Author Archives: Katherine O'Konski

US drought planning: Congress reviews the National Integrated Drought Information System

As the US Drought Monitor recorded more than 70% of the country as Abnormally Dry or, worse, under Moderate, Severe, Extreme, or Exceptional Drought conditions this month, the House Science Committee held a hearing to examine the role of the … Continue reading

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EPA greenhouse gas rules upheld but the attack continues in Congress

Defenders of regulation of greenhouse gases and strong climate policy were an articulate minority at a recent House hearing designed, as usual, mainly to beat up on the Environmental Protection Agency. A federal appeals court today issued a slam-dunk ruling … Continue reading

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“Campaign 2012: Climate Change and Energy”

The tension between climate policy and electoral reality was on display at the Brookings Institution on June 11.  Speakers on climate change and energy in the 2012 election suggested that pricing carbon emissions should be a priority for the next … Continue reading

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End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington

End Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington culminated in a demonstration on June 6, where 22 Appalachian residents were arrested for holding sit-ins in Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) and Rep. Nick Rahall’s (D-West Virginia) offices.  Several women shaved their heads in mourning and … Continue reading

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End Polluter Welfare Act would eliminate more than $110 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry

S. 3080, the End Polluter Welfare Act (EPWA), sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was introduced on May 10.  If enacted, the legislation would eliminate more than $110 billion in US taypayer subsidies to the … Continue reading

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The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021

The USGCRP released its long overdue new strategic plan without fanfare on April 27.  Most notably, the new strategy aims to enhance the federal research program’s science-for-society component by informing decision-makers with good scientific communication.

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Senate hearing on “Impacts of Rising Sea Levels on Domestic Infrastructures”

Global warming contrarian Senators gave the April 19 hearing, held by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, a wide berth, allowing an all-too-rare uninterrupted meaningful discussion between expert witnesses and elected officials.  Thanks to Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), the hearing … Continue reading

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Climate Reality Check Coalition: Action, Action, Action!

On April 5 CSW tuned into another Climate Reality Check Coalition conference call, this time discussing upcoming events that climate activists and allies are organizing to draw public attention to the grave environmental problems we face today – in particular the … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games, climate change, and the 99%

As a Hunger Games fan, I braved the crowds to catch the movie this past weekend along with another $155 million worth of fans – though I wasn’t crazy enough to go to one of those midnight showings.  CSW first … Continue reading

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US Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Draft Strategy – Part 1

“The nation must prepare for and adapt to a changing climate,” says the draft National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, “to safeguard our valuable living resources for current and future generations.”  The draft Strategy, now out for public … Continue reading

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