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'Under the weather' Inhofe skips climate denier conference

You may recall last year that Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe's grandchildren built an igloo to mock a killer snowstorm, calling it "Al Gore's New Home." Of course, extreme precipitation is precisely what we expect from human-caused global warming, but the story still got a lot of play in the media. What's more ironic is that the Senate's leading climate denier bailed on the annual Heartland climate science denial conference this morning -- saying "I am under the weather" (!) -- just as his home state is being slammed by a record-smashing heat wave and a drought more severe than the …

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U.S. politicians' campaign of terror against climate scientists

U.S. politicians aren't just denying that climate change is happening, they're actively using their position and power to try to intimidate climate scientists into keeping silent on the subject, says Raymond S. Bradley, director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his new book, Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up, Bradley recounts a tale that should be familiar to those have followed, for example, the travails of Michael E. Mann, a climatologist at Penn State who has been on the receiving end of a …

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Rick Perry is running as the anti-climate-science candidate

If you thought a field full of anti-science blowhards was scary, just wait until you get a load of GOP presidential johnny-come-lately Rick Perry, currently governor of Texas. Perry said that climate change is "all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight." He is suing the EPA to block it from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. His response to the record droughts and wildfires that have ravaged his state -- consistent with climate scientists' predictions that the American Southwest will become warmer and drier as climate change accelerates -- was to pray for rain. Now Perry …

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Climate denier says solving global warming could cause Black Plague

James Taylor (the Heartland Institute guy, not the folk singer, alas) has discovered humoral medicine. See, the Black Plague was caused by too much cold, after the Medieval Warm Period petered out. (God, why didn't those medieval physicians think to treat it with hot poultices and baths to reduce black bile? SO OBVIOUS.) Anyway, if we manage to stem the global warming tide, according to Taylor, we'll be setting the stage for a new outbreak of plague. By the year 1300, however, the climatic good times were coming to an end. Successive cold years drove the Vikings out of Greenland, …

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This is what the history of climate change research looks like

Need at-a-glance visual evidence of that "scientific consensus on climate change" we keep talking about? Skeptical Science has put together an interactive visualization of 4,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers. You can drag the year slider around to see how research changes over time. And it gets even more interactive! The site also lets you see information about the papers, or in some cases the papers themselves -- here's the first one indexed, from 1836. Plus, you can contribute to making the crowd-sourced project more comprehensive by adding links to papers you encounter. (The whole thing is still in development, and …

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Rick Santorum froths at the mouth about climate change

No way Rick Santorum is going the Mitt Romney route. Everybody knows that believing in global warming is for liberals, rational people, scientists, and other don't-want-to-win-the-GOP-nomination types. That's why Santorum told Rush Limbaugh (who yesterday announced that Romney had killed his chances by admitting that he understood how science works) that climate change is a vast liberal conspiracy. Let's break down his statement: I believe the earth gets warmer, and I also believe the earth gets cooler, Translation: Tide goes in, tide goes out. and I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man …

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Watch the ad that made Australian climate scientists get death threats

I'm no Peggy Olson, but if someone asked me to put together an ad that would NOT cause anybody to get death threats, I'd probably say something like: "Make it positive and upbeat about the future. Throw a baby in there. Can we get Cate Blanchett? See if we can get Cate Blanchett." Positivity + babies + gorgeous actresses seems like a pretty good recipe for getting people to, if not agree with you, at least not want to KILL YOU. But this ad promotes a carbon tax, and that tends to get people really riled up. Riled up enough to threaten climate …

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GOP congressman: Stop climate change by destroying the rainforest

Republican representative Dana Rohrabacher has a novel solution for reducing greenhouse gases: Destroy the rainforest! While we’re at it, we should probably get rid of the ozone layer and those pesky whales, as well. Rohrabacher argues that since 80 percent of carbon emissions come from decaying plant matter, we should clear-cut rainforests in order to reduce carbon. This is basically like saying that because your body turns food into blood sugar, the best cure for diabetes is to keep on drinking soda but drain all your blood. The staggering stupidity of this statement is causing respectable academics to make Sesame …

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Critical List: U.S. imported less than 50 percent of its oil in 2010

We're off foreign oil! More or less. One price we'll pay for that: ads with blue skies and green fields and a man with a reassuring voice saying that natural gas is totally, totally safe. The price of renewable energy will go down. So naturally, you should bet against its success. Unless you're a venture capitalist. Greenpeace found radiation 50 times higher than legal limits in sea creatures off the coast of Japan. Also, the plant's leaking radioactive waste water. Three-eyed Simpsons fish, here we come! The Obama administration had little luck convincing a congressional subcommittee on foreign affairs that …

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USA Today: Climate science deniers are now like birthers

USA Today huffed and it puffed and it blew the house down.Photo: Peter J RobertsIn a must-read editorial, USA Today compared climate science deniers to "the 'birthers' who continue to challenge President Obama's American citizenship -- a vocal minority that refuses to accept overwhelming evidence." Snap! Or whatever sound is made when a house of cards collapses. In making the comparison, the newspaper cited both the National Academy's "Climate Choices" study and their own devastating dismantling of statistician Edward Wegman's work, which has been a cornerstone corner card of the climate science denial cult: Late last week, the nation's pre-eminent …