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My latest Science Progress column contemplates this question, in the wake of a spot of news that doesn’t seem to have caused any uproar (yet)–namely, that DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is apparently holding an event to discuss the prospect of geoengineering the climate. As I write in the column: This is newsworthy…

Mike Dunford has the details, based on Congressional Quarterly‘s reporting. There are apparently multiple senators blocking two of Obama’s key science appointees from taking their posts. This is outrageous–a totally new kind of “war on science”–and we need a full court press. Details here.

The Coming Cap and Trade Debate

Obama really laid it down last night, no? He clearly said that even with the economy crushed, he wants a cap and trade bill to cut greenhouse gases this year. I know it’s a campaign promise and all, but I seriously wouldn’t have been surprised to see some de-emphasizing of this priority in light of…

There is this strange idea out there that George Will is a smart person’s conservative. Maybe it’s the bow-tie. But if you read his latest, scandalously hackish global warming column, you realize that nothing could be further from the truth. Any person who respects thought, ideas, knowledge, or the contemplative life–any person, in short, who…

Science Debate has done a great analysis of the science funding that has emerged from the House-Senate reconciliation process on the stimulus bill. For the most part, science funding was restored through the reconciliation process: $ 3 billion for NSF; $ 2 billion for DOE Science; $ 5.4 million for DOE research on efficiency and…

We’re pleased to repost the latest email from ScienceDebate: Dear Friend, Last Friday you and others in the science community took action and helped to restore $3.1 billion in cuts to science that had been planned in the Senate compromise version of the stimulus bill. That was a good victory for U.S. Science, but it…

Tis the Season of Climate Idiocy

My latest Science Progress column takes on those, like right wing columnist Deroy Murdock or Lou Dobbs, who persist in trying to claim that winter weather refutes global warming. There are so, so, so many reasons this argument is dumb; and yet at the same time, who can dispute that the prevailing weather at a…

Support Shovel-Ready Science

The American Physical Society is asking folks to email Congress in support of the science parts of the stimulus package. The House version of the bill was very generous to science, but there’s a concern about what the Senate version and the reconciliation process will end up with. So weigh in now; the tools to…

The Colbert Video, Embedded

Here it is: The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Obama’s New Science Policy – Chris Mooney Colbert Report Full EpisodesColbert Report Tickets Paul McCartney AppearanceMore Funny Videos I’ll have more to say about the whole experience in my next column….thanks to everyone who wrote in with positive words about the segment.

The Colbert Report Clip

You can watch it here. Tons of funny stuff in Colbert’s segment on science, which starts roughly at 6:15 and runs to roughly 10:45. I was on for about three minutes, and was instructed: “No monkey business. No evolution.” Of course, even though Colbert plays a rightwinger who thinks with his gut rather than his…