Global Warming

Mike the Mad Biologist

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It would be nice if educational ‘reformers’ took a break from busting teachers unions to deal with the infiltration of pseudo-scientific falsehoods into the science curriculum: …the most brazen example is buried in the middle of the story: a coal-industry produced propaganda film for kids selling the lie that the atmosphere needs more greenhouse gas:…

A while ago, I raised the problem–an inconvenient truth, if you will–that moving to a renewable energy future is going to be difficult: My impression reading a lot of commentary about renewable energy is that there’s this fantasy that we just have to build a bunch of windmills, install some solar panels, buy a Prius,…

Or something. By way of Howie Klein, we discover that Blue America PAC, which supports candidates, who among other things, are not global warming denialists, is faced with a nuisance lawsuit. This attack is led by ‘Let Freedom Ring, Inc.’, a conservative faith-tank. And who funds Let Freedom Ring? Well (italics mine): ‘Let Freedom Ring,…

Maybe if the Obama administration and the Blue Dog (corporate) Democrats fought for an economic policy that made the middle-class’ lives better, we wouldn’t be faced with the looming political failure to deal with environmental problems. From Politico: Most House Republicans envision killing Nancy Pelosi’s special global warming committee if they claw their way back…

Well, we can always hope. In a recent column about global warming, Paul Krugman makes this ancillary point (italics mine): Nor is this evidence tainted by scientific misbehavior. You’ve probably heard about the accusations leveled against climate researchers — allegations of fabricated data, the supposedly damning e-mail messages of “Climategate,” and so on. What you…

Impeach Cuccinelli. Impeach him now (to steal Brad DeLong‘s phrase). Earlier this week, I discussed Virginia Attorney General Cucinelli’s subpoena envy harassment of climatologist Michael Mann. ScienceBlogling Tim Lambert describes what this fishing expedition entails: Cuccinelli isn’t just asking for documents relating to his research grants but all correspondence Mann had with Caspar Ammann, Raymond…

For those who haven’t heard rightwing extremist Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has subpoenaed all of the documents related to climatologist Michael Mann’s state-funded research while Mann was at the University of Virginia (italics mine): In papers sent to UVA April 23, Cuccinelli’s office commands the university to produce a sweeping swath of documents relating…

Before I start, let me say that I have no personal animus towards Chris Mooney: my limited interactions with him have been civil, and I agree with him on many things. But this beating up the victim has to stop. Sure, I agree with Mooney that many scientists need to learn how to communicate with…

Both Digby and Amanda Marcotte have been asking why global warming seems to be driving much of the right wing berserk. While I agree that part of the reason is the ever-present desire to punch a hippie in the face, I think Fred Clark at the Slacktivist hits on a key point in these two…

The Asymmetric Advantage of Bullsh-t

Julian Sanchez, writing about global warming, makes an excellent point about how denialists are able to be so successful (italics original; boldtype mine):