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Posted on March 29, 2017 - 1:01pm, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"Illinois Representative Bill Foster summed up today's hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as "a very strange mixture of science and not." Entitled "Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method," the hearing provided a platform for Committee Chairman Lamar Smith to pursue his latest attack on climate science. He says researchers in the area have left behind the scientific method."

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Posted on March 29, 2017 - 12:58pm, by nwehner

Via The Washington Post

"Prominent scientists operating outside the scientific consensus on climate change urged Congress on Wednesday to fund “red teams” to investigate “natural” causes of global warming and challenge the findings of the United Nations’ climate science panel."

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Posted on March 28, 2017 - 1:33pm, by nwehner
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Via The New York Times

"President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs."

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Posted on March 27, 2017 - 5:03pm, by nwehner
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Via Pacific Legal Foundation

"On Wednesday, March 29, the American Enterprise Institute will release a new paper John Yoo and [Todd Gaziano] wrote, “Presidential Authority to Revoke or Reduce National Monument Designations,” which explains why presidential decrees are not “permanent” under our constitutional order, especially not pursuant to the Antiquities Act of 1906. That afternoon on Capitol Hill, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is hosting an event in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing Room on the release of our paper."

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Posted on March 23, 2017 - 10:45am, by nwehner
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Via Congress.gov

This bill was introduced by US Senator Marco Rubio on March 15, 2017.

"To impose sanctions with respect to the People's Republic of China in relation to activities in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, and for other purposes."

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Posted on March 22, 2017 - 1:23pm, by nwehner
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Via The Stranger

"[NASA] will still have to cut four specific missions: the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite (which monitors the health of our oceans, and expands upon atmospheric studies); the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) experiment, which collects precise space-based measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) to assess its growth (or decline) over an annual cycle; the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, which can produce accurate climate records to test climate projections, improve models and enable sound policy decisions; and the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), which maintains the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities, critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 10:16pm, by abrown
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Via National Geographic

"Ensuring clean air, land, and water—this is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses nearly 90 percent of its budget. However, in a controversial move that has many advocates concerned, this same budget has been slated for deep proposed cuts."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:56am, by nwehner
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Via The Atlantic

"While this proposal hints at President Trump’s governance priorities, and serves as an initial negotiating position, it mostly markets his ideological bonafides to other Republicans. It’s fiduciary fan fiction for conservatives, basically, with little chance of becoming law. Not only will a tiny EPA be politically difficult to enact, but there are also sticky legal limits on the extent to which the non-military side of the government can be defunded."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:25am, by nwehner
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Via American Institute of Physics

"The House Science Committee is currently preparing broad, new authorization legislation for NSF. At a hearing last week, committee members indicated that STEM education, ongoing oversight issues, and implementing a strong “national interest” requirement into NSF grant-making will all be on the committee's agenda. The committee is also planning to push the agency to favor engineering and the physical, biological, and computer sciences."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 9:22am, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials."

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