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Nuclear Power, AmeriCorps Fraud, and Climate Change 'Denial'

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Nuclear Power, AmeriCorps Fraud, and Climate Change 'Denial'

1.  ENERGY

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future has drawn
public ire
for their decisions regarding nuclear power.

CEI Expert Available
to Comment:  Vice President Iain Murray on why the public
should be involved
in nuclear decisions.

“There is a high level of public skepticism over the
feasibility of wind and solar power on a grand scale. That means the public is
open to learning more about nuclear power.  The Commission has the
opportunity to get valuable input into its decisions from the public at large. Such
public involvement is essential for the Commission’s final report to gain
public legitimacy and acceptance.”

 

2. POLITICS

President Obama is firing an inspector general who uncovered fraud at AmeriCorps.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Senior Counsel Hans Bader
on why Gerald Walpin was fired for his criticism
of an Obama crony.

“But when Walpin recently exposed
wrongdoing by a prominent Obama supporter, Kevin Johnson, Obama moved to fire
Walpin. Walpin protested the Administration’s failure to hold Johnson, a
liberal mayor, accountable for using taxpayer money to pay for ‘political
activities’ and pay volunteers to run ‘personal errands for’ Johnson ‘and even
wash his car.’”

 

3. SCIENCE

Nature Medicine magazine publishes the names of “vocal climate change denialists.”

CEI Expert Available
to Comment: Adjunct Scholar Michael
Fumento
on why the word denialism should not be used to describe alternative views
on climate change.

“‘Denialist’ is an ad hominem argument,
the meaning of which is defined entirely by the user, intended to discredit the
accused without evidence. Scudellari’s charge illustrates this. ‘Fumento claims
embryonic stem cell research is both ‘a dead end’, fueled by a greedy lobby,
and dangerous, despite evidence from animal studies suggesting its promise,’
she writes.”