Monthly Archives: July 2014

Remembering Stephen Schneider

Four years ago this month we lost the irreplaceable Steve Schneider, eminent interdisciplinary climate scientist, pathbreaking climate change educator, champion of the IPCC process, stalwart opponent of the global warming denial machine, and dear friend. Remembering him with this video, … Continue reading

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What to do about the “Social Cost of Carbon” metric? — Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or … Continue reading

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What to do about the “Social Cost of Carbon” metric? — Part 1

Is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) metric a good tool for use in making government decisions related to climate change and fossil fuel development? The EPA uses it in economically justifying its rules on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles … Continue reading

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Deep Decarbonization: Truly facing the climate challenge

The recently released Deep Decarbonization report shows that current government emission reductions commitments fall far short of what is needed to keep the world from warming more than 2 C degrees from preindustrial times. Few countries have analyzed the implications … Continue reading

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On Obama’s new actions to support state and local climate preparedness

It’s been a long time coming, but climate change preparedness has finally moved into the mainstream of national policymaking. Responding to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience he established in 2013, the President announced … Continue reading

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Weekend reading on climate change mitigation and fossil-fueled politics

(1) No False Choices: To Preserve a Livable Climate, We Need to Slash Both CO2 and Methane ASAP; (2) Oil Change International Report: Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies Exceed $21 Billion Annually in United States, have increased by 45% under Obama’s “All of … Continue reading

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July 13: First national rally to stop fracked natural gas exports

On July 13 in Washington, DC, demonstrators will rally near the U.S. Capitol to call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a permit for Dominion Resources’ proposed LNG export facility at Cove Point, Maryland – 50 miles from the … Continue reading

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Wrong Track

Two crises reveal a pathological political dynamic darkening the prospects for our nation and its people, writes award-winning author Andy Schmookler:         **The accelerating replacement of government by and for the people by government by and for … Continue reading

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Scientific integrity and whistleblower retaliation problem at Fish & Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, an Obama political appointee, has failed to act and refuses to provide relevant documents on findings of scientific misconduct and whistleblower retaliation by agency managers, according to a lawsuit filed by Public … Continue reading

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Save the Wolverine

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official has directed federal scientists to withdraw their recommendation that the last 300 wolverines in the continental United States deserve threatened species status. There has been pressure from Western states to overrule biologists who … Continue reading

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