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Global Warming: GOP Deniers Launch War on Science

With the majority of the GOP caucus in denial about climate change, there was talk during the campaign about abolishing the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. But it now looks like they’ll use it instead – as a platform to smear the EPA, the Obama admistration, and climate scientists. Representative Jim […]

November 9th

What’s Next: GOP Guru Karl Rove Says “Climate is Gone”

We knew this election would have consequences – not that much has gotten done on climate action in the past two years. Now, Republican guru Karl Rove announced this week that “Climate is gone”. Speaking at a Pittsburgh conference on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation (aka fracking), Rove told the giddy crowd […]

November 6th

GOP: No Compromise If We Retake the House

If you had any slim hope left for “bipartisanship” on environmental and energy legislation in Washington after the 2010 midterm election, you can forget about it. The Hill reports “Republicans aren’t interested in compromising with President Obama on major issues if they retake the House or Senate, a senior GOP lawmaker said.” “Look, the time […]

October 25th

Creating Satans: Collective Myth Building About Monsanto, Obama etc

[social_buttons] I noticed an interesting phenomenon this week  while watching the links coming in to one of Jeremy Bloom’s recent posts on RGB.  A great deal of traffic was coming in from two referring sites that are Christianity-related. Both had previously posted links to an incendiary Pravda “article” that misinterpreted an already sensationalized statement in a […]

October 24th

Berms Update: Coast Scientists Want Them Stopped

(From A group of coast scientists – experts who teach at universities from Maine to Hawaii – have drafted a letter to Incident Commander Thad Allen, calling on him to cancel the sand berms and other “massive re-engineering” projects. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had championed the sand berms as a way of keeping oil […]

July 21st

Why Are We So Keen to Sail the Arctic

For the first time in over 50 years Arctic waters will be the subject of a mapping expedition. What I want to know is, why? Arctic ice has been receding at a rapid and alarming rate over the past decade. We’ve seen the Northwest Passage open for the first time in recorded and memorable history, […]

July 21st

People Care More if Climate Change Impacts their Health

A new exploratory study out of George Mason University has found that people will care more about climate change if it is framed as a public health problem. The authors of the study interviewed 70 Americans and had the respondents read a public health framed essay on climate change. Their results found that, on the […]

July 19th

BP Pressure Test Results “Disappointing”

(From RGB’s sister blog, Despite the glowing headlines proclaiming “Gulf Oil Stops Flowing”, we’re not out of the woods yet. In a conference call this afternoon, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen announced that pressure levels have NOT risen high enough in the recently-capped  well. This could mean one of two things: The oil […]

July 16th

Bad News from the Gulf – BP Delays Testing New Cap

After a day of waiting, the word came from the Gulf late Tuesday – BP will NOT be testing the new cap on the Deepwater Horizon well today. This comes as a major disappointment, and feeds fears that the well is in such bad shape that the capping process won’t work. “We decided that the […]

July 13th

George Lakoff Advises Democrats Against “Disaster Messaging”

Why have the Democrats been having such a hard time passing environmental legislation? And everything else, for that matter? Despite control of both houses of Congress and the White House, even the measures they get through (like the Health Care Reform, or the pending energy bill) are watered-down, half-baked compromises that Democrats have to hold […]

July 13th

BP Bans Media Access – Coast Guard Helps

(From Important Media’s newest blog: FailDrill, covering the Gulf Oil Disaster.)

So much for the First Amendment.

Corporations spending money to influence elections… that’s free speech, protected by the First Amendement, according to our Supreme Court.

But reporters talking to oilfield workers? Or taking pictures of booms? Sorry, that’s a felony.

Yobie Benjamin of the SF Gate is outraged:

…Allen has issued a blanket order that bans anyone from getting close to any spill clean up site, boom site, areas where there are clean up workers or any other oil disaster related area or persons effectively shutting down the first amendment rights of the media. The zone of exclusion is 65 feet. There was rumor that Coast Guard bosses wanted to impose a 300 feet exclusion zone but later relented to a 65 feet no trespass and exclusion zone.

This is despite assurances from Thad Allen that there will be full transparency on all clean-up operations. Allen claims local officials were asking the Coast Guard to create a media-free buffer zone. However no media outlet — television, print, Internet or radio could find a single local official who requested the Coast Guard to ban media access to oil sludge sites on land or water. Since no local official requesting a no media zone can be found, it can only be assumed that the ban was requested by BP.

July 3rd