March 2011

AMA/APHA: Climate Change a Major Public Health Issue March 1, 2011 : 4:36 PM

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association agree that global warming is hazardous to our health:

“Medical and public health groups are banding together to explain how global warming has taken a toll on human health and will continue to cause food-borne illnesses, respiratory problems, and deaths unless policy changes are enacted.”

“In a Thursday conference call with reporters, the heads of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) joined with a pediatrician and a scientist to lay out what they say is a major public health issue: climate change caused by global warming.”

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The New Hampshire House Ignores Science March 3, 2011 : 5:57 PM

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that according to the Wonk Room would repeal the states “participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which has cut greenhouse and other pollution and created 1,130 jobs as a result of energyefficiency benefits.”

Members of the legislative chamber made a number of statements that were especially disturbing: [Source: CAP]

Deputy Majority Leader Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) explained his vote: “Neither man nor cow is responsible for global warming.”

Rep. James Garrity (R-Atkinson), chairman of the House’s Science Technology and Energy Committee, claimed that RGGI relies on “shaky climate science.”

Rep. Frank Holden (R-Lyndeboro), vice chairman of the House’s Science, Technology and Energy Committee, wrote in the majority committee report that the “science of climate change is far from clear.”

Rep. Andrew Manuse (R-Derry): “The reasons used to promote RGGI were based in false, exaggerated and highly politicized science.”

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The New Hampshire House Ignores Science March 3, 2011 : 5:57 PM

The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that according to the Wonk Room would repeal the states “participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which has cut greenhouse and other pollution and created 1,130 jobs as a result of energyefficiency benefits.”

Members of the legislative chamber made a number of statements that were especially disturbing:

Deputy Majority Leader Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) explained his vote: “Neither man nor cow is responsible for global warming.”

Rep. James Garrity (R-Atkinson), chairman of the House’s Science Technology and Energy Committee, claimed that RGGI relies on “shaky climate science.”

Rep. Frank Holden (R-Lyndeboro), vice chairman of the House’s Science, Technology and Energy Committee, wrote in the majority committee report that the “science of climate change is far from clear.”

Rep. Andrew Manuse (R-Derry): “The reasons used to promote RGGI were based in false, exaggerated and highly politicized science.”

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Cancun Progress Tracker March 5, 2011 : 1:33 PM

The UN introduced a great new tool last Monday:

“The United Nations office in charge of international climate change negotiations introduced a new online tool on Monday to track progress toward meeting the goals agreed to last December at an international climate conference in Cancún, Mexico...The new Web site maintained by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change details terms of the Cancún agreement and overall progress toward meeting them. A separate Web site compiles the pledges by individual nations toward those goals.”

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Henry Waxman's Path Forward March 10, 2011 : 3:37 PM

Speaking Monday at the Center for American Progress, Congressman Henry Waxman offered his view on the path we should take to solve the climate crisis: [

“First, preserve the Administration’s existing authorities. While Congress has been debating what to do, President Obama and his Administration have been taking important steps administratively. As a result of the Administration’sleadership, vehicles will be cleaner and more fuel-efficient than ever.”

“Second, we need to educate the public about what is happening in Washington. The Republican anti-science, anti-environment agenda may be the will of oil companies, but it is not what American families want.”

“Finally, we need to find a way to work together across party lines to address the problems of climate change and our dependence on foreign oil.”

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The Economic Benefits of Clean Air March 12, 2011 : 11:58 AM

Republicans in Congress propose gutting many of our environmental laws, but ignore their economic benefits:

“[The EPA] released its Second Prospective Report examining the benefits of the Clean Air Act amendments from 1990 up to 2020. The study confirms that the EPA’s clean air protections are not only vital for safeguarding the physical health andlongevity of Americans, they are also extremely good for our economy. While the cost of implementing the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments was just $65 billion, the direct benefits from these protections are projected to reach almost $2trillion for the year 2020.”

“In 2020, the study projects the Clean Air Act will prevent more than 230,000 cases of premature mortality, 200,000 heart attacks, 17 million lost work days and 2.4 million asthma attacks.”

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Excited About My New Book Project March 15, 2011 : 4:28 PM

From the press release:

(New York, March 15, 2011) -- Al Gore, the Nobel Prize winning and #1 bestselling author of An Inconvenient Truth and The Assault on Reason, will write a new yet-to-be- titled book on the political, social and economic forces that are shaping what America and the world will become in ensuing decades. From demographics to democracy, Gore plans to explore what he calls the drivers of global change, framing the international conversation about the future in fresh and provocative ways. Gore’s book is the first acquisition for Jon Meacham, Executive V.P., Executive Editor, since joining Random House this year, and is currently scheduled to be published in 2012. Susan Kamil, Publisher of Random House, announced the deal from the author’s agent Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency for World English, German and Spanish languages, first serial, audio, and e-book publication rights. Terms were not disclosed.

Of the acquisition, Jon Meacham said, “No one has done more to raise global awareness about climate change. Now, from social media to political extremism, Gore is turning his attention to an even broader array of issues. He has always discerned trends and truths before much of the rest of the world, and it will be an honor to work with him on this thoughtful, singular look over the horizon.” Commenting on the new book, Mr. Gore stated, “I am delighted to be working with Jon Meacham and Random House on my next book. With this new work, I hope to help start a conversation about the large-scale drivers of change that are defining and shaping our future—from the rapid development and integration of radically new technologies to the planet-changing impact of the climate crisis, to poverty, globalization, and the democratization of knowledge accompanying the emergence of a ubiquitous Internet linking ever more intelligent devices.”

Ms. Kamil said, “I’m ecstatic to have Al Gore on the Random House list. Random House has a tradition of publishing provocative non-fiction that contributes to the national dialogue. Mr. Gore’s book is a welcome addition to our list.”

Former Vice President Al Gore is currently the chairman of both Current TV and Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Gore is on the board of Apple is the Chairman of the Alliance of Climate Protection. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990, and served eight years as Vice President of the United States, from 1993 to 2001.

The Random House Publishing Group is a division of Random House, the world's largest trade-book publisher, whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG.

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Ed Markey: Will the GOP Repeal Gravity? March 18, 2011 : 2:54 PM

Rep. Ed Markey uses humor to point out climate change deniers' anti-science bias:

“Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.”

“However, I won’t physically rise, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating about the room.”

“I won’t call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun.”

“Instead, I’ll embody Newton’s third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America’s importation of foreign oil.”

“This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrodinger’s cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!”

“Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise.”

“And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair’s amendment pile.”

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