DeSmogBlog: Daily Kos Climate Change SOS Blogathon Features Wide Range of Climate Hawk Voices

Daily Kos.png Our friends over at Daily Kos are running an amazing Climate Change SOS Blogathon this week, featuring dozens of voices from the climate hawk community. Bill McKibben, Michael Mann, John Abraham, Rep. Ed Markey, A Siegel, Richard Heinberg, Heather Libby, Brad Johnson, Kelly Rigg and DeSmog's IT director Evan Leeson are just some ...

DeSmogBlog: Scientists Tell US State Department Excluding Climate Impacts in Keystone XL Review ‘Neither Wise nor Credible’

Keystone XL protest.jpg Ten of the nation’s top climate scientists penned a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today questioning why the State Department isn't considering the enormous climate change impacts of developing the Alberta tar sands in its review of the controversial Keystone XL export pipeline project.  “At the moment, your department is planning ...

DeSmogBlog: The Onion Skewers The Boom in Fracking PR Spin

theonion_logo.png In typically grand fashion, satirical news source The Onion has skewered the rise of misleading PR bankrolled by the oil and gas industry to defend the dangerous practice of fracking. Although the piece is not "real" news, anyone could be forgiven for taking it as fact since it isn't far fetched at all. Head ...

DeSmogBlog: New Poll: American Voters Very Concerned About Global Warming Pollution, Support Taxing Dirty Energy

global climate change.jpg A new poll released today shows that American voters take global warming pollution very seriously and want to see action from government and the private sector to curb emissions and support clean energy solutions. The new Yale-GMU survey found that 76% of Americans believe that regulating CO2 emissions should be a high priority ...

DeSmogBlog: GM Dumps Heartland Institute, Will No Longer Fund Climate-Denying Spinstitute

heartland logo.jpg General Motors is breaking up with the Heartland Institute, announcing recently that the company will discontinue funding to the notorious climate-denying spin shop. The move by GM comes in direct response to a national outreach campaign organized by Forecast the Facts, which garnered more than 20,000 people, including 10,000 GM vehicle owners, calling ...

DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Calls On SEC To Investigate TransCanada’s Inflated Jobs Claims

keystone_xl_jobs.jpg Greenpeace USA President Phil Radford sent a formal complaint this week to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) calling for an investigation into TransCanada’s use of wildly inflated jobs figures in promoting its application to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The letter asks the SEC to review the false and misleading claims ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Theoretically, Super Fracking Would Be Super Bad’: Gas Industry Touts Even More Extreme Drilling

Picture 1.png According to Halliburton, one of North America’s largest hydraulic fracturing operators and suppliers, the “frack of the future” has arrived. Hoping to both increase well production and lower production costs, Halliburton is one among a crowd of energy companies looking to overhaul their fracking operations with new – and more powerful – methods. Coined ...

DeSmogBlog: API’s New ‘Vote 4 Energy’ Ad Campaign Is Thinly Veiled Election Year Bullying

API Vote 4 Energy.jpg American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard today announced the oil and gas industry’s latest election-year scare campaign to threaten the demise of the U.S. economy unless Big Oil gets its every wish in Washington. This year the wish list includes approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, expanded offshore drilling on both ...

DeSmogBlog: BP Returns to Deepwater Offshore Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

800px-Deepwater_Horizon_offshore_drilling_unit_on_fire_2010.jpg BP, the oil major responsible for the biggest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, is officially returning to deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama Interior Department "awarded" BP $27 million worth of leases for oil-and-gas exploration in the Gulf waters into which the company and its accomplices dumped roughly 5 ...

DeSmogBlog: Robert Bryce – The Media’s Industry-Funded Go-To Guy

Robert-Bryce-250×314.jpg Robert Bryce, a fellow at the dirty industry-funded Manhattan Institute, is under increasing scrutiny as media outlets continue to use him as an “expert” on energy issues without disclosing his ties to the energy industry. DeSmogBlog’s Brendan DeMelle has written several pieces on Bryce’s connections to the industry, as well as how media outlets, ...

DeSmogBlog: Koch Brothers Exposed: Cancer Risk In Crossett Arkansas Blamed On Georgia Pacific

Brave New Foundation, which is producing a series of videos called "Koch Brothers Exposed" taking a close look at many aspects of the billionaire Koch Brothers' business interests, just released a new installment probing the link between a cancer cluster in Crossett, Arkansas and the nearby operations of Georgia Pacific, a Koch Industries subsidiary. The Brave New ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Hillary Clinton’s State Department Oil Services and the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline [VIDEO]

Hillary Clinton State Dept Oil Services Keystone XL.png With over 700 people arrested so far in the Keystone XL tar sands action taking place at the Obama White House, and widespread distrust and criticism of the State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), this is a critical moment in the fight against a disastrous proposal ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Action Page

Tar Sands by Robert van Waarden.png Below is a compilation of fact sheets, information resources and action items from environmental groups, governments and other groups surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands. Please contact us or comment below if you know of additional resources we should add to this page. TarSandsAction.org – ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Photo Essay on Canada’s Filthy Tar Sands – This Is Why Keystone XL Must Be Stopped

Tar Sands by Robert van Waarden.png Robert van Waarden, an excellent photographer and friend of DeSmogBlog, has compiled this great visual essay on Canada’s filthy tar sands to show people just a few of the reasons why the disastrous Keystone XL pipeline must be rejected by the Obama administration.  Robert’s photos are accompanied by quotes ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Interview with ‘Kivalina’ Author Christine Shearer – Trivia Challenge For Free Copy

Kivalina_Cover_front.gif I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Christine Shearer, author of “Kivalina: A Climate Change Story,” an important new book that probes some of the tangible consequences of climate change denial. Shearer chronicles the very real experience of the melting and eroding community of Kivalina, Alaska, a smalll but resilient village community that sued ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: EIA Head Objected to Politically Dictated “Garbage” Subsidy Report, But Delivers it Anyway

Subsidies.jpg Stephen Lacey from ClimateProgress on Tuesday detailed a letter sent to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) by three GOP House members asking the EIA to use loaded assumptions in running its models to show that fossil fuels are a better taxpayer investment than renewable energy sources. These members, each of whom has received campaign ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stephen Colbert Skewers Talisman Energy Over Gas Fracking Coloring Book

Stephen Colbert devoted a must-see segment of The Colbert Report last night to the subject of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), mocking gas company Talisman Terry for its coloring book propaganda, “Talisman Terry’s Energy Adventure” [PDF] and generally eviscerating the gas industry’s efforts to greenwash fracking in the wake of widespread public concern over water contamination and ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: DeSmogBlog’s Brendan DeMelle on Ed Schultz Show and Ring of Fire Radio Discussing Denial-a-Palooza

DeSmogBlog executive director Brendan DeMelle appeared on the Ed Schultz radio show earlier this week to discuss the Heartland Institute’s sixth International Conference on Climate Change – a.k.a. Denial-a-Palooza – and other aspects of the climate change denial machine.  DeMelle was interviewed by guest host Mike Papantonio, who is co-host of Ring of Fire radio, ...