Santorum Lies About Climate Change Consensus


Carly Fiorina isn't the only second-tier Republican presidential candidate lying about climate change. Rick Santorum got in on the act when he appeared on Bill Maher's show, claiming that only 57% of climate scientists think that CO2 is the primary driver of climate change. Maher correctly wondered what ass he had pulled that from and both FactCheck and PolitiFact have tracked down the source of this lie. Here's the conversation with Maher: … [Read more...]

Jindal to Obama: Don’t Talk About Climate Change


Hurricane Katrina was 10 years ago, believe it or not, and President Obama was in New Orleans this week to commemorate that event. But Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, afraid that the president might offend the oil and gas industry that controls his state and has funded his campaigns, had the chutzpah to write a letter to him telling him that he shouldn't talk about climate change during his visit. … [Read more...]

Cruz Has a Huge Vested Interest in Oil and Gas Industry


As a Republican from Texas, it should not come as a surprise to find out that Sen. Ted Cruz has huge investments in the oil and gas industry. But it should certainly be a concern that as much as 25% of his net worth is tied up in those investments, which gives him a clear vested interest in eliminating government regulation of those industries that might impede corporate profits, and therefore shareholder dividends and net worth. … [Read more...]

Farah: I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Credit: Gage Skidmore

Joseph Farah makes an argument of this form: I'm not the one who is [fill in the blank], you're the real [fill in the blank]." This is also known as "I know you are, but what am I?" In this case, he says, he's not the one who preaches apocalypse and doom, it's us "secular people" who do that. Along the way, he offers some of the silliest arguments I've seen since the last time I read one of his columns. … [Read more...]

AL Officials: Coal Plant Regulation Violates God’s Will

From the same people who brought you "global warming isn't real because God controls the climate" comes a group of elected officials in Alabama who held a press conference to say that EPA rules regulating pollution from coal plants violate God's will because he gave coal to the state. … [Read more...]

Wingnut Legislator Compares EPA to Terrorists

In yet another example of Republicans mainstreaming the fringe so thoroughly that they've elected someone who is willing to publicly say the most bizarre and extremist things imaginable, a House Republican is comparing the EPA to terrorists for regulating pollution from coal plants. … [Read more...]

Amid Drought, CA Couple Faces Fine for Not Using Enough Water

California is in the middle of a historic drought that is straining water supplies so much that the state has now ordered mandatory restrictions on unnecessary water usage. At the same time, cities are fining people for not using enough water to keep their lawn green. … [Read more...]

First They Came For the Carbon Dioxide Molecules

Okay folks, I think we've found a Hitler analogy so mind-bogglingly stupid that it could make Godwin pull out a Luger and kill himself. A Princeton professor went on national television and said that scientists are demonizing carbon dioxide just like Hitler demonized the Jews. … [Read more...]

The Military Thinks Climate Change is Real

It may be an article of faith -- literally -- for the Christian right that climate change is a gigantic communist hoax, but those Marxists at the Pentagon, who have to have a clear-eyed view of the world, recognize that it's very real and is going to change the world in important ways. Retired Rear. Admiral David Titley, who is also a PhD meteorologist, had an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last weekend about it. … [Read more...]

The Power of Advertising

Lynn Stuart Parramore has an article at Reuters about a whole bunch of medical scams that are sold as miracle health products without a shred of evidence to back them up. And I think she's absolutely right to point out that it is dishonest marketing that makes them so popular: … [Read more...]

ALEC Wants to Define Toxic Waste as Renewable Energy

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a wing of corporate America that writes model legislation, has convinced one of its members, Michigan legislator Aric Nesbitt, to submit a bill to make toxic petroleum cake and other solid waste eligible for tax credits for clean and renewable energy. … [Read more...]

Anti-Environmentalist Imagines Hypocrisy

Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is no stranger to bad arguments. This is a guy who says that if we believe in the reality of global warming or want to use less fossil fuels, we're "insulting" God. Now he's imagining hypocrisy in his opponents while ignoring his own: … [Read more...]