The fact that I experienced physical and verbal abuse at the hands of my teachers during my Catholic education probably has a lot to do with my visceral response to arrogance. Having someone presume to sit in judgement on another is both a humiliating and ultimately enraging experience, one that most of us have . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Blame Game
My friend Gary sent me this yesterday, an apocryphal story that nonetheless offers certain pleasures. Enjoy!
Stephen Harper’s great-great uncle.
No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, THIS is FUNNY andVERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things.
Judy Harper an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Political Spin: This Story Isn’t True, But It Is Gratifying
Over the next few days, Republican lawmakers, Party officials, delegates, and supporters will gather in Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention. During their weeklong convention, we can expect to hear a lot of debunked talking points, particularly about the need to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
For more than . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Pipeline To Take Center Stage At Republican National Convention
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Since President Obama took office, industry-funded think tanks and faux grassroots organizations, along with oil-friendly politicians have been collectively demanding to know “where are the jobs?” And with last month’s jobs report showing an increase in the U.S. unemployment rate (even though there was a net job gain for . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Romney’s New Campaign Strategy: Attack Green Jobs During Massive Unemployment
About the only positive thing you can say about industry-funded astroturf groups is that they at least base their misinformation campaigns on phony “studies” and “reports.” Their lies are based on SOMETHING.
The same cannot be said of Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has come up with a whopper . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Republican Ohio Governor Kasich’s Trillion Dollar Shale Gas Lie
If you’ve been following the science of global warming for over a decade—as I have—you might find the recent conversion of Berkeley physicist Richard Muller into a climate believer kind of underwhelming. That’s certainly the reaction of many longtime climate scientists, with whom Muller now, finally, agrees.
“At this rate, Muller should be caught . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Conversion Fever! Why The Media Adores Former Climate Skeptics
This morning, the latest in pro-tar sands spin went live. KeystoneXLNow.com takes aim at President Obama for failing to approve the Keystone XL project (even though the White House just announced approval of the southern leg today), calling it "an affront to millions of Americans out of work and an outrage to . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Latest Pro-Keystone XL Website Backed by GOP Special Interest Group
Originally, when I asked MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel to be a guest on the Point of Inquiry podcast, my goal was simple. I wanted someone who could give an expert take on the relationship between climate change and all the freakish weather we’ve been seeing. As for having this individual . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: If Conservatives Were Really “Conservative,” They Would Want to Do Something About Global Warming
The Yale and George Mason Centers on Climate Change Communication, collaborators on the well-known “Six Americas” studies of how the public views global warming, are out with their latest report, the fifth in the series. And it hints at an underlying theme discernible in many of these surveys: On climate . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: It’s the Weather, Stupid: Slowly Re-Awakening the Public About Climate Change
Remember the Himalayan glaciers?
They were at the root of the most deserved black-eye to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change during the intensely politicized period of 2009-2010. In so-called “GlacierGate,” it was revealed that the IPCC had published, in one of its reports, a truly bogus assertion that the Himalayan . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: After All That, The Himalayan Glaciers are Indeed Shrinking
With a straight face, Republican Senator Scott Brown told a crowd in Massachusetts this week that “oil companies don’t get subsidies” from the federal government. Brown tells us that, just like other companies, they are able to “take deductions,” but nothing more.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) was quick . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Republican Senator Scott Brown Suffering From "Subsidy Amnesia"
In writing The Republican Brain, I had a problem to solve. You see, it was one thing to cite all the psychological research suggesting that liberals and conservatives just think differently, because they have different personalities and cognitive styles. Sure, one could infer on this basis that certain conservatives, especially authoritarian . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: More Evidence That Republicans Are More Factually Challenged Than Democrats
The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments
In late June of 1988, just under 24 years ago, NASA’s James Hansen testified before the U.S. Congress about global warming. He noted that the Earth had been remarkably warm in the months leading up to that moment, and said he was 99 percent certain that the overall warming trend in . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Politics of Ice and Fire
First, bullets flew through the Eaton Centre food court. Then, two weeks later, on a sun-filled patio in Little Italy. On Sunday, a man was shot while hundreds watched a fireworks display in the city’s east end. Just 24 hours before that, a stray bullet grazed a toddler’s leg in North York.
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chief Blair’s Poodle Speaks
Anyone paying attention these last few years will have noticed that global warming denial simply isn’t a rational phenomenon. And it’s not just that if there were any reason involved, then denial it would have decreased in prevalence—rather than increased—as climate science grew more firm and certain over the past two decades.
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: New Study: Climate Deniers Are Emoting–Especially the Conspiracy Theorists
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This is a translation of the May 2, 2012 “Programa do Jo” on Globo, a half hour interview with the climate skeptic geographer Ricardo Augusto Felicio on global warming. On YouTube alone, the interview has nearly 700,000 views; in Brazil, Globo is a dominant television network. Original clip here; for a . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Climate Denial in Brazil: A Translation
One striking feature of the liberal psyche is how it is simultaneously outraged by hypocrisy on the conservative side of the aisle—and yet also morbidly fascinated by it.
Just this morning, reading, I came across the following examples:
1. Ezra Klein’s much discussed New Yorker article, on how Republicans came to oppose . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Normalcy of Hypocrisy: From Clean Energy to Health Care, Conservatives Flip Flop in Support of the Team
Repeat something often enough, and it becomes true. That phrase has been a common theme among think tanks and politicians for decades. And sadly, there is a lot of truth behind that statement.
But the claim itself relies on the belief that people will not seek out the truth for . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Media Helps Sell The Myth Of “Job Killing Regulations”