Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bipartisan push for stepped up natural gas fracking and LNG export

A bipartisan push for stepped-up natural gas production and export, via hydrofracking and more liquefied natural gas export terminals, was evident at a recent hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and … Continue reading

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New research on methane leakage questions climate benefit of natural gas

New research from scientists at NOAA and Carnegie-Mellon finds that natural gas production globally may be leaking enough methane to negate the climate benefits of gas over coal during the next two decades. Over a 20-year time period, methane is 86 … Continue reading

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4 Republican former EPA administrators call on Congress to take action on climate change

Exemplifying the proactive way authentic conservatives should be talking about climate policy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, Lee Thomas, and William Reilly — all appointed by Republican presidents — gave Senate hearing testimony last week … Continue reading

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House votes to direct the Pentagon to disregard climate change assessments

The U.S. House-passed 2015 Defense Appropriation bill apparently intends to have the Pentagon stop using leading scientific assessments of global climate disruption in national security planning. The Pentagon takes climate change and its impacts seriously and has included these issues … Continue reading

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McKitrick tries and fails to move the goalposts on climate action

In a new Financial Post op-ed (“The Global Warming Hiatus?”), Ross McKitrick continues to try to move the goalposts on climate action with a misleading argument about global climate models, while harping on the tired old “warming pause” meme. In … Continue reading

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On the role of methane in EPA’s draft rule on carbon emissions

The proposed rule on carbon emissions from existing electric power plants released by the Environmental Protection Agency for public comment on June 2 “has a fundamental flaw,” according to Prof. Robert Howarth at Cornell University. “It addresses only carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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American Whistleblower Tour panel at Stanford

Stanford University hosted Kathryn Bolkovac and Rick Piltz for a series of talks as part of the Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour. Bolkovac and Piltz spoke on April 22 at an event hosted by the McCoy Family Center for … Continue reading

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Recalling a climate change whistleblower action nine years ago today

On June 8, 2005, the New York Times reported in a front page story: “A White House official who once led the oil industry’s fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play … Continue reading

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New EPA Climate Change Indicators report shows impacts on U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency has released the third edition of its report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States. Updating observed data on 30 key environmental indicators, EPA says “the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment … Continue reading

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Should EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rule be tougher?

While we are studying the new EPA proposed rule on cutting CO2 emissions from power plants, and the immediate and inevitable controversies surrounding it, we can also look ahead and identify some next steps in promoting science-based policy action on … Continue reading

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