Koch-backed group distributes 25,000 insane climate change conspiracy booklets

April 12, 2017 by  
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The climate change deniers at the Koch brothers-backed Heartland Institute have apparently mailed a lengthy report challenging established climate science to 25,000 educators across the nation. The report, entitled “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming,” has been challenged as climate “propaganda” by the National Science Teachers Association . The goal of the Heartland Institute’s campaign is to continue to mail out the 135-page report until it reaches the hands of 200,000 teachers across the country. If you’d like to read the report, it’s available freely online , but here are a few of the highlights. The report opens by arguing that the science of climate change “is not settled,” despite the fact that multiple studies have found the vast majority of scientists agree that human-caused global warming is real and a serious threat. Study after study has shown that 97% of researchers surveyed are in consensus on this. Related: Fossil fuel-funded study attempts to deny the human causes of climate change It also bashes the science of climate models, claiming that because the certain aspects of the climate are not completely understood, that it’s impossible to predict how global temperatures will change over time. Over at Gizmodo , climate scientist Patrick Brown of the Carnegie Institution for Science explains, “Scientists are constantly working to try to improve these models and reduce uncertainty. This is all done openly and honestly in the peer-reviewed literature.” There’s a lot more inaccurate information packed into this report, including the claim that changing global temperatures are all just part of Earth’s “natural variability” and that global warming could be caused by the sun instead of CO2 emissions (in case it needs to be said, this is not true ). The authors even go so far as to claim that evidence of climate change is “unreliable” and that there’s no proven correlation between melting sea ice and rising temperatures. Related: Americans don’t trust climate change science because of fossil fuel industry’s disinformation Finally, it closes with conspiracy theories claiming that climate scientists are corrupt and driven by a political agenda rather than accurate science. That’s rich coming from an organization backed by fossil fuel companies like Exxonmobil , although perhaps not terribly surprising. While science teachers who receive the booklet will be able to easily see through the flimsy reasoning and distorted facts, it’s troubling to think of other educators or students who might stumble across the publication without the background to analyze its credibility. That’s why educational organizations are encouraging teachers who receive the report in the mail to toss it straight into the trash . Via Gizmodo Images via Wikimedia Commons and Knitty Marie

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How a small tribe in Nevada shut down coal and built a solar farm

April 12, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump brags about bringing back coal jobs, but tends to gloss over the fuel’s negative health effects for workers and those who live nearby. The Moapa Band of Paiutes in Nevada know all about those harmful health effects. After years of campaigning against a coal plant near their land, they finally saw it close as they switched on the first utility-scale solar plant ever erected on tribal land. The Moapa Band of Paiutes resides in Nevada next to the coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station. The tribe has seen high rates of heart disease and asthma, and didn’t even benefit from the power plant – it neither powered their homes nor employed their people. But because the 311-person tribe is so small, it was difficult to conclusively establish their health issues were related to the plant. Related: Moapa Paiutes to Install 250 MW Solar Power Plant to Transition Away from Dirty Coal Still, the tribe persisted in their campaign to shutter the plant, which provided power for Las Vegas. They started writing letters, and then took legal action with the help of the Sierra Club. When Las Vegas residents learned their power came from a plant polluting the air for people who lived next door, many of them got involved in the campaign as well. The tribe lost the case in 2013 but that same year Senate Bill 123 became law – requiring certain utilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and replace some polluting power with renewable sources. The Reid Gardner Generating Station finally closed this year, last month. Its 40 employees didn’t even lose their jobs, since they were given new positions in the same company. And now the tribe is turning to solar . They’ve leased land for the 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project; First Solar started operations and recently sold the plant to Capital Dynamics . The tribe will receive revenue and 115 of their members obtained construction jobs for the plant, which recently began operating under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Two tribe members will be permanently employed as field technicians. Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council chairman Darren Daboda said in a statement, “If our small tribe can accomplish this, then others can also. There are endless opportunities in renewable energy, and tribes across the nation have the perfect areas in which to build utility-scale projects.” Via Colorlines Images via Ken Lund on Flickr and ENERGY.GOV on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Koch brothers is launching a new, multimillion dollar group to fight the rise of electric cars

February 22, 2016 by  
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As a surprise to absolutely no one, those who personally benefit from the success of fossil fuel industries are again scrambling to fight large scale progress toward cleaner energy. Recently it was revealed that the Koch brothers are a part of a plan to create a new group whose mission is to increase pro-petroleum transportation propaganda – by funneling $10 million per year into it – and to try and undo governmental electric vehicle subsidies. Read the rest of Koch brothers is launching a new, multimillion dollar group to fight the rise of electric cars

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Lux cliffside home with a rooftop pool is designed to be energy neutral

February 22, 2016 by  
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Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

January 25, 2016 by  
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David Koch has left his seat on the board of directors of the American Museum of Natural History . Climate scientists have been calling for the conservative oil billionaire to get his fingers out of science museums, and people are celebrating Koch’s resignation as a victory. In 23 years on the board, Koch has made over $20 million in donations, and has dinosaur halls named after him, but he and his brother have also reportedly given over $70 million to organizations that attempt to refute climate studies. Read the rest of Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

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Amazing lifelike animal sculptures are crafted from pipe cleaners

January 25, 2016 by  
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Koch brothers’ father built an oil refinery for the Nazis, says new book

January 13, 2016 by  
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A newly published book says the father of American billionaires Charles and David Koch helped to build an oil refinery in Germany that was approved by Adolf Hitler himself. “Dark Money” is a historical account of the Koch family fortune and its influence, among others, written by Jane Mayer. In it, the author illustrates the path of modern conservative activism as supported by a small group of rich donors. She digs back as far as the Koch family’s ties to the radical right-wing John Birch Society to show how rich conservatives built a foundation for anti-government (and often anti-environment and anti-people) strategies under the guise of philanthropy. Read the rest of Koch brothers’ father built an oil refinery for the Nazis, says new book

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Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers

July 8, 2015 by  
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The National Park Service operations budget has been cut 80 percent in the last 4 years, but not enough for a group backed by the Charles G Koch Charitable Foundation. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed , Reed Watson, executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center, lambasted existing provisions to protect national parks and efforts to set aside new land for preservation. PERC, which has received over $90,000 from the Koch brother’s foundation, advocates cutting all taxpayer support for national parks and switching to a 100 percent fee-based funding structure instead. Read the rest of Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , environmental law , environmental policy , fossil fuel industries , fossil fuels , Koch Brothers , Koch charitable foundation , Koch Industries , Land and Water Conservation Fund , National Park Service , New York Times Op Ed , PERC , Property and Environment Research Center , Public Relations , Reed Watson

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

September 5, 2014 by  
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Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ? “So, what’s in it for him apart from unlimited free entry?” I hear you ask. Well, allegations abound that Mr Koch is exerting influence on programming at the public institutions, causing omissions or misrepresentations of climate science and global warming in exhibitions. In response, Brooklyn-based arts collective Not An Alternative has established The Natural History Museum to make “a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.” Their first exhibition will run from September 13 to October 4, 2014, at the Queens Museum . Read the rest of Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Museum of Natural History , big oil , Brooklyn , Climate Change , climate change denial , corporate sponsorship , David Koch , exhibitions , global warming , influence , Koch Brothers , Koch Industries , natural history museum , Not An Alternative , Queens museum , smithsonian

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

September 5, 2014 by  
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Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it’s startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) one prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases ? Or that just running your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full reduces water pollution  while lowering your bills? Swapping out nasty chemical cleaners for homemade products is healthier for both us and all life that depends on the local water table, and composting kitchen scraps  reduces landfill waste while providing our gardens with vital nutrients. This infographic details some of the little, simple changes that everyone can do, and can make an enormous difference to the entire world in the long run. + Canadian Residential Inspection Services Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “light bulbs” , Canadian Residential Inspection Services , CFC , changes , clean water , cleaning products , Climate Change , eco-friendly , emissions , environmental change , greenhouse gas , greenhouse gas emissions , home changes , infographic , lightbulbs , small changes , water issues

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