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James Gerken
James Gerken is the Green Editor at The Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Colgate University and lives in New York City.

Entries by James Gerken

Google Chairman: Giving Money To ALEC Was A 'Mistake' [UPDATED]

(41) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 8:43 PM

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that his company's support for the American Legislative Exchange Council was a "mistake," adding that it should avoid aligning with groups that deny climate change.

"We funded [ALEC] as part of a political campaign for something unrelated [to climate change],"

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Utility-Sponsored Teacher Training At Mizzou Brings Climate Skepticism And Anti-EPA Message

(77) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Public high school teachers in Missouri were recently treated to a utility-sponsored seminar on energy, where they learned that fossil fuels are king and man-made climate change may not be real.

Twenty-three educators gathered at the University of Missouri on Aug. 5 and 6 for the “Energy in Today’s Classroom"...

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'Exxon Hates America' Ad Is Logical Follow-Up To 'Exxon Hates Your Children'

(15) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:30 AM

"It's a serious accusation. And it deserves a serious explanation." That's the message from a trio of environmental organizations who want us to know that "Exxon hates America."

The ad, from green groups Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Environmental Action, is a follow-up...

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On The Hunt For Supercells: Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Storms On Camera

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Seeing Jody Miller's stunning photos, you might think she's a veteran storm chaser.

"I have only been shooting storms for the last two seasons," the Southern California resident told The Huffington Post. She's been passionate about photography for 35 years, she explained, but only...

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Majority Of Americans Support Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Even If It Costs Them

(19) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Most Americans support limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and would still support reductions even if it cost them $20 a month, according to a new national poll.

A Washington Post-ABC poll released Monday found that 70 percent of Americans support federal limits on greenhouse gas...

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Photographer Captures Tar Sands 'Destruction' From Above

(151) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:38 PM

Photographer and pilot Alex MacLean wanted to learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved will carry oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, so he decided to take pictures from above of the tar sands that will supply oil to the project.

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Pat Sajak Says People Concerned About Climate Change Are 'Unpatriotic Racists'

(501) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:45 PM

"Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak is very active on Twitter. Among other topics, he tweets about climate change. A lot.

His latest tweet on the subject on Monday evening prompted dozens of replies:

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Climate Change Is A Growing National Security Concern, Say Retired Military Leaders

(289) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:41 PM

A report released Tuesday from an advisory group of retired U.S. military leadership echoes the findings of other recent reports on climate change: It is real, it is already happening and it poses major threats to the U.S. and the rest of the world.

The federally funded

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Chris Christie's Climate Flip: Was Koch Group To Blame? (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:52 PM

In an online-only segment from the Showtime documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously," New York Times columnist Mark Bittman explores the environmental positions of New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie acknowledged the reality of man-made climate change in 2011, but also announced that he was...

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The 5 Scariest Charts In The New National Climate Assessment

(188) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:27 AM

The U.S. federal government released its third National Climate Assessment on Tuesday, emphasizing that climate change is not only an issue for the distant future. It is already "triggering wide-ranging impacts in every region of our country and throughout our economy," they write.

The Huffington Post's Kate Sheppard...

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This Former Pro Surfer Is Working To Bring The World Clean Water (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 12:39 PM

"Do what you love and help along the way."

That's the message of Waves For Water, a nonprofit organization that emerged from the surfing community. The group works to provide clean water in impoverished areas and enlists volunteer "Clean Water Couriers" to pack portable...

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'Noah' Director Darren Aronofsky And Others Talk Faith And Environmentalism (VIDEO)

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:53 PM

What can we learn about the intersection of faith and the environment?

Click on the video above at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 23 for a special live event featuring "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky. He will be joined by Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, Danielle Baussan, managing director...

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Earth Day Also Means It's Time For Nature Selfies (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 8:12 AM

April 22 is Earth Day, which means it's time to get outside and enjoy the world around us.

A new project from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nature Conservancy hopes to combine the beauty of nature and the country's landscape with Americans' selfie...

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What If House Republicans Cared About Climate Change? (VIDEO)

(187) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Have you ever envisioned an alternate reality in which the majority of House Republicans not only accepted the reality of man-made climate change but also saw it as an urgent national priority? Now you can, thanks to this mashup from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.).

Even though

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Deadly Upper Big Branch Disaster Not Soon Forgotten In West Virginia

(64) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 10:19 AM

April 5, 2014 marks the fourth anniversary of an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, W.Va. 29 miners were killed in the explosion, which was the deadliest U.S. coal mine disaster since 1970.

The mine was permanently sealed in 2012,...

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Pro-Fracking Guest: Appearing On The Daily Show 'Felt Like Three Hours Of Waterboarding'

(598) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 6:10 PM

The "Daily Show" ran a segment on hydraulic fracturing on Thursday night that featured its "correspondent" Asif Mandvi interviewing people on the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as "fracking."

Mandvi talked to Marita Noon, a former Christian speaker and the executive director of New Mexico-based

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Remembering The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, 25 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 10:56 AM

March 24, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. The Exxon Valdez oil spill began when a 987-foot-long oil tanker ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The spill stood as the worst in U.S. history until...

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HBO's 'Vice' Takes On Climate Change: 'It's The Single Greatest Problem Facing Humanity Today'

(144) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 2:10 PM

In the latest episode of HBO's documentary series "Vice," host Shane Smith travels to Greenland to see the effects of a warming planet firsthand. Smith told The Huffington Post he finds it "mind-blowing" how rapidly the country is changing.

Why is ice melt in Greenland accelerating?...

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'Environmental Policy Alliance,' PR Firm Front Group, Targets LEED, Green Groups And EPA

(61) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:36 AM

NEW YORK -- A front group for Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm Berman & Company is back with new targets: green buildings, green groups and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Berman & Co., helmed by Rick Berman (who was once called "Dr. Evil" by CBS' "60 Minutes"), has...

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Los Angeles Moves Closer To City Fracking Moratorium

(89) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 4:22 PM

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to advance a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the nation's second-largest city.

The motion passed Friday instructs the city's attorney to draft new zoning regulations that would prohibit fracking and other oil- and gas-well stimulation...

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