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Chinese air pollution seen from space in 2009. Credit/Wikipedia

China is world’s largest carbon cesspool

China is world’s largest carbon cesspool

Austin, November 21, 2014 — In 2013, China produced 27.6 percent of the world’s total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. That’s up 2.6 percent since 2009, and it’s rising fast. China’s mercurial emissions rise since 1990 has already put the earth at risk. In 2013, China produced nearly six times the CO2 emissions that it did

President Obama 2012 pipeline speech. Credit/White House Video

The X-factor in Keystone XL: It’s not just about Landrieu

AUSTIN, November 14, 2014 — In purely political moves by both Democrats and Republicans, the U.S. Congress is taking up separate bills in the Senate and House for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, long opposed by environmental activists. The transparent motive for the Senate bill is the desperate attempt by Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat supporter

The 1,534Mw Sandow Station coal-fired electric power plant in Rockdale, Texas:. Credit/Steve Davidson

No need for EPA’s Clean Power Plan

AUSTIN, October 21, 2014 — According to a government report released today, despite a 2.5 percent increase in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions in 2013, the United States is on track to achieve the Obama Administration’s goal of reducing emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, without approving the EPA’s controversial Clean Power Plan. The annual


A rare debate on the “settled science” of climate change

CHICAGO, October 2, 2014 — In 1997 during the Kyoto Protocol Treaty negotiations in Japan, Dr. Robert Watson, then Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was asked about scientists who challenge United Nations conclusions that global warming was man-made. He answered, “The science is settled…we’re not going to reopen it here.” Thus began one