Given the fringe nature of climate science deniers’ arguments, the amount of press time they receive in the...
In his first few months at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), commissioner Rob Powelson scheduled the great majority of his meetings with fossil fuel energy companies and utilities, his work calendar shows. The calendar, obtained by DeSmog through an open records request, can be viewed below.
Nominated to FERC by President Trump, Powelson began serving on the commission last August. He previously served on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
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.
If you wake up and see a reasonable scientific argument, go back in your hole for six weeks …
Actually, this is a bad set-up for a great Molly Ivins column on the Bush Administration’s handling of the climate file. Molly doesn’t quite nominate Punxsutawney Phil for President, but she allows: “At least he doesn’t lie about the weather.” Phil, that is. Not the president …
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists is presenting its annual journalism award this year to Michael Crichton, the science fiction writer whose latest book, “State of Fear,” dismisses global warming as a largely imaginary threat embraced by malignant scientists for their own ends.
“It is fiction,” conceded Larry Nation, communications director for the association. “But it has the absolute ring of truth” he told the New York Times.
Card rapped as stooge: Critics say energy advice is tainted
The Boston Herald, Feb. 7, 2006
Environmentalists yesterday blasted President Bush’s energy budget as the product of an administration dominated by ex-oil and auto industry executives — including former auto lobbyist turned White House chief of staff Andrew Card.
In a direct swipe at the head-in-the-sand Bush Administration, a major Republican Senator called on the U.S. to rejoin the Kyoto process in a major address to the U.N. Security Council:
Among other things, Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said:
“I have urged the Bush Administration and my colleagues in Congress to return to a leadership role on the issue of climate change.