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Michaels: What’s next for the EPA?

By Patrick Michaels | So EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is gone, the environmentalists’ noirest bete noire since James Watt ran the Interior Department early in the Reagan Administration. He will be replaced (at least temporarily) by Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a longtime Washington insider with a keen knowledge of the Agency. He served as chief […]

Michaels: The scientific argument against the Paris climate agreement

Editor’s Note: Tom Brennan is on vacation. By Patrick J. Michaels Last May, Donald Trump vowed to “cancel the Paris climate agreement.” It was a scripted remark in a prepared text, an unusual speech for the then-presidential candidate. Since then, he has reportedly been under pressure from his daughter Ivanka — who has set up […]

Michaels: Environmental fears about DAPL overblown

By Patrick J. Michaels The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is more than just a pipeline. It is a political hot potato. There are a lot of issues underlying the DAPL conversation, including indigenous peoples’ access to ancestral lands, environmental concerns of a potential spill, water rights, and social justice. One false assumption is that rejecting […]

Michaels, Wojick: Brexit shows science and politics do not mix

By Patrick J. Michaels and David E. Wojick Britain’s quitting the European Union sets the stage for a major mess in the funding of British science. Whatever the merits of Brexit, as the withdrawal is popularly called, exiting the present labyrinthine structure of EU science funding is going to be pure chaos. Government funding of […]

Michaels: Save the polar bears? They’re fine, actually

By Patrick J. Michaels Two years ago, following guidance from the U.S. Geological Survey, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The idea is that global warming will reduce — or even eliminate — sea ice in the Arctic Ocean at the […]

Michaels: The climate snow job

By Patrick J. Michaels An East Coast blizzard howling, global temperatures peaking, the desert Southwest flooding, drought-stricken California drying up—surely there’s a common thread tying together this “extreme” weather. There is. But it has little to do with what recent headlines have been saying about the hottest year ever. It is called business as usual. […]

Michaels: The latest climate kerfuffle

By Patrick J. Michaels | Are political considerations superseding scientific ones at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration? When confronted with an obviously broken weather station that was reading way too hot, they replaced the faulty sensor — but refused to adjust the bad readings it had already taken. And when dealing with “the pause” […]

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