Author Archives: Rick Piltz

"The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars" -- Now in paperback, highly recommended

In The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, Michael Mann brings a unique vantage point to his "dispatches from the front lines," chronicling the war on climate science and scientists by the global warming denial machine, alongside the advance of … Continue reading

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Obama climate action plus drill baby drill? An "awkward tweet"

The White House Twitter account tweeted a message today that exemplifies the conflict at the heart of the Obama administration's climate and energy policy: set near-term targets for limiting greenhouse gas emissions while continuing expansion of fossil fuel extraction and … Continue reading

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Obama Executive Order on climate change preparedness (Part 2) -- a long-overdue step forward

President Obama's Executive Order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change" takes a step on implementing the administration's Climate Action Plan issued in June. This Part 2 of our summary covers Federal Agency Planning for Climate Change Related … Continue reading

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Obama Executive Order on climate change preparedness (Part 1) -- a long-overdue step forward

“Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change,” a presidential Executive Order issued November 1, continues the development of a national climate change preparedness process, which we first called for in March 2008, back in the Bush-Cheney climate … Continue reading

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McKibben on Keystone XL, the Obama problem, and fossil fuel divestment

It would be great if the Obama administration would follow Bill McKibben and 350.org in standing up to corporate power -- and if more environmental group leaders had McKibben's skill as a public intellectual and 350.org's action-oriented creativity. Check out McKibben's latest … Continue reading

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On "Thin Ice" and the climate science-politics collision

The documentary film "Thin Ice" shows the work of some of the scientists who are advancing understanding of global climate change -- a problem that now must be dealt with in the arenas of politics, public policy, the media, and … Continue reading

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On the government shutdown and climate research

"Every day, this shutdown is having adverse effects on a wide range of climate research across the federal agencies," we said to Climate Wire. "Rick Piltz, director of the Climate Science Watch program at the Government Accountability Project, added that furloughing … Continue reading

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So long for now to David Roberts

With David Roberts' announcement that he is taking a year off -- and dropping out of the online world altogether -- we are losing, for now, an illuminating and original public voice on the climate change problem. Many of us … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera America got off to a good start with climate change coverage

Credit to Al Jazeera America for coming right out of the gate with a good half-hour panel on climate change, featuring three experts: Michael Mann from Penn State University, Heidi Cullen from Climate Central, and Klaus Jacob from the Lamont-Doherty … Continue reading

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House Appropriations to mark up bill to slash EPA budget by 34% and kill carbon rulemaking

Demonstrating once again that their service to corporate interests and their fear of primary election challenges from right-wing candidates trumps their interest in governance, the Republican majority on a House Appropriations subcommittee is set to mark up a fiscal year … Continue reading

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