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Jeremy Jacquot

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Hot or Not? Making Sense of Climate Variability

(10) Comments | Posted March 5, 2009 | 2:32 PM

To say that climate know-nothings like to pick and choose when it comes to interpreting the science is something of an understatement. "Prominent" - and I use the term loosely here - deniers like Dennis Avery, S. Fred Singer and Michael Asher have made a cottage industry of playing...

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Salvaging the EPA: Can Jackson Do It?

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 12:35 PM

It is a testament to the Bush administration's remarkable capacity for deceit and willful incompetence that, over the span of just eight years, it has transformed the EPA, once the gatekeeper of the nation's environmental policies, into a shadow of its former self -- an agency better known for undermining...

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A Nobel Laureate Physicist in Obama's Cabinet?

(68) Comments | Posted December 8, 2008 | 1:31 PM

In a previous column, I made the case for why I believed Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) would make a great pick for Energy Secretary. I commended Inslee's intelligence, genuine passion in the subject and prescience as tremendous qualities that would serve the President-elect well in crafting his ambitious energy...

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To Trim Government Fat (and Fix Food Production), Look No Further Than Our Bloated Farm Policy

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2008 | 11:46 AM

You don't need to be a Michael Pollan devotee to appreciate how thoroughly dysfunctional our agricultural policy is. Though rightly credited for helping usher in the modern era of cheap, plentiful food, it has since devolved into little more than a sop to big agribusiness: a bounty of wasteful subsidies...

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Preparing for the Coming Global Warming Skeptic Onslaught

(90) Comments | Posted November 24, 2008 | 10:46 AM

The steady drip of skeptic commentary has turned into a veritable deluge of late. There was no doubting that an Obama victory would spark a rightwing backlash, similar to the one seen during the first months of the Clinton administration, but even I have been slightly taken aback (and that's...

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Are Southern California's Wildfires a Harbinger of Worst Things to Come Under Climate Change?

(19) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 11:39 AM

Like many anguished Southern Californians, I spent the better part of this weekend obsessively checking local news websites and poring over the Orange County Register's extremely helpful fire map. Though I had been keeping a side eye on the wildfires that blazed through Santa Barbara a few days ago,...

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Rep. Jay Inslee Would Make a Fine Pick for Energy Secretary

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 10:48 AM

With the election now (mercifully) over and an Obama administration set to take office in a little over two months, it's time to start seriously thinking about the men and women the president-elect will choose to guide his important decisions. The faltering economy, and the man who will be leading...

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Running on Empty: Why the Financial Crunch Pales in Comparison to Our Looming Ecological Crunch

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 10:04 AM

A word of caution to the reader: The following story is not for the faint of heart. An international report released last week by the World Life Fund for Nature (WWF) warns that the world is rapidly heading towards an "ecological credit crunch" of monumental proportions -- one that will...

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The Bush Administration Fails to Make the Grade on Science Transparency 101

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 10:24 AM

The Bushies' grasp of reality has always been tenuous at best and contrived at worst. In 2002, a senior adviser to the president memorably chastised Ron Suskind for living in the "reality-based community," boasting that: "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." As...

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Now is Not the Time to Back Down on Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 12:13 PM

Among environmentalists and green-minded thinkers, the angst is palpable. With a deep, protracted global recession all but certain, will politicians, leery of imposing additional costs on already beleaguered businesses, lose the will to tackle climate change? The early signs aren't promising. During a European Union summit meeting last week, several...

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Do Americans Care about Climate Change?

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2008 | 12:49 PM

With the economy in tatters and stock indices dropping faster than the president's (already) dismal approval ratings, it was hardly surprising to see the candidates ratchet down their rhetoric on the Iraq war, climate change and other issues in favor of more tough talk on lavish CEO pay and the...

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Where to Look for Coverage of the Candidates' Climate Policies

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 12:24 PM

It's times like this I wish everybody had access to the excellent reporting being done by Science, Nature and other scientific journals. While it's often the case that these journals will place more of an emphasis on the nitty gritty of science and research funding -- not exactly thrilling topics...

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Economic Crisis? What About the Climate Crisis?

(4) Comments | Posted September 29, 2008 | 10:07 AM

Like many others who have voiced their opinions on this page, I have several misgivings about the $700 billion bailout plan that is being shoved down our throats by Congress and the Bush administration -- not the least of which is whether or not it will even prove effective at...

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Taking a Cue from the Canadian Election's Focus on Climate Change

(3) Comments | Posted September 22, 2008 | 2:26 AM

Imagine for a minute an election in which green issues like carbon taxes and renewable energy take center stage -- an election in which 60 percent of voters recently made clear that climate change will be a top issue, or even the issue, guiding their ballot. Sound far-fetched?

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Obama Needs to Make His Environmental Agenda All About the Economy

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 1:07 AM

While it may seem a bit dated (and overdone) now, Bill Clinton's winning 1992 campaign slogan, "It's the economy, stupid," has never felt more relevant. With the number of unemployed on the rise and house prices still in free-fall in many parts of the country, the American consumer is feeling...

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The Week McCain's Environmental Credentials Went Extinct

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2008 | 1:34 AM

It's hard to pinpoint the precise moment when (what was left of) McCain's environmental bona fides hit the skids, but, if I had to pick, I would say it was right around the time his running mate, Sarah Palin, officially accepted the vice-presidential nomination. (Or was it when McCain boasted...

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Obama-Biden: A Science and Education Ticket We Can Believe In

(22) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 3:40 PM

In a bit of a departure from this column's usual focus on energy and the environment, I would like to take some time to review the two candidates' science agendas. With climate change and energy (finally) receiving their fair share of attention in the traditional media, I thought my energy...

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How Biden's Foreign Policy Experience Supplements Obama's Climate Policy

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2008 | 2:00 AM

Following a week of breathless speculation and wall-to-wall coverage bordering on the stalkerish, we finally have the name of the man who will be helping Barack Obama make his case to the electorate as we head into the final months before the election. Joe Biden, while by no means the...

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Our Oceans' Long Goodbye

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2008 | 11:56 PM

Let's face it: Our pristine oceans, as we've come to know them, aren't coming back. Besieged on all sides by overfishing, climate change, pollution and habitat destruction, the world's oceans are slowly but inevitably undergoing a long and painful transition -- one that could turn their once lush coral reefs...

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Bush Administration Readies Gutting Knife for Endangered Species Act

(16) Comments | Posted August 11, 2008 | 9:14 PM

You didn't just think the Bush administration was going to leave quietly, did you? In a major scoop, the AP has uncovered the draft of a set of new regulations engineered by the Interior Department (and not subject to Congressional approval) that would allow federal agencies to decide for...

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