Ireland’s first minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten, quietly signed off this month on the Druid/Drombeg exploration field off Ireland’s west coast which is eyeing an estimated five billion...
By Steve Horn and Curtis Waltman, MuckRock
Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters.
Emails show that the firms Delve and Off the Record Strategies, apparently working on contract with the National Sheriffs’ Association, worked in secret on talking points, media outreach, and communications training for law enforcement dealing with Dakota Access opponents mobilized at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. This revelation comes from documents obtained via an open records request from the Laramie County Sheriff's Department in Wyoming.
The DeSmogBlog recently received word that March 20 (Earth Day) will mark the launch of a www.green.tv/.
According to Director James Arthur, Green.tv will be a broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues. It is also a charity endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support and films from environmental organisations around the world, including the European Environment Agency, the UK Environment Agency, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
WASHINGTON - Dan Vergano of USA Today, Michelle Nijhuis of High Country News, and The Times-Picayune have won the American Geophysical Union’s 2006 journalism awards.
Vergano will receive the David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism–News for his article, “The debate’s over:
Bush’s Chat With Novelist Alarms Environmentalists
The New York Times, Feb. 19, 2006
WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 - One of the perquisites of being president is the ability to have the author of a book you enjoyed pop into the White House for a chat.
NASA scientist Jim Hansen: “We have to stabilize emissions of carbon dioxide within a decade, or temperatures will warm by more than one degree – warmer than it has been for half a million years.” (Feb. 2006)
Who said the Bush Administration was hard-hearted? Responding to the plight of oil giants such as ExxonMobil, which netted a mere $36 billion in profits last year, the Administration is planning to waive another $7 billion in royalties for drilling on public lands.
The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 14, 2006
Global warming isn’t just a “blue state” issue anymore.
From the Rocky Mountain West to the Southeast, influential red-state voices are beginning to call for more concerted efforts at local, state, and federal levels to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.
While big coal and big oil have spent millions on disinformation about climate change, the Bush Administration has upped the ante by turning industry-generated denial into a government policy of censorship.
The targets are some of the most respected climate scientists in the U.S.
Jim Hansen, a NASA researcher who first told the U.S. in 1988 that “global warming is at hand,” complained recently he is being muzzled by officials in his own agency. His sin: suggesting that we need to act quickly to reduce carbon emissions. As a result, NASA brass ordered the agency's public information staff to review any future statements, including interviews with journalists, by its scientists.
Last year, the famous “hockey-stick” graph by researchers Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley and Malcolm Hughes, came under fire when it was deemed inaccurate by two Canadians – Stephen McIntyre, a minerals and oil consultant, and Ross McKitrick, and economist – neither of whom have any background in climate science.