Climate Change Denialists in Charge – The New York Times

A view of a power plant in New York City. Credit Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency


As President Trump prepares to unveil an executive order to dismantle President Barack Obama’s climate change policies, Washington’s policy-making posts are filling with officials who have a record of openly denying the established science of human-caused climate change.

Climate denial starts at the top:

President Trump

Mr. Trump, the ultimate decider, has demonstrated a cavalier approach to the peer-reviewed atmospheric data that makes up the core of climate science. He has called Mr. Obama’s climate change regulations “stupid.” But in other forums, he has denied making some of those statements and shifted his position.

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Planned Rollback of Climate Rules Unlikely to Achieve All Trump’s Goals – The New York Times

A shuttered coal mining site in Letcher County, Ky. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times By CORAL DAVENPORTMARCH 27, 2017

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to increase the nation’s “energy independence” and to restore thousands of lost coal mining jobs.

But energy economists say the expected order falls short of both of those goals — in part because the United States already largely relies on domestic sources for the coal and natural gas that fires most of the nation’s power plants.

“We don’t import coal,” said Robert Stavins, an energy economist at Harvard University. “So in terms of the Clean Power Plan, this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

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What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan – The New York Times

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that calls on Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to take steps to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a set of rules regulating energy plants powered by fossil fuels.


What was happening with the Clean Power Plan until now?

The plan, which would have regulated carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-powered electricity plants, has been tied up in courts for more than a year, after more two dozen states, industry representatives and others sued the E.P.A. They claimed that the plan was unconstitutional, and it hadn’t yet taken effect because the Supreme Court had said the plan could not be carried out while it was being argued before a lower federal court.

Mr. Trump criticized the Clean Power Plan during the campaign and promised to bring back coal mining jobs and create new jobs in the fossil fuel industry; the rules would have made that more difficult. Mr. Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, sued the E.P.A. 14 times over environmental regulations, including the Clean Power Plan.

What happens next?

The problem for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pruitt is that, if they get rid of this plan, they are legally required to come up with another one.

Plus, in order to repeal regulations, federal agencies have to follow the same rule-making system (requiring periods of public notice and comment) used to create regulations, which can take about a year.

Keep in mind that 18 state attorneys general and several environmental advocacy groups had previously moved to defend the rule, and they may challenge whatever alternative Mr. Pruitt might devise.

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Climate Journalism: The Coverage Is Starting to Heat Up

InsideClimate News and Climate Central have dominated U.S. climate journalism, but The New York Times and Washington Post now are trying to catch up.

03.23.2017/ By Robin Lloyd

For about a decade, niche websites have dominated U.S. journalism coverage of climate change and policy responses to it.

General interest publications are putting a renewed focus on climate coverage.

Visual by Jason Blackeye/Unsplash

General news publications and broadcasters, as well as media outlets dedicated to science, have failed to consistently match the volume, quality, and depth of coverage published by outlets such as Climate Central and InsideClimate News, both of which are nonprofit, non-partisan organizations. InsideClimate reporters David Hasemyer, Elizabeth McGowan, and Lisa Song even won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 for their coverage of a Michigan oil spill.

But after some shifting commitments on climate change and environmental coverage, The New York Times has devoted significant resources to this beat in the past few months. And The Washington Post is moving in a similar direction.

The Times’ approach involves a team of journalists dedicated to the climate and environment beat. Hannah Fairfield, who began her career as a graphics editor at the newspaper in 2000, started in February as the Times’ climate editor, a newly created position. Her experience also includes a two-year stint as graphics director at The Washington Post.

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EPA Chief: Trump Plans To Kill Obama-era Clean Power Plan : NPR

March 27, 20175:06 AM ET   Heard on Morning Edition    Nathan Rott

The Trump administration is expected this week to unveil its executive order undoing President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Expected Executive Actions On Climate Change Policies Aim To Ensure Focus On Energy Independence : NPR

March 28, 20175:01 AM ET  Heard on Morning Edition

Jeff Brady

President Trump will sign executive actions Tuesday that aim to roll back a sweeping set of climate policies put in place by the Obama administration. A moratorium on new coal leases on public lands, a rule designed to address methane emissions from oil and gas operations and the Clean Power Plan, will all get a review.

‘Solar radiation management’: Scientists hope to fight climate change with geoengineering

RT America

Published on Mar 27, 2017

Scientists are turning to technology to counter global warming. Harvard researchers are launching the world’s biggest solar geoengineering study aimed at altering the planet’s temperature. RT America’s Marina Portnaya has the details.

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