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As Trump admin releases un-censored climate change report, deniers continue cherry-picking

Friday’s release of the Climate Science Special Report first and foremost contradicts the Trump administration and the GOP’s claims that scientists are unable to gauge the degree to which human activity is responsible for climate change. The report shows 92-123% of warming is caused by people, as we mentioned last week. That contradiction between the administration’s party line […]

November 7th

Fossil fuels prevent rape, says Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Seriously.

Yesterday at an Axios event, Energy Secretary and tiny-minded dancer Rick Perry was so effusive in his praise for fossil fuels that he went so far as to suggest they could prevent sexual assault. In advancing the coal industry’s favorite talking point, that fossil fuels are a solution to “energy poverty” in the developing world, Perry went […]

November 4th

Climate deniers’ new dodge: “All energy matters” + “Very fine scientists on both sides”

All year we’ve been watching as Trump nominees squirm to answer direct congressional questioning about climate change. For the most part, they’ve avoided embracing Trump’s idea that it’s all a Chinese hoax. Gone, too, is the old axiom of “I’m not a scientist, but…” Instead, they give more seemingly nuanced but similarly silly answers. The most […]

November 3rd

Drain the Swamp: Pruitt stacks EPA boards with fossil fuel pollution proponents (No scientists need apply)

Scott Pruitt formally announced yesterday the new guidelines for and members of the Science Advisory Board and Clean Air Science Advisory Council that provide expert analysis of the science underlying EPA regulations. If you’re looking for a great explainer to email a confused friend or post for a non-climate-conscious Facebook audience, the Union of Concerned […]

November 2nd

Breaking: Climate deniers lying about science (Okay, not really a surprise)

Last month when E&E reported on an email with notes from Heartland’s meeting about EPA Director Scott Pruitt’s Red Team, one of the suggested actions for fossil fuel flunkies take up was to “conduct a new survey of scientists to refute the 97% consensus.” But odds are pretty slim a Heartland-approved survey could get past peer-review in any […]

November 1st

War on Science: Pulling back the curtain on fossil fuel’s disinformation playbook

Though our focus here is on climate change denial, the tactics used by deniers are hardly unique. The Union of Concerned Scientists has a great new project exploring how exactly fossil fuel giants and other industries spread lies. In The Disinformation Playbook, UCS breaks down the five big strategies that industries have used to deny the […]

October 25th

War on Science: EPA about to issue Climate Science Special Report without saying “climate change”?

The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) is scheduled to be released in the next couple of weeks. This is the final version of the draft federal report that the New York Times leaked last August, and part of the larger National Climate Assessment (NCA). By Climate Denier Roundup The NCA is a years-long product of 13 federal agencies, […]

October 23rd

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s top environmental pick believes “Coal ended slavery”

Last week, President Trump nominated non-scientist and Accuweather CEO Barry Myers to head NOAA, which even WUWT considers a mistake because of the inherent conflict of interest between his family’s business and the National Weather Service. Then Trump announced he will nominate Kathleen Hartnett White to run the Council on Environmental Quality, an important office that advises the president, oversees NEPA environmental impact […]

October 22nd