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  • Climate Study Urges Blacklisting of Contrarians

    August 16, 2019
    Authors of a study published recently in the journal Nature Communications want editors and journalists to blacklist “climate change contrarians.” Of course, the study doesn’t put it quite that way, but that clearly is the upshot.
  • Children's Environmental Health Programs Translate to Junk Science

    August 14, 2019
    For more than a decade now, the federal government has doled out millions of dollars to fund junk science and political activism under the guise of “children’s environmental health.” Many of these programs sound science-based, but a close look at what they actually fund is disheartening, to say the least.
  • Climate Rent-Seeking Backfiring on Chemours

    August 9, 2019
    In perhaps the most egregious example of climate change-related rent seeking to date, chemical giants Chemours and Honeywell have joined forces with environmental activists to restrict a widely-used class of refrigerants called hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HFCs) on the grounds that they are greenhouse gases.
  • New Rule to Limit State Government Abuse of Clean Water Act for Climate Activism

    August 9, 2019
    Making good on a promise made in an April 10th Executive Order entitled Promoting Energy Infrastructure and Economic Growth, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule restricting states from abusing the Clean Water Act to pursue a climate agenda. 
  • Climate Blame Game

    August 9, 2019
    In “Reformed Climate Deniers Don’t Deserve Redemption,” author Dave Leviton argues that Republican pollster Frank Luntz had no business testifying before the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. Because Luntz is a skeptic? No, because Luntz used to promote skeptical views and has not yet confessed his guilt for having “helped to break the world.”
  • The Millionaires and Billionaires of Environmental Politics

    August 7, 2019
    There’s a story that’s told in newspapers, on news networks, and in the buzzing of Twitter. In this story, there’s a clear good guy, a heroic underdog fighting the good fight, and a clear villain cackling in a corporate boardroom. This is a tale of grassroots environmentalists, banding together to solve the so-called climate emergency and financing their campaigns from small dollar donors impressed by and invested in the cause that these organizations are supporting.
  • Advocacy Journalism Gears up to Promote UN Climate Conference

    August 2, 2019
    The Columbia Journalism Review reported on July 26th that more than 60 news organizations have signed up to devote “one week of focused coverage” to the international “Climate Action Summit” hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York on September 16-23.
  • Judge Rejects Climate Suit to Establish 'Right to Wilderness'

    August 2, 2019
    Oregon District Court Judge Michael McShane on July 31st rejected a petition by two nonprofit groups—Animal Legal Defense Fund and Seeding Sovereignty—and six individuals who allege the U.S. government’s failure to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a safe and sustainable environment.
  • Climate Change Gets 21 Minutes in Five-Hour Presidential Debate

    August 2, 2019
    CNN hosted the 2nd Democratic presidential candidates’ debate this week on two consecutive nights (July 30th and 31st). Twenty of the 24 Democratic candidates participated, with 10 different candidates taking the stage on each night. Inside Climate News estimates the candidates discussed climate change and the environment for 21 minutes.
  • Senate Highway Bill with First-Ever Climate Title Unanimously Clears Committee

    August 2, 2019
    On July 30th, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) passed S. 2302, America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019. The vote was 22-0. In most respects, it resembles previous big highway spending bills, this time providing $287 billion dollars over the next 5 years. The bill is largely devoid of any fresh thinking on addressing the nation’s transportation infrastructure challenges and for the most part just throws more money at them. 

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