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The New York Times joins the energy and climate ignorati

The New York Times has its head in the sand when it comes to climate and energy.Here are excerpts from two erroneous and contradictory pieces in this week's dreadful New York Times special section on energy: NYT 1: According to the most recent estimates of the Energy Department, world energy demand is going to increase by 50 percent by 2035, largely because of increased consumption in China, India, and the rest of the developing world. Renewable energy will rise as a percentage of energy used, to 15 percent from 10 percent [by 2035], but that will not provide for the …

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NYT asks where climate change went, ignores own failed coverage

The New York Times is one of many major news outlets blowing the story of the century. The one-time "paper of record" cut coverage sharply since its peak in 2006 and 2007, and failed to connect the dots -- heck, a headline this week even blamed the recent record-setting Thailand floods on Thai "officials," not "an unusually heavy monsoon season"! Yet the paper never mentions the collapsing media coverage in the Elisabeth Rosenthal article that takes up nearly the entire front page of the Sunday Review asking (subhed in print edition): Where Did Global Warming Go? Even as other countries …

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Democrats who campaign for climate action win more

Voters support candidates who support climate action.Image: Earth Hour GlobalStanford public opinion expert Jon Krosnick and his colleagues analyzed the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 congressional election. They found: "Democrats who took 'green' positions on climate change won much more often than did Democrats who remained silent," Krosnick said. "Republicans who took 'not-green' positions won less often than Republicans who remained silent." I asked Krosnick by email about the implications of his research for the president, who has all but dropped "climate change" from his vocabulary. Krosnick answered: Our research suggests that it would be wise for the president, …

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Guilty as charged: proof of 'human fingerprints' on climate change

The Yale Project on Climate Change Communications asked Americans, "If you had the opportunity to talk to an expert on global warming, which of the following questions would you like to ask?" The top question, said their report, "Global Warming's Six Americas in May 2011," is "How do you know that global warming is caused mostly by human activities, not natural changes in the environment?" So this is a question that all climate hawks should be able to answer, and the figures/charts in this post are ones that you can refer to. I just used this post myself yesterday during a …

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Strong public support for EPA efforts to reduce carbon emissions

On Thursday, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released polling by the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies demonstrating very strong support for EPA efforts to reduce global warming pollution. They found: Fully 71 percent indicate support for requiring reductions in carbon emissions, including a solid majority of Republican voters ... "Despite the rhetoric coming from most of the Republican presidential candidates, this poll demonstrates what previous research has consistently shown: Americans across the country -- including Republican voters -- trust the EPA to limit global warming pollution," said LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns Navin Nayak. These results are consistent …

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EIA predicts a grim future for carbon emissions

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its "International Energy Outlook" this week. For anyone concerned about the uncontrolled rise in carbon emissions -- the primary heat-trapping gas fueling dangerous global warming -- it paints a very grim future. Under a business-as-usual climate science deniers' fantasy scenario, the EIA projects that global carbon dioxide emissions will rise some 40 percent from 2008 to 2035: Such an emissions path would all but ensure multiple, simultaneous, ever-worsening catastrophes for the nation and the world -- widespread Dust-Bowlification; multi-foot sea level rise (SLR) followed by SLR of six to …

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Bill Clinton slams U.S. climate deniers: 'We look like a joke'

At the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, former President Bill Clinton blasted the GOP for supporting climate science denial. As Brad Johnson of ThinkProgress Green reports, Clinton was asked about what Americans can do to fight climate change and replied: If you're an American, the best thing you could do is to make it politically unacceptable to engage in denial. We look like a joke. You can't win the nomination of one of the major parties in our country if you admit that the scientists are right ... It's really tragic. We need the debate in America, and every country, …

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Obama gives strong jobs speech, defends pollution standards

Obama tells it.As a matter of rhetoric, President Obama’s big job speech exceeded expectations, a solid A. He used simple language and repetition -- the cornerstones of effective public speaking -- to promote his “American Jobs Act.” He repeated some variation of the phrase “pass this bill” 17 times (see transcript here). MSNBC’s Chris Matthews who, like many of us, has been highly critical of just how mealymouthed Obama has become, said it was “probably his most rousing political performance in a long while.” HuffPost’s Howard Fineman writes, “Obama Puts Passion into Speech Rarely Seen in His Presidency.” If only …

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Chris Christie met with Koch brother before pulling out of climate pact

Chris Christie has been palling around with the Kochs.Photo: Bob JagendorfIn late May, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced he was pulling his state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), explaining that it was "not working." Now a stunning tape of a secret meeting between Christie and David Koch sheds light on the governor's inexplicable decision to abandon a program that was not only cutting pollution, but was funding clean energy and, as it turns out, reducing New Jersey's budget gap. Here's part of the transcript, as reported by Mother Jones and The BRAD BLOG: David Koch, …

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David Brooks' myth-ridden flip-flop on green jobs

Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks has decided to double down on his paper's widely debunked slam of green jobs with his own piece of nonsense, "Where the Jobs Aren't." Both articles chose to ignore "explosive growth" documented in the sector by a major Brookings report. Brooks' piece is, in some respects, even worse, since just last year he was championing green jobs. Here is what he wrote in January 2010 after a panel discussion that included business executives: I was once again reminded how many business and investment types are thinking quite practically and capitalistically about green, job-creating technologies. …