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Climate deniers
#21
And another one gets nominated where they should not have any business..

Quote:President Donald Trump’s choice to run the Department of Homeland Security — which oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to disasters — refuses to acknowledge the basic climate science needed for her to protect the nation from future disasters during her Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday. Ignoring the fact that the White House just approved and released a massive report from 13 federal agencies declaring that humans are responsible for all recent global warming, DHS nominee Kirstjen Nielsen still repeated the same tired science-denying talking point that has become a common refrain in the Trump administration: namely, that the climate is always changing and humans play some role, but darned if you know what it is. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), one of Congress’ top proponents of climate action, was able to utterly dismantle Nielsen’s denial.
Sen. Carper eviscerates Trump’s Homeland Security pick for her climate science denial – ThinkProgress
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#22
With what will they come up next

Quote:A Republican lawmaker on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee said Thursday that rocks from the White Cliffs of Dover and the California coastline, as well as silt from rivers tumbling into the ocean, are contributing to high sea levels globally. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) made the comment during a hearing on technology and the changing climate, which largely turned into a Q&A on the basics of climate research. Climate scientist Philip Duffy testified before the panel, addressing lawmakers’ questions about climate change, according to E&E News.

"The rate of global sea-level rise has accelerated and is now four times faster than it was 100 years ago," Duffy told the panel. Brooks said that erosion played a factor in that. "Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up," Brooks said at the hearing. "I'm pretty sure that on human time scales, those are minuscule effects,” responded Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts and a former senior adviser to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, responded. The committee, led by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), in recent years subpoenaed climate scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for documents related to climate research, accusing the agency of pushing a “political study” that concluded there has not been a 15-year pause in global warming.

And GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) told Duffy that it was “disturbing”  to constantly be told not to question whether humans are the main cause of climate change, and that the committee “should all be open to different points of view.”
GOP lawmaker says rocks falling into ocean to blame for rising sea levels
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#23
While EPA Chair Scott Pruitt is on his next scandal (we lost count, to be honest), the real scandal is what he's done to the EPA (a wholesale sellout to corporate interests, mostly fossil fuels). But here is a judge that could bring some sanity back:

Quote:A U.S. district judge has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release any documents used by Administrator Scott Pruitt to make his public statement that human behavior is not a “primary contributor” to climate change. The chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Beryl Howell, said in a ruling issued last Friday but first widely reported this week that the EPA had to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed last year by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). PEER requested any documents Pruitt used to inform a statement he made on climate change last year.
Judge rules EPA must provide evidence used for Pruitt's climate change claims | TheHill
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#24
It's not impossible..
Quote:NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says he changed his mind on the existence of man-made climate change because he “read a lot.” “I heard a lot of experts, and I read a lot,” Bridenstine told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “I came to the conclusion myself that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that we've put a lot of it into the atmosphere and therefore we have contributed to the global warming that we've seen. And we've done it in really significant ways.”  The former congressman from Oklahoma had long denied the scientific consensus on climate change and said in a 2013 speech on the House floor that "global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago."  In May, Bridenstine first announced publicly that he now believes human activity is the main cause of climate change.
NASA chief says he changed mind about climate change because he 'read a lot’ | TheHill
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#25
Can you believe these people..

Quote:Over twenty national and state conservative groups are urging the Trump administration to reject an international agreement that aims to fix climate change by limiting the use of a chemical commonly found in refrigerators. In a letter sent Monday to President Trump, 21 groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and Heritage Action asked Trump to pull the U.S. out of an Obama-era agreement known as the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which aims to reduce emissions of global warming-causing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as a refrigerant.

Big businesses, including the U.S. refrigerator industry, are also supportive of the agreement, urging the Trump administration to stay committed to the deal because of the business potential of new regulations. The industry hopes to convince the administration that staying in will create U.S. jobs due to the fact that the country is a leader in refrigerant products and the pact will likely drive new demand for their expertise globally. However, conservatives view the treaty, which was signed in Kigali, Rwanda, as a leftover from the Obama administration that should be done away with. The letter states that the "Kigali Amendment would do far more economic harm than environmental good."
Top conservative groups urge Trump to reject climate change agreement | TheHill

More harm than good?? Perhaps with the help of EPA Pruitt's new cost benefit analysis, LOL.
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