A DeSmogBlog exclusive investigation into NASA's DSCOVR climate station

Somewhere in Maryland is a metal box containing a fully completed climate spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) that could save the world.

What happened? How could the US government possibly justify killing DSCOVR given the importance of climate change and after over 90% of the project expenses had already been incurred? What role did petty partisan politics play in this? Did the oil lobby have any influence on this decision?

Over the next few months I'm going to dig into the history of DSCOVR, the reasons why it was canceled, and why NASA refuses to release any internal documents on the decision to kill the mission.

Click here to donate to our research project and help find out who killed the DSCOVR project.

In the DeSmogosphere Archive Aug 29, 2007

  • New York Times
    Quarter degree fix fuels climate fight
  • MoJo Blog
    Vogue goes green (no, not really)
  • The Guardian
    We’re in meltdown
  • GristMill
    Nothing to fear

Steve Milloy's compact fluorescent & mercury junkscience

For someone who fights Junk Science, Steve Milloy sure likes to spread… well, the junk science.

Remember the story a while ago about the lady who paid over $2000 to have the mercury cleaned up when she accidently smashed a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL's)? If not, here's the alarmist piece Steve Milloy wrote for Fox News on the matter.

According to most reports on mercury and CFL's this lady was most likely a victim of a dubious clean-up crew than she was of mercury poisoning. Energystar reports that the amount of mercury in a CFL is about 100 times less than that found in your average thermometer (pdf).

NOAA vs. NASA hottest year in the US still officially 1998

No offense to NASA, but as far as maintaining the official US surface temperature records, it's the job of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And according to the official NOAA records, the 10 hottest years begin with 1998, followed by 2006.

But according to recent histrionics from the climate change denial industry, 1998 is no longer the hottest year in the US, it's 1934.

US Rejects 50% Cuts As Superstantial

VIENNA - Curbs needed to fight global warming could be less drastic than a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 favoured by the European Union, the United States' chief climate negotiator said on Monday.

President George W. Bush agreed at a summit in Germany with his main industrial allies in June that UN climate reports showed that “global greenhouse gas emissions must stop rising, followed by substantial global emission reductions”.

However, the text of the agreement did not define “substantial”.

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