A Washington Post op-ed today by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee chair Lamar Smith (R-TX) omits crucial facts in presenting a typical laundry list of talking points claiming we know little about what influences the climate or what can be done to stop climate change. Another sign that disinformers are running out of arguments? Continue reading →
Indian Country Today Media Network reports: Elders and chiefs of at least 10 sovereign nations walked out of a Keystone XL pipeline tribal consultation meeting with U.S. State Department officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 16, calling the meeting ‘invalid.’ The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association Statement Against the Keystone XL Pipeline concludes: “If the Keystone XL pipeline is allowed to be built, TransCanada, a Canadian corporation, would be occupying sacred treaty lands as reserved in the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties. It will be stopped by unified resistance.” Full text of the statement below. Continue reading →
Much of a recent BBC radio segment focused on the short-term reduction in the rate of atmospheric warming, and reinforced some misconceptions about climate science. Mainstream scientists are not suggesting that global warming has stalled. And mainstream scientists are not stumped by the short-term atmospheric warming rate change. Continue reading →
The U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic, announced by the White House on May 10, includes this: "The Arctic region’s energy resources factor into a core component of our national security strategy: energy security. The region holds sizable proved and potential oil and natural gas resources that will likely continue to provide valuable supplies to meet U.S. energy needs." What does this say about White House accountability on climate change? Continue reading →
Hot Shot crews making their way to the fire line (Credit: Texas Forest Service)
So it begins: The 2013 wildfire season finds the government facing cutbacks in firefighters, equipment, fire prevention, and recovery, as a result of federal budget sequestration cuts. And due to an ongoing agency-wide hiring freeze, the National Weather Service office serving the Washington, DC, and Baltimore area, for example, has lost a third of its forecasting staff and has suspended a major pilot project aimed at helping the local community prepare for extreme weather. Continue reading →
The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog awarded "Four Pinocchios" to Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), chair of the House Science Subcommittee on Environment, for a "whopper" of dishonesty: cherry-picking one survey in an attempt to misrepresent the overwhelming view of the most credible climate science experts on human-caused global warming. Continue reading →
Carbon dioxide concentrations are approaching 400 parts per million, higher than any found in at least 800,000 years. To commemorate the occasion, a Wall Street Journal op-ed has revived an old, repeatedly debunked argument about the benefits of CO2. Authors Harrison Schmitt and William Happer take the fact that plants need CO2 to grow and argue that more is better, ignoring both common sense and overwhelming scientific evidence. Continue reading →
The Ridenhour Courage Prize was awarded this year to climate scientist James Hansen, recently retired as head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize was awarded to Jose Antonio Vargas -- journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American. The Tenth Annual Ridenhour Prizes, fostering the spirit of courage and truth, were awarded at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on April 24. Continue reading →
Al Jazeera English's Inside Story Americas aired a very good discussion of the findings and implications of the Government Accountability Project's report on the devastating effects of BP's use of Corexit to "clean up" its oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
Guests included Marylee Orr, executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, which worked closely with GAP on their report; Daniel Becnel, an attorney representing plaintiffs against the manufacturer of Corexit; Mark Hertsgaard, an independent journalist who wrote the first in-depth piece on GAP's findings; and Malcom Coco, a former cleanup worker who is taking part in a lawsuit against BP.