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A sign marks the entrance of the secluded Exxon Mobil corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP file photo/LM Otero)

Exxon Mobil veep: ‘It’s not easy being us’

Apparently, it’s lonely at the top. “It’s not easy being us,” said Exxon Mobil’s top lobbyist today after he was asked about a critical ad campaign and a push to strip universities of their fossil fuel investments.
Jack  Gerard, CEO American Petroleum Institute during an editorial board interview on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Houston. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

Oil industry: Don’t buy environmentalists’ ‘spin’ on climate change

Environmentalists are cheering Tuesday’s electoral wins as evidence that Americans want to see lawmakers combat climate change and advance renewable energy, but a prominent oil industry leader on Thursday rejected that conclusion as political spin.
Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the Oct. 3, 2012 debate in Denver.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Energy and environment leaders respond to Obama’s reelection

President Barack Obama’s reelection drew enthusiastic applause from environmental activists, muted congratulations from the oil industry and plenty of advice for the future from both camps.
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Democrats seek probe of climate change effects on thirsty electric sector

Two top Democratic representatives are asking the House to probe whether climate-change related heat waves and droughts jeopardize the nation’s electric supply.

Don’t Let Panic Dictate Climate Policy

Early on in the Obama Administration, former chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, asserted, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”  Well, it is now clear that climate alarmists took his counsel to heart.  A prolonged heat spell, some extreme weather, and a new report from a well-respected […]

What the Heartland Response Reveals About Climate Activists

A reporter for a national newspaper covering the reaction to the stolen Heartland Institute documents asked me: Why does the question of climate change science matter so much to conservatives? Why do they fight these battles with liberals and scientists so fiercely, when no one on the national level is suggesting nationwide limits on greenhouse […]

Heartland Emails Address Politics, Not Merits of Arguments

Mainstream media had something of a field day last week over alleged leaked documents from the Heartland Institute that purport to show the organization’s funding sources and its 2012 strategy. After reading at least a half a dozen articles about these leaked documents, I was left wondering: so what? The implication is that the source […]

Debate Over Need To Panic About Global Warming

Last month, the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal feature a column signed by 16 scientists—a group of distinguished physicists and engineers—which challenged the conventional wisdom of an impending climate catastrophe. Its authors made the case that there are no compelling scientific arguments support the calls made by activists and politicians for drastic action […]

UN Climate Talks and NPR Programming

NPR’s Diane Rhem Show produced a segment this week which focused on the latest round (number 17 to be exact) of United Nation climate talks, which is currently taking place in Durban, South Africa. (It can be thought of as the annual convention of rent-seeking bureaucrats.) Its attendants include about 10,000 people, most of whom […]

New Climate Change Email Scandal Casts Pall Over U.N Negotiations

Two years ago, reporters coined the term “Climategate” to describe emails between a group of elite climate scientists that showed them admitting to falsifying data and even conspiring to smear those who dared to question their findings. Many of those exposed during this 2009 scandal were deeply involved in controlling the scientific assessments of the […]