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California pleads with Senator @JimInhofe (R-@ExxonMobil): “Throw some snowballs in our direction”

March 31st, 2015 · No Comments

A simple fact: California is drying up.  The snowpack is at record lows (which means less spring runoff). Farmers’ fields are brown, rather than green, even as  irrigation wells are going deeper and deeper.  Reservoirs are retreating even faster than glaciers.  The situation is so serious that one can reasonably ask: Does California drying portend […]

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“Where’s the Global Warming?” thought Buffalonian; then they looked at a map

November 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

The continental United States has been slammed by cold temperatures and it is difficult to escape images of Buffalo’s massive snowfall. When there is a big snowstorm, climate science deniers gleefully crow “Where’s Global Warming” and otherwise in a way that resonates with (sadly, too large) a segment of the population and is gleefully played […]

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Tags: catastrophic climate change · climate change · climate delayers · climate zombies · Global Warming · global warming deniers

Energy Bookshelf: Even though we must think about Climate, “Don’t Even Think About It”

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

George Marshall’s Don’t Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change (first chapter in pdf) should be on the must read list for anyone concerned about communicating climate change (and — as importantly — who is open to reconsidering much of their thinking about what works and doesn’t work). In […]

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Tags: climate change · energy bookshelf

When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Simply put, the economic analysis related to climate change issues in public debates has systematically gotten things wrong.  The very nature of the analytical process fosters an exaggerated projection of costs and an understatement of benefits from climate mitigation and adaptation investments.  This fosters a discussion of the “costs” of action, rather than a more […]

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Tags: climate change · economics · world bank

Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action. Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation. Climate mitigation investments […]

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Tags: analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · Obama Administration

Buried in @WhiteHouse staff report: Energy Information Administration planning for a 6C future

June 1st, 2014 · 4 Comments

The White House release a report yesterday heralding the All of the Above energy policy.  Entitled “The All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” the document seeks to bask in expanded US oil and natural gas production while asserting that policies for energy efficiency and renewable energy are setting the stage for […]

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Tags: climate change · Energy · energy information administration · environmental · Global Warming · Obama Administration

Sarah Palin likely can see smoke from her porch. Does she understand that where there’s smoke, there’s likely climate change fire?

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

An area of Alaska larger than Chicago is in flames, 1000s of people are evacuated, with 100s of homes threatened. What are we to make of this fire? After all, fires occur in nature and Alaska has had its share in the past. As Larry Lazar put it in an email to me, While the […]

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Climate Change transforming “America the Beautiful” to “America the Sneezy”. Or, Climate Change good for Benadryl sales.

May 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Searching for the silver lining … perhaps Global Warming will boost drug company stock prices. Searching for the silver lining … perhaps Global Warming will boost drug company stock prices.  That is one reasonable conclusion from the National Climate Assessment released earlier today. In short, the NCA lays out that climate is creating worsened conditions […]

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“The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse?”

May 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments

At this time, US television screens are graced with several blockbuster science programs.  Showtime’s The Years of Living Dangerously provides serious and substantive looks at climate change. With Cosmos, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, NewsCorp is giving thinking people a substantive reason to tune in every Sunday evening. “Cosmos aims to be a primer on the […]

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The power of passive …

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Around the planet, difficult cultural norms exist for writing.  Avoidance of direct discussion and attribution seem to be the norm for many nations.  Over recent decades, the U.S. business world has adopted an emphasis on using more direct language with the active voice.  When it comes to passive voices, a standard recommendation: Use the passive […]

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