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Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Climate Denial’s Day in Court

Above, CEO of Shell – “my next buy is and electric car”. Below, an extraordinary “day in court” for climate science. NYTimes: SAN FRANCISCO — There were no test tubes or Bunsen burners, but a courtroom turned into a science classroom Wednesday for a U.S. judge considering lawsuits that accuse big oil companies of lying

2018-03-23 15:38   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: “Limited” Nuclear War Could be Planetary Catastrophe

It’s 1962 again. Mashable: It’s winter, 2018, in Iowa, five months after the last of the nuclear bombs detonated across megacities in northeast Asia, from Seoul to Tokyo to Shanghai. Radioactive fallout was the initial concern, but now something else is going awry: the weather. American farmers accustomed to snow and cold during the winter

2018-03-23 13:06   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: New Research: Could North Atlantic Current be Slowing?

I took some heat for the above video from some who questioned whether a the slowdown of the North Atlantic current, discussed here, was still a live issue in climate science.  My take evolved, having heard from heavy hitting scientists like J.P. Steffensen,(above) and  Mike Mann, Stefan Rahmstorf and Jason Box (below) that a persistent

2018-03-23 02:00   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Climate’s “Pizza Gate”: Right and Left Wing “Resilience Truthers”

Above – “we’ve heard about cloud seeding, Chemtrails, these are all things”. Well, actually only one of those is a thing, and probably not what crazy internet guy thinks. There’s a “horseshoe theory” of politics, which states that the continuum of politics is not a straight line, but bent more like a horseshoe, meaning the

2018-03-22 15:03   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Could Arctic Carbon Bomb be Larger than Thought?

Above video outlines the problem. I spend a lot of time pushing back on catastrophist notions that a “methane bomb” is going to wipe out humanity in coming decades.  Simply hard to find scientists who agree with that. But we do have a problem, and it may be that the dimensions are poorly understood. New

2018-03-22 14:11   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Cost and Public Demand Driving New Solar South

Utility Dive: The remarkable transition that utilities in the Southeast are undergoing is a powerful indicator of the profound changes happening in the nation’s power sector. The Southeast had 200 MW of solar capacity in 2012, but led by North Carolina’s Duke Energy utilities and Georgia Power, it had 6 GW at the end of

2018-03-22 13:47   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Simpler, Faster, Cheaper. New Solar Racking Leapfrogs Solar Tariffs

More reasons why Trump/Putin/Republicans want to do away with renewable energy research. (see below) Technology and ingenuity can be tools of, or a weapons against, tyranny. Perfect example showing simple tech improvements can leverage dramatic cost reductions. Triple Pundit: Solar energy fans haven’t had much to cheer about during the Trump Administration, especially after the President’s

2018-03-21 17:57   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Data Driven: Colbert on Cambridge Analytica


2018-03-21 01:37   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Fox News Military Advisor Quits: “I’m Ashamed”

Sinking ship. Yadda yadda. Buzzfeed: A retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit Tuesday and denounced the network and President Donald Trump in an email to colleagues. “Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous

2018-03-21 00:19   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Coal Field to Forest: “People Seem Happier”

Today is International Happiness Day. This is not Rocket science. Guardian: Former miner Graham Knight puts his cup of tea down on the cafe table and looks out through the large glass windows. Trees frame every view; a small herd of cows meander through a copse of silver birch towards a distance lake. “It is

2018-03-20 14:08   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Could Geo-Engineering Stave off Climate Disaster?

Worthy of discussion, but the scale and possible unforeseen consequences are daunting. Look for my new video soon which will touch on this. There is still hope that sensible climate action could radically slow, if not stop, melting ice sheets. Nature: To stimulate discussion, we explore three ways to delay the loss of ice sheets.

2018-03-20 13:55   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Greening Schools: Better, Safer, Cheaper

We awaken again a to senseless school shooting. Instead of turning schools into armed work camps, maybe there’s another way? Along with sensible gun laws, expanded access to mental health care,  making our schools healthier and more efficient achieves multiple goals. Sense and Sustainability: To America’s school boards, What if I could you offer you

2018-03-20 13:15   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Heads Up California – Atmospheric River Hitting Now

New threat of mudslides, avalanche to burned area in Southern Cal. Local folk: If asked to evacuate, don’t hesitate. Daniel Swain’s blog WeatherWest: The strongest storm of the year (and perhaps longer) for southern California is rapidly developing over the Eastern Pacific west of California. This system already has a visually spectacular presentation on satellite

2018-03-20 01:06   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Describes Attack on Social Media

Watch @savannahguthrie's full interview with Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie — TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 19, 2018 Big puzzle piece in the Trump/Russia scandal dropping over the weekend. For quick outline, see above short interview from the (!) Today show. More below. ThinkProgress: In an unprecedented move, Facebook announced it is suspending the…

2018-03-20 00:24   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: “We Don’t Need no Stinkin’ Building Codes. Taxpayers will Bail us Out.”

After Hurricane Andrew wreaked wide destruction in South Florida, new building standards were introduced that have been successful in reducing damages in more recent storms. Naturally, builders and developers want to weaken those standards. No worries, you’ll pay for it in disaster bailouts after the next storm. Thanks, y’all. Bloomberg: The showdown in the Florida

2018-03-19 14:34   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Government’s New Mission: Saving the Land for Big Oil

This is a disease. We are going to end it. Vice: Under the Trump administration, the Bureau of Land Management has some new branding, one that prominently features oil rigs. The Bureau of Land Management gave out new identification cards for all its employees to wear out in the field — complete with illustrations of

2018-03-19 14:11   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Bill Maher with Beto O’Rourke – Challenger to Ted Cruz

Beto O’Rourke has gained national attention for running in Texas against the most hated man in the Senate. I’ve taken on Ted Cruz’ climate denial in the video below. Advertisements

2018-03-17 12:14   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Senator Flake: Negative Electricity Pricing in Arizona


2018-03-16 23:22   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Russian Hackers Extend Feelers into Power Grid

One urgent reason to move to a more distributed, islandable, resilient grid with back up battery power, is the increasing vulnerability of traditional electrical grids to attack. Also, urgent reason to wonder what the Russians have on Donald Trump. New York Times: The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks

2018-03-16 06:39   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: How Solar Panels Can Help Farmers, and Save Bees

Creative siting of solar panels can create co-benefits for pollinators, native plants, as well as unique opportunities for grazing and other agriculture. Video above cuts to chase around 11:00. CNN: For the first time, a bee species in the continental United States has been declared endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The rusty

2018-03-15 13:34   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Emergence of Flying Taxis Represents Clean Tech Singularity

sin·gu·lar·i·ty – a point at which a function takes an infinite value, especially in space-time when matter is infinitely dense, as at the center of a black hole. Michael Liebreich – Bloomberg New Energy: In the past fifteen years we have witnessed several pivotal points along the route towards clean energy and transport. In 2004,

2018-03-14 20:03   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: In Rural Heartland: Solar is the New Wind

Frankenmuth, MI – I’m here for most of the day at a Michigan State University extension service workshop on solar power for landowners. Big room is jammed with farmers, landowners, planning and zoning officials,  and interested parties from around the east and southeast side of the state. It’s a bit of a microcosm for what’s

2018-03-14 16:09   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Rex Tillerson Retrospective

Looking back at the end of a uniquely destructive career. Knowing climate change was real, Tillerson nevertheless elected to continue helming one of the world’s largest carbon polluters. There was hope that he would bring some realism to the Trump administration. Draw your own conclusions. Below, Stephen Colbert’s take. Advertisements

2018-03-14 12:59   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Stephen Hawking on Climate

Should start at the right place but if it doesn’t go to 1:53. Worth noting that he has one of the grimmest perspectives imaginable –  most climate scientists would agree the situation is dire – but ‘Venus Syndrome” is generally not considered a likely outcome. But, hey, He’s Stephen Hawking. Good news here for Elon

2018-03-14 12:41   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Pompeo: New Secretary of State is a Climate Denier Under Russian Cloud

Heavy Russian footprint in Trump administration, on both diplomatic and climate front. Washington Post: Mike Pompeo’s coming elevation to secretary of state would put an official who has expressed doubts about climate science in charge of the department tasked with representing the United State at a crucial upcoming international climate summit. President Trump on Tuesday…

2018-03-13 20:21   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: We’re getting Sprung Earlier Every Year

New Penn State study, not “new” news, but deeper dive on well grounded observations. Below, famous NASA study, Rosenzweig et al, found almost 30,000 indicators in the natural world consistent with a warming planet. Penn State University: UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For every 10 degrees north from the equator you move, spring arrives about four

2018-03-13 16:19   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Colbert on the Education of Betsy Devos

A system called “stupid”. Science literacy must begin in schools.  The current administration, and indeed, the modern Republican Party, seems determined that it will end there. CNN:  White House officials were alarmed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ struggle to answer basic questions about the nation’s schools and failure to defend the administration’s newly proposed school…

2018-03-13 13:09   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: “ an Alabama tick.” Terminator will sue Oil majors for Murder

Alabama tick…tick….tick.. Politico: AUSTIN, Texas — Arnold Schwarzenegger’s next mission: taking oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.” The former California governor and global environmental activist announced the move Sunday at a live recording of POLITICO’s Off Message podcast here at the SXSW festival, revealing that he’s in talks with…

2018-03-12 18:46   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: One Team, Two Team, Blue Team, Brown Team

Scott Pruitt narrowly avoided embarrassing himself and everyone concerned when John Kelly and others pulled the plug on Pruitt’s proposed “Red Team – Blue Team” re-litigation of climate science. Of course, the actual debate on climate has been conducted in the scientific literature over the last 150 years. But less well known, an actual “Blue

2018-03-12 16:13   Click to comment

Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Putin/Trump: Compare and Contrast

WATCH: Russian President Vladimir Putin tells @MegynKelly he “couldn’t care less” about Russians allegedly interfering in U.S. elections because they “do not represent the [Russian] government.” #ConfrontingPutin — NBC News (@NBCNews) March 10, 2018 Now compare to Trump.

2018-03-12 16:10   Click to comment

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