A huge deal: Exxon agrees to evaluate the "stranded asset" risk of climate action

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Exxon's agreement to discuss in their financial filings the risk of their assets being stranded by climate policy is a huge deal, marking a milestone in the climate policy battle, writes climate and energy analyst Jonathan Koomey. "The financial markets are starting to realize that the 'booked' reserves of the fossil fuel companies are based on a fallacy... It’s the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel economy, but the big players just don’t realize it yet (or if they realize it, they’re not admitting it)." Continue reading

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Pielke misrepresents climate/extreme weather connection… again

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In a replay of the argument he’s made for years, political scientist Roger Pielke Jr. attempts to dismiss the wide array of evidence linking climate change to extreme weather. Pielke’s selective use of data, an approach that has brought him repeated criticism from respected scientists, is featured on the new FiveThirtyEight website, which claims to rely on data to better report the news. Continue reading

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Support the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

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To protect scientists from the threat of politically motivated attacks, the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund needs to raise $80,000 to step up its effectiveness in providing legal resources to the climate science community. Continue reading

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White House climate change preparedness event and Climate Data Intiative

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the_white_houseOn March 19 the White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are hosting an event aimed at highlighting government and private sector efforts to enhance climate change preparedness.  Also today, in conjunction with this event, the Administration is launching a Climate Data Initiative — "a broad effort to leverage the Federal Government’s extensive, freely-available climate-relevant data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness." This continues the development of a national climate change preparedness process, which we first called for in March 2008. It has taken almost 26 years – since the global warming problem was first recognized as a major public issue -- to get to this stage. Continue reading

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Michael Mann motion to dismiss Mark Steyn's counter-suit via DC court anti-SLAPP provision

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Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

In the Michael Mann v. National Review et al. defamation lawsuit, Mann has filed a "Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims of Counter-Plaintiff Mark Steyn Pursuant to the D.C. Anti-SLAPP Act". A memorandum in support of Mann's motion says: "Steyn's counterclaims lack any merit whatsoever, and his assertion of these claims in the face of the Court's previous rulings is yet another manifestation of his disdain for this Court and its processes. ... not to mention the stream of invective that he has hurled at this Court..."
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More on why Keystone XL is not in the national or global interest

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The State Department's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline environmental impact statement doesn’t include any scenario in which the U.S. comes anywhere close to meeting the Obama administration's climate goals, Peter Sinclair at Climate Crocks points out. The study fails to disclose that its conclusions are only valid in the context of American and global climate policy failure. An economic analysis by the Carbon Tracker Initiative concludes that, in its Keystone XL environmental assessment, the State Department severely underestimated the pipeline’s impact on increasing tar sands oil production, and the resulting growth in greenhouse gas emissions. And citing multiple concerns that have received too little attention thus far in discussions of the tar sands, National Nurses United are calling on Secretary of State Kerry to conduct a comprehensive study of how the proposed pipeline would impact public health. Continue reading

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New York Times op-ed asks wrong questions on climate change and California drought

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A new opinion piece in the New York Times downplays the many lines of scientific evidence connecting climate change to the ongoing drought in California. The op-ed by NOAA’s Dr. Martin Hoerling addresses only the question of direct causation, and fails to address the fact that climate change is already making droughts worse, including the California drought. Continue reading

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Upcoming Senate hearing on Keystone XL National Interest Determination

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capitol_domeAt a hearing March 13 on "Keystone XL and the National Interest Determination," the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony from James Hansen, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Gen. (Ret.) James Jones, former Obama national security adviser and now a paid advisor to the American Petroleum Institute. Continue reading

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Comment to State Department on Keystone XL pipeline "National Interest Determination"

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U.S. Department of State headquarters, Washington, DC (Wikimedia Commons)

U.S. Department of State headquarters, Washington, DC (Wikimedia Commons)

Secretary Kerry already knows the answer to the question of whether granting a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest: the pipeline is not in the U.S. interest and it is not in the global interest. Climate Science Watch Director Rick Piltz submitted the comment below on the State Department's Presidential Permit Application: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, L.P, National Interest Determination. Continue reading

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John Holdren: Drought and Global Climate Change: An Analysis of Statements by Roger Pielke Jr

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Obama science adviser John Holdren would not normally draft a 6-page rebuttal to statements about climate change impacts by a non-climate-scientist academic and blogger. But in this case Holdren was challenged in prosecutorial tones at a recent Senate Environment Committee hearing by Sen. Pete Sessions (D-Alabama). Sessions, a right-wing denialist, used fodder provided by Roger Pielke Jr. and others to virtually accuse Holdren of deliberately misleading the country on drought and climate change for political purposes. This is the role Pielke has come to play in American politics. Continue reading

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