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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

Polluting Pruitt’s latest stupid idea: a TV debate on climate science

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency-hating chief of the EPA, wants to have a televised debate among scientists on climate change. When my colleague Mark Sumner read the news about this, he pictured a climate Thunderdome in which two scientists enter and a hunk of the public leaves still believing that there really is a debate to be had. By […]

July 12th

California Democrats drop F-bomb on Trump’s environmental mess

By Dan Bacher California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton today issued a statement expressing how he feels about the Trump administration’s environmental protection rollbacks: “Since he failed in his efforts to screw millions out of their health care, Donald Trump has switched his attention to fucking up our environment and the air we breath.” I’ve […]

April 12th

Trump putting climate denier in charge of EPA?

By Meteor Blades Back in 2007, Myron Ebell said: “Every interview I do, when I’m asked about scientific issues, I say I’m not a climate scientist. I’m just giving you the informed layman’s perspective.” Too modest by far—then and now. Ebell certainly is not a climate scientist. He is instead a disinformation specialist on global warming, working out of the D.C. offices […]

September 26th

Could climate change deniers face RICO racketeering prosecution?

Climate-change denial has been compared to Big Tobacco’s 50-year-campaign to deny the dangers of cigarettes. Both attempted to muddy the waters of the public discussion by claiming there is still “scientific debate” on an issue where the science is known and settled. Both took funding from big industries (Big Tobacco, Big Oil) with a huge […]

September 21st

Americans want limits on CO2, but vote for climate deniers

By Meteor Blades A poll conducted by Yale’s Project on Climate Change Communication has found 67 percent of Americans favor federal regulations to limit carbon emissions from power plants even if that means paying more for their electricity. That meshes somewhat with the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll asking what Americans think the new Congress should […]

November 21st