shift in Obama’s priorities away from using the regulatory review process to avoid picking fights with special interests? It appears that, under the new administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the backlog … Continue reading

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Big Green confronts Obama on climate-energy policy link

A year ago we wrote of  Obama’s policy on fossil fuel development: “‘All of the above’ is not compatible with a serious strategy to deal with the threat of global climatic disruption. … He can’t have it both ways.” Our message … Continue reading

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Unleash John Holdren — beyond the Polar Vortex video

Is a recently posted video on the polar vortex by Obama science adviser John Holdren a sign that the White House is finally ready to unleash this powerfully articulate climate science and policy communicator, after clearly holding him back during … Continue reading

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Michael Mann defamation lawsuit — calling on the judge to apply the law of the case doctrine

A new filing in climate scientist Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit against National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute would keep in place earlier rulings by the Court denying Defendants’ motion to dismiss and move the case forward from there. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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