Monthly Archives: February 2014

Keystone is about more than one pipeline

“Environmentalists have decided that enough is enough,” says Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona). “Keystone is about more than one pipeline. It is about establishing once and for all whether we have moved on from the disastrous Bush-Cheney view of environmental policy. … Continue reading

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Setting the record straight on misleading claims against Michael Mann

Attempts to discredit Prof. Mann and confuse the facts about his defamation lawsuits keep popping up and circulating in the blogosphere. Here we comment on issues pertaining to the conclusions of the Muir Russell investigation, Mark Steyn’s response and counterclaims, … Continue reading

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McNider and Christy Style Themselves Revolutionary But Defend Inertia

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Richard McNider and John Christy push thinly sourced, out-of-context claims about the success of climate models to argue that we really don’t know whether human-caused warming is a problem. They fancy themselves modern-day Galileos, … Continue reading

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Texas Officials Turn Blind Eye to Fracking Industry’s Toxic Air Emissions

When it comes to fracking the Eagle Ford Shale, Texas government becomes a ‘wholly-owned subsidiary’ of the oil industry. The legislature’s rush to protect the oil and gas industry reflects a culture in which politics and business have become almost inseparable.

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Fracking Boom Spews Toxic Air Emissions on Texas Residents

Deep in the heart of South Texas, oil and gas wells are sprouting at an unprecedented rate, making the Eagle Ford Shale one of the biggest energy booms in America. But local residents fear for their health from the air they breathe. An eight-month investigation pulls back … Continue reading

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On Keystone XL, John Kerry, and the global interest

Secretary of State Kerry calls on developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions, while U.S. corporations push exports of coal, oil, and natural gas. In the U.S. “National Interest Determination” on whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL tar sands … Continue reading

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Harper using Canada’s tax agency to intimidate anti-tar sands groups

Canada’s right-wing authoritarian Harper regime is using tax audits by the Canada Revenue Agency to threaten influential nonprofit public interest groups that have criticized the government’s anti-science, anti-environmental crusade, InsideClimate News reports. Not content with muzzling government researchers and shredding environmental … Continue reading

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Federal wolf delisting proposal found to lack scientific basis

In the ongoing collision of science with wolf protection politics, an independent expert review panel has concluded that the Obama administration’s proposal to remove endangered species protection nationwide for the gray wolf lacks a sound scientific basis. Until wolf recovery … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Kolbert on “The Sixth Extinction”

In an interview on Democracy Now! author Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her new book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, just published. Scientists say we are now experiencing the sixth mass extinction event, with up to 50 percent of all living … Continue reading

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Today, “The Day We Fight Back”

Good governance groups, transparency organizations and accountability advocates around the world are protesting mass surveillance today, February 11: the Day We Fight Back.

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