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Jessy Tolkan is the executive director of Energy Action Coalition, a leading voice among the youth climate movement. ALL POSTS

Game On! Bi-partisan approach needed.

What does the outcome of the Massachusetts Senate election mean for the chances of a climate bill passing the Senate this year?

Even before the Massachusetts election, the success of a climate bill in 2010 was contingent on how much pressure our grassroots movement could put on Senators, who will also be considering the components of legislation in other areas like health care, immigration or an additional stimulus package. This continues to be the case in the wake of Scott Brown's victory. We will move forward as planned, with the intention of letting our leaders know that the youth climate movement represents a large constituency of highly-engaged Millennial generation midterm voters who expect immediate, bold action in this policy arena.

Some pundits and officials are saying that the election results are a game-changer for the current administration, and that a number of domestic initiatives, including climate and energy, that have been tabled in the pursuit of stabilizing our financial system and winning on health care will now be rendered futile, as collateral damage in partisan gridlock. Painting this doomsday scenario may benefit campaign operatives seeking to establish negative narratives before the general public hits the ballot boxes in November, but in reality the situation incentivizes our leaders to do their jobs better. Republican or Democrat, what accomplishments will either party point to this fall if the former continues to be the "Party of No" or the latter puts all its eggs in one basket?

For the partner organizations of the Energy Action Coalition, our mission has always been consistent regardless of the balance of power. Saving our planet should not be a polarizing political issue; it is a moral imperative based on scientific fact. We look forward to leading the way forward in this new decade if our leaders cannot rise to the occasion and offer the solutions our nation's people demand.

By Jessy Tolkan  |  January 22, 2010; 7:20 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Ravensfan2008 writes: "I don't see climatologists in your list. What do astrophysicists and geologists know about climate science?"
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What do Climatologist know about climate science?

Trenberth e-mail of 12 Oct 2009
An email written by Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, discussed gaps in understanding of recent temperature variations:
"The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't,"

I won't even start on the Glacier lies.

Posted by: Senator_Salesman | January 24, 2010 5:34 PM
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I quoted the e-mails word for word. Look it up. Stop drinking Al Gore's Cool aid, Turn the lights back on in your house, and have yourself a big juicy CO2 Hamburger. The sky is not falling.

Posted by: Senator_Salesman | January 24, 2010 4:58 PM
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To anyone interested in actually understanding climate science and the email controversy, here's a good background piece. Senator Salesman does a great job of misquoting the emails, but it's the same old hoax and rumors that "skeptics" have been trying to spread for years. Gimme a break.

http://www.skepticalscience.com/Climategate-CRU-emails-hacked.htm

"I Wonder what 'HIDE THE DECLINE' means?"

The 'decline' means a decline in the reliability of tree ring data that scientists use to indicate climate conditions when temperature records aren't available (because there were no thermometers). It does NOT mean hiding a decline in temperatures.

See how silly you look when you don't know what you're talking about?

Posted by: tgherzog100 | January 24, 2010 3:16 PM
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Senator_Salesman:

I don't see climatologists in your list. What do astrophysicists and geologists know about climate science?

As far as the e-mails, they represent a fraction of the science. A few bad e-mails don't offer any reason to dispute it.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 23, 2010 12:49 PM
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It is sad that Obama went to Copenhagen to sign away our sovereignty to the United Nations based on this Junk Science. The Global Warming hoax is the biggest Scam in the Last 100 years! Thank God Cap and Trade will fail miserably in the Senate this year. Wake up America! Green is the new Color of Socialism. Green Politicians like Al Gore and John Kerry don’t care about the environment. It has been proven that Al Gore will make Billions if Cap and Trade passes (which it won’t). Doesn’t that sound like a conflict of interest? This is about wealth re-distribution. They want to take American money and give it to 3rd world Communist countries to help Fight the theory which is global warming. Trust the U.N. anybody? Remember oil for food? Wikipedia it if you don’t know what happened.

Anybody that does just a little research of their own on this subject will discover what a fraud it is. Discover for yourself America.

Posted by: Senator_Salesman | January 23, 2010 12:33 PM
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Here are a Few of the MANY Scientists Who Believe Global Warming is Primarily Caused by Natural Processes and not Green house gases like Co2

- William M. Gray, Professor of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University [1] [2]

- Sallie Baliunas, astronomer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics [1]

- Don Easterbrook, emeritus professor of geology, Western Washington University [1]

- Khabibullo Abdusamatov, mathematician and astronomer at Pulkovskaya Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences [1]

- Fred Singer, Professor emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia [1] [2]

- Frederick Seitz, retired, former solid-state physicist, former president of the National Academy of Sciences [1]

- Willie Soon, astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics [1]

- George V. Chilingar, Professor of Civil and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Southern California [1]

- Ian Clark, hydrogeologist, professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa [1]

- Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [1]

I will listen to these guys instead of Al Gore who thinks the “Earth’s core temperature is several millions of degrees”. Al is also Vice President of the CHICAGO (hint) Climate Exchange and stands to make Billions if Cap and Trade legislation passes. That almost sounds like a conflict of interest? Hmmmmmm

Posted by: Senator_Salesman | January 23, 2010 12:31 PM
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See what a Fraud Global Warming is!! These are some of the E-mails of Scientist who are advising the United Nations, The EPA, and Your U.S. Congress! Discover for yourself America.

Mann e-mail of 11 Mar 2003
In one e-mail, as a response to an e-mail indicating that a paper in the scientific journal Climate Research had questioned assertions that the 20th century was abnormally warm, Mann wrote:
“I think we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal."[37]

Jones e-mail of 8 Jul 2004
An 8 July 2004 e-mail from Phil Jones to Michael Mann said in part:
"The other paper by MM is just garbage. [...] I can't see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report. Kevin and I will keep them out somehow — even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!"

Jones e-mail of 2 Feb 2005
A 2 February 2005 email from Phil Jones to Michael Mann includes:
"And don't leave stuff lying around on ftp sites - you never know who is trawling them. The two MMs have been after the CRU station data for years. If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK, I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone. Does your similar act in the US force you to respond to enquiries within 20 days?—ours does! The UK works on precedents, so the first request will test it. We also have a data protection act, which I will hide behind.”

Trenberth e-mail of 12 Oct 2009
An email written by Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, discussed gaps in understanding of recent temperature variations:
"The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't,"[

Phil Jones:
"I've just completed Mike's Nature TRICK of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie, from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to HIDE THE DECLINE."[

Hmmmmm.... I Wonder what HIDE THE DECLINE means? You don't have to be a Climate Scientist to understand this. We are supposed to invest Trillions of Dollars based on the manipulation of Data by Corrupt Scientist like these guys? Thank God for Senator Inhofe! Global Warming Scam is officially debunked. I rest my case.

Posted by: Senator_Salesman | January 23, 2010 12:30 PM
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