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Storm chaser: Sen. Durbin carries on lonely fight against climate change

Sen. Dick Durbin. Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Sunday night, President Obama claimed his debt ceiling deal would lift the "cloud of uncertainty that hangs over our economy." While he expresses concern for the political weather, the actual weather -- poisoned by carbon pollution -- is growing more devastating. The drastic cuts in federal investment that are requirements of the debt deal will leave the nation in deadly peril from our superheated climate, just as full mobilization is needed. Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) brought attention to the deadly scourge of severe weather fueled by climate change, and to the …

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Climate scientists blow gaping hole in 'NASA data' paper

We still have plenty of reasons to be alarmed about climate change. Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. The climate denier blogosphere is going mad over a new paper that supposedly "should dramatically alter the global warming debate" by showing that "far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted." The paper [PDF], written by conservative climate scientist Roy Spencer and his University of Alabama colleague William Braswell, finds that "satellite observations and climate models display markedly different behaviors," and posits, with caveats, that there may be "lower climate sensitivity of the real climate system." As LiveScience's Stephanie Pappas …

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Tea Party will protect humans from manatees

Photo: OZinOHCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Florida Tea Party members believe that federal efforts to protect manatees from extinction are part of a United Nations conspiracy to place manatee over man. Freshman Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) is now standing up for the Tea Partiers against the feared manatee overlords, offering an amendment to the FY 2012 Interior and Environment appropriations bill (HR 2584) that would block the creation of a manatee refuge in Citrus County: U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent is asking Congress to withhold funding for a proposed manatee-protection rule involving Crystal River and King's Bay, effectively stopping the rule before …

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Norway terrorist is a climate change denier

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Inspired by climate denial pundits, right-wing Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik railed against global warming "enviro-communism" in his manifesto. Breivik -- who confessed to killing 76 people in two attacks in Norway -- published on the web a 1,500-page manifesto describing his Christian conservative conspiracy theories. In one section, "Green is the new Red -- Stop Enviro-Communism!" Breivik argues that global warming is actually an eco-Marxist plot "to create a world government" using the "Anthropogenic Global Warming scam": You might know them as environmentalists, enviro-communists, eco-Marxists, neo-Communists or eco-fanatics. They all claim they want to save the …

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House votes against energy-saving lightbulbs

Photo: republicanconferenceRep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), a climate denier, created the amendment. Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. By a voice vote, the House just passed a "lightbulb ban" amendment to the 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (HR 2354). The amendment, offered by climate denier Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), prohibits spending to enforce the incandescent lighting efficiency standards in the 2007 energy law signed by President George W. Bush: An amendment numbered 70 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce section 430.32(x) of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations or to …

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GOP introduces slash-and-burn budget for the environment

Photo: Images_of_Money Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. Republicans have officially unveiled a slash-and-burn budget plan for the environment, with drastic cuts to environmental agencies and numerous riders to exempt polluters from science-based regulation. The House Appropriations Committee released the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2012, to be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation includes major cuts in funding for the Department of the Interior, the EPA, the Forest Service, and various independent and related agencies. This Tea Party budget eviscerates protections [PDF] for air, water, and land while delivering industry lobbyists a grab bag of favors. The …

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Santorum: 'There's no such thing as global warming'

Rick Santorum.Photo: Gage SkidmoreCross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. This post was coauthored by Tanya Somanader. In an interview with Glenn Beck, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed global warming is a hoax. Beck grinned as Santorum called for a "drill everywhere" policy and claimed that there is "no such thing as global warming": Beck: Oil? Santorum: Drill. Drill everywhere. Beck: Coal? Santorum: Absolutely. Natural gas. We have huge stores. 263 years of oil at the current rate, almost 200 years of gas, and 300 years of coal. Beck: What about global warming? Santorum: There is no such thing as global warming. It …

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Climate hawk Jay Inslee poised to enter Washington governor’s race

Jay Inslee, gubernatorial wannabe. Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green. With Gov. Chris Gregoire's (D) announcement that she will not seek reelection in 2012, Rep. Jay Inslee (D) has emerged as the frontrunner to get the Democratic nomination for the Washington governorship. Inslee is one of the fiercest climate hawks in the nation, leading Congress in the fights against climate pollution and to build a clean energy economy. Since 2003, he has fought for a new Apollo-style mission to mobilize the entire nation for clean energy. In 2009, Inslee cofounded the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, because of the need for "bold, aggressive action" to fight the climate crisis. …

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Mitt Romney: Reducing global-warming pollution is 'important'

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told voters in New Hampshire that the pollution causing global warming needs to be reduced. Breaking with Tea Party Republicans who explicitly deny the overwhelming science, Romney said that "it's important for us to reduce our emissions" that cause climate change: I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but I believe the world's getting warmer. I can't prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don't know how much our contribution …

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Megacity mayors leading the fight for sustainable survival at the C40 summit

The megacity of Sao Paulo, Brazil.Photo: Luiz Henrique Varga AssuncaoCross-posted from ThinkProgress. Leaders of the world's megacities are meeting in Sao Paulo this week for a major climate summit, the fourth meeting of the C40 Climate Leadership Group. From Michael Bloomberg of New York City to Kuma Demeksa of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the mayors and top deputies attending represent 297 million people -- 4 percent of the world's population, 10 percent of global greenhouse pollution, and 18 percent of global economic output. In 2005, the former mayor of London, Ken Livingston, founded the C20, comprised of 20 of the largest …