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Republicans Say NO NO NO NO

The Republicans in the House just passed what is supposed to be a boring spending bill entitled “Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”. Except that they riddled it with gifts to special interests and abject stupidity: They slashed funding for renewable energy programs, while boosting funding for coal and other fossil fuels. […]

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False Equivalence!

I’m always complaining about false equivalences, like claims that all politicians are equivalently bad, regardless of party. However, I have to admit that Kentucky just might be the exception that proves the rule. In a hearing about carbon emissions and global warming, both sides seem to be vying for the boobie prize of stupidity. On […]

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Revenge of the Carbon Tax

Above all else, I believe in pragmatism. Laws and policies should be evaluated not by ideology, but by whether (or not) they work. As such, it has been very interesting to see results from things like marijuana legalization in (first) Colorado and now Washington state, or the availability of free or low-cost contraception on teen […]

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That’s why they call it Denial!

© Ruben Bolling If you think that climate change deniers will ever wise up, don’t hold your breath. Because … Benghazi!

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Blowing Hot Air

Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio in a new interview says I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy. […]

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Scare Tactics

© David Horsey There are absolutely no Republicans in the House who believe in man-made climate change, and only a few in the Senate. Even though the recent National Climate Assessment documents significant effects caused by global warming that are already happening, Republicans are in denial. But with huge campaign contributions coming from the fossil […]

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What in the Name of Science?

© Tom Tomorrow Here are the latest updates on the North Carolina sea level change controversy and Republican attempts to de-prioritize government climate change research. It would almost be funny if it weren’t all true. Do they really believe they can just legislate away scientific reality? If so, we are in a heap of trouble.

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The New Normal

© Randall Munroe I guess, like everything else, it is all relative. So the next time someone remarks on the cold and says that global warming is a joke, I’ll just point out that the only reason they notice the cold is because they’ve gotten used to it being much warmer.

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Politics Trumps Math

Very interesting study done at Yale comes to some surprising conclusions about how our politics can override rational thinking. The study did this by giving people a math problem to solve. The problem presented the results of a fictional medical trial for a new skin cream designed to treat rashes. Half the participants in the […]

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It isn’t Pork when I benefit

Sadly and predictably, the entire contingent of House Republicans from Colorado asked (practically begged) the federal government for emergency funding in the wake of massive flooding in Colorado, but they all voted against emergency relief for Superstorm Sandy victims on the East Coast just a few months ago. The same Republicans also signed a letter […]

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What’s in a Name?

This would make the news far more interesting!

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Irony

© Ben Sargent Shouldn’t that building also hold the “Association of Small Government Advocates”?

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Don’t Make Fun of Mother Nature

What I find ironic about all this is that even though Mitt Romney claims to be a good businessman, even businesses are waking up to the fact that they have to do something about climate change. Take the recent cover article from Bloomberg Businessweek, which quotes an insurance company warning that there has been “a […]

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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Or, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. © Matt Bors We could be creating jobs finding alternatives to greenhouse-gas-producing fossil fuels, and eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. Or we can spend our time and money cleaning up after the mess we are creating.

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My Day Job

This has little to do with politics (other than how Hurricane Sandy might affect the election), but if you are curious what I do in my not-spare time, here’s an article that talks about an animated map I created showing flight cancelations due to Sandy. You can also find it here, along with lots of […]

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