Daily Archives: November 18, 2016

Climate skeptic leads EPA transition


Tech Insider

Published on Nov 14, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump has reportedly chosen Myron Ebell to head the EPA’s transition team. Ebell is a proud climate skeptic, often referring to climate change scientists as alarmists.

Myron Ebell on Global Warming Negotiations


Competitive Enterprise Institute

Uploaded on Dec 18, 2007

Competitive Enterprise Institute Director of Energy & Global Warming Policy Myron Ebell discusses the politics of global warming the role of the EU on British television

16 1113 Myron Ebell on the EPA


Old Fart

Published on Nov 13, 2016

The Face of Climate Denialism – Myron Ebell


Rick Piltz

Uploaded on Feb 2, 2012

During CSW Dirctor Rick Piltz’s 1/13/12 appearance on the Al Jazeera English program “Inside Story,” climate change skeptic Myron Ebell accuses environmentalists of steering America toward a North Korean ideal. Dan Weiss, of the Center for American Progress, sets him straight.

Meet Myron Ebell, the Climate Contrarian Leading Trump’s EPA Transition (with link to: “Climate of Doubt” | FRONTLINE | PBS – 23 October 2012)

FRONTLINE | “A Climate of Doubt” Preview | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontli…

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For 2016 update on Myron Ebell’s new role see:

Myron Ebell, a leading contrarian of the scientific consensus on global warming, will lead Donald Trump’s transition team at the EPA.

November 14, 2016 by Priyanka Boghani Digital Reporter

President Barack Obama has called climate change a threat to national security and to future generations. As president, he championed the Paris climateagreement, which aims to tackle global warming bycommitting more than 190 nations to reducing heat-trapping emissions over the coming decades. In September, Obama warned that if “the current trend lines on a warming planet continue, it is certainly going to be enormously disruptive worldwide.”

But as Obama’s presidency draws to a close, the United States now looks to how Donald Trump will address the issue as president.

Trump has called climate change a hoax as recently as December 2015, and in March, he told the editorial board of The Washington Post, “I think there’s a change in weather,” but added, “I am not a great believer in man-made climate change.”

On the campaign trail, Trump signaled a radical shift from Obama’s policies, vowing to end America’s participation in the Paris agreement and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

As Trump now begins the process of staffing his administration, his pick to head the transition team at the EPA, Myron Ebell, offers more insight into the future of U.S. climate policy.

Ebell, a leading contrarian of the scientific consensus on global warming, leads environmental and energy policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian advocacy group financed in part by the fossil fuel industry. Ebell also helps chair the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group which describes its mission as “dispelling the myths of global warming.” He’s been described as “enemy #1” to the climate change community, and his own bio highlights how he has been named a “climate criminal” by Greenpeace.

Ebell has been instrumental in crafting a national strategy challenging research showing that global warming is both man-made and real. The action plan, drawn up in 1998, said victory would be achieved when the public recognized “uncertainties in climate science.” As head of the EPA transition, Ebell will play a leading role in choosing personnel and shaping the future of government agencies that deal with environmental and climate policy.

When FRONTLINE spoke with Ebell for the 2012 documentary Climate of Doubt, his strategy had already helped propel a shift in the political debate around climate change, contributing to the collapse of cap-and-trade legislation in Congress in 2009.

…(read more).

Watch full original Frontline Doumentary from 23 October 2012

U.S. Department of State – Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at COP-22

http://video.state.gov/en/video/5212965843001

November 16, 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks from the Conference of the Parties (COPP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco

The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends

arctic-warming

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/11/17/the-north-pole-is-an-insane-36-degrees-warmer-than-normal-as-winter-descends/

Image obtained using a climate reanalyzer. (Climate Change Institute/University of Maine)

By Chris Mooney and Jason Samenow November 17 at 1:41 PM

Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic.

It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arctic Ocean is supposed to grow and thicken.

But in fall of 2016 — which has been a zany year for the region, with multiple records set for low levels of monthly sea ice — something is totally off. The Arctic is super-hot, even as a vast area of cold polar air has been displaced over Siberia.

At the same time, one of the key indicators of the state of the Arctic — the extent of sea ice covering the polar ocean — is at a record low. The ice is freezing up again, as it always does this time of year after reaching its September low, but it isn’t doing so as rapidly as usual.

In fact, the ice’s area is even lower than it was during the record-low 2012:

(National Snow and Ice Data Center)

Twitter’s expert Arctic watchers also are stunned. Zack Labe, a PhD student at the University of California at Irvine who studies the Arctic, tweeted out an image on Wednesday from the Danish Meteorological Institute showing Arctic temperatures about 20 degrees Celsius higher than normal above 80 degrees North Latitude.

“Today’s latest #Arctic mean temperature continues to move the wrong direction . . . up. Quite an anomalous spike!,” Labe wrote. Here’s the figure:

Propaganda: Edward Bernays, Mark Crispin Miller

https://www.amazon.com/Propaganda-Edward-Bernays/dp/0970312598/ref=ecoethicsA/

“Bernays’ honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.”—Noam Chomsky

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”—Edward Bernays, Propaganda

A seminal and controversial figure in the history of political thought and public relations, Edward Bernays (1891–1995), pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon.

Bernays applied the techniques he had learned in the CPI and, incorporating some of the ideas of Walter Lipmann, became an outspoken proponent of propaganda as a tool for democratic and corporate manipulation of the population. His 1928 bombshell Propaganda lays out his eerily prescient vision for using propaganda to regiment the collective mind in a variety of areas, including government, politics, art, science and education. To read this book today is to frightfully comprehend what our contemporary institutions of government and business have become in regards to organized manipulation of the masses.

This is the first reprint of Propaganda in over 30 years and features an introduction by Mark Crispin Miller, author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder.

Are GMOs As Scary As They Seem?


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Although there has been a lot of debate about GMOs, the FDA claims the new GM apples and potatoes are “safe.” So what are the pros and cons of GMOs?

Learn More:
Ecological impacts of genetically modified crops
http://www.cof.orst.edu/cof/teach/agb…
“The Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety SECB advises on issues related to the protection of people and the environment in the areas of biotechnology and gene technology.”

GMOs linked to gluten disorders plaguing 18 million Americans – report
http://rt.com/usa/gmo-gluten-sensitiv…
“Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday.”

Proof he’s the Science Guy: Bill Nye is changing his mind about GMOs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/en…
“He’s not making his popular children’s science show anymore, but Bill Nye the Science Guy is still making a public impact by going after pseudoscience and science denial.”

Watch More:
To GMO Or Not To GMO?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_STr0…

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The Ugly Truth about Gmo’s – What are Gmos – How are Gmos Harmful


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Published on May 9, 2016

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Advocates say GM crops don’t pose a health threat and can help feed the world’s population since many are bred to resist insects that carry diseases and to tolerate herbicides targeted at weeds. “If the entire world went to organic tomorrow, we could probably feed half of our current population,” Federoff said in a TED talk last year. ​

But opponents, including Druker and Goodall, worry that GM foods could harm human health and say support for GMOs is based on misinformation.​ “[The FDA] has given the consumers basically a false vision of reality and said, ‘These foods are safe, they’re OK and we can put them on the market without any testing,’” Druker says.

For foods introduced after 1958 to be ​“generally recognized as safe,​” and therefore allowed to forgo additional testing, they must be considered safe by an overwhelming consensus of experts and that consensus must be based on scientific procedures like peer-reviewed journals, according to the Food Additives Amendment of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.​

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