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It’s been a while since we checked in with Flamy McGassy, but here’s a toon from a couple months ago. Despite the Supreme Court ruling on C02, Flamy is unabashed in this episode: “Feeling the Heat.” The takeaway message is that despite the Court’s intervention, enemies of science-based decisionmaking still lurk in the EPA. However,…

The Seattle Post Intelligencer editorial page didn’t hold back in opining on Monday’s federal appeals court rejection of a Bush Administration salmon restoration plan. In strong and appropriate terms, a federal court has rejected the false ways the administration tried to revise science and the law to ignore the role of four lower Snake River…

Last week, Tom the Dancing Bug introduced us to a parallell universe, where Al Gore never won the Best Documentary Oscar. Click below for the full cartoon.

Bush and Science: Not Like Ike

In Wednesday’s column, Boston Globe opinion writer Derrick Z. Jackson draws an interesting contrast between two presidents’ handling of the nation’s body of science in the face of adversity. Publicly, President Eisenhower downplayed the significance of Sputnik. A “useless hunk of iron.” Privately, he rallied his cabinet under its guidance created NASA and expanded the…

According to sources close to Prime Minister Tony Blair, President Bush is going to be signaling a “historic shift” on his administration’s climate change policy during next Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. According to The Observer Bush and Blair held private talks on climate change before Christmas, and there is a feeling that the…

Gore School Ban Follow-up

Two brief entries following last weeks’ revelation that the Federal Way (Washington) School Board placed a moratorium on the showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” in its classrooms. On Friday, the Seattle Post Intelligencer editorial board took the school board to task. In “Climate Change: Teach the science” they write, Any classroom teacher worth his salt…

Earlier this week, a special report in the Oregonian uncovered the recent efforts by the White House and Pentagon to stymie the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to recommend safe levels of perchlorate (a component in solid rocket fuel) for water. Alex Pulaski reports in “Pentagon pressured EPA on perchlorate” (part 2 of a 3 part…