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Daniel Kessler
Daniel Kessler is the Communications Director at CEL's Climate Lab. He has previously worked with Greenpeace International and to build a more sustainable world.

Entries by Daniel Kessler

Roger Pielke, Jr. leaves FiveThirtyEight, and What It Means for Changing the Media on Global Warming

(20) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Advocacy organizations like mine can sometimes get ourselves in a difficult position when we engage on a campaign that focuses on the media. As we determine our theory of change we have to sort through the complexities of two competing interests. On one hand, we have to consider...

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I'm So Excited to See Charles Krauthammer Endorse a Global Treaty on Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:34 PM

I was delighted to see self-described "global warming agnostic" Charles Krauthammer endorse a global treaty on climate change the other day on Fox. We can mark this down as progress since Mr. Krauthammer has done about all that he can do to undermine the public's confidence in the...

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What The Washington Post and FiveThirtyEight Have in Common on Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Fred Hiatt and Nate Silver have the same climate problem. Hiatt, editor of the Washington Post's editorial page, routinely signs off on outright denial of the scientific reality of climate change from George Will and Charles Krauthammer without ever correcting their exaggerations, distortions or mischaracterizations. Krauthammer, for instance, likes to...

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A Few Numbers for Nate Silver and Roger Pielke Jr. on Climate Change

(10) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website got off to a bad start with the hiring of Roger Pielke, Jr, one of the country's leading tricksters on climate change, who wasted no time by posting a blog Tuesday on the site that claims there is no link between the rising costs of climate...

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How the Media Rushed to Judgement on the Keystone XL Review

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 9:21 PM

On Friday, the State Department released its much anticipated final environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change if fights to stop new pipelines are successful and oil demand drops.

That's big news. It means that if social...

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Dear 60 Minutes, That Ticking Sound Is Climate Change

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:28 PM

At the beginning of every 60 Minutes episode, the tick tick tick of a stopwatch tells the audience that the clock has started and time is finite. That's a powerful metaphor for climate change and the dwindling amount of time we have to get off of carbon based fuels before...

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State Department Should Play By the Same Rules as the NFL on Conflicts of Interest

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:57 AM

The Baltimore Ravens played the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. Imagine that if before the game, we found out that the head referee was a Ravens season ticket holder and a dues paying member of their largest booster club. The NFL would yank him from the game faster than...

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Harvard Study Blows Apart Obama's Case for Natural Gas

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 3:59 PM

Democrats like to label the GOP the "anti-science party" - but, well, you know what they say about people who live in glass houses. In his last two State of the Union addresses, President Obama gave natural gas his full throated endorsement, and his party has followed suit....

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The Carbon Bubble, Carbon Budget and Canada's Tar Sands

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:12 PM

It's hard to know when a once radical idea goes mainstream, but we're probably at that point with the carbon bubble. If you're unfamiliar with the term here's a quick definition. Basically, the carbon bubble is the idea that fossil fuel companies are overvalued because if and when the world...

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Let's Name Hurricanes After Congressional Climate Deniers

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Extreme weather, supercharged by climate change, has been pounding the U.S. In 2012 there were 11 climate disasters that cost more than $1 billion each, according to NOAA, and as I write, Yosemite, where modern environmentalism was arguably born, is on fire.

Yet despite overwhelming evidence of man-made climate change,...

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This Is What Climate Change Looks Like: Top 10 Most Expensive U.S. Climate Disasters of 2012

(15) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:29 PM

On Tuesday President Obama released his climate action plan -- and not a moment too soon. Extreme weather has been pounding the U.S., and while pundits and the fossil fuel industry will claim action is too expensive, the cost of inaction is far too much to bear.

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How Is Anita Dunn Like Roose Bolton of Game of Thrones?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 6:15 PM

A few weeks back, for fun, I created the Game of Thrones to Keystone XL converter. After watching Sunday's "Red Wedding" episode it's obvious that I made a serious mistake by not including former White House communications director Anita Dunn and her GOT obvious comp, Roose Bolton. Let...

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Let Us Count the Many Ways Joe Nocera Is Wrong on Keystone XL

(38) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 11:32 AM

Joe Nocera of The New York Times is back with another column in support of building Keystone XL. I counted four errors or willful oversights in Nocera's piece, although I'm sure I missed some. Let's review.

1. Speaking about KXL's importance: "Energy independence is a long-sought national goal....

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Your Game of Thrones to Keystone XL converter

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:34 AM

So you're a progressive and you've been sitting on the sidelines of the Keystone XL fight. Sure, you've heard about the pipeline but you haven't yet drawn your sword and taken up the struggle. As the story has gotten increasingly complex, maybe you've lost the plot a little. Well! Here's...

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Why Larry Summers Is So, So Very Wrong on Keystone XL

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 3:38 PM

I've always wanted to be like Cornel West, so I guess this is my best shot at it. Larry Summers, with whom Brother West so famously tussled, has an op-ed up in the Washington Post this morning in which he repeats the very wrongheaded idea that the tar...

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Look At the Polls People, Rejecting Keystone XL Is a Political Winner for President Obama

(7) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have made a bombproof environmental case against project. There is a lot of conjecture about KXL, but facts are facts. Keystone XL is an export pipeline; it will increase global warming emissions; and it will benefit giant oil and gas...

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No Biggie, Just 18 Climate Scientists Saying No to Keystone XL

(16) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 11:20 AM

For those of us who are downright scared about what the Keystone XL pipeline could mean for the climate, there are three main reasons to ask the president to say no to the pipe -- approving it will open up the tar sands and create huge amounts of emissions; the...

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Keystone XL, 'I Drink Your Milkshake,' and Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Want to know how the Keystone XL will drive up climate emissions? Just ask the banks that are needed to fund dirty tar sands pipeline projects and they'll tell you straight out: no KXL means no substantive development of the tar sands, one of the world's largest pools of carbon...

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5 Major Issues That the Keystone XL Environmental Review Must Include

(14) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 12:56 PM

It's deja vu all over again. The State Department is gearing up to release its analysis of the environmental impacts of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The first one, you might remember, didn't include a substantive evaluation of the huge climate impacts of the pipeline; and State...

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It's Go-Time to Stop Keystone XL

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:07 PM

It's go time. The election is behind us, the president has his four more years, and it's time for him to decide which side he's on -- the planet's or Big Oil's.

Does that sound dramatic?

Well, the situation is dramatic. Early next year the president will again...

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