Category Archives: USA

July 2nd, 2001 – US Secretary of Energy breaks the ground on Kentucky coal power plant

2001 NRDC Blasts Bush Plan to Increase Reliance on Coal; Group Says Increased Coal Burning Will Accelerate Global Warming
WASHINGTON (July 2, 2001) – Responding to Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham’s appearance today at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Kentucky coal power plant, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) blasted the Bush administration for its plan to increase U.S. reliance on coal to generate electricity.
“The Bush administration wants to allow dirty coal-fired power plants to increase their pollution dramatically,” said David Hawkins, director of NRDC’s Climate Center. “That would accelerate global warming, poison more of our water, scar more of our landscape, and kill more of our citizens with particulate air pollution.”

Also on this day
End of the third meeting of the Ad hoc Group on Greenhouse Gases in Toronto (just after the Changing Atmosphere conference) By then, IPCC was in process of creation. (See Agrawala GEC 1999 article)

June 23rd, 1988 – Jim Hansen says it’s time to stop waffling….

Dr. Hansen, a leading expert on climate change, said in an interview that there was no ”magic number” that showed when the greenhouse effect was actually starting to cause changes in climate and weather. But he added, ”It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here.”

From the New York Times

Also on this day

1997 American Petroleum Institute US newspaper advert in run up to Senate Vote, addressed to Clinton…

1997 131 Australian Economists sign statement telling Howard to get with the (Kyoto) programme. For all the good it does….

2009 Mountaintop removal protest

June 20th, 2005 – Charles David Keeling dies

On this day ten years ago, the scientist who did so much for our knowledge of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, David Keeling, died.

Charles David Keeling (April 20, 1928 – June 20, 2005)[1][2] was an American scientist whose recording of carbon dioxide at theMauna Loa Observatory[3] first alerted the world to the possibility of anthropogenic contribution to the “greenhouse effect” and global warming. The Keeling Curve measures the progressive buildup of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, in the atmosphere.

Also on this day
1995 Shell surrenders in the Battle of Brent Spar
2012 Rio Plus 20 begins.  Shudder.

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June 12th, 1996- Denialists attack IPCC and Ben Santer in Wall Street Journal

Frederick Seitz, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed [A Major Deception on Global Warming] complained that alterations made to Chapter 8 of the 1995 IPCC report were made to “deceive policy makers and the public into believing that the scientific evidence shows human activities are causing global warming.” Similar charges were made by the Global Climate Coalition (GCC), a consortium of industry interests; specifically, they accused Santer of “scientific cleansing.”[6]

The whole sordid story of how the Wall Street Journal then refused to publish a letter from Bert Bolin et al in full makes you weep.  The denialist attacks were ‘successful’ but began to raise the costs of remaining within the Global Climate Coalition, and within five years it would be dead.  But not a real problem for them, since it was a case of ‘mission accomplished’ – they’d killed the idea of rich nations agreeing to cut their emissions, and bought more (profitable) time for oil, coal and gas….

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June 10th, 2005- Phil Cooney resigns. And then gets job at Exxon five days later


Cooney joined the George W. Bush administration when he was appointed chief of staff of the Council on Environmental Quality. On June 10, 2005, Cooney announced his resignation, two days after the story of his tampering with scientific reports broke.

In a shock move, anticipated by nobody on the planet, he shortly after got a job with Exxon.

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June 8th, 1993 – Clinton runs up the white flag on the “BTU tax”

“President Bill Clinton and his allies in Congress confirmed the obvious on Tuesday: There will be wholesale revisions in his five-year budget plan, including major changes in a proposed energy tax.

“Negotiations are continuing with dissident Democrats in the Senate over the details as the president fights to collect enough votes from his own party to pass his plan.

“Despite the impending changes, which will include more spending cuts and fewer taxes, none of the Senate’s 43 Republicans is expected to vote for the plan, their leaders said.

“On the chopping block is Mr. Clinton’s proposal to tax the heat content of fuels – the so-called Btu tax.”

From the New York Times

Also on this day

2005 Phil Cooney exposed as pro-fossil fuel lobbyist within Bush Whitehouse, softening climate reports

2007 A journalist who wrote about Hansen in 1989 revisits the man’s positions on climate.



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