Rick Piltz

Wed, 2011-04-13 04:11Chris Mooney
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How the War on Science Works--And How to Respond

Recently, I was reading testimony given by Bush administration whistleblower Rick Piltz about the ongoing National Assessment process, in which the U.S. government, either cheerily or reluctantly (depending on the administration) sets out to inform Americans as to their local and regional climate risks. During the Bush years, as I reported in my book The Republican War on Science, there was an all out war on the in-government scientists trying to produce this legally required document. Lawsuits were filed, a disclaimer put up on the government website housing the document (indeed, it’s still there), and before long nobody in the administration would even cite the government’s own work.

It’s in this context that I found Piltz’s testimony so refreshingly…frank. For what he tells the scientists preparing the next round of the assessment for 2013 is this: No matter how good your science is, it will never be good enough for those who disbelieve it. The blush is off the rose; this is the new reality; this is how it works:

Tue, 2010-03-02 06:17Ross Gelbspan
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Inhofe Wants to Prosecute "Criminal" Scientists

The US Congress’s most ardent global warming sceptic is being accused of turning the row over climate science into a McCarthyite witch-hunt by calling for a criminal investigation of scientists. Climate scientists say Sen. James Inhofe’s call for a criminal investigation into American as well as British scientists who worked on the UN climate body’s report represents an attempt to silence debate on the eve of new proposals for a climate change law.

Sun, 2007-08-05 09:46Ross Gelbspan
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Newsweek Chronicles the Long, Relentless History of Climate Denialists

If you think those who have long challenged the mainstream scientific findings about global warming recognize that the game is over, think again.  The denial machine is running at full throttle – and continuing to shape both government policy and public opinion.
Tue, 2007-01-30 09:41Ross Gelbspan
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Bush Pressure on Scientists Far Wider Than Previously Thought

A survey results of federal scientists showed 46 percent felt pressure to eliminate the words “climate change,” “global warming” or similar terms from communications about their work. The scientists also reported 435 instances of political interference in their work over the past five years.
Thu, 2007-01-18 13:01Bill Miller
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DeSmog author takes the spotlight in global-warming documentary

Ross Gelbspan, a renowned climate-change author and one of the founders of DeSmogBlog, is at the Sundance Film Festival this week as a star in the documentary Everything’s Cool , a “toxic comedy” about global warming coming to America.

Thu, 2006-11-16 11:19Richard Littlemore
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Fifth Estate Slams the "Denial Machine"

CBC's news magazine show the fifth estate slammed Dr. S. Fred Singer and company out of the park last evening with the Denial Machine” , a 40-minute documentary that gave context to the current climate change debate.
Mon, 2006-10-30 16:05Richard Littlemore
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Make ClimateScienceWatch.Org Required Reading

If you haven't already visited - and bookmarked - www.ClimateScienceWatch.org, you should rush on over. The site is run by Rick Piltz (hear a podcast recorded at the Society of Environmental Journalists [SEJ] conference) and it keeps a sharp eye for what Washington is doing (or not doing) with the information that is generated by U.S. scientists.

A great example is Piltz's post on the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, which Piltz says, “reveals limitations that point to continuing political interference.”
Mon, 2006-10-23 12:54Ross Gelbspan
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New Film Documents ExxonMobil Role in Climate Disinformation Campaign

A new film, “Out of Balance,” documents ExxonMobil's long campaign of climate disinformation. The film, created by film-maker Tom Jackson, features, among others, Michael Oppenheimer, Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Kolbert, Rick Piltz and Ross Gelbspan.
 

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