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Here's Waxman's opening: And here's Welch v. Deutsch:

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Evangelical environmental movement gathering strength

For some Christians, teaching the science of climate change contradicts religious beliefs. But a growing group of evangelical environmentalists has been working to change that view. For a few years, Richard Cizik, the Vice President for Governmental Affairs with the National Association of Evangelicals, has spoken out as passionately in favor of addressing climate change as he has against abortion, gay marriages or embryonic stem-cell research. You can read an interview with him at Grist and hear one from NPR. Despite his being isolated by several other religious leaders, Cizik is not alone. The New York Times has also featured …

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Aren’t You Glad You Use Dial?

World sweats through warmest winter on record Congratulations, global citizens, for weathering the warmest winter in the Northern Hemisphere since record-keeping began in 1880. From December to February, combined land and ocean temperatures were 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit above average, says a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study published Friday in Science. El Niño helped make January the warmest January ever; the only places in the world that did not experience above-average temperatures were Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the central U.S. Another study published in Science on Friday suggests that the North Pole -- where end-of-summer ice has declined 8.6 percent …

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Blue Monday

Russia's going nuclear, the U.S. is going nowhere, and Cambodia's going wild We hope you had a chance to relax this weekend, to cast aside your cares and spend hours soaking in the jasmine-scented bubble bath of life. Because now it's back to the putrid mudbath of reality. From Russia comes news that the country is planning to build two nuclear reactors a year through 2015 and four a year by 2020, aiming to generate at least 25 percent of its energy the Chernobyl way by 2030. And really, what could go wrong? From Germany comes "news" that the U.S. …

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Live-blogged!

... is streaming live. Drama! Update [2007-3-19 8:57:46 by David Roberts]: Wow, this is squirm-inducing. Deutsch is on the stand. He is getting drilled. One member of the committee actually offered him a chance to apologize to Hansen. Update [2007-3-19 9:1:28 by David Roberts]: Oh, man. Chris Shays talking-points-I-got-from-some-right-wing-staffer vs. James Hansen I-know-WTF-I'm-talking-about. Advantage: Hansen. Update [2007-3-19 9:21:54 by David Roberts]: Oh lordy, they're back on Deutsch. Van Hollen is stringing him along. Deutsch said they had "media practices" that "even Mr. Hansen will admit he didn't always follow." Then Van Hollen reads him his own words: he was concerned …

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At last

Today is the occasion of "one hell of a hearing," as Rep. Henry Waxman's Oversight Committee has another go as the subject of "Allegations of Political Interference with the Work of Government Climate Change Scientists." WaPo has the following folks testifying: Philip Cooney, former chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality; James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; George Deutsch, former public affairs officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; Roy Spencer of the …

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Debunking the ‘water vapor’ nonsense

On March 8, the Newport Daily News published a commentary that recycled one of the stalest skeptical arguments around: because water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide must be unimportant. This is incorrect, of course, and has been debunked on several blogs (e.g., here). In response to this, my colleague Chris Reddy and I wrote this response, published March 16: Disregard inaccurate view on climate In his recent editorial entitled "Climate warnings ignore fact that CO2 has tiny role", Kevin Doyle provides a series of mistruths and erroneous statements on climate change. His views …

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Can Al Gore’s message be tailored for kids?

Can Al Gore's message be tailored for kids? Lisa Shimizu thinks so. Over the past few months, Shimizu has been developing a version of the Inconvenient Truth slideshow that would be easily understood by and engaging for children. After testing it out on captive audiences ranging from her 8-year-old daughter Aya to a classroom full of fifth graders, Shimizu recently gave the presentation to a kid-heavy audience of more than 250 at Seattle's Town Hall, a community culture center. A member of the programming team at Seattle rock station KEXP, Shimizu was first exposed to Gore's work after being tasked …

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The first pres. candidate to make the pledge

According to an account from an appearance at Howard University, John Edwards has become the first presidential candidate to publicly pledge to the target of reducing U.S. GHG emissions by 80% by 2050. That's the baseline. Who else will step up?

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Facts alone will never cut it

I want to tear my %$#@! hair out. On Wed. night in New York City, there was a formal debate. At issue was the statement, "global warming is not a crisis." David Biello sets the scene: Arguing for the motion were the folksy (and tall) Michael Crichton, the soft-spoken Richard Lindzen and the passionate Philip Stott. Arrayed against were the moderate Brenda Ekwurzel, the skeptical Gavin Schmidt and the perplexed Richard Somerville. (Note: all the adjectives are mine.) The hosts took a poll of attendees before and after the debate. The percentage of people who thought global warming is a …

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