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    Al Gore in Hawaii: Carbon Polluters 'Immoral, Unethical, Despicable'

    Al Gore was “fired up” at the University of Hawaii in sharing his message on climate change, according to a local TV news report of a speech in which the former vice president bashed unnamed “carbon polluters” as being ”immoral, unethical, and despicable.” Gore, wearing a bright lei around his … More

    Cooling the Warming Worries

    Runners in Washington’s annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run this weekend will enjoy some beautiful views, as the city’s famous cherry trees bloom along the race course. Luckily, they’ll probably be spared another, almost annual event: news reports bemoaning that the blooms are occurring earlier and earlier because of climate … More

    Five Myths About Extreme Weather and Global Warming

    There is broad (though not unanimous) agreement, even among skeptic scientists, that the earth has warmed moderately over the past 60 years and that some portion of that warming can be attributed to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. However, despite the hoopla surrounding the recent report on the economic impacts of … More

    D.C. May Soon Tell You What to Eat to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may soon be telling you what you should eat to reduce your “carbon footprint.” In order to—ostensibly—prevent global warming and reduce our national carbon footprint, Washington is already telling Americans what light bulbs they can buy, … More

    Why These Senators Talked About Climate Change All Night

    Ask most Americans these days what’s keeping them up at night, and you’re likely to hear that it’s the economy and the lack of jobs. What’s not on their minds? Well, climate change for one. But for two dozen senators, climate change was reason enough to stay up all night. … More

    Obama's Heavy-Duty Audacity

    President Obama grabbed headlines this week for (supposedly) bypassing Congress to advance his global warming agenda. As part of what aides characterize as a “muscular and unilateral campaign” to reduce greenhouse gases, the President directed his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and his Department of Transportation (DOT) to tighten fuel-efficiency standards … More

    Did Climate Change Cause the California Drought? Or Big Government?

    While scientists continue to debate global warming, it’s undeniable that the federal government has had an active hand in exacerbating California’s drought. President Obama flew to Fresno, California, last Friday to announce a drought relief package and speak on climate change’s influence. Although no single weather event can be attributed … More

    USDA’s New Climate Hubs Repackage Old Micromanagement

    Everything old is new again when it comes to federal agriculture policy. The federal condescension that has become characteristic of many a farm bill’s agriculture programs has found new expression in the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan outreach to farmers. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the … More

    Carbon Regulation: Time for America to Learn from Australia’s Mistake

    Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who won a landslide victory earlier this month, vowed to promptly scrap the nation’s tax on carbon emissions. He began to follow through at his first cabinet meeting. Also in line to be repealed are several commissions organized by the previous government to provide … More

    Congressional Recess: The Battle of Ideas

    All the political action this month will take place outside Washington, D.C. And that’s as it should be. In a healthy republic, lawmakers hear from their constituents and then attempt to do what’s best for them and for the country. This August recess will be an especially busy one for … More