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War on Science: Trump picks non-scientist talk radio climate denier as top USDA scientist

Sonny Perdue, the political hack appointed to be secretary of agriculture, once labeled mainstream climate science “so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.” As if having a science denier running the Department of Agriculture weren’t disastrous enough, Pr*sident Trump has now, as expected, picked another political hack—a former right-wing talk-radio host named Sam Clovis—to be the undersecretary of research, education, […]

July 21st

The myth of Baseload Power (it’s not what you think)

Anyone who engages in online discussion on issues involving renewable energy for any length of time will encounter the myth that renewable energy is unreliable in supplying base-load demand. This myth is pushed into the discussion with substantial financial investment, directly and indirectly, by vested interests in continued reliance on the Global Suicide Pact power […]

July 18th

Elon Musk: Tesla vs The Terminator (Video)

Elon Musk was the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island, last weekend. He used the occasion to remind the group of his oft voiced concerns about artificial intelligence, calling it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization.” In the absence of appropriate government regulations, Musk fears AI could progress […]

July 17th

While Rick Perry denies climate science, his Energy Department is booming on renewable energy

You wouldn’t know it from the hoots of laughter emanating from the Intertubes over Energy Secretary Perry’s latest ridiculous gaffe, but all last week the Energy Department has been cranking out good news about renewable energy at an especially furious pace. The occasion was the 40th anniversary of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. By Tina Casey  […]

July 11th

Climate change is making the oceans hotter MUCH faster than we expected

The problem with news reporting on climate change science is: The scientific models are inherently conservative, but they get reported as if they were worst-case scenarios. Often, as with ocean temperatures and Antarctic warming, the more we learn the WORSE things look, making those earlier estimates into BEST-case scenarios… By Steve Hanley  Oceanographers say the world’s […]

July 7th

Trump’s EPA goes to war on science – and scientists

The message to all federal employees is, if you haven’t drunk deeply of the Trump-inspired nonsense spewed by the putative president, America has no use for you. Scott Pruitt, chief defender of the faith at the agency formerly known as the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to slash the agency’s staffing levels and […]

June 23rd

Rick Perry is half right — oceans absorb heat and CO2

As Tina Casey reports, Rick Perry understands the world’s oceans are getting warmer, but doesn’t really understand the reason why. However, the scientists at NASA and MIT do. They have released a new study detailing how the oceans absorb heat, carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, and other gases. Once absorbed, they can remain stored in the […]

June 22nd

Boom! 10% of US electricity from wind and solar in March

Doubt that wind and solar can ever provide a big percentage of US electric generation? For the first time ever, US wind and solar electricity generation exceeded 10% of the monthly total in March, according to figures published by the country’s Energy Information Agency this week. by Joshua S Hill  The EIA published a short […]

June 15th

US Congress Working On National Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

The US Congress is working on legislation to speed up the rollout of self-driving vehicle technology that could potentially supersede state-level rules, according to a number of House and Senate lawmakers who spoke to Reuters earlier this week. by James Ayre  The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, […]

June 10th