Earth doomed! Hawking offers to pay deniers fares to Venus

Forget 2 degrees of warming, Hawking says “460″!

Oh, look, there goes another attention-seeking celebrity scientist — flaming out –watch the arc:

In the second episode of his new series “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” the British physicist warns Earth could soon become as hot as Venus if action to halt climate change is not taken immediately.

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Woman Blames A Rachel Maddow And Booze Cocktail For Threatening Scott Pruitt

Federal agents opened an investigation into a woman who claimed the ramblings of a liberal talk show host and a belly full of beer prompted her to threaten EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on social media.

An Arkansas resident wrote “a threatening post” on Twitter last April against Pruitt, according to a report Friday from E&E News. EPA and FBI agents in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas began a probe shortly after the comments went public.

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The Rise and Fall of the Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming Theory

On January 8, 2018, Ross Pomeroy published  at RealClearScience an interesting article The Six Stages of a Failed Psychological Theory

The Pomeroy essay focuses on theories in the field of psychology and describes stages through which they rise, become accepted, challenged and discarded.

It has long seemed to me that global warming/climate change theory properly belongs in the field of social studies and thus should demonstrate a similar cycle.

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Consensus polar bear experts now use insults over logic for faulty predictions

Frustration with criticism over the fate of polar bears decades into the future has plagued consensus experts since they first brought their concerns to the attention of conservation organizations in the mid-2000s.

But now that catastrophe has not materialized, these researchers have shifted their defensive style from logical reasoning to relentless insult.

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Enviros Freak Out As Germany Makes About-Face On Anti-Coal Campaign

Cheers to Germany’s ‘climate chancellor’ for making a mess of a once well-oiled country.

Environmentalists are bemoaning Germany’s decision to abandon a nearly impossibly lofty goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent within the next two years.

Germany’s new coalition agreed to drop plans to cut emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, according to a report Monday from Reuters. Some critics believe the move is an embarrassing development for Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was once dubbed the “climate chancellor.”

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Zinke Wants Interior Agencies Out Of DC, Moved To Lands They Manage

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to restructure his department and relocate tens of thousands of government workers closer to the regions they oversee, The Washington Post reports.

The overhaul would be the largest undertaking the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) 168-year history. Zinke’s plan divides the U.S. into 13 regions and moves bureau headquarters into the heart of each. The moves would improve Americans’ access to government officials, especially in the West, and make Interior more cohesive as a whole.

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Supreme Court will decide the fate of an endangered frog in a regulatory swamp

Gribbit.

Neomi Rao, head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, noted in a December op-ed that “in the previous administration, agencies frequently exceeded their legal authority when imposing costly rules [and that s]ome agencies announced important policy changes without following the formal rule-making process.”

That will end, she said, because the Trump administration is committed “to a regulatory policy that actually works.”

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New York City mayor seeks billions from oil companies, blames them for climate change

A week after a brutal snowstorm froze New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a one-two punch Wednesday in the name of climate change, announcing he will seek billions in damages from five major oil-and-gas companies while moving to divest from fossil fuels.

“It’s time for them to start paying for the damage they have done,” Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference at the Manhattan Youth Center. “It’s time for Big Oil to take responsibility for the devastation they have wrought.”

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Sen. Warren ‘Delighted’ Tax Plan is Benefiting Her Constituents, Then Rails Against It

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts railed against GOP-led tax cuts Wednesday before admitting that they will likely result in lower electricity rates for people in her home state.

Warren railed against the tax cuts during an interview on Fox News, but back-peddled after interviewer Bret Baier mentioned energy companies are planning rate cuts in response to reduced corporate taxes.

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