Scott Pruitt confirmed as head of the Environmental Protection Agency

February 17, 2017 by  
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In a major loss for the planet, the US Senate confirmed climate denier Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency that Pruitt has sued numerous times and has promised to render toothless . With no irony at all, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated about Pruitt: “He’s exceptionally qualified. He’s dedicated to environmental protection.” Unfortunately, that’s anything but true. Pruitt calls himself “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” and true to his word, he has worked hard to allow mercury pollution into the environment and coal plants to poison the planet, and has attempted to stop the efforts to clean the Chesapeake Bay. He recently called climate change ” a religious belief ” and has worked to undermine efforts to stop climate change. “Scott Pruitt is the most unqualified and dangerous nominee in the history of the EPA, and the Senators who voted to confirm him have betrayed the American people,” said Tom Seyer of NextGen Climate . According to the Sierra Club , “Pruitt has a long record of ignoring science, assaulting public health safeguards, and holding the agency he now leads in contempt. His confirmation is an environmental and public health disaster.” Related: EPA workers openly fight against potential Pruitt confirmation Thousands of activists have fought to delay Pruitt’s confirmation after a judge ruled that the Oklahoma attorney general office must turn over thousands of emails linking Pruitt to oil and gas companies. Despite their efforts, Pruitt was confirmed along a party-line vote. “Scott Pruitt is a dangerous and cynical choice to head the EPA. He’s a wholly-owned representative of polluters and Audubon will be vigilant as Pruitt sets out to dismantle the agency he heads,” said David Yarnold, Audubon’?s president and CEO. Via CNN images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Trump wants NASA to stop researching climate change to build a permanent base on the Moon

November 23, 2016 by  
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President-elect and ardent climate denier Donald Trump may be back pedaling a bit on his anti-climate stance, but the softening of his position doesn’t mean he’s backing off. Trump’s senior adviser on issues relating to NASA says the president-elect will make efforts to eliminate “politicized science” by axing the space agency’s climate research . NASA is currently one of the leading sources for data on the impact of climate change around the globe, including satellite-acquired information on air and water temperatures, ice loss and sea level rise, and other symptoms that give scientists a better understanding of what is happening to the Earth. NASA’s Earth science division operates the agency’s climate change research, based largely on data collected by its enormous network of satellites. Previous budget decisions resulted in plans to grow that spending to $2 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, the agency’s budget for space exploration has been reduced to $2.8 billion next year. As space exploration spending is reeled in, climate research has been allowed to grow, and NASA has been able to provide more accurate and updated information about our planet’s health than ever before. This is not an accomplishment Trump is interested in celebrating. Related: Trump admits humans have “some connectivity” to climate change Bob Walker, a senior Trump campaign adviser, told the Guardian NASA’s climate change research – which he described as “politically correct environmental monitoring” – is no longer necessary. He suggested Trump will attempt to slash, if not eliminate, NASA’s Earth science funding and instead boost the budget for space exploration. Although Trump himself has been fairly tight-lipped about his plans for NASA, he has recently suggested that he would like to “revive American lunar exploration” and he may even support building a base on the moon to house as many as 13,000 Earthlings, which is a plan so wild that even the space-loving entrepreneur Elon Musk doesn’t think it’s worth considering. Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia and John Sonntag/NASA

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Donald Trump believes California farmers who say "there is no drought"

May 31, 2016 by  
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Climate denier Donald Trump makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t believe humans are contributing to climate change, calling it a ‘hoax’ proctored by the Chinese. Now he’s adding another scientific fact to the list of things he doesn’t believe in : the severe drought that has plagued California for the past five years. In a speech in Fresno on Friday, Trump claimed that a group of “50 or 60 farmers” told him, right before he took the stage, that “there is no drought.” And the Republican presidential candidate says he believes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC-W971AeF4 In the clip above, Trump recounts his conversation with farmers, saying that he asked them how bad the drought was. They told him, he says, “There is no drought, they turn the water out into the ocean.” Trump said that, after 30 minutes of discussion, he believes what the farmers told him. To be clear, Trump never actually says there is no drought, but by quoting others who have allegedly said it and saying he agrees, we can all agree that’s pretty much the same thing. Related: Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline Anyone who has been paying attention knows that he’s wrong about this. California is suffering a very real and very devastating drought. There simply isn’t “plenty of water,” as Trump quotes farmers allegedly telling him. Some 95 percent of the state is enduring drier than average conditions, and 20 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions deemed “exceptional” by the Western Regional Climate Center, which has been closely monitoring the drought for years. Even Fresno, the city in which Trump came out of the closet as a drought denier last week, is experiencing drought conditions that rank in the “extreme” to “exceptional” range. Across the state, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands have turned fallow , millions of trees have lost canopy water , and rampant wildfires have raged , fueled by drier than normal brush. Not even the wet El Niño season could provide much relief, although it has helped contribute to the snowpack in the northern part of the state. It continues to be difficult to tell whether Trump is on a mission to spread misinformation and foster distrust in science, or if the man is just very, very confused. Either way, we wonder what will he will deny next. Is gravity also a hoax, Donald? Via Slate Images via Donald J Trump/Facebook and  U.S. Drought Monitor

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China added half of new global wind power capacity in 2015

May 31, 2016 by  
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China is making massive investments in clean energy as the government works to meet climate targets and clean up polluted cities. According to a new report , China installed 30.5 gigawatts of wind power in 2015 – which accounts for nearly half of all new global wind energy installations. The most populous country in the world beat the United States in second place by a wide margin — the U.S. installed 8.6 GW, while third place Germany installed 6.1 GW. Brazil and India each installed 2.6 GW. “After focusing on increasing its installed capacity, China’s 13th Five Year Plan has raised the 2020 wind target to 250 GW, and aims to shift the focus from scale expansion towards quality and efficiency,” said Ankit Mathur, GlobalData’s Practice Head for Power. “Indeed, the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) market in China, and all over the world, is poised for a growth phase.” Related: China puts the brakes on construction of 200 coal-fired power plants GlobalData predicts that China will maintain its position as the top nation for wind energy, installing 23 GW in 2016. The firm also predicts that China’s installed wind capacity will triple by 2030, increasing total capacity from 149 GW last year to 495 GW. But China is not just installing huge amounts of wind in its borders. The country is venturing into other markets, including the U.S. and U.K. Goldwind, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, recently announced that it bought the Rattlesnake Wind Project in Texas. The wind farm will consist of 64 of Goldwind’s 2.5-megawatt wind turbines. The U.K.’s first Chinese-backed offshore wind farm is moving forward . And the 588-megawatt Beatrice project off the northwest coast of Scotland is expected to be completed in 2019. + GlobalData report Via Climate Action News Images via Wikipedia

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A2OFFICE transforms Porto townhouse into a modern daylit residence

May 31, 2016 by  
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The building, comprising a basement, two floors, attic and small patio , is located in the central part of Porto . A single staircase connects all levels. In order to facilitate a spatial flow and openness, the architects introduced an interconnected social area on the lower levels. Related: The Outerio House is a 3 Meter Wide Modernist Renovation Two bedroom suites were placed on the top floor. In order to preserve the memory of a lantern on the first floor, the team formed three new clerestory windows . These openings provide additional natural light for the entire space, including the attic area. A minimalist lighting system was integrated into the walls, cabinets and ceilings. + A2OFFICE Photos by AL.MA Fotografia | Alexandra Marques

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Fossil fuel-funded study attempts to deny the human causes of climate change

February 22, 2016 by  
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In yet another attempt to deny the effects of climate change, the fossil fuel industry has funded a study that experts say lacks scientific credibility and is packed full of ‘nonsense.’ The Heartland Institute , an agency financed by coal and oil giants, published a report claiming that climate scientists aren’t actually in agreement about the human contribution to global warming, which is patently untrue. Scientists in the field who have responded to the ‘findings’ say the new Heartland report is just another distraction from the fight against climate change. Read the rest of Fossil fuel-funded study attempts to deny the human causes of climate change

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How Climate Disinformation Spreads (Video)

March 16, 2010 by  
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The indispensable Peter Sinclair is back with another one of his fine video segments from the Climate Denier Crock of the Week series.

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Today on Planet 100: Donald Trump a Climate Denier? (Video)

February 17, 2010 by  
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COP15 in Pictures – "Hitler Youth" & Klimaforum09 (Slideshow)

December 10, 2009 by  
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photo: Matthew McDermott Deep breaths as the COP15 train rolls on… Day three brought me to the Klimaforum (the “people’s climate summit”); Tuvalu staged a protest outside the Bella Center plenary hall — which apparently led to access restrictions today; climate denier Lord Monckton called members of SustainUS “Hitler Youth last night and got mobbed when he showed up at the Bella Center today. Fun and interesting times, at

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