Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Sean Hannity - FOX climate denier

Sean Hannity is failing science. When it comes to global warming, Sean doesn't play well with facts. Even worse, he's become a bad influence on his fellow students (and his viewers), replacing established scientific facts with his own talking points.

And he's not alone. Pundits and talking heads take to the airwaves virtually every day to promote bad science and distort the facts. They're not just failing science — they're failing their viewers, and it's up to the Union of Concerned Scientists and people like you to tell them that they aren't making the grade.

Take a look at Sean's failing grades below, and then send a note to his parent (company) and tell them to put Sean on time out until he's ready to get the science right.


Dear Fox News,

Sean Hannity just can't get it right when it comes to global warming. Despite the worldwide consensus of climate scientists about the growing danger of human-created climate change, he continues to describe climate science as "a crock and a huge cover up."

Quite simply, Sean is failing science. By replacing established scientific facts with his own talking points, he is misleading your viewers and making it impossible for them to make informed judgements about climate change.

Tell Sean to stop talking about climate change until he can get his facts straight.

(link for Sean Hannity: Hannity with Sean Hannity - Fox News)

Dismal Science in Media

There is widespread consensus among climate scientists that the earth is warming and human activity is the main driver; However, a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal gives voice to a handful of scientists, most without relevant expertise in climate science, who make misleading claims and dismiss global warming.
January 27, 2012: The Wall Street Journal today published an opinion piece from 16 scientists urging candidates for public office to ignore the looming threat of climate change. While it’s entirely appropriate for scientists, like all citizens, to voice their personal opinions on public policy, the op-ed repeated a number of deeply misleading claims about climate science.

To take just one example, the authors claim there has been a “lack of warming” for 10 years. Here’s what we know: 2011 was the 35th year in a row in which global temperatures were above the historical average and 2010 and 2005 were the warmest years on record. Over the past decade, record high temperatures outpaced record lows by more than two to one across the continental United States, a marked increase from previous decades.

So where should decision-makers and the public turn to understand what the vast majority of scientists with relevant expertise really think about climate change?

more > Dismal Science at the Wall Street Journal - The Equation

The Equation - a blog on independent science practical solutions (UCS)

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A Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal, from a boatload of climate scientists - THANK YOU!

Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition? In science, as in any area, reputations are based on knowledge and expertise in a field and on published, peer-reviewed work. If you need surgery, you want a highly experienced expert in the field who has done a large number of the proposed operations...

...Research shows that more than 97% of scientists actively publishing in the field agree that climate change is real and human caused. It would be an act of recklessness for any political leader to disregard the weight of evidence and ignore the enormous risks that climate change clearly poses. In addition, there is very clear evidence that investing in the transition to a low-carbon economy will not only allow the world to avoid the worst risks of climate change, but could also drive decades of economic growth. Just what the doctor ordered.

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Union of Concerned Scientists
Independent Science, Practical Solutions
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

UCS: | Union of Concerned Scientists

UCS Action Center - current action items

• Urge Federal Agencies to Let Scientists Speak Out

While federal government scientists play a critical role in protecting our health, safety, and environment, many report that they are often discouraged from sharing their scientific research and analysis with the media and the public. In fact, a Union of Concerned Scientists investigation found that the media policies and practices of some federal agencies effectively censor scientists, impeding their ability to discuss their work with their peers and with interested journalists who convey research findings to the public.

Other federal agencies—like NASA—have changed their policies to allow their scientists far greater freedom in meeting their public service missions, demonstrating that it is possible for the government to do better. Federal scientists must feel free to speak out about research findings that impact our lives.

Please urge federal agency leaders to improve their agencies' media policies and let government scientists speak out.
Act Now »

• Urge Congress to support local farms and food.

Tell Congress: Support the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act!

Currently, billions of taxpayer dollars subsidize unhealthy, processed foods, while farmers who grow healthy foods work without support—but we can change that!

Leaders in Congress have introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to support local farmers and food markets. A recent UCS report found that expanding local food systems will boost local economies, create jobs, and encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables. As a bonus, these farmers are also more likely to embrace practices that protect our air, water, and soil.

With enough support, this bill could become part of the larger Food and Farm Bill, currently moving through Congress at a lightning pace. Write to your members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act today!

Act Now »

• Urge Obama administration to reduce global warming emissions.

Urge President Obama to Protect Public Health by Reducing Global Warming Emissions

Unchecked global warming could threaten public health and increase health costs by exacerbating ground-level ozone—the primary component of smog. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently crafting standards to curb global warming emissions from our nation’s dirtiest coal plants and oil refineries. These standards will help protect the public's health and our environment from the dangerous consequences of global warming.

However, the Obama administration is under enormous pressure from the coal and oil industries to release weak standards that will do little to nothing to protect our health and environment.

The Obama administration needs to hear from you that the oil and coal lobbyists don’t represent your interests and that you want our nation's environmental policies to be based on science—not on the disinformation of corporate lobbyists.

We know the vast majority of the public stands with us on this issue. But sometimes agreeing from the sidelines is not enough. This is a fight worth joining—a chance to step up and really make a difference.

Tell President Obama to protect the health of the American people by ensuring strong Clean Air Act standards that reduce global warming emissions.

Act Now »

• Urge Congress to Support Wind Power

Using more clean, renewable electricity from sources such as the sun and wind will increase our energy independence, save consumers money, and reduce our global warming emissions. One of the primary drivers of the growth in wind energy in the United States is the federal production tax credit (PTC), which gives developers tax incentives for generating energy from renewable sources.

Despite the PTC being one of the primary drivers of wind development, the federal government has allowed it to expire on three separate occasions since 1999. These lapses in the PTC led to a boom-bust cycle that drastically slowed the wind power industry for many months at a time.

The current PTC for wind power is set to expire at the end of 2012. The expiration of the PTC threatens one of the country's fastest growing clean energy industries and could put tens of thousands of Americans out of work.

Continued growth of wind energy through 2013 and beyond depends on passing the PTC well ahead of its expiration date.
Act Now »

Action Center | Union of Concerned Scientists

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