Tag: Climate Change

Australia Is Really, Really Hot

Filed in National by on January 10, 2013 4 Comments

Take it away, Mr. Pierce: Australia is simultaneously burning down and melting, which is a considerable climatic feat when you think about it. There are gas stations that can’t pump fuel because it vaporizes too quickly. It’s gotten so bad that they have had to change the weather maps. “The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has […]

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“It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

Filed in International, National by on November 3, 2012 7 Comments
“It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

“Our cover story this week may generate controversy,” wrote editor Josh Tyrangiel on Twitter. “But only among the stupid.” I agree.

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A Little Hot in Here

Filed in Science and Health by on September 12, 2012 12 Comments
A Little Hot in Here

Thank goodness for August. If the dog days didn’t cool down, we probably would have had the hottest summer on record.  As it was, Delaware experienced our third warmest summer on record since 1895. I’m glad that the Democrats are finally beginning to campaign on effects of climate change on our world. Summer 2012 officially […]

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Poll: Americans Believe That Global Warming Is Linked to Extreme Weather

Filed in Science and Health by on April 19, 2012 3 Comments

Yesterday, everyone was a buzz about the poll that showed Romney and Obama visually neck and neck. But this wasn’t the poll we should have been focused on, this is: Americans believe that global warming is linked to our extreme weather.

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Case Closed

Filed in Science and Health by on September 2, 2011 2 Comments
Case Closed

Maybe one day, it won’t be a “crime” to understand that humankind has caused global warming.

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Climate Change Denialists vs. SCIENCE — Science Wins!

Filed in National by on May 19, 2011 1 Comment

One of the key papers trying to debunk the work of Climate Change scientists (the so-called Hockey Stick controversy) by Edward Wegman at GMU (paid for by your tax dollars) has been retracted by the journal it was published in due to plagiarism.

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Koch Brothers Accidentally Prove The Earth Is Warming

Filed in National by on April 4, 2011 2 Comments
Koch Brothers Accidentally Prove The Earth Is Warming

The Koch brothers gave $150,000 to climate skeptic Richard Muller to re-examine the temperature record.

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Best Laid Plans Could Bring Cleaner Air

Filed in National by on December 29, 2010 0 Comments
Best Laid Plans Could Bring Cleaner Air

The New Republic explains that the Environmental Protection Agency would have broken the law if they did stood around and did nothing.

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Why Does It Take A Republican To Say This?

Filed in Science and Health by on November 19, 2010 21 Comments

Finally a politician communicates about the benefits of addressing climate change in innovation and technology. Surprisingly, it’s a Republican who’s doing this.

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Science vs “But… But It Snowed Last Winter”

Filed in National by on November 8, 2010 2 Comments

I’d pay good money to watch this debate. Reporting from Washington — Faced with rising political attacks, hundreds of climate scientists are joining a broad campaign to push back against congressional conservatives who have threatened prominent researchers with investigations and vowed to kill regulations to rein in man-made greenhouse gas emissions. The still-evolving efforts reveal […]

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More Senate Sausagemaking — How the Climate Change Bill Failed

Filed in National by on October 10, 2010 5 Comments

The New Yorker has a great article from Ryan Lizza detailing how the Climate Change Bill came together in the Senate, and how it came apart. Do yourself a favor and read The Whole Thing. The subtitle doesn’t do this article any justice and is really pretty wrong.

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Climate Scientists Cleared

Filed in National by on July 7, 2010 7 Comments

Not that this will matter to the educationally challenged. A British panel issued a sweeping exoneration on Wednesday of scientists caught up in the controversy known as Climategate, saying it found no evidence that they had manipulated their research to support preconceived ideas about global warming. John Cole states that the damage is already done, […]

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So What’s Next: Climate or Immigration?

Filed in National by on April 26, 2010 51 Comments

Well, today was supposed to be the first day of the rest of our lives, climate change legislationally-speaking. John Kerry, Joe Leiberman, and Lindsey Graham were set to publicly unveil their “tripartisan” climate change bill today, at least until Graham decided to walk away. Now, it has been indefinitely postponed. The reason for Graham’s defection […]

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Innovating to Zero

Filed in National by on February 21, 2010 1 Comment

This is a talk by Bill Gates at the TED conference discussing the need and the challenges of getting enough renewable energy to power not only those who are energy rich now, but those who need to be energy rich. He does a nice job here, I think, in contextualizing the problem, then spends a good deal of time talking about Terrapower.

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Tips on Handling Climate Change Deniers

Filed in National by on February 20, 2010 15 Comments
Tips on Handling Climate Change Deniers

Speaks for itself, I think.

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Climate Change = Weird Weather

Filed in National by on February 17, 2010 103 Comments

Funny how last weeks snow storms were all the rage on Right blogs while not a word was uttered concerning the unseasonably warm weather in Vancouver.  Typically Republican.  And while I think Thomas Friedman’s NYT Op-Ed is a step in the right direction I doubt it will change any minds on the Right – mainly […]

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Pentagon: Global Warming Destabilizing Force

Filed in National by on February 1, 2010 2 Comments

Via The Guardian: The Pentagon will for the first time rank global warming as a destabilising force, adding fuel to conflict and putting US troops at risk around the world, in a major strategy review to be presented to Congress tomorrow. The quadrennial defence review, prepared by the Pentagon to update Congress on its security […]

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Busted!

Filed in National by on December 15, 2009 1 Comment

Eugene Robinson digs up this gem: Sarah Palin is such a cold-eyed skeptic about the Copenhagen summit on climate change that it’s no surprise she would call on President Obama not to attend. After all, Obama might join other leaders in acknowledging that warming is a “global challenge.” He might entertain “opportunities to reduce greenhouse […]

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Al Gore On Sarah Palin And Climate Change

Filed in International by on December 10, 2009 21 Comments

Al Gore has it exactly right. If Republicans can use Sarah Palin as a source, then Al Gore, who has actually studied this issue, deserves a hearing too: Exactly, Al. Sarah Palin, please explain how a hacked email is going to un-melt the glaciers and sea ice, will undo sea level rise and will un-acidify […]

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Note to the Media — The Science of Climate Change is NOT a Horserace

Filed in National by on December 1, 2009 34 Comments

And I guess that I should cop to the fact that this note is to Allan Loudell who I heard do an appalling report on the tempest in a teapot that are these emails that wingnuts are insisting are some kind of catastrophe.

In this interview, Allan was speaking to a reported from the Christian Science Monitor and their entire conversation was largely organized to talk about climate change as though it is a horserace. Particularly appalling was a question I heard Allan ask ( paraphrasing) noting that there are scientists who are the gatekeepers of the journals and they don’t let the deniers publish — is there anyone who can be trusted to talk about this issue or to definitively answer the questions?

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GOP Gored by Climate Change Financial Gains

Filed in National by on November 4, 2009 4 Comments
GOP Gored by Climate Change Financial Gains

Let’s journey back a year and a few months to a time when Sen. John McCain did not recall the number of houses he and his wife had. And supporters of Obama talked about  families having one kitchen table and supporters of McCain said that Democrats just didn’t like financial success. Turns out some Republicans […]

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Late Night Video — What Global Warming Looks Like

Filed in National by on September 28, 2009 3 Comments

This is one of the great TED talks, this one accompanied by time lapse imagery by James Balog and the Extreme Ice Survey. This is remarkable imagery from a remarkable project. Worth all 19 minutes of this video.

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Read All About It In the Sunday Papers-BILL ‘This Is A Stupid Country’ MAHER Edition

Filed in International, National by on August 9, 2009 7 Comments

The Beast Who Despairs of His Country’s Future is inspired this week by a  classic rant from Bill Maher in the Huffington Post. Based on the mouthbreathers who have migrated here seemingly (could CRI or those phony industry health reform people have sent them?) to intentionally dumb down the quality of the discourse, El Somnambulo agrees […]

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Anti-Cap & Trade Lobbying Group Sends Fake Opposition Letters

Filed in National by on July 31, 2009 69 Comments

I’m sure you’re shocked to hear that a group lobbying against the ACES (American Clean Energy & Security Act) cap & trade legislation, sent forged letters to a U.S. Congressman. As U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello was considering how to vote on an important piece of climate change legislation in June, the freshman congressman’s office received […]

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Climate Change Bill Passes, Castle Votes Aye

Filed in National by on June 26, 2009 8 Comments

Here is the roll call on the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Aye: 219 No: 212 8 Republicans voted Aye: Castle (DE, duh) LoBiondo (NJ) Lance (NJ) Smith (NJ) Kirk (IL) Reichert (WA) McHugh (NY) Bono Mack (CA) 44 Dems voted against: Altmire (PA) Dahlkemper (PA) Holden (PA) Arcuri (NY) Massa (NY) Costa (CA) […]

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