Debunking Inside Climate’s “5 Shades of Climate Denial”

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Guest post by David Middleton

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Whether dismissing global warming as a hoax, questioning humanity’s role in it, exaggerating the unknowns, playing down the urgency of action, or playing up the costs, President Donald Trump and his team have served up every flavor of climate denial.

Although the arguments variedas if they were different shades or stages of denialthey all served the same purpose: to create an exaggerated sense of dispute in order to bolster a case against decisive climate action. The latest gambit is to avoid the subject entirely.

In his announcement last week that he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, Trump didn’t bother addressing… [blah, blah, blah]

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In Trump’s retelling, the negotiators of the Paris deal were not grappling with a planetary crisis… [they weren’t]

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To help understand the arguments, we have developed a guide…

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Toxic Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power

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Guest post by David Middleton

Are We Headed for a Solar Waste Crisis?

June 28, 2017 by Mark Nelson

Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons by 2040, and the nation has no plan for safely disposing of it.

Neither does California, a world leader in deploying solar panels. Only Europe requires solar panel makers to collect and dispose of solar waste at the end of their lives.

All of which begs the question: just how big of a problem is solar waste?

Environmental Progress investigated the problem to see how the problem compared to the much more high-profile issue of nuclear waste.

We found:

  • Solar panels create 300 times more toxic waste per unit of energy than do nuclear power plants.
  • If solar and nuclear produce the same amount of…

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NYT coins ridiculous meme: ‘Earth-scorching CO2’

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Guest Commentary by Kip Hansen

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The New York Times has set a new standard of scientific misrepresentation in this front page title to the latest climate change consensus salvo from Justin Gillis.   On the front page of the online edition of the NY Times for 26 June 2017, the title is given:  “Sharp Rise in Levels of Earth-Scorching Carbon Dioxide”

The actual title of the article, once one clicks through to it,  is “Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize”.

Who knows who at the NY Times thinks that characterizing CO2 as “Earth-scorching” is a valid scientific description of one of the absolutely necessary-for-life trace gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.  It certainly is not a proper journalistic description.

My objection is that it is a serious violation of Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics  specifically:

Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or…

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We should be glad the US is out of the Paris Climate Agreement

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Foreword: Following President Trump’s exit from the Paris Climate Treaty, a number of states, cities, universities, companies and institutions formed a “We are still in” consortium. Its members insist that they remain committed to Paris and are determined to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and prevent climate change.

As our article explains, this is all puffery and belief in tooth fairies. The issues and questions we raise ought to shame and embarrass WASI members – for spending countless billions of other people’s dollars to prevent an undetectable and irrelevant 0.01 degrees of global warming. We also ask whether jurisdictions within WASI states can take the “progressive” route and declare themselves sanctuary cities or counties, to protect their jobs and families against WASI dictates. Perhaps our article will persuade more Americans to make their voices heard, ask hard questions – and start resisting The Anti-Trump Resistance.


States that claim they’re committed to…

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Dear Left: ENOUGH!

Sister Patriot

Protesters against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump shout slogans while demonstrating near Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York

Dear LEFT:

We suffered through two terms of Obama & his outlaw administration. We lost our homes, we lost our health insurance, we lost our jobs. We’ve put up with your Nancy Pelosi’s, your Shelia Jackson Lee’s & your Dick Durbin’s. We watched as everything possible was done to destroy our country & we couldn’t do a thing.

We didn’t make threats. We didn’t don masks & start riots. Did we voice our displeasure? Absolutely, as we are Americans who were sickened by what we saw taking place. But there is a big difference between exercising your 1st amendment right to freedom of speech & physically attacking supporters of the opposite party. You see, we understood that the voting process took place & Obama won. That is how our Constitutional Republic was set up to work. So while we didn’t like it and while many of us suffered grave consequences…

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Coal In America Is Already Clean. Why ‘Clean Coal’ Is A Boondoggle That Needs To End.

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A power plant once heralded by the Obama administration as the poster child for clean coal is now on its deathbed.

The plant hemorrhaged billions in cost overruns despite being heavily subsidized by the federal government. Mississippi regulators are ready to pull the plug.

The Obama administration touted carbon capture and sequestration technology, giving it billions in taxpayer subsidies that have not produced a workable product. (Photo: iStock Photos)

Southern Company’s Kemper County Energy Facility had intended to use carbon capture and sequestration technology to gasify the coal, but instead, the plant has been running on natural gas since 2014.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has unanimously passed a motion that the plant should only use natural gas moving forward.

The Obama administration touted the Kemper plant as a leading example of how a power plant would operate under climate change regulations for new power…

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National Climate Assessment and the Trump administration

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The National Climate Assessment must be redirected or terminated

by Patrick J. Michaels

Periodic National Assessments of the effects of climate change on the U.S. are mandated by the 1990 Global Change Research Act. The next Assessment Report is scheduled to be published in late 2018.

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