The White House and energy industry officials on Monday defended the Trump administration’s support for fossil fuels and nuclear power at a United Nations (U.N.) climate change conference. A group of officials, led by Trump’s chief energy and environment assistant, told attendees at the Bonn, Germany, conference that nuclear power and fossil fuel technologies designed to capture
By Judith Curry My recent interview with David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the link with global warming. The video of the interview: Transcript: DW: First of all – do we understand hurricanes? JC: We’re getting a whole lot better at predicting individual storms. This has really
By Dr. Sebastian Lüning and Fritz Vahrenholt (German text translated/edited by P Gosselin) About half of the CO2 emitted by man gets absorbed by the oceans and so does not stay in the atmosphere. Here there are certain areas of the ocean that are especially efficient CO2 sinks, while others do not absorb so well.
by Todd Shepherd President Trump and the administration are discussing whether to undertake an initiative that would question the science of climate change through a debate process, according to a new report. The Washington Post said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is the driver behind the idea, which has “sparked a debate among top
By Anthony Watts Interviewed by Breitbart’s Joel Pollak, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the American people deserve ‘a true legitimate, peer reviewed, objective, transparent discussion about CO2.’ Pruitt calls for the establishment of a ‘Red Team/Blue Team’ of scientist to examine ‘what do we know, what don’t we know, and what risk does it pose
By Doina Chiacu and Valerie Volcovici EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday he is not convinced that carbon dioxide from human activity is the main driver of climate change and said he wants Congress to weigh in on whether CO2 is a harmful pollutant that should be regulated. In an interview with CNBC, Pruitt
By Tom DiChristopher The Senate confirmed President Donald Trump‘s nominee, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday in a mostly party line vote. The confirmation vote came after contentious hearings during which Democratic lawmakers questioned Pruitt over his ties to fossil fuel companies, his multiple legal challenges to EPA
By John Siciliano A coalition of conservative and free-market groups are raising alarm over the possibility that senior White House officials may be entertaining the idea of a carbon tax. A tax on carbon dioxide is widely seen as an alternative to sector-by-sector climate change regulations such as those the Obama administration sought to implement.
The Clean Air Act was enacted by Congress way back in 1970, and it regulates the emission of “pollutants” – that’s the term in the statute. Now, what is a pollutant? A pollutant is a subject that is harmful to human beings or to animals or to plants. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Carbon
By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Margaret Talev A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders, including former Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and James Baker, will meet with some of President Donald Trump’s top advisers at the White House Wednesday to push a plan to tax carbon dioxide in exchange for lifting a slew of environmental