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Facebook “Dislikes” ALEC’s Climate Change and Clean Energy Deception

, Director, Climate & Energy

It was welcome news last week that social media giant Facebook is “likely” to cease its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) this year, following the lead of Microsoft and Google to become, as The Guardian reported, “the latest tech company to end its support for a controversial rightwing lobby group that works against climate change legislation.” Read more >

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Reactions to Our Analysis of Climate Science on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

, former science communication officer

Reactions to our recent analysis of how cable news networks portray climate science have been interesting, to say the least. Read more >

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Kansas House of Representatives Says “no” to Attack on Renewable Electricity Standard

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Great news out of Kansas! Just one day after the Kansas Senate voted to repeal the state’s renewable electricity standard (RES), the House of Representatives sent the measure packing by an overwhelming 77-44 vote margin. This is a victory for renewable energy in Kansas and across the nation. It is also yet another direct rebuke to the shady tactics and misleading cost analysis put forth by clean energy opponents like Americans for Prosperity, Heartland Institute, and ALEC; all of which are funded by the Kansas-based Koch brothers. Read more >

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Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards Still Under Attack by Fossil Fuel Special Interests

, senior energy analyst

The latest good news about clean energy in Ohio is that the state ranks #8 in the nation for solar jobs. But despite this, 2014 has not ushered in a new era of civility or honest debate about the merits of Ohio’s clean energy standards that require a percentage of Ohio’s electricity demand be met with renewable energy and energy efficiency. Instead, Bill Seitz, chair of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee, started off the 2014 legislative session right where he left of last year: with misguided efforts to roll back Ohio’s successful clean energy policies. Read more >

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Misleading IER Report on Wind Power Ignores Some Crucial Facts

, Senior energy analyst

A new, misleading report on wind power has emerged from the Institute for Energy Research. This small single-issue group has released an analysis of a single federal tax policy – the wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) – and hidden an awful lot of relevant information in the process, including the group’s history of payments from fossil fuel interests and its distortions of renewable energy facts. Read more >

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Fact Checking ALEC’s Attacks on Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Members of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee heard testimony this week on two bills that would roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Backed by fossil-fuel funded special interest groups and their political allies, these proposals would undermine Ohio’s emerging clean energy industries and make the state even more dependent on coal and natural gas. Read more >

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In Chicago, ALEC Reboots Failed Strategy for Attacking Renewable Energy Policies

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Having failed completely in its attempt to repeal state renewable electricity standards (RES) during the spring 2013 legislative season, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is shifting gears. Their new strategy is more nuanced, but the goal remains the same: support their fossil fuel cronies by rolling back renewable energy policies. Fortunately, this latest scheme is likely doomed to fail as well. Read more >

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Koch-Funded Group Misleads Georgia on Solar

, Senior energy analyst

UPDATE, July 11: GA Regulators vote 4- 1 for more solar. We describe how to keep rates low in our update at the bottom of the page.

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote this week on a new proposal requiring Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility, to use more solar energy.

It’s a nonpartisan plan supported by the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots as a way to diversify the state’s energy portfolio and save consumers money.  Read more >

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Science, Politics, and Democracy News You May Have Missed

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

This is my vacation month. I spent last week with family hiking in the middle of the Adirondacks (see the photo, below). On Friday, I’m taking a week to road trip with a friend who is moving to our nation’s capital. Yet the interesting science and democracy stories haven’t stopped. (Also, apparently, there was some presidential climate speech and a bunch of stuff happened at the Supreme Court). So here’s what came into my email box when I was gone that I don’t have much time to write about because I’m leaving again: Read more >

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Ohio Experts Endorse State’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Standards

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Scientists, engineers, economists, and public health experts from Ohio’s top academic institutions are working together to make sure policy makers in Columbus get the facts about the Buckeye State’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Read more >

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A Welcome Voice of Corporate Leadership

, former president

A theme that I have been writing and speaking about a lot recently is the obligation of industry CEOs to lead their companies in reducing heat-trapping emissions and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy – not only because of the essential societal benefits but because it’s good for business. Read more >

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State Renewable Electricity Standards: A Cornerstone in America’s Clean Energy Transition

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Compelling evidence shows that state-level renewable electricity standards (RES) are affordably reducing market barriers and stimulating new, stable, and long-term markets for wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies throughout the United States. To continue the nation’s clean energy transition in 2013 and beyond, strong leadership in expanding state RES policies is critical. Not surprisingly, fossil-fuel backed special interest groups have geared up to block progress. Read more >

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No Doubt About It: Climate Denialists Have Undermined Public Understanding of the Science

, director of strategy & policy

Last night, FRONTLINE premiered its new documentary, Climate of Doubt, a chilling chronicle of the decade-long-plus campaign to confuse the public and policy-makers about the reality of human-induced climate change. As the PBS press release puts it, “Climate of Doubt describes the individuals and groups behind an organized effort to attack science by undermining scientists, and to unseat politicians who say they believe there is current climate change caused by human activity.’ Read more >

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CEI Compares Climate Scientist to a Child Molester

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Competitive Enterprise Institute’s space technology and policy analyst, Rand Simberg, recently wrote a blog post in which he compared Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann to former university football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. CEI published the post on its own blog, and the National Review decided it was appropriate to pass along. Michael Mann has rightly demanded that the National Review retract the blog post and issue a public apology.

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Anti-wind or Anti-science?

, Senior energy analyst

An article in the Guardian newspaper about a strategy memo from an anti-wind effort has sparked a flurry of responses and excited umbrage. It should—not just for what it says about tactics to discredit wind, but for what it suggests about where some people see science fitting in. Read more >

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Who’s the Crazy One Here?

, director of strategy & policy

The Heartland Institute, a leading climate denialist organization, has launched a billboard campaign in its hometown of Chicago  featuring Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson, and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The message? They “believe” in global warming, and they’re crazy; by implication, so are you if you “believe” in it too. Read more >

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GM—Car Company of the Past or the Future?

, director of Clean Vehicles

One of America’s storied auto companies, General Motors has been in the news a lot lately. Some of the news has been good, some not so good, but overall I see some real progress and reason to think that GM is ready to write a new chapter in a history that has at times been marked by old-school thinking and unfortunate choices. Read more >

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Four Things the New Congress Can Do to Hold Trump’s USDA Accountable

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

When it comes to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its handling of food and farming issues, Congressional oversight is sorely needed. As the new Congress gets underway, here are four ways its leaders should seek to make Secretary Perdue and his USDA more accountable to the public interest. Read more >

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Is Scientific Integrity Safe at the USDA?

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Science is critical to everything the US Department of Agriculture does—helping farmers produce a safe, abundant food supply, protecting our soil and water for the future, and advising all of us about good nutrition to stay healthy. I recently wrote about the Trump administration’s new USDA chief scientist nominee, Scott Hutchins, and the conflicts he would bring from a career narrowly focused on developing pesticides for Dow.

But meanwhile, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last week abruptly announced a proposed reorganization of the USDA’s research agencies. This move has implications for whoever takes up the post of chief scientist—as do new survey findings released yesterday, which suggest that the Trump administration is already having detrimental effects on science and scientists at the USDA. Read more >

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Ice sheets on land in Greenland and Antarctica are melting, adding water to the world's oceans. Photo: NASA

Here’s Why Seas Are Rising. Somebody Remind the Wall Street Journal.

Scott Denning

The science is crystal clear on the causes of sea level rise. A recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal gets it wrong on all counts. Read more >

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EPA Head Pruitt on Climate Change: Dead Wrong. Three Fundamental Scientific Facts He Needs to Know.

, senior climate scientist

This morning EPA administrator Scott Pruitt got the facts dead wrong on climate change. Here are his remarks and a quick recap of three fundamental facts that scientists at NASA, NOAA, NSF, EPA, and beyond have established over decades. Read more >

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Here’s What Will Happen with the EPA Ozone Rule

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Sometime in the next few weeks, the EPA will release its long awaited final rule on ambient ground-level ozone. It hasn’t happened yet, but there are some clues as to what the agency will do and how others will react.  Here’s how I see it going down and what that means for the country.  Read more >

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CNN Just Went a Full Year without Debating the Reality of Climate Change

, former science communication officer

It’s been exactly a year since CNN hosted a misleading debate about established climate science. I hope it was the last one for the network and that CNN and other news outlets can move on to debates about how society is responding to climate risks. Read more >

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Arizona Superior Court Protects Academic Freedom in Climate Email Disclosure Case

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Arizona basketball fans may be glum after this weekend’s loss to Wisconsin, but there’s some very good news today out of Arizona: a superior court has found that the University of Arizona was right to protect more than 1700 emails to and from university climate scientists from disclosure under the state’s open records act. Read more >

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Can Republican Politicians Change Their Tune on Climate and Energy?

, former science communication officer

When former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) ran for president in 2011, he flatly rejected climate science and even claimed that scientists had manipulated climate data. But last week, in response to a question about climate and energy issues at the Conservative Political Action Conference, he touted his environmental record, instead. Read more >

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