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Climate Denial

GOP Works to Defund Studies So They Can Deny Climate Change

Richard Zombeck | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

While it may make sense logically that members of Congress would hold out on forming an opinion while waiting for evidence, it makes absolutely no sense that they would then work fervently to eliminate any means of getting that evidence -- unless of course they have no interest in the truth or evidence.

Dinner Party 101: In Which Ann Meets Dr. Skeptic, Part 1

Ann Reid | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Ann Reid

it is possible to engage people who reject or doubt the established scientific consensus without starting World War III or surrendering your self-respect. It's even possible to change people's minds -- at least some people's minds, some of the time.

One More Moment of Truth

William S. Becker | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

Climate deniers in Congress must be delighted that they are successfully undermining the chance that after 20 years of negotiations, the international community will finally reach a climate deal this year. It is up to the rest of us to make sure their success is short-lived. Very short-lived, in fact.

If an Ice Cap Melts in the Arctic and the GOP Doesn't See It, Did It Really Melt?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling five years ago, the influx of big money in politics has distorted Washington's ability to represent the people's interests over corporate interests.

Wisconsin Climate Change Gag Order Part of Multi-Front, Industry-Tied Attacks

Steve Horn | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On April 7, Wisconsin's Board of Commissioners of Public Lands voted 2-1 to ban those employed by the agency from doing any work pertaining to climate change or global warming while doing public lands related work.

ALEC Climate Denial: Corporate Bill Mill Threatens Lawsuit for Saying So

Steve Horn | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has threatened public interest group Common Cause with a lawsuit for pointing out what the public record has made clear: ALEC denies the scientific consensus on climate change.

What's a Good Journalist to Do?

William S. Becker | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

In the 2012 presidential election, the candidates all remained mum about climate change. Neither the reporters who followed them nor the moderators of the official presidential debates called them out on the issue. Responsible journalists simply cannot let that be the case this time.

The Dark Humor of Climate Denial: Behind the Absurdity, a Serious Crisis

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.18.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Refusing to acknowledge that our planet is heating up and pretending not to understand the science doesn't stop it from happening. Every day our lawmakers waste by censoring climate change and throwing snowballs in the Senate will have consequences for our children and future generations to come. It's time to face the facts.

Michael McAuliff

Republican Co-Chair Of The R&D Caucus Only Likes Certain Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Culberson, the new Republican co-chair of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, doesn't necessarily value all res...

Toomey Votes Out of Touch With Pennsylvanians

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Toomey has cast one vote after another designed to block action on climate change, undermine clean energy growth, and weaken protections for air and water. Meanwhile, back in Pennsylvania, the vast majority of residents have been calling for the exact opposite.

From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate

David Doniger | Posted 03.26.2015 | Green
David Doniger

In votes Wednesday on amendments to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill, some Republican Senators finally went on record acknowledging that man-made climate change is real. But it is clear that the Republican leadership and most members of their caucus still have no plans to do something about it.

George Will vs. Climate History

Curt Stager | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Curt Stager

As I explained in Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth, the message from the geological past is not "big deal, appalling climate disasters have happened before." Climate science tells us that we don't want to go through equally appalling disruptions of our own making, and also that we don't necessarily have to.

How Did We Become A Society Suspicious Of Science?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 12.15.2014 | Science
Keith M. Parsons

There are many factors we could cite, but to discover the biggest reason, follow the big money.

Climate Change and the Smithsonian

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

We applaud the scientists and other Smithsonian personnel for coming forward to address the decisive issue of climate at this critical time. However, we do need to point out some lapses and contradictions in the Smithsonian's approach to climate change.

Why Lisa Cried When Eric Dumped ALEC

Michael Brune | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

What is it about ALEC that has given so many Big Tech firms cold feet? For that matter, what is ALEC, exactly? It calls itself a nonpartisan organization that focuses on the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. Not quite.

Science Denial And Religious LGBT Phobia

David MacMillan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
David MacMillan

Both climate crisis denial and the anti-vaccination movement follow the same trend of dismissing science. But the phenomenon of religious and political science denial extends far beyond the obvious examples. It can get much worse, and much uglier.

Time for Climate Deniers to Go Back to School

Margie Alt | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

More than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening now; that it is largely caused by human activities; and that it poses significant risks to our health and our well-being. Yet too many elected officials appear determined to either ignore or refute the facts when it comes to climate change.

Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

Steve Horn | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogIn little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of In...

Think Horses, Not Unicorns-- A Message to People Who Have Bought the Republican Lie on Climate Change

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In medicine there's a saying, "When you hear hoof beats, think of horses not zebras." Whatever's going on is far more likely to be the usual than the extraordinary.

Throwing a Wrench in the Climate Denial Machine

Anna Clark | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

Denial is a waste of American ingenuity, talent and energy. If we want to remain competitive in the global economy, we should redirect our energies into making America great through conservation, innovation and education.

A Senator's One-Fingered Salute to America's Military Leaders

William S. Becker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

Let's hope that the tide soon washes away not only skepticism, but also the skeptics who for one reason or another refuse to accept reality. When they occupy leadership positions in government and block responsible action, they are as much a threat to national security as the climate disruptions they ridicule.

A Mother's Day Interview with Sen. Barbara Boxer A Moms Clean Air Force Exclusive

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Boxer is the mother of two children and the grandmother of four. I reached out to her for a Moms Clean Air Force Mother's Day exclusive interview.

The Quantum Theory of Climate Denial

John Cook | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
John Cook

Can one person hold three inconsistent beliefs at the same time? Can a person argue that global warming is not happening, then smoothly transition to arguing that global warming is happening but is caused by something else? They can, and they do. How do we explain this counterintuitive phenomenon?

Climate Denier Steve Milloy Now Director at Coal Giant Murray Energy, On CPAC Global Warming Panel Today

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.06.2014 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

If you produce a deadly and dangerous product that needs defending, then Steve Milloy is your man. His business card might as well read "science denier for hire." Apparently, Murray Energy is the latest polluter to make the call to book the Junkman's disinformation services.

To Believe or Not to Believe

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green
Lisa Longo

Lately, I seem to be spending a lot of time explaining the difference between facts and opinions. It is a time consuming, but worthy, undertaking. It ...